Contact: Boston Beekeepers Club (BostonTourDeHives@gmail.com)
HIVES” BUZZING THROUGH TOWN
On Saturday, June 23rd bring your family and friends out to join Boston’s own Tour de Hives crew as we pedal our way across the river to explore the lives of bees and their keepers in 4 apiaries spread across Somerville and Cambridge. We will start our day at 9:30am in the ¼ acre permaculture garden at the Growing Center in Somerville,
where Kagen Weeks (of Hive at Your Home) will introduce us to one of his “Weeks” hives (a variation of the traditional but uncommon Warre beehive). Next, we’ll hop on our bikes and make our way over to a private residence in Inman Square where (at ~11:15am) Noah of BestBees
will provide insight on his beekeeping style and honeybee health. Our third stop brings us to the Dewolfe Boathouse on Boston University’s campus at ~12:30pm, where the BU Beekeepers Club will show us their hives and talk briefly about their educational approach to beekeeping (focused on training new beekeepers rather than maximum honey production) before we take a break for lunch, picnic-style along the banks of the Charles River. We will then screen a short film at BU titled Sister Bee, a lyrical cumentary about 6 beekeepers who encounter startling beauty and spiritual truth in honeybees. At ~3:15 we will make our way to the final stop – the Museum of Science - where we will check out the museum’s observation hive and get an up-close view of the bees hard at work! The day will wrap up around 4:00pm.
Join us for a single site demo or spend the day touring by
bike from hive to hive as we gain insight into the lives of local honeybees and their tenders. Don’t forget your helmet, water and picnic lunch if you plan to be with us all day! Total mileage from start to finish is just under 6 miles.
Pre-registration (which guarantees you a Tour de Hives T-shirt and VIBee access to the Museum of Science’s
observation hive exhibit) is available now at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247983. The
suggested donation of $20 covers event costs; any proceeds will be reinvested in education and outreach initiatives by the Boston Beekeepers Community. No
one will be denied Tour de Hives access/enjoyment for lack of funds (FYI: Museum of Science access requires an event T-shirt be purchased and worn, drop-ins welcome at all other stops).
Further details, a link to a map of the route
and other updates can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/BostonBeekeepers#!/events/297115667029162/
Questions can be directed to: BostonTourDeHives@gmail.com