Johnson County Extension FCS hosts Redbud Tea and Cultural Arts Show

The Johnson County Extension FCS and Homemakers, in collaboration with Loolyholler Farms, Paintsville Tourism and Johnson Central High School culinary arts students hosted the Redbud Tea and Cultural Arts Show Tuesday at the historic Stafford House.

The Johnson County Extension Family and Consumer Science Office hosted an event Tuesday at the historic Stafford House.

 The event centered around tea made from local fauna, including redbud and elderberry tea, as well as a cultural arts show wherein local artisans displayed their crafts, including quilts and various other pieces of art.

The event also included redbud and elderberry saplings supplied by Misty Hamilton of Loolyholler Farm and Nursery, the latter of which attendees could purchase for $10.

“I own Loolyholler Farm and Nursery, in Meally, here in Johnson County,” Hamilton said. “I delivered some redbud trees … those are being given away as door prizes, so I brought those over. I also came to drink some elderberry tea and also brought those in case anybody would be interested in them so they could make their own elderberry tea.”

Seven different teas were available at the event, but JCE FCS agent Brenda Cockerham said the elderberry was the most popular.

“Paintsville Tourism and Johnson County Extension FCS helped support (the event) and so did the Extension Homemakers,” Cockerham said. “In the second room, we had treats provided by the culinary arts students at Johnson Central High School.

“I think it’s awesome to be able to preserve our history and share our culture,” Cockerham said. “It’s just awesome to be able to fellowship with one another.”

For more information and to keep track of future events from the Johnson County Extension Office, follow them on Facebook by searching for “Johnson County Extension FCS,” or call Cockerham by phone at, (606) 789-8108.

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