Palisade the place to bee

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Mary Mansfield(cq) with the Blue Pig Galley with Palisade’s artist Steve Kentz sandstone sculpture “Don’t Worry Bee Happy”.Showing at the Blue Pig Galley.Sent as 041310 OA Honey Bee Fest.



The list of things to do and see at the Palisade International Honeybee Festival is a long one. Here are some events that will be going on in addition to those mentioned in the story.

• Educational programs — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Town Plaza. Information on the worldwide decline of honeybees. Participants include The Insectory, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, KRMJ—Rocky Mountain PBS and beekeepers.

• Peach Blossom Art Show — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Palisade Veterans Memorial Community Center.

• The Meadery of the Rockies tours — 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tour will show how honey-based mead is made.

• Orchard tours — 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tour Suncrest Orchard Alpacas and High Country Orchards.

Note: There will be a continuous shuttle service with stops at Wine Country Inn, downtown Palisade, the Palisade Veterans Memorial Community Center and Meadery of the Rockies.

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 for information.

— Compiled by Tammy Gemaehlich


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