Bee Week: Hilltowns featuring Bloom! Festival in Heath (5/17) and To Bee in Ashfield (5/23)

May 17, Bloom! – A Festival to Support Pollinators at The Benson Place, 182 Flagg Hill Road, Heath, 9 am – 4:30 pm

It’s getting to be bloom time for the blueberries on top of Burnt Hill in Jonathan and Ezekiel Mirin prepare for Bee Week.forwebHeath and the Benson Place is a spectacularly scenic sustainable blueberry farm that can be enjoyed at all times of the year. The Bloom! Festival is part of the Benson Place’s efforts to help native pollinators and includes workshops, farm walks, a pollinator-friendly plant sale, a family contra dance, and Piti Theatre’s performance To Bee or Not to Bee at 1:30 pm. Complete schedule at or call (413) 337-5340. Suggested donation: $10/adult, $5/child, $20/family. Funds raised will go towards planting public pollinator gardens in Franklin County next spring. 

May 23, To Bee or Not to Bee and Sustainable Agriculture Expo/Bee Garden Ribbon-Cutting, Sanderson Academy, 808 Cape Street, Ashfield, 6 pm Expo, 6:30 pm performance

Piti Theatre Company will be integrating all 107 students from grades K – 6 into this special version of “To Bee or Not to Bee” their play with music where Farmer James has lost his bees, there’s only gruel to eat and now the townspeople (the audience) have arrived to protest, chanting “There’s no good food, we’re in a bad mood.” “To Bee” tells James’ comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story – complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation.

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