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The events for Honey Festival 2013 are falling into place.  Check back here often to see what we’ve added.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 at The Wagner Free Institute of Science Bring a picnic lunch if you like!(outside only)

10 AM to 7 PM 10AM to 12PM - Pollinator Power! - Join us for a lesson about pollination appropriate for children ages 6-12. Following the lesson there will activities in the yard, lecture hall and in the museum including scavenger hunts, honey extraction, hive demonstrations, games and craft-making. This program is geared towards home school children but all are welcome to attend.

This program is FREE. Pre-registration is requested. To reserve your spot, please contact Jessica Bachrach, Museum Educator, at or call 215-763-6529 x 17.

12PM to 1PM - Open hive talks and hive extractions.

1PM to 2:30PM - Screening #1 of the award-winning film More Than Honey in our historic lecture hall. Space is limited. Please click here to register.

3PM to 4:30PM - Screening #2 of the award-winning film More Than Honey in our historic lecture hall. Space is limited. Please click here to register.

5PM to 7PM - Honey Happy Hour – visitors ages 21 & over are invited to our annual celebration to kick off the festival. This year’s Honey Happy Hour will feature honey based beer tastings, mead tastings, finger food, raffles, open hive demonstrations, bee bearding, popsicles for sale from Lil’ Pop Shop made with honey and more! Suggested donation $5 – $10. Please click here to register for the Honey Happy Hour.

Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors who make the Honey Happy Hour possible! Special thanks to Temple Honors Program student volunteers, Whole Foods Market Callowhill locationEarth Bread + BreweryPhilly Home Brew OutletCardinal Hollow Winery, and more!

MORE DETAILS TO COME We need volunteers! If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact: Venue Coordinator, Abby Sullivan (


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 at Wyck Historic House | Garden | Farm
Bring a picnic lunch if you like!

Bring a picnic lunch if you like!
10 am – 4 pm  Children’s activities 
throughout the day, programmed byChristina Moresi, Youth Education Coordinator, Wyck.  Author Terri Kowalskiwill read her “Bee’s Birthday Surprise” to kids of all ages.

10:30 am  Open Hive Talk  Come take a look inside a working hive and hear a knowledgeable beekeeper explain how queen bees are raised by the worker bees.

11:00 am  Honey Extraction  How DO you get the honey away from the bees and into the jar?  We show and tell, then let you take a turn!

11:00 am  ”Meadmaking for the Novice” – In real life, Matthew Shoemakeris is Digital and Web Services Librarian at Temple University. But for fun he is a meadmaker and beekeeper, among his other interests.  Matt will present “Meadmaking for the Novice” in which you will learn about equipment needed, time needed, fermentation concepts, and get a simple mead recipe.

12:30 pm Mead Event - Novice amateur home brewers are invited to receive expert feedback on their meads and honey beers from Michael Manning, Co-founder & Meadmaker, The Colony Meadery.  ** DROP OFF LABELED BOTTLES BY 11 AM SEP 7 **  Click here for more details on how to participate

12:30 pm How to Plant Your Bee-Friendly Garden presented by Penn State Certified Master Gardener Jessica Herwick.

1:00 pm Mead & Honey Beer Tasting  If you didn’t participate in the Mead Event, you can still try some meads and honey beers, courtesy of David Schuetz (award-winning local homebrewer), Earth Bread + Brewery, Cardinal Hollow Winery and the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.  Over 21 – must show ID.

1:30 pm Open Hive Talk - A knowledgeable member of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild lights the smoker and pops the lid to show what goes on inside a real bee hive!

2:00 pm Honey Extraction - Help the beekeeper get the honey from the hive into a jar!

3:00 pm BEE BEARD !!!  New to the fest this year, the craziest guy we know –Don Shump, Philadelphia Bee Company – will allow a colony of honey bees to cover his chin in a living beard!  Inquiring minds want to know – how do you get them OFF?!

3:30 pm Open Hive Talk just in case you missed it earlier, you have one more chance.

Honey tastings and sales, vendors, and live music throughout the day.

Philly Farm Truck will be on site for luncheon concessions!

We need volunteers! If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact

Venue Coordinator, Bob McKee (


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8 at Bartram’s Garden
Bring a picnic lunch if you like or see what’s cookin’ at Lunch Cart!

10 am to 4 pm  Annual Fall Plant Sale – all day long!  Come learn what you should be planting in the fall so as to encourage spring pollinators.  Bartram’s Gift Shop and the Green Room will be open for your enjoyment.

11am to 11:45pm  Don Shump will be exhibiting his “bee beard!” Come watch Shump as he forms a beard made entirely of bees on his face!

11am to 3pm  Come make your own printed tote or tee shirt! Local artists Allna Josan and Sophie White will help you screen print your own bee and pollinator themed creations. T-shirts and tote bags will be available for purchase!

1PM to 1:45pm  Warren Graham of the Philadelphia Beekeepers’ Guild will give the keynote speech for the festival entitled “A Beekeeper’s Year.”

3:30PM to 4pm  Screening of the award-winning film More Than Honey.

Family Discovery Day Visit our science stations, make a beeswax candle, build your own bee costume and march in the Be-a-Bee Pageant!

Open Hive Talks and Honey Extractions presented by members of thePhiladelphia Beekeepers Guild

How to Brew Honey Beer at HomeGetting Started, with Jimmy McMillan, co-owner of Philly Home Brew in Philadelphia.  (stick around for the beer tasting in the afternoon)!

FREE Guided Tours of the Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) Farm & Orchard at Bartram’s Garden.  Buy local at the UNI Farmstand!

Guided Tours of the Bartram House and of Bartram’s Gardens ($12 adults; $10 students & seniors)

Venue Coordinator, Leslie Gale (


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