Bee in Palisade this weekend for first Honeybee Festival

Palisade will be buzzing during its first annual Honeybee Festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16–17.

The festival will celebrate the integral role honeybees play in supporting the area’s agricultural industry.

Sadly, the honeybee population is diminishing and the festival aims to make the public aware of the importance of bees.

Three artists will show works at The Blue Pig Gallery honoring the diminishing honeybee throughout the month of October. The opening reception for the show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 16.

Artist Diana Woods will display encaustic paintings, which use a beeswax-based paint. Deborah Snider will show mixed media collages and a bee-themed quilt. Sarah Denise Kaspar will have honeypots on display.

Local beekeeper Chris Blatter will discuss the present condition of the local bee population. Gary McCallister, professor of biology at Mesa State College, will present a talk titled “Living Together.”

The reception is free and open to the public.

There will be presentations at the Wine Country Inn and wine tastings at various wineries. Vendors will be showcased downtown.

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