2013 Public Events

Two FREE Events All About Honeybees on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7 to 9 pm

Well Bee-ing: Your Move and Kids ’n’ Bees at West Chester University, Sykes Theater

Free Kids’ Activities • Learn How Honey Bees Make Many Foods Possible & How to Help Them!

 

West Chester, PA – What does the price of an apple, your backyard, and children’s health have in common?  Honey bees! Everyone’s invited to two free family events, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm, at West Chester University’s Sykes Student Union to learn about honey and honey bees, when the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) presents Well-Bee-ing: Your Move as well as Kids ’n’ Bees. Hear from experts about how you can help honey bees stay happy and healthy, just as they do the same for us. Families can choose either simultaneous event, or kids can enjoy the supervised Kids ’n’ Bees activities while adults attend Well-Bee-ing: Your Move.

Without honey bees, many of your favorite foods would cost a lot more – or disappear altogether. Honey bees are vital to our economy and food supply. By pollinating, they make everything from apples to pumpkins possible; the multi-billion dollar almond industry alone is totally dependent upon honeybees. Jim Bobb, Chairman of the EAS, notes that these honey bee happenings are a great way to enjoy a summer evening out while learning a little, “People ask me all the time, ‘How are the honeybees doing?’ These two events, on Wednesday, August 7, are a fun way for everyone to find the answer and learn a few simple things anyone can do to help the honeybees stay healthy.”

Well-Bee-ing: Your Move is a program and conversation to update us all on the progress of solving the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder, responsible for a worldwide decline in the honey bee population. The panel for this event includes: Brian Snyder, Executive Director of the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Douglas Tallamy, professor and author of Bringing Nature Home, which helps us understand how simply adding native plants to our yard welcomes so many more birds, butterflies, and bees; and Dennis vanEngelsdorp, world-renowned honey bee expert. All three will be in town for the EAS Annual Conference on Beekeeping http://www.easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2013.html being held August 5 – 9, 2013.

Free Baby Sitting? Sort of! Kids ’n’ Bees: Also from 7 to 9 pm, hands-on fun for kids aged 5 to 13 to learn: How does a bee make honey? Why do bees buzz? What does a beekeeper wear so she doesn’t get stung? Grown-ups take part or check in their children to enjoy these activities (while adults attend Well Bee-ing: Your Move). Outstanding young women selected as Honey Queens by the Pennsylvania Honey Queen program will supervise children through activities they’ve designed to share their knowledge about beloved honeybees. All this fun is free of charge, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Dutch Gold Honey, Giant, and the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. Contact Rachel Bryson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for more information about the Kids ’n’ Bees event.

Eastern Apicultural Society,www.easternapiculture.org, is the largest noncommercial beekeeping organization in North America, with 26 member states/provinces in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1955, EAS is an international nonprofit educational organization for the education of beekeepers, Master Beekeeper certification, and excellence in honey bee research.

ADDRESS FOR BOTH EVENTS: West Chester University, Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383.