Third Honey Festival a Fun Place for Science
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is holding their third annual Honey Festival this weekend.
The event will take place at three sites in the city of Philadelphia: Friday the Festival starts a Wagner Free Institute of Science, Saturday activities will take place at Wyck House and Bartram Gardens will host the Festival on Sunday.
You can start the weekend with Beekeeping 101. Of course that’s just the start; there is much to do and to learn at the Festival. To keep your energy up try some of the delicious foods made with honey.
Saturday afternoon at Wyck House, a historical site in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, there will be three talks in the afternoon. The presenters are Deborah Delaney, University of Delaware; Matthew Shoemaker and Sarah Newhouse, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; and Fred Schaefer, University of the Sciences.
For the USciences presentation Fred Schaefer, aka Sherlock "Honey" Holmes, will present some preliminary results from research being performed in collaboration with the Guild. Co-authors Maria Christina Tettamanzi de Sproviero, Christine Rivera, and Tashnia Babar have used the techniques of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to discern chemical differences in honeys from hives within the city of Philadelphia.
Sunday at Bartram Gardens, in West Philadelphia, there will be presentations by Stephanie Wilson, Morris Arboretum (University of Pennsylvania); Jessica Long, Pennsylvania Honey Queen; Jimmy McMillan, co-owner of Barry’s Home Brew; and Suzanne Matlock, of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.
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