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Can you smell the aroma yet?

Monday, September 26, 2005

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President Evelyn Brown and Marketing Director Glen Brown work with Robin Yocom, composing/editorial staff member of The Brazil Times on Friday afternoon to put the finishing touches on the upcoming Popcorn Festival guide that will appear in the paper on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The guide will have the complete schedule and information about all the fun events of the three-day festival.

Readers may remember when soap was made the old-fashioned way -- by boiling fat in a large kettle over a wood fire.

Those days will be recreated by Barbara Alberts during the Popcorn festival, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Alberts will demonstrate her craft on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to dusk.

"Old Fashioned" handmade soap is prepared outside on an open fire in a large cast iron kettle. The soap is then poured into wooden boxes to dry. Drying time is two to three weeks.

Alberts used to watch her grandmother in the fall, especially after butchering for winter was complete.

Her grandmother used the animal fat to prepare soap for the year. Her grandparents never threw anything away. As she became older, the things that her grandparents did has become a part of her. She enjoys making soap for it is all a part of her heritage, a living history.

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