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Table Talk serves up the buzz on bees

 

Amateur beekeeper Birney Imes, left, presents a jar of honey from his beehives to Delta blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 95, at the Riley Center for Performing Arts in Meridian Feb. 13.

Amateur beekeeper Birney Imes, left, presents a jar of honey from his beehives to Delta blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 95, at the Riley Center for Performing Arts in Meridian Feb. 13.
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Special to The Dispatch

 

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market present Birney Imes, avid amateur beekeeper and editor/publisher of The Commercial Dispatch, as the featured speaker at the June 15 Table Talk series. 

 

"There have been a lot of books written on bees and beekeeping in recent years," said Imes. "I''ll be using Stephen Bachmann''s ''Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey and Humankind'' as the springboard for the talk. And, I''ll take a look at other works on bees and beekeeping," he related. Imes will also bring samples of different kinds of honey to Wednesday''s talk. 

 

The renewed interest in bees stems partly from a concern over the drastic jump in the collapse of honeybee colonies in late 2006. That motivated a resurgence of amateur beekeeping in the U.S., and Imes related that the number of backyard beekeepers in the area is growing. 

 

"Anyone who''s ever drizzled honey on a biscuit or lit a beeswax candle can appreciate the bond between the bees and us. They are truly creatures which provide both sweetness and light," added Friends board member Jo Shumake.  

 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 

 

Table Talk is presented each Wednesday in June at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information on the series, contact the Friends at book.talk@hotmail.com.

 

 

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