Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!Chokecherry mead is back on the market, and wonderfully sweet/tart.

Next week is already March.Winter finally came to our region—a little late, but we are buried under blankets of snow.Hard to believe that within six weeks the bees and the honey house will be “waking up” from our slumber and preparing for Spring. We are now official members of the American Mead Maker's Association, and hope to participate next year in the The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition!
Here is a picture of our bottle wall and "bee shelter" where most of the hives have wintered.
Our next sale will be at the Greenland Township Building on March 16th, and it is also a luncheon to benefit the County Fair!10-3 pm. Hope to see you there.
The Honey House will host a special event on March 23rd for our “cabin fever concert”featuring The Terminal Orchestra, Sycamore Smith and The Door Cats, all from the Marquette area and known throughout the Midwest and beyond.
the terminal orchestra
We are thrilled to have so many talented musicians coming our way.Of course there will be a mead tasting along with the event.The Terminal Orchestra started as a studio outlet for making pastoral movie soundtrack music (for movies that haven’t been made yet) has since ballooned into a live, performing thirteen piece ensemble, complete with strings and percussion.Jesse DeCaire and The Terminal Orchestra’s album The Seasons is as chilling and eerie as it is uplifting and triumphant.Jay DeHut, formerly of Ontonagon, is also part of the ensemble.
Two other bands from the Marquette area will be opening the show.The Door Cats are a trio led by Kerry Yost on vocals and guitar.They weave intricate harmonies and perform original songs written by Yost, as well as classic and contemporary folk/alternative music.Yost is accompanied by Rebecca Rucinski on cello, vocals, and guitar, and Marcella Krupski on vocals and auxiliary percussion.
the door cats
sycamore smith
Sycamore Smithis the stage name of Marc Smith, a musician from Marquette, Michigan. Smith writes folk songs in an old-fashioned, vaudevillian rural style; songs about heroes and swindlers where characters including Wolfskin Rosie, Legless Paul, and Bobo have adventures that are at times triumphant and other times melancholic.
Doors open at 6:30 PM, and general admission is 5$ per person. Come out and bring a fiend to support these creative artists bringing culture to our area!Hope you can come out and help us “wake up”the House on March 23rd!
As we usher in a new season, we are so grateful for you continued support and well wishes.By attending our events and telling your friends about our products, you are helping the bees. You can check out Melissa’s Etsy site to purchase some art recently listed, and of course visit our usual retail outlets.We’ve added a couple recently:The Marquette Regional History Center andRare Earth Goods, in Ishpeming.
Keep the Hive Alive!!Winter survival continues to be a challenge in our apiary.A considerable investment each year goes into keeping the number of hives up to provide everyone with honey!You can visit our blog and donate to “sponsor a hive”!
Drop us a line if you are in the area or have any questions about our products and events.Our next event will be “arts and starts” on May 18th, a farmer’s and artist’s market—live music! John hopes to have our tasting room finished for that event!
Contact us if you are interested in being involved!

Happy Spring!Melissa, John, and the bees.