Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Honey Thief

This morning's meeting was a wonderful time chatting with Elizabeth. Just the general discussion of her book with her, I gained a lot of insight into how she developed the characters and the story.  The pieces all fit together so nicely, except for my aversion to Miriam, just wanted to shake her awake.
Many thanks, Elizabeth for traveling to Natick and sharing with us. Sadly, I neglected to take pictures.  And thank you to all who helped with refreshments.

Happy Holidays,

Will be posting the information about the bee program at MassHort Elm Bank later

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Handmade Beeswax Candles by Mary Mansur

 and I thought we'd be the only ones into bees this
41 Main Street (Route 27)
Natick Center Cultural District

Our latest Featured Artist is
Mary Mansur, who creates candles made from beeswax gathered on her family's farm in Ipswich, MA.

As our latest Featured Artist, Mary's lovely handmade candles will be 20% off from Friday, November 7, through Thursday, November 20, 2014

All of her creations are made from 100% pure beeswax - a natural substance which burns clean and long with a warm honey glow. Mary and her husband, Dave Mansur, have been keeping bees for almost 20 years. During that time, Mary has built a loyal following of customers for her handcrafted beeswax candles and sun catchers. 

Just in time for bee holidays!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bee Stories

When I was about 6 years old we had a 3' wooden cube in our yard to house our outdoor toys.  One early spring day as we opened the cube a swarm of bees came flying out.  Our playmate, Michael who lived next door, became the target for all these bees. My father, hearing our screams, came running out .  Michael started running for home.  Dad, who learned very quickly what happened, caught up with Michael and started swatting the bees off him. Meanwhile, Michael's dad who heard the commotion came running down the street seeing my dad hitting his son, and went charging after my dad.  Fortunately, as he got closer Michael's dad saw the bees and took over the swatting. While we neighbors remained friends in need poor Michael can never be stung again by a bee.

What's your bee story?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Skype with author Peggy Hesketh

Get the inside scoop on  Telling the Bees as we Skype with author Peggy Hesketh                   
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11 am         

about the book

Octogenarian Albert Honig, a quiet, unassuming bachelor, has always lived a quiet, unassuming life. He's incredibly attuned to the workings of the beehives he keeps in his sunny Southern California backyard, and their buzzing inhabitants are his closest companions. Although he doesn't care for most of his neighbors, he has remained on good terms with his next-door neighbors, sisters Claire and Hilda Straussman. Then Albert discovers that the Straussman sisters have been murdered.

Why honey bees are important

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Beekeeper's Apprentice

One week to go for our discussion on the Laurie King's Beekeeper's Apprentice.  Here is the link to some  Discussion Questions.  If you're unable to make the meeting here's your chance to participate in the blog.
See you on the 15th!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Parisian Diversion

Incase you re looking for a diversion from the length of PARIS , the Hundred-foot Journey is a delightful quick read of culture, food and family/kp

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, DreamWorks Studios, and Participant Media. "That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist." And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life's journey in Richard Morais's charming novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey . Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste. Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais -that of the famous chef Madame Mallory-and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures. The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages-charming, endearing, and compulsively readable.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It looks as though we visited the mount just in time for the French garden suffered much damage last week from a rain storm.

Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that the damage to the gardens, from last week's storm, has largely been addressed. In fact, the gardens look just stunning as we head into the long weekend.

Thanks to a quick response, we were able to save the majority of the perennials and the flower beds have been completely cleared of rubble. In addition, the heavily eroded garden pathways have all been refilled and access to all areas of the property is now restored.

The response from the community has been overwhelming. We have received $40,000 in donations towards repairs, including a generous $10,000 gift from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. We estimate that the total cost will range between $60,000 and $80,000. We have launched an Emergency Fund campaign to raise the remaining $40,000. We will also been hosting our first Music After Hours this Friday and will be asking for donations to help underwrite the repairs. I do hope you join us. 

Thank you so much for your concern and all the offers of help and aid. Your well wishes mean everything. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and come visit us soon so you can see the work first-hand.

Very best,
Susan Wissler
Executive Director

Friday, June 27, 2014


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