Save the Bees!  This year The Oregon Honey Festival hosts a variety of educators, exhibitors and events for Bee Weekend in Ashland, August 18 and 19th. 

To kick off the month, on August 1, Cascade Girl Organization will curate a Pollinator Art Show at the Rogue Valley international Airport on the 2nd Floor.

The weekend starts with the “Beekeeper Breakfast” at the Ashland Springs Hotel Crystal Room in downtown Ashland at 212 E. Main St. Starting at 9AM, it is open to the public. Advance tickets are required for this event so purchase by August 10, please. You don't have to be a Beekeeper to attend!  Food for the event is prepared by Larks Chef Franco (Food description available on the Eventbrite site listed here). 

At the Breakfast, Dr. Andony Melathopoulos, the director of the Oregon Bee Project will update us on Bee Health and Amina Harris, Director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center will show participants how to taste Honey.
Tickets for this event are available at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeper-breakfast-at-the-2018-oregon-honey-festival-tickets-45532197027?aff=ebapi

The Honey Festival runs from 11 AM until 5 PM on Saturday, August 18 at the Ashland Elks Lodge at 255 E Main St., across the way from the Ashland Springs Hotel.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to meet Beekeepers and other Artisans, taste and buy honey and local mead and to taste cheeses from Rogue Creamery, bread from Rise Up! Bakery, Dagoba Chocolate and other delights.  Kids 8 and under are admitted free with a parent.  Tickets for this event are available at the door or in advance at 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-honey-mead-festival-2018-tickets-45609697834?aff=ebapi

The Native American Lakota Youth Development Project has started a Beekeeping Project benefitting Next-Gen Youth Beekeepers who are active in every aspect of Honey Bee husbandry, land management and marketing.  These young Entrepreneurs are coming all the way from Herrick, South Dakota to present at the Festival.  The 15 person group will tell us about their cultural approach to beekeeping and the environment as well as demonstrate native dance and song. 

Lakota Youth will bring their honey to the Festival and also perform Native American dance unique to each performer in the Plaza around noon on Saturday.

On Sunday, August 19, Jen Ambrose and Annieville perform love songs at Grizzly Peak Winery at 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland.  Festival goers may also try local meads!  Proceeds also support Pollinator Education and Conservation.  Bee-Loved Concert tickets are available at: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bee-loved-benefit-tickets-47628408853?aff=ebapi

The Oregon Honey Festival, Beekeeper Breakfast and Bee-loved Concert is produced by the Cascade Girl Organization in partnership with the Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association. Proceeds fund Pollinator conservation and Education.  Major supporters of the Festival include GloryBee Foods, Rogue Regency Inn, Shastina Millworks, Posh Organics, Nectar Creek and Human Bean.

Photo credit for all photos (except the beekeeper shot): LARRY STAUTH.
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