Mid-Coast Maine Bee Week!
October 18 – 20: To Bee or Not to Bee Residency at Ames Elementary School, Searsmont, ME. Performance on Friday, Oct. 18, 2 pm. Check out an article in the local paper about the residency.
October 21, United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring Street, Belfast
9 -1: Dirigo Learning’s Hands-On Pollinator Museum, a travelling collection of specimens specific to Maine’s landscape and create their own Bee Hotels, handmade habitats that promote the growth of native bee colonies – an essential part of Maine’s food systems.
2 pm – 3 pm: To Bee or Not to Bee Performance. Read the feature in the Penobscot Bay Pilot.
3:15 – 4:00: all ages pollinator activist art workshop at the Belfast Co-op
October 22: To Bee or Not to Bee performance at Curtis Library, Brunswick ME, 3 pm. Ed Friedman, beekeeper and Executive Director of the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, will be available after the show. Read the feature in the Times-Record.
Thank you to our hosts at Wareham Bee Week in MA!
Friday, Oct. 13: To Bee or Not to Bee at Decas Elementary School, Wareham MA
Saturday, Oct. 14: Story of My Bees at Wareham Free Public Library, MA, 10 am. Followed by beekeeper presentation by beekeeper and photographer Renée Ricciardi at 11. Check out the article about Renee and this event.
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What’s the Tour?
The To Bee or Not to Bee Tour is a series of pollinator and environmental health inspired performances, workshops, panels, planting days and more scheduled for October – November 2017 around New England and for April – May 2018 across the U.S.
- Communities across the U.S. holding their first Bee Weeks and/or hosting a Piti Theatre performance. Greenfield, MA got things going from June 3 – 10. Plans are underway for Wareham, MA (October 7 – 15) and mid-Coast Maine (October 16 – 22). Spring plans include Cleveland, Denver/Boulder CO, Berkeley/San Francisco, Northern CA, Los Angeles, Austin, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. If you would like to have your town included now or in the future, email jonathan”at”ptco.org.
- Fundraising to support planting of bee friendly habitat
Who can participate?
Since 2012, we have collaborated with festivals, theaters, elementary, middle and high schools, environmental groups, beekeepers, libraries, gardening groups, farmers, homeowners and more to raise awareness about what people can do to help pollinators as well as plant bee gardens and bee friendly habitat. Our tour will start in the Northeast and buzzing its way towards California in the BeeMobile (the High Road) and come back via the Arizona, Texas, etc. (the Low Road). Our exact route will depend on the communities we visit. Even if you are not part of this year’s tour, communities will be able to post their pollinator-friendly progress online and register to bee part of the next To Bee or Not to Bee Tour, scheduled for Fall, 2018.
“The first-ever Bethel Bee Week was truly amazing. It brought together all ages and all parts of the community to join in becoming aware of the importance of honeybees through arts and community activities that built new relationships among people and local organizations . . . Finally, thanks to the Piti Theatre Company for bringing a top quality arts education program to our community.”
- Aranka Matolcsy, Executive Director and the Mahoosuc Arts Council Board of Directors
Thank You Tour Sponsors!