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Charleston Honey and Bee Expo

When: Sun., April 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2013

Springtime is here, and that means the soothing buzz of bees as they flit from flower to flower — we hope. You’ve probably heard of the mystery of declining honeybee populations, which is happening all across the country. The Charleston Area Beekeepers Association is doing their part to stop this trend, and the Honey and Bee Expo is part of it. “Since one out of every three bites we eat can be attributed to bee pollination, we want to encourage the community to be aware,” says Charleston Area Beekeepers secretary Debbie Fisher. “Everyone should be informed about the declining bee populations and what this means to agriculture, because honey isn’t everything — though it is a nice side product.” There will be plenty of fun activities including local honey tastings, an observation hive with live bees, a children’s corner with games and crafts, and an opportunity to meet local beekeepers. There will also be local honey and honey cotton candy (a new invention) available for purchase. It’s all taking place in a pet-friendly outdoor exhibit area, so bring your furry family members. As part of the association’s efforts to educate the public on how to help the bees, guests can also donate $5 to watch one of two films, Silence of the Bees and Colony. These documentaries reveal possible scientific explanations as to why bees are dying and how we can save them. The films will show at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Emily Taylor

Price: Free, $5/film screenings

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