Palisade the place to bee
If you love art, honey or the spirit of festivals, make a beeline for Palisade this weekend.
The Palisade International Honeybee Festival will open Friday evening, April 16, and continue Saturday, April 17.
On Friday, The Blue Pig Gallery, 119 W. Third St., will host a reception from 5–8 p.m.
“Art of Wax” exhibit artists, including Joseph Browne, Michael Garlitz, Gayle Gerson, Maureen Howles, Susan Metzger and Vera Mulder, will be at the reception.
Gary McCallister, Mesa State College biology professor, will give an education presentation titled “The Natives (Bees) Are Restless” at 6 p.m. The presentation will examine the state of the local bee population.
And there will be appetizers and mead from the Meadery of the Rockies.
On Saturday, the festival opens at 11 a.m. in the Palisade Town Plaza. There will be information booths, hands-on activities for children, food, drinks and vendors. Live music will be performed by Banjo Joe, noon to 2 p.m.; Ron Koss and Simmer Down, 2–4 p.m.; and The Big Band, 4–6 p.m.
A number of art demonstrations will be given through the day.
The Blue Pig will have batik art demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Twisted Brick Studios, 128 E. Third St., will have wax encaustics demonstrations at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
McCallister will make another presentation at 1 p.m. at The Blue Pig. This presentation will be geared toward children who will see an empty beehive and beekeeper armor and equipment.
Call 464-4819 to learn more about the Blue Pig Gallery events or 464-5777 and 261-5809 for festival information. You can also buzz over to wwwpalisadehoneybee fest.com for information.
— Compiled by Tammy Gemaehlich