Monday, June 22, 2009

Clandestine Conversations at the Beekeepers Ball

My sister and I had so much fun with the girls last night at Just Food's 1st annual Beekeepers Ball on Water Taxi Beach at South Street Seaport!

From the wildly creative costumes to the secret conversations (bee keeping is still illegal in NYC so I don't want to reveal the identities of any of my bee keeping friends) or just sitting on the beach eating hamburgers in a honey glazed bun and veggie kebabs, drinking honey-sweetened and locally brewed beer, lemonade and root beer and watching the water taxis, police boats and harbor cruise boats go by.

Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): Bee Guests at the 1st Annual Beekeepers Ball
Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): Joan Gussow in floral attire and Kerry Truman as a hive

Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): A Honey Bee and her Keeper

I was introduced to Joe (not his real name) who arrived a little late wearing a snazzy, bright white bee suit with head and hand covers that looked brand new -- I thought to myself "wow, he went to great lengths to look the part of a beekeeper". After the usual cocktail party chit chat, Joe enthusiastically shared with me that he and his wife are among the newest crop of beekeepers in the city. Just last month, with the help of a beekeeping neighbor they captured several thousand bees in a nearby (not to be named) park and brought them to their new home -- a homemade but elaborate bee box --- on top of an apartment building in Brooklyn (at an undisclosed address). Joe told me about the intricate details of the bee box he and his neighbor built and the bee-havior of his new honey-making and low maintenance pets, the abundance of flowers in his neighborhood from what sounds like the hundreds of thousands of bees that have inhabited rooftops and backyards for years. And, all the HONEY - delicious, locally produced HONEY!

Tomorrow, my stepdaughter and I are off to the Bee Rally at City Hall being held at 12:30 with speeches by David Yassky and Scott Stringer and a march to the Department of Health hearing regarding a Brooklyn beekeeper who was fined $2000 and had to remove their hive. For more on the rally click here.

UPDATE: 6/23 - The New York Times Diners Journal has a great piece on the party "Having a Ball at the Beekeepers Ball" by Steven Stern.

And, check out another piece that ran over the weekend in The New York Times called "Beekeepers Keep the Lid On" by Joshua Brustein for even more info on the work being done to overturn a law that classifies honey bees as wild animals and makes beekeeping in NYC illegal.

1 comment:

Cara said...

I love your blog! I was at the Beekeepers' Ball last night... so much fun! I have pictures on my blog (fuzzy buzzness) from the Ball, too.