Below is the schedule for the 2014 Honey Festival; check back frequently as details may change or be added up until the day of the festival. The Honey Festival is held rain or shine. Some activities may be cancelled in the event of poor weather.
Wagner Free Institute | Friday, September 5
10:00AM to 12:00 PM – Buzz About Bees
This program for home school children will examine the fascinating, important work of pollinators. Following a lesson in the historic lecture hall, there will be scavenger hunts, bee-themed games, and active hive demonstrations.
Space is limited and registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the program by September 3. Please include name, contact information, and the number of children and adults.
5:00 to 7:00 PM – Honey Happy Hour (for adults)
Meet us in the Wagner yard for a sweet Honey Happy Hour. This year there will be honey-brewed beer samples from the Philly Home Brew Outlet, Earth Bread + Brewery, and Tired Hands Brewing Company. And what kind of Honey Happy Hour would it be without mead? Colony Meadery will also be on site with samples to share. In addition to beer tastings there will be open hive viewings, honey extraction demonstrations, a photo exhibit featuring beekeeper Yovina Tanamas-Miller, honey vendors, bee bearding and more!
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm | Saturday, September 6
Local Food: Farm Truck, Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Down Dog Healing Cafe, and Little Jimmie’s Coffee Roasters
Open Hives, Author and Expert Talks, Honey Extractions, Children’s Porgrams and much more!
Information About The Talks:
12:00 pm Jon McGoran, Author of ecological thrillers Drift, and its newly released sequel, Deadout, which takes a chilling look at the world of GMOs, biotechnology and the disappearance of the bees. McGoran has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op and editor of The Shuttle newspaper, and later as editor at Grid magazine. He is also an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. His short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in numerous publications. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn. Visit him at www.jonmcgoran.com.
2:00 pm Alison Gillespie, Author, Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World. All over North America, honey bees are faltering from myriad problems. Interestingly, news about their struggles has caused the emergence of a new kind of beekeeper, one who is often young, female, and seeking to provide honey bees a safe home in the city. Author Alison Gillespie spent a year following urban beekeepers in the urban core of the Mid-Atlantic, and then wrote about the experience in her book Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World. In many surprising “unnatural” locations, the bees form an important link for people to the natural world, and the people who tend to city hives are often as interesting as the bees themselves. This talk will include an overview of the current research on Colony Collapse Disorder and ways that all of us – even those who don’t keep bees – can help these important creatures thrive in any location. More info about Alison can be found at www.alisongillespie.com
Drop off: Friday 9/5 10am-5pm and Saturday 9/6 by 11am at Wyck
You may also drop off at:The Colony Meadery in Allentown through Friday 9/5.
Malt House LTD. in Mt. Airy during regular business hours through Friday 9/5.
The event will take place in the rose garden at Wyck. Only those who enter homebrews will be allowed to sample entries and receive feedback. Everyone is welcome to sample and purchase commercial grade Mead from The Colony Meadery, who will be on site for judging, educating, and sharing this sweet beverage.
Bartram’s Garden | Sunday, September 7
Open Hive Demonstration, Garden tours, Farm Tours, Honey Extraction Demonstration, Cooking Contest, Honey Tasting & Sales, Bee Beard, and more!
Bartram’s Garden Ticketed Events
**House and Garden Tour ticketing can be purchased at the Bartram’s Garden Welcome Center on the day of the event**
Bartram’s Bitters Event (ticketed): 3:30 – 5:30
House Tours (ticketed): noon, 2 p.m.
Garden Tours (ticketed): 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Patriot Harbor Lines tours (ticketed through Patriot Harbor Lines): depart Walnut Street at 12:00, 1:00, and 3:00 for two hour visits to Bartram’s Garden.