Monday, June 7, 2010

This event is the bee's knees!

Happy bee-day!

On June 12, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates its 100th birthday the sweetest way it knows possible.

From bee-made and -inspired products to honey taste tests from local beekeepers, it’s an apiary extravaganza.

Fill up on honey products made by Liddabit Sweets and Sugarbuilt and the sweet stuff itself made by local rooftop beekeepers, who got a boost after the city made the practice legal in the city this past March.

Then learn where it all came from through talks with renowned apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp and nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg, or how to do it yourself in a Beekeeping Boot Camp with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries.

Throughout the day, sample sounds from local bands including soul revival act the Sweet Divines, performing with the queen bee herself, Maxine Brown; Brooklyn’s own kings of a cappella, The Persuasions; the gypsy jazz of Stephane Wrembel and his Django Experiment; as well as a special performance by Hiten Marimba Duo of — what else — “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

There’s a lot to bee excited about.

“Centennial Bee-Day Party” at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave. at Crown Street in Crown Heights], June 12, 11 am-6 pm. Free. For info, visit


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