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Winter Honey Festival coming to Richlands

The Clinch River Beekeepers Association and the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce will present the first Winter Honey event on Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Richlands Business Incubator on Front Street in downtown Richlands.   The event will offer the perfect opportunity to replenish your honey supply from our local beekeepers that will have their recent harvests available.  Artisans and craftsmen will also be present, people such as Virginia Warner of the Bees of Deskin Mountain with soaps, lotions and bath products; Carolyn Neal of Valley Baskets who will weave her magic before your eyes; Charlie Lawson and his locally famous, locally made and fully assembled hives and other wooden products; and the owners of Blacksnake Meadery to tell of the mysteries of one of our oldest wines.  Representatives of local, state and national bee organizations will offer educational material concerning bees as well as honey, bee culture and aspects relating to honey bees in America.  There will be free information available as well as popular books for sale.
Most of us have heard of the recent catastrophic events that have befallen our bees, from Colony Collapse Disorder to the massive deaths of bees from toxic spraying incidents.  However, Winter Honey is aimed more at the celebration of the honeybee and the many blessings that accompany its existence.
Honeybees, like the European immigrants who brought them over, are not native to America.  They spread quickly, not only through the maintained hives of farmers, but also through the feral hives that swarmed off of and ahead of westward moving white settlers.  Many Indian nations, while enjoying the honey, saw the honeybee as a harbinger of European intrusion on their traditional hunting grounds and often referred to the bees as "white-man's flies."   The honey bee not only pollinated the fruits and vegetables of the ever changing American landscape, it integrated itself into our everyday lives to a point that few of us can imagine life without it.
There is much to be learned and enjoyed about the honey bee.  Winter Honey is meant to whet your appetite.  Come and pick up your own supply of pure Southwest Virginia local honey (no over-priced, fancy packaged, watered down import for you), bee-based beauty products, Tazewell County handmade woven baskets, Richlands-built and assembled bee hives and other wooden gear, mead (honey wine), a good base of educational material, musical entertainment and, of course, come hungry for some of our food.  We can even help you order bees so you may join the ranks of America's beekeepers.
Co-Sponsors for Winter Honey Festival include the Bees of Deskin Mountain, Trustpoint Insurance, Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes, Omega Mining LLC, Ultra Pipeline, Community Home Care Services and the Willis Land and Goat Company.  Support our sponsors and don't forget to BEE HAPPY and join us, Saturday, February 8, starting at 10am at the Richlands Business Incubator.  For more information call the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce (276)  963-3385.
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