Autumn is here in earnest, isn't it, what with the chillier nights and the reappearance of Halloween stores, and every gourd, every scarecrow, every V of migrating geese serves as another reminder that we're in the thick of fall. And with fall, of course, comes harvest and abundance, and there's no place better to celebrate harvest and abundance this weekend than at the 24th annual Honey Harvest Festival.
The Honey Harvest Festival, which draws bees, beekeepers and bee-lovers from all over the region, is THE place to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of bees. So many children, sadly, think of bees as little more than stinging monsters; few kids have even the slightest sense of bees' huge contribution to our food supply. Teach your children that bees are not scary, that bees are useful, that bees are their friends. And if you're not quite sure how to start this discussion, consider stopping by a hive demonstration, offered by members of the Maryland Beekeepers' Association, so that the kids can see the bees in action.
While bees, obviously, are the stars of the Honey Harvest Festival, there is plenty more to do than watch bees. Hit the hayride; get to know the sheep and chickens; laugh at a silly puppet show. And if you've ever wondered how beeswax candles or mead are made, wonder no more, for there will be artisans there to show you. Enjoy food, drink, and, if you're up for it, a hike with a guy who calls himself the "Honey Hunter." There will also be Civil War reenactments, for you history buffs, as well as wool spinning and blacksmithing demonstrations.
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