Special Events

Special Events

3rd Annual Greenfield Bee Week
From Friday, June 03, 2016
To Saturday, June 18, 2016
 Contact 413-625-6569, info@ptco.org

 Moving Closer to Becoming a Bee-Friendly Certified Town with activities and opportunities for all ages

On May 19, 2015 President Obama's Pollinator Health Task Force released their much anticipated "National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators." The Strategy highlights the importance of "public education and outreach" among other measures in the fight to stop pollinator decline, which includes massive losses to the monarch butterfly population as well as 30 - 40% annual losses of honey bees and dwindling populations of many native bee species. Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies between April 2015 and April 2016, according to preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Meanwhile, Greenfield is preparing for it's third annual Bee Week from June 3 - June 18.

"Bee Weeks" are a unique blend of pollinator-inspired arts, science, education and community-building launched by Shelburne's Piti Theatre Company in communities around the Valley in 2014. The goal of Bee Weeks is to raise awareness of the plight of pollinators while giving children and adults tools for helping bees thrive in their communities. "Holding events that raise awareness about the challenges facing pollinators is critical", says Piti Theatre Artistic Director Jonathan Mirin, who co-directs the troupe with his wife Godeliève Richard, "but we are also inviting people to participate in their own yard or window box by planting flowers that pollinators need from early spring to late fall and recruiting a team of volunteers inspired to help Greenfield become a Bee Friendly Town. People who would like to volunteer are invited to email buzz@ptco.org or call (413) 625-6569. There are also ideas and resources at www.beeweek.org.

Opportunities for Businesses, Homeowners

Piti Theatre invites businesses and homeowners who would like to make this week their moment to go "bee friendly" to email info@ptco.org or call (413) 625-6569 with their news. They will post it on beeweek.org to inspire others and potentially include it in future press releases, eblasts, etc. Possibilities include:

- planting trees or flowers that pollinators like

- partnering with a neighbor to create a "pollinator corridor" along the edges of your property

- reducing pesticide/herbicide use

- letting a little corner of the lawn "go" (ideal for native bee nesting)

- joining the "10% for the Bees" campaign (moving towards converting 10% of your lawn to bee-friendly habitat

- choosing cabled internet and corded telephone connections to reduce microwave radiation around home, office and in nature

The honeybee alone is responsible for some adding some 15 billion dollars in value to agricultural crops annually. Bee Weeks are inspired by three years of Piti Theatre Company's touring their original play with music "To Bee or Not to Bee", including a french translation which premiered in Switzerland in 2012. Piti began working on replicating the event closer to home after partnering with Maine's Mahoosuc Arts Council to create "Bethel Bee Week" in 2013.

Events at a Glance (check beeweek.org for updates)

Jonathan and Ezekiel Mirin prepare for Bee Week

Greenfield, June 3 – June 18

Friday, June 3: Honey tasting and Wi-fi Best Practices Info Table at Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street. Come sample some delicious Greenfield-made honey from 5 - 8 pm and get free wi-fi best practices tips from 5 - 6:30.

And then . . . head over to 2nd Congregational Church on the Town Common for "Bee Man", a solo show by beekeeper Marc Hoffman where he portrays Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth, inventor of the modern day beehive. Co-presented by the 2nd Congregational Church and Franklin County Beekeepers Association at 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield, 7 pm. Tix: $5

Plus it's a Bee Themed "Gotta Bee Downtown" First Friday hosted by the Greenfield Business Association.

Saturday, June 4: 2nd Congregational Church Bee Fest, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm with activities and events for all ages, 16 Court Square.

Thursday, June 9: Spelling Bee at Greenfield Public Library, 6:30 pm, sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street.

Saturday, June 18: Beekeeping Workshop at Just Roots, Greenfield Town Farm, 11 am. Learn bee-keeping basics with beekeeper Daniel Berry. 34 Glenbrook Rd. Details at www.justroots.org

Location Greenfield