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Richlands prepares for the 2nd Annual Winter Honey Festival

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The Clinch River Beekeepers Association and the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the Second Annual Winter Honey Festival, Saturday, February 14, 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Richlands Police Department Complex, 1851 Cranwell Drive in downtown Richlands. The event will offer the perfect opportunity to replenish your honey supply from area and regional beekeepers. Artisans and craftsmen will also be present, such as Deskin Mountain Farms and Soul Shine Soaps with soaps, lotions and bath products; Doug Branton with hand thrown honey pots with other items of pottery and 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. Clinch Valley Medical Center will offer safety tips on the care and emergencies of encountering bee stings and hornets' nest. Artisans and craftsmen from all walks of life will surprise you with their wares and the relationship to their craft with bees.

This week long winter event has thrills all week starting Saturday, February 7 with the Beginning Beekeeping Course from 9am to 3pm, Dellinger Hall, room 116, Southwest Virginia Community College (class fee) followed by CART's (Citizens for the Arts) performance of Della's Diner, 7pm, Richlands Middle School Auditorium (admission fee). Sunday, February 9 local churches have been invited to share their sermons on the prosperity the Lord has given us through the land of “milk and honey”. Monday, February 9, 7pm learn what equipment is needed to start your own production of honey with the Beekeeping Equipment class, Dellinger Hall, room 116, SWCC (class fee). Tuesday, February 10, 7pm, author Kathy Shearer, oral historian and storyteller will captivate her audience when she spins a few tales from her recent books at Historic Crab Orchard Museum's Red Barn, part of the ‘4 Authors in 8 Weeks' Series. Thursday, February 12, 7pm “Honey Baby Mine; An Evening of Love Stories and Music with Rema Keen and Special Guest” perform at Appalachian Art Center. (admission fee) Friday, February 13, 7pm take your “Honey Bee” to a Valentine Dance featuring the SWCC Dance Band, Community Center at SWCC. Wear your dancing shoes and come ready to swing to the best dance music around. (admission fee) Saturday, February 14 is the day of the Second Annual Winter Honey Festival starting at 10am, packed with everything your heart desires perfect for Valentine's Day!

You will find not only a bee theme but quilts, baskets, antiques, photography, food, books and fabulous door prizes. This year's Grand prize by Geezer Ridge Farms is a magnificent beekeeping set-up however you must be present to win! Then Rema Keen is back presenting her second performance of “Honey Baby Mine” at 3pm, Appalachian Art Center (admission fee) and if that's not enough CART (Citizens for the Arts) will close out the week with a lighting charged performance of “The Lightning Thief”, Sunday, February 15, 3pm at Richlands Middle School Auditorium.(admission fee) How's that for small town excitement. Even our local restaurants are getting into the act featuring honey-themed dishes and drinks-from honey ham to exotic Mexican dishes and mead to sangria or even honey/chocolate/cherry beer for Valentine's Day. Go by and see what is in store: Stir-N-Dip-A-Tea Bakery and Gifts, The Lunch Box and Bakery, Roma Restaurant and El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant. Everyone is invited!

Space remains available at $20 per booth and fees are attributed to events hosted other than at the Richlands Police Department Complex. Call to verify admission prices to individual activities (276) 963-3385 or email richlandschamber@roadrunner.com

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