‘Bee’ Entertained Saturday At Church Honey Festival

POTTSTOWN PA – Forget the birds; Saturday’s (Sept. 24, 2011) Honey Festival at Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Rd., Pottstown PA, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is all about the bees.

Local bee keepers will be at the church, rain or shine, to discuss the important role honey bees play in the environment and food chain. While they’re talking, visitors can see honey bees in action through a clear observation hive, watch a free bee movie, and patronize local vendors to buy foods made with honey, as well as goods produced from bee by-products.

The festival, organizers say, is intended to appeal to more than the sweet tooth or public fascination with some of Mother Nature’s busiest workers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the church’s adult mission trip next year to Gulfport MS in 2012. Its volunteers will provide continued help for rebuilding efforts that remain six years after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern coast.

Representatives from Penn State Cooperative Extension and two master gardeners will be available to explain how back-yard plants can attract honey bees, and how insecticide use can harm them. Pennsylvania’s Honey Princess will make an appearance, church representative Sheila Hardin said, with materials and activities for children.

Screening of The Bee Movie is set for 11 a.m. For adults, more than 20 vendors will sell local fruits, bees’ wax, honey products, and craft items.

Visitors can sample several different kinds of honey, too, and learn why each tastes different. Recipes will be available, naturally, for favorites like honey barbecue sauce, honey baked goods, honey roasted nuts, and ice cream drizzled with honey and roasted pecans.

“If the weather cooperates,” Hardin said, the festival will be held on the church’s front lawn. In case of rain, it will move inside the church’s Family Life Center.

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