The First West Virginia Lavender Fair was a one day event on Saturday, July 12th, 2003. About 200 participants savored the delicious food catered by Dale Hawkins, saw an essential oil distillation, made lavender wands, saw a slide show of lavender in France and West Virginia and enjoyed many booths featuring lavender and herbs. They strolled the many gardens of La Paix and relaxed under umbrellas dotted throughout the grounds on a beautiful balmy sunny day. Many found peace in the Labyrinth and on the paths through the woods. Maureen Rogers of the Herb Growing and Marketing Network spoke on the Uses of Lavender Essential Oil. Music by “Unsound” a local alternative band featured William Nicoll Hale III, the lead singer. A Lavender Cookie contest was held.
An excellent radio production made by Jean Snedegar, Stringer for NPR and British radio was so
well received that the steward of La Paix, and the many helpers at the Fair decided to plan an even larger for the following year.
2010 Last Lavender Day
Lavender Day 2010
2009 Lavender Fair
2008 Lavender Fair
Lavender Fair 2008 Photos
2008 Lavender Fair More Photos
Lavender Fair 2007
Lavender Fair 2007 More
2006 Lavender Fair
2005 Lavender Fair
When I was in Provence France, taking a course on essential oil distillation, I strayed from the group while on a tour of the beautiful town of Moustiers Sainte-Marie at the end of the Gorges. The town is situated under a large mountain peak from which a waterfall flows through the town. I noticed a terrace overlooking the waterfall, and walked over the next bridge to find the Santons Restaurant. There I had my lunch…the Tapinade was wonderful, as was the salad, and of course, the bread. The wine served with the Lavender Chicken was superb, but the chicken was like eating heaven. They would not give me the recipe, so I have experimented in the kitchen.
2003 – 2009 Lavender Cookie Contest Winners
I have kept in touch with many of the apprentices who have been at La Paix and many have visited again and again since their apprenticeship. It is always heartwarming to visit with them and hear from them. Inspired by Helen Caldwell, who visited again in November of 2005, Helen has visited almost annually since the end of her apprenticeship in Sept. 2002 – scroll down for her visit this past August – 2009. (with Judith and Zack) I have asked several of them to tell me what they learned at La Paix and what they are doing now.
Workshop and Gourmet Luncheon: Razzle Dazzle Basil
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $100 per person
Limited to 9 participants
For those who would like a more private, personal time at La Paix before the Lavender Fair – this may be what you were looking for!
The morning workshop will begin with herbal tea in the shop and then an overview of culinary herbs growing at La Paix will be conducted with a walk and a talk by steward, Myra Bonhage-Hale. A booklet of culinary, medicinal and fragrant herbs, their propagation, cultivation and uses will be given to participants. Then back to the kitchen to see popular Chef Geoff Kraus’s demonstration.
Next, the gourmet luncheon will take place in the historic parlor at La Paix or plein air (under the umbrellas dotting the lawn) if the weather permits. After lunch a walk in the Feng Shui, Fragrant and Vegetable Garden will be conducted with an emphasis on medicinal and fragrant herbs. Various plants including basil and cuttings of Rosemary, lavender and thyme will be given each guest. A hands on demonstration of making pesto will have the group back in the kitchen and the day will end with a walk in the Silver Labyrinth.
A truly marvelous, luxurious and one-of-a-kind day at La Paix.
Roasted shallot focaccia with black pepper and parmesan butter
Supremes de Volaille a la crème rosmarin ~ a chicken breast recipe with a creamy Rosemary and white wine sauce.
Grilled Mediterranean vegetables with crumbled feta cheese, fresh basil and
extra virgin olive oil
Lemon and Lavender mousse with Fresh berries
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A Workshop and Gourmet Luncheon: Heritage Herbs
Saturday, September 9th, 2006
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$100. per participant – limited to 11. Reservations closed!
Saturday, October 14th: In Celebration of the First National Herb Day, La Paix Herb Farm will conduct a tour of the National Historic Landmark homestead (aka May/Kraus Farm). A gourmet luncheon will be catered and demonstrated by Chef Geof Kraus. The menu will focus on the use of herbs in cooking. The workshop following the luncheon will discuss the herbs used in the luncheon, their propagation, cultivation, harvesting and uses. A booklet detailing the herbs used will be given each guest. Cuttings and potted culinary plants will be given each guest.
$100./person. Limited to eleven reservations. You may pay by sending a check or money order to La Paix Herb Farm, 3052 Crooked Run Rd., Alum Bridge, W.V. 26321 or call in your credit card information to (304) 269-7681.
Red Bell Peppers with Black Pepper Cream Dip
Stuffed (Herbs & Mushroom pate) Sour Dough Rolls
Individual Lemon Thyme Roasted Game Hen
Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta
Lavender Wine Poached Pear
with Sweet Mascarpone