Pollinator-inspired performance, workshop

Oct 11, 2017
Piti Theatre Company’s Godelieve Richard performs in “To Bee or Not to Bee.”

Belfast — In partnership with Midcoast Bee Week, the Belfast Co-op is sponsoring a performance of Piti Theatre Company’s original musical “To Bee or Not to Bee” Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. The performance will take place in the Bayview Room at United Farmers Market, 18 Spring St.

Based in western Massachusetts, Piti Theatre Company has brought Bee Week to communities across New England since 2014.  Midcoast Bee Week, including a school residency in Searsmont, is part of the Bee Week North American Tour, the heart of which is “To Bee or Not to Bee.” The show combines puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation to tell the story of Farmer James who has lost his bees … leaving locals with nothing to eat but gruel.

The comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story raises awareness of the plight of the honeybee and gives children and adults tools for helping bees thrive in their own communities. Following the performance, community members can visit the Belfast Co-op for specials on bee-related items, as well as a Pollinator Art+Activism workshop where creative projects can be made to spread the word about the needs of bees and other pollinators.

All of the recycled and repurposed materials for this hands-on workshop will be provided, and all ages can participate. Some specimens from Dirigo Learning’s Hands-on Pollinator Museum, a collection of locally sourced specimens, will be on hand to provide natural inspiration for the project. The Pollinator Art+Activism workshop will take place from 3:15 to 4 p.m. in the co-op café.

"We are thrilled to sponsor this event as it aligns with our mission. The Co-op continually works to provide support and resources for our local community and its suppliers,” said Carisa Carney, marketing manager.

This event is unique amongst Midcoast Bee Week’s offerings as it brings pollinator-based learning into a hub for local foods and provides a multi-faceted, all-inclusive look at the role of pollinators in Maine’s landscape and food systems, made possible thanks to the support of the Belfast Co-op and the United Farmers Market of Maine.

Midcoast Bee Week is made possible through the support of numerous community sponsors and partners, including the Belfast Co-op, which acted as a partner in the pursuit of grant funding for the event. For more information on Midcoast Bee Week and the school residency, contact coordinator Robin Huntley at dirigolearning@gmail.com or 441-7501. Further information about the Bee Week North American Tour is available at beeweek.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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