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Program to examine Shaker use of herbs and teas

"Tea in the Garden" will be June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society.

"Tea in the Garden" will be June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Shaker Heritage Society. Submitted Photo

— Powers only just strayed from tea leaves to start experimenting with herbs after booking the Shaker demonstration. She said herbs are easier to blend than regular tea because the flavors “play nicer with each other” than tea leaves.

She sells pre-blended specialty teas that she selects from retail companies at her business Collar City Teas in Troy and creates concoctions for friends.

“It depends on what people are looking for,” said Powers. “Sometimes I have companies do the blending for me. This is more of a side thing; I don’t actually do it in the shop.”

Powers doesn’t yet sell her own blends but at the demonstration she’ll offer three tea varieties that are all her own. One is a tea made from raspberry leaf, one is made from peppermint and another is made from spearmint that “has a little bit of bite” but is good iced or hot.

Powers focuses on tea tasting events and said she’d eventually like to collaborate with other cafes in the area.

“I’d rather do more of the tastings and events,” said Powers. “Blending is nice but it’s difficult and time consuming.”

Pre-registration for “Tea in the Garden” is required by Tuesday, June 19. The program is $20 per person and takes place at 25 Meeting House Road in Albany at 2 p.m. Register by calling the Shaker Heritage Society at 456-7890 ext. 23

or emailing ShakerEducator@gmail.com.

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