Day of Action and Contemplation at Brevard College’s Earthfest on April 12
by Ina Warren,Make Way for MonarchsA beauty-full spring day, surrounded by a Carolina blue sky and Redbud trees in full blossom was the perfect venue to talk about pollinators, native bees, honeybees and monarch butterflies at the annual Earthfest at Brevard College http://www.brevard.edu/news-events/news/apr12-celebrate-earthfest (south of Asheville, NC) on Sat. April 12, 2014.I set up an extensive display tent for the “Day of Action and Contemplation” with educational exhibits and had 400 packets of free, locally native milkweed seeds available.The Rachel Carson table had a copy of the 50th anniversary edition, her wonderful “A Sense of Wonder” book and a copy of “A Liturgy for the Butterflies” prepared by Gary Paul Nabhan, OEF and Katie Cook, OEF. One of the festival’s favorite displays was our educational beehive I brought from home. My husband Tim is a beekeeper and had constructed a sturdy table-top box allowing folks to see a ‘hand-full’ of live bees and their comb. It was so great seeing kids watch the honeybees behind the safe, protective plexiglass covering. Once each “knew” it was safe, they inched a little closer to the display table. Then most spent 5-10 minutes, spell-bound, watching the bees with a magnifying glass. How wonderful to meet one young child who already knew a lot about bees, having been taught by his Papa. He even showed me the technique with his hands of how to squeeze a smoker when it was needed to calm the bees in a hive box.It struck me that Rachel Carson was surely smiling from the spirit world at these youngsters being so caught up in a sense of wonder about honeybees.