Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum is all abuzz about Honey

Bee there for Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum’s 17th an­nual event

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The Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum will be buzzing with bee­keep­ers and guests when the 17th an­nual Honey Har­vest is held at the chil­dren’s mu­seum on Satur­day and Sun­day, July 29-30.

The Honey Har­vest is a mu­seum cel­e­bra­tion with re­gional bee­keep­ers who help lit­tle guests learn the im­por­tance of bees and how honey is made.

Be­tween noon and 4 p.m. each day, vis­i­tors can make their own honey lip balm, beeswax can­dle and soap to take home. They can taste 14 va­ri­eties of honey in Culi­nary Cor­ner or take part in a com­mu­nity art project cre­at­ing a bee mu­ral.

Guests can meet a bee­keeper at the Ob­ser­va­tion Hive at ei­ther 1, 2 or 3 p.m. (weather per­mit­ting) and watch honey ex­trac­tions at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

“There’s noth­ing like hear­ing the busy buzz of hon­ey­bees at work in their hive,” says Karen De­whirst, Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum’s science man­ager. “The en­tire mu­seum comes to life with hun­dreds of fam­i­lies hap­pily ex­plor­ing the world of hon­ey­bees.”

Af­ter its suc­cess­ful pre­miere last year, the mu­seum will again host a Welsh Honey and Hive prod­uct show that will take place in the Rain­bow Room both days. Guests will see prize-win­ning honey, honey-re­lated prod­ucts and be able to pur­chase prod­ucts made by re­gional bee­keep­ers.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s Honey Har­vest in­clude the Chat­tanooga Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Chero­kee Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, High­land Rim Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Ocoee Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Ten­nessee Val­ley Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Tri-State Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Hon­ey­bees have long been a part of the mu­seum’s ex­hibits. Buzz Al­ley opened in 2011 as a per­ma­nent mu­seum ex­hibit show­cas­ing the hon­ey­bee as a pol­li­na­tor. Buzz Al­ley also high­lights the re­la­tion­ship be­tween bees and wild­flow­ers and the im­por­tance of bee­keep­ing to help sus­tain a healthy ecosys­tem.

STAFF FILE PHOTO

A vis­i­tor to the Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum looks into the Ob­ser­va­tion Hive dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Honey Har­vest.

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