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A Toast To National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week begins this Monday, and here in Fort Wayne, Southwest Honey Co. is abuzz with plans for a honey of a celebration called "Bees & Brew."

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Megan Ryan and Alex Cornwell, ready for work in their sustainable apiaries.

This year's affair will be hosted at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, and will include the debut of a special honey beer, as well as honey-based hors d'oeuvres and activities.

Another sweet new twist to this year's celebration is a viewing of six specially embellished bee hives, designed and painted by local artists, that will be "up for adoption," by online bid, in support of local pollinator education.

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Adoptable hives by Alexandra Hall, Phresh Laundry, Alyssa Deck, Tobias Studios, Tiny Clementine Art and Frank Louis Allen.

Each of the adopted hives will be kept in one of Southwest Honey Co.'s sustainable apiaries and comes with "sweet perks" for the adopter.

For a sneak peek at the event, and the swarm of summer education programs the busy organization has planned, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with company founders, Alex Cornwell and Megan Ryan, to get a taste of what's in store, and learn how awareness initiatives can protect pollinators, their habitats, and our food supply.

In Southwest Honey Company's  ever-creative quest to connect the community to engaging, as well as informative pollinator education, here's their noteworthy public demonstration of the Waggle Dance:

Event Information:

Southwest Honey Co.'s Bees & Brew
@ Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne
Friday, June 22nd
6:30 p.m.

For ticket information, and to place bids in the Adopt an Artist's Hive auction, visit the Southwest Honey Co. website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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