Centennial Bee-Day Party

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    • Left: The Honeybee Conservancy; right: the Sweet Divines (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)Left: The Honeybee Conservancy; right: the Sweet Divines (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)
    • Left: Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries; right: Vanishing of the Bees Documentary Film ScreeningLeft: Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries; right: Vanishing of the Bees Documentary Film Screening
    • Honeybee Lives (Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice)Honeybee Lives (Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice)
    • Left: Liddabit Sweets; right: Carmelo the Science Fellow (Photo by Heather Weston)Left: Liddabit Sweets; right: Carmelo the Science Fellow (Photo by Heather Weston)
    • Left: The Persuasions; right: New York City Rooftop HoneyLeft: The Persuasions; right: New York City Rooftop Honey
    • Left: Apiary Expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Photo by Ellen Harasimowicz); right: Oak Lea (Photo by Leah Streetman)Left: Apiary Expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Photo by Ellen Harasimowicz); right: Oak Lea (Photo by Leah Streetman)
    • Left: Author and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman; right: Greenbelt Native Plant Center (Courtesy of John Ascher)Left: Author and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman; right: Greenbelt Native Plant Center (Courtesy of John Ascher)
    • Left: NYC Beekeeping Meetup Group (Copyright: NYC Beekeeping); right: Stephane Wrembel (Photo by Michael Weintrob)Left: NYC Beekeeping Meetup Group (Copyright: NYC Beekeeping); right: Stephane Wrembel (Photo by Michael Weintrob)
    • Honeybee Lives (Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice)Honeybee Lives (Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice)
    • Left: Hiten Marimba Duo; right: Erica Weiner Jewelry (Photo by Erica Weiner)Left: Hiten Marimba Duo; right: Erica Weiner Jewelry (Photo by Erica Weiner)
    • Photographer Rose-Lynn FisherPhotographer Rose-Lynn Fisher
    • Left: Bee Native; right: The Legendary Maxine BrownLeft: Bee Native; right: The Legendary Maxine Brown
    • Mecca BodegaMecca Bodega
    • Left: Nature Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg; right: Sugarbuilt (Photo by Amelia Coulter)Left: Nature Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg; right: Sugarbuilt (Photo by Amelia Coulter)

    Saturday, June 12, 2010 | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Free!


    Celebrate BBG's centennial with a bee-filled birthday party for all ages. Enjoy a day of musical performances by Stephane Wrembel, the Django Experiment; Mecca Bodega; the Persuasions; the Sweet Divines; and other artists. Themed walking tours with BBG's gardeners and scientists highlight plants' special relationships with bees. Sample "New York City rooftop honey" and other delights by local beekeepers and artisans. Hear renowned apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp and nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talk about the importance of bees in our environment. Kids can buzz around the grounds in fanciful bee costumes, make bee puppets, explore hands-on science workshops, and enjoy bee-inspired readings by Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman.

    Performers, Activities, Exhibits and Workshops

    Printable Centennial Bee-day Party Schedule of Events (pdf)

    Schedule of Events


    11:00–12:30

    Vanishing of the Bees
    Documentary advance screening by directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein
    Auditorium

    Noon–1:00

    Hiten Marimba Duo
    "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other works
    Lily Pool Terrace

    1:00–2:30

    Mecca Bodega
    Mesmerizing global music
    Cranford Rose Garden

    1:00–1:20

    Bees Up Close
    Presentation and talk with photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher
    Auditorium

    1:20–2:15

    Verlyn Klinkenborg on Beekeeping
    Refl ections by the NY Times nature writer and home apiarist
    Auditorium

    1:30–2:30

    Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment
    Gypsy jazz
    Magnolia Plaza

    2:00–2:45

    Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman
    Poetry reading about bees and nature
    Fragrance Garden

    2:30–3:15

    CSI: The Hive
    Investigating the causes of colony collapse disorder with apiary expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp
    Auditorium

    2:30–3:30

    Hiten Marimba Duo
    "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other works
    Lily Pool Terrace

    3:15–4:30

    The Persuasions
    Brooklyn’s own kings of a cappella
    Cherry Esplanade

    3:30–4:30

    Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment
    Gypsy jazz
    Magnolia Plaza

    3:30–4:30

    Paul Mueller
    Sweet hammered dulcimer serenade
    Herb Garden

    4:45–6:00

    The Sweet Divines with the Legendary Maxine Brown
    Old-school honeys harmonize with the queen bee of soul
    Cherry Esplanade

    Noon–12:45

    Native Bees and Native Plants
    Tour with BBG director of Science Gerry Moore
    Native Flora Garden

    Noon–1:00

    Live Bee or Die
    The joys of organic and sustainable beekeeping with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries
    Meadow

    Noon–1:00

    Heirloom Annuals for the Home Gardener
    Tour with BBG curator Cayleb Long
    Lily Pool Terrace

    Noon–1:00

    Inviting Beneficial Insects into the Cranford Rose Garden
    Tour with BBG curator Sarah Owens
    Cranford Rose Garden

    12:30–1:00

    No Common Scents: Fragrance Garden Tour for Kids
    With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
    Fragrance Garden

    1:00–2:00

    Flowering Herbs and Cover Crops
    Tour about pollination with BBG curator Caleb Leech
    Herb Garden

    1:30–2:30

    Bees and Trees
    Tour the pollination seasons with BBG senior arborist Chris Roddick
    Oak Circle

    1:30–2:30

    Inviting Beneficial Insects into the Cranford Rose Garden
    Tour with BBG curator Sarah Owens
    Cranford Rose Garden

    2:00–2:30

    To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Garden Tour for Kids
    With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
    Skakespeare Garden

    2:00–3:00

    Beekeeping Boot Camp
    Workshop for new-bee apiarists with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries
    Meadow

    2:00–4:00

    Make a Native Bee Home
    Margarita Poulson demonstrates how to make alluring nests for Brooklyn bees
    Oak Circle

    2:30–3:30

    Fruit Tree Pollinators
    Tour with BBG curator Caleb Leech
    Herb Garden

    2:30–3:30

    Book Signing with Rose-Lynn Fisher and Verlyn Klinkenborg
    Featuring Bee, the photographer’s new book, with a foreword by Verlyn Klinkenborg
    Magnolia Plaza

    2:45–3:30

    Book Signing with Mary Ann Hoberman
    Featuring Whose Garden Is It? and other works by the Children's Poet Laureate
    Fragrance Garden

    3:00–4:00

    Bees and Trees
    Tour the pollination seasons with BBG senior arborist Chris Roddick
    Oak Circle

    3:30–4:30

    Heirloom Annuals for the Home Gardener
    Tour with BBG curator Cayleb Long
    Lily Pool Terrace

    11:00–5:00

    Liddabit Sweets
    Honey candies
    Magnolia Plaza

    11:00–5:00

    Sugarbuilt
    Bee-day cookies
    Magnolia Plaza

    11:00–5:00

    Erica Weiner Jewelry
    Bee and insect creations
    Magnolia Plaza

    11:00–5:00

    J & L Handmade Soap
    Natural honey skincare
    Magnolia Plaza

    11:00–5:00

    Oak Lea
    Honeycomb jewelry designs in silver
    Magnolia Plaza

    11:00–5:00

    Erica's Rugelach and Baking Company
    Honey-inspired sweets
    Magnolia Plaza

    Noon–4:30

    Books on Bees and Pollination
    Gardener's Resource Center, Rotunda

    Noon–4:30

    Hive: An Architectural Cookie Installation
    By Amelia Coulter of Sugarbuilt
    Rotunda

    Noon–5:00

    Eco-organizers, Progressive Pollinators, and Live Hives
    Anarchy Apiaries
    Bee Native
    Bees Without Borders
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    East New York Farms
    Gotham City Honey Coop
    Great Pollinator Project: Bee Watchers
    Greenbelt Native Plant Center
    HoneybeeLives
    Just Food
    NYC Beekeeper Association
    NYC Beekeeping Meetup Group
    The Honeybee Conservancy
    Lily Pool Terrace

    Noon–5:00

    Small-Batch, Regional Honey
    Finger Lakes Honey
    Honey Gardens Apiaries
    Nature's Way Farm
    New York City Rooftop Honey
    Red Bee Honey
    Lily Pool Terrace

    Noon–12:45

    Metamorphosis, with Carmelo the Science Fellow
    Be a baby bee (ages 4 and up)
    Fragrance Garden

    Noon–4:30

    Bee Yourself
    Raid our bumble bee costume closet and earn your stripes
    Fragrance Garden

    12:30–1:00

    No Common Scents: Fragrance Garden Tour for Kids
    With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
    Fragrance Garden

    1:00–1:30

    I Ain’t Scared of No Bees!
    David Graves invites you to try on his beekeeper’s hat and check out a live hive
    Fragrance Garden

    1:00–4:00

    Bees and Flowers
    Pot up a pollinator-friendly plant to take home
    Discovery Garden

    1:15–2:00

    See Through the Eyes of a Bee, with Carmelo the Science Fellow
    Make your own bee-noculars (ages 4 and up)
    Fragrance Garden

    2:00–2:30

    To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Garden Tour for Kids
    With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
    Shakespeare Garden

    2:00–2:45

    Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman
    Poetry reading about bees and nature
    Fragrance Garden

    2:30–5:00

    Create a Bouncing Bumble Bee
    Workshop with Puppetry Arts Theatre
    Fragrance Garden

    2:45–3:30

    Book Signing with Mary Ann Hoberman
    Featuring Whose Garden Is It? and other works by the Children's Poet Laureate
    Fragrance Garden

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