2019 Friday Sep. 6

Friday, September 6, 2019 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Glen Foerd on the Delaware  5001 Grant Ave. & Milnor St., Philadelphia 19114

5:00 pm-9:00 pm Ongoing Activities 

  • Bee-Happy Hour with live music, food, craft beers, and meads compliments of sponsor Philly Homebrew Outlet and honey cocktails served by Red Brick Craft Distillery
  • Lawn Games
  • Vendor Market Place: Visit with local vendors and organizations selling honey-and other hive-based products, as well as handcrafted specialties sure to please.  Click here for full list.
  • Food Truck:  Tot Cart

5:00 pm Live Music by Spiritual Thunder – a local duo that gives the raw emotion of soul an ultracool alternative spin.

*5:30 pm – Open Hive Talk – Join us for an Open Hive talk with members of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.  See what happens inside the hive!

*6:30 pm BEE BEARD!  The ever-popular stunt in which a wild and crazy guy puts bees all over his face to create a beard!

7:00 pm Live Music by Spiritual Thunder – a rollicking mixture of original folk, soul, and blues.

7:30 pm – Doug Sponsler, Ph. D.  “The world’s best forager vs. the world’s most complicated landscape: Three years of studying honey bee foraging in Philadelphia”

dougUrban landscapes are characterized by an extensive impervious matrix finely intermixed with relatively small patches of greenspace. The vegetation of these patches can be eclectic, characterize by a mixture of disturbance-adapted wild species, human-cultivated ornamentals, and remnants or restorations of mature plant communities. Our research explores how each of these types of flora–ornamentals, weeds, and remnants–contribute to honey bee foraging in Philadelphia, revealing the advent of novel ecological function in the flora of a novel ecosystem.

Doug Sponsler is a Philadelphia native who studied biology at Cedarville University in Ohio and got his PhD. in entomology at Ohio State University.  Currently, Doug is a postdoctoral scholar in Penn State University’s Center for Pollinator Research.  Doug’s research, teaching, and outreach concentrate especially on urban systems.  His current work includes a study of pollinator foraging ecology in urban Philadelphia.

8:30 pm – Honey Extraction – so you have a hive full of honey…now what?! See how honey goes from hive to table!

Venue Coordinator, Nicole Schaller: (215) 632-5330 nicoleschaller@glenfoerd.org
The Honey Festival is held rain or shine; activities  marked with * are weather-permitting.  In case of rain, the schedule may change.  Please check this website for last minute updates.

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