“Soap stars” to Appear April 8 at Mountain Heritage Center

A couple of “soap stars” will lead an Arti-Facts! program for kids at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Sunday, April 8.

“Soap Making with the McNairs,” a program in historic soapmaking and laundry techniques, will be held from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

Jerry and Ingrid McNair of Fletcher will first demonstrate how lye soap has been made through the years, and then everyone will have a chance to try using the soap in a washtub. Those attending should bring a small article of dirty clothing to wash.

Lye soap is made from fat and lye and is reputed to “fade the freckles off your hand,” say the McNairs. They have been making soap for a number of years and regularly demonstrate their skills for Henderson County school groups at the historic Johnson Farm.

Arti-Facts! programs, designed for children ages 6 through 12, explore the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Attendance is free, but reservations are required as space is limited. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For reservations, or more information, call (828) 227-7129.