Monday, July 7, 2014

'Bees Please' event in New Haven will teach folks all about bees

NEW HAVEN - Did you know that to "make one pound of honey, the bees in a single colony must visit two million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles?"
That information is part of a release sent out by folks at the Pardee-Morris House about an upcoming event.
Further, the release said, "that single pound of honey will be the life’s work of approximately 300 bees, and, get thisthey don’t sleep."
Hooked yet?
These, "and other fascinating bee trivia," will be part of a presentation dubbed “Bees, Please!” by Catherine Wolko, a professional beekeeper and owner of The Humble Bee Co. from 2 to 3 p.m.  July 13, the release said.
In case of inclement weather the free presentation will be held indoors.
"Wolko and her amiable yellow-and-black-striped mascot and side-kick, known as H.B, will bring to the Pardee-Morris House samples of honey to taste, beekeeping gear to try on, her own line of honey-based skin care products, and a wealth of knowledge," the release said.
"Wolko will also expand on the need for good stewardship of America’s honeybees: they are responsible for pollinating approximately 80 percent of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S. - a figure with some weighty implications."
Wolk maintains about 50 hives in four Connecticut towns, collects 35-40 pounds of honey per week, and has created a beeswax skin-care line that is in high demand at Connecticut product stores at Connecticut Visitor Centers in Milford and Darien, the release said.  She is the only beekeeper in Connecticut who is True Source Certified ™, a voluntary system of traceability for participants that demonstrates their sourcing practices are in full compliance with U.S. and international trade laws. She is also a member of The Connecticut Farm Bureau, The Backyard Beekeepers Association and The Connecticut Beekeepers Association.
More from the release:
The Pardee-Morris House is at 325 Lighthouse Road  Grounds open at noon; the lecture begins at 2 p.m. The Pardee-Morris House will be open to visitors for tours till 4 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets and chairs. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.
About the Pardee-Morris House
One of the oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780 and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  Built by Amos Morris circa 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779, and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum.
For the latest news on summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit the New Haven Museum’s website: and Facebook page:  Sign up for e-blasts at, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183

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