In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a soap-making class for two at Hidden Springs Farm in Springfield (a $70 value). Click here to see the class schedule.
Hidden Springs Farm's Karen Wortman, a ribbon winner for her homemade soaps at the 2010 and 2011 Robertson County Fair, teaches students how to concoct their own suds-inducing squares during three-hour classes. Couples join six other apprentices in a bucolic setting as Karen lectures on the history of soap making, talking extensively about the hobby's rise in popularity during the country's soap prohibition. Next, Karen elucidates the castile-crafting process with step-by-step instructions. Once fully inculcated, students create their own personally designed soap using goat's milk, fragrances, and bedazzlers. During the milking season, pupils may even have the chance to watch farm staff commence fiscal trade talks with the goats that supply the milk for their soap. When class concludes, guests leave with two 4-ounce bars of soap and the opportunity to purchase additional supplies to continue their soap crafting endeavors at home.
Hidden Springs Farm is nestled on 35 acres of rolling pastures and trees. As Nubian goats and free-range poultry lead pampered lives beneath blue skies, vegetables and herbs extend their leaves toward the sun in a display of agrarian bliss and YMCA-like exultation.