2014 Honey Festival Schedule

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Below is the tentative schedule for the 2014 Honey Festival

Wagner Free Institute | September 5

10:00AM to 12:00 PM – The Buzz About Bees – Children’s program geared towards home schooled students.

5:00 to 7:00 PM – Honey Happy Hour (for adults)

The Philadelphia Honey Festival(Tent set-up (garden or farm?, no rain date)

Saturday, September 6, 2014


 Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm | September 6 

Local Food: Farm Truck, Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Down Dog Healing Cafe, and Little Jimmie’s Coffee Roasters

Live Broadcast from Gtown Radio


10:30am Open Hive

11:30am Honey Extraction


1:30pm- Open Hive

2pm- Honey Extraction

3pm- Bee Bearding with Don Shump!

3:30pm- Open Hive


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.

3:00 pm Junior Beekeepers: Listen to these young beekeepers share why they became interested in keeping bees and what is their favorite and least favorite part!

Mead Event:
Sponsored by: The Colony Meadery of Allentown

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.

Children’s Program:
Waggle Dance
Beeswax Candles
Build your Bee Antenna
Visit the Wyck Chicks and Pickles the Rooster
Wander the Farm
Enjoy a Story
Take your picture as the Queen Bee!

Enjoy a locally sourced marketplace of vendors and organizations, sample local grades of honey and honey beer, live demos, and lots of learning!

Bartram’s Garden | September 7

Autumn Plant Sale (All Day)

Barry’s Home Brew (All Day)

Ongoing Children’s Activities: 10:00 – 2:00

Children’s Bee Parade:  11:15, 1:15

10:00-11:00 Farm Tours

Honey Extraction and Open Hive Demos (10:00, 11:30, 12:30,1:30, 3:00)

Farmer’s Market: 11:00-1:00

11:00-1:00 – Cooking Contest | Cooking Contest Judging: 1 p.m.

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper:  11:00

Farm Tours:  11:30, 1:30

Beekeeping 101: 12:00, :2:00

Bee Bearding: 1:30 p.m.

Top Bar Open Hive (limited to 15 due to space restrictions): 2 p.m.

Be- A- Bee Pageant & Family Discovery Day

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 noon and 1 p.m. for two hour visits to Bartram’s Garden


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