On the Scene: Palisade International Honeybee Festival

Bobby and JoAnn Turner



Cindy Braun and Marleen Rennke



Betty Claybrook, Bridget Costello and Cynthia Saenz



Doris Janowski, Charles Hardy and Kathryn Zartman



Steve Landman, Maria Pinder and Lani Narducci



Saunders Stewart, Juliann Adams and Kathi Roy



To stand outside on a warm western Colorado spring day, when the fruit trees are blossoming, is a miracle.

The bees are out in full force and could care less about your allergies. They have work to do, just like the farmers and just like the quirky folks in Palisade who celebrate the industrious honeybee.

The fifth annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival took place last weekend and I buzzed to the reception Friday night to check it out.

Waiting outside the Blue Pig Gallery for the crowd to appear I saw two delightful, yellow flowered forms moving up Main Street. Bobby and JoAnn Turner have lived in Palisade since 1981. They’re a honey of a couple and live the Palisade lifestyle to its fullest.

They informed me that eating local honey is thought to offer some relief from seasonal allergies. “Bee healthy!” Bobby says.

Once inside the gallery, I made a beeline to the back and was delighted to see former Mesa State College art professor Charles Hardy with fellow artists Doris Janowski and Kathryn Zartman. All three are Blue Pig Gallery members.

Charles was exhibiting his exceptional etchings, oils and engravings. Kathryn works with acrylics and is a self-proclaimed fun artist, not a fine artist. I love Doris’ style both personal and artistic. She works mostly in pastels, acrylics and oil and her work has a definite western flavor.

The hors d’oeuvres were gourmet as promised. Members and friends contributed to the artistic buffet, as Steve Landman, Maria Pinder and Lani Narducci informed me.

Steve recently purchased a piece of pottery from Tim Wedel and had come to see Tim’s other work in the gallery and to “Check out the other cool artists.”

Maria and Lani belong to the art opening circle, they hit all the First Friday’s and gallery openings. Lani aspires to be as talented as the artists at the Blue Pig, and Maria is an avid supporter with a “good eye” for art.

Pat Kennedy was serving up tastings from The Meadery of the Rockies — what else would they serve at a celebration of all things Apis?

I tried the King Arthur honey wine, a less sweet, off-dry wine. I liked it, reminded me of the mead my daddy used to make.

I was drawn like a bee to nectar when I saw Saunders Stewart and her mother Kathi Roy talking to Juliann Adams, executive director of the Palisade Chamber.

All three were decked out in honeybee chic, a regular festoon. Saunders is the front office manager for the Wine Country Inn and her equally beautiful mother Kathi, is an esthetician and owner of Face Time Skin Care in Palisade.

Two cute young ladies stood out in big matching spectacles. Bridget Costello and Cynthia Saenz both from Summit County were traveling to California with their grandma, Betty Claybrook. They made a stop in Palisade to stay with Betty’s best friend, Nancy Teixeira of Diorio’s of Palisade fame. I just couldn’t get Nancy to join in the photo. The girls love art and found the honeybee festival a sweet way to kick off their road trip.

As I flitted out of the gallery Cindy Braun and Marleen Rennke were sitting on a nearby bench with construction paper bees, decorated by local school children, behind them on the window. Cindy had a wrapped bundle on her lap and I pressed her to find out what it contained. She had purchased a Wedel bowl as a present for her cousin who loves hearts and purple. The bowl the perfect.

Cindy moved to Grand Junction just six months ago from Oklahoma City and met Marleen on a Museum of Western Colorado trip to the Four Corners. They’ve been friends ever since.

Both agreed they love the Grand Valley because there is always something interesting to do and has many opportunities to play outside.

This reception was just the start of festival. To see more photos from the festival, go too gjsentinel.com/news/galleries/palisade-honeybee-festival-2014.

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GET ON THE SCENE

Downtown Grand Junction will be buzzing with a number of happenings on Saturday.

■ The 11th annual MOG Fest with a gear sale and swap, bike rodeo for kids, live music and beer garden sill begin at 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Main Street. Info: mogoutdoorfest.com.

■ The Maverick Classic criterium race for collegiate cyclists will begin at 1 p.m. For info on all the Maverick Classic events, go to coloradomesa.edu/maverickclassic/.

■ Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., is participating in International Record Store Day with in-store events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as an after party from 9 p.m. to midnight at Baron’s, 539 Colorado Ave., that will feature the bands Wave Baby, The Nomads, Willie DeFord and Friends, Dusty Thunders and others. Info: 243-3974.


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