Scottville Beekeepers to host first fall festival

SCOTTVILLE — Scottville Beekeepers will host its first fall festival — “A Sweet Taste of Honey” — this month.

The Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County draws members from Manistee, Pentwater and Lake County as well. (Courtesy photo)

The Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County draws members from Manistee, Pentwater and Lake County as well. (Courtesy photo)

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Scottville Senior Center, located at 140 S. Main St. The free event is open to the public.

There will be more than 15 different honey tasting stations providing visitors a chance to sample delicious varieties of local honey. There will be info sessions with area beekeepers, an observation hive with live bees, kids’ activities and demonstrations on making lip balm and beeswax candles.

Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County is going into its third successful year with monthly attendance typically close to 50 people. With the nearest bee clubs in either Holland or Traverse City, the club draws members from Manistee, Pentwater and Lake County as well as Mason County.

Concern for honeybees is at a high point, and members hope this fall festival will become an annual affair. With the public’s growing awareness of the challenges facing the honeybee and its threat to food production along with the health benefits of raw, unfiltered honey, this event will give attendees a chance to learn from the bees themselves and to sample and choose the varieties grown right here in the area.

Beekeepers will be available throughout the day to answer questions including Ed Malkowski, “Mason County’s Patron Saint of Bees”. His recently published memoir by the same name will be available for sale.

For more information, contact Lenny at ifneedbee@earthlink.net or (773) 320-8828 or visit www.scottvillebeekeepers.org.

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