Sweet! Honey Harvest Festival will be family-friendly

Mmm. Honey.

It’s good on toast and, mixed with hot water and cinnamon, it’s my go-to all-natural remedy for coughs and scratchy throats.

Next weekend, the first-ever Missoula Honey Harvest Festival will take place on the University of Montana Oval. It’s free, open to the community and best of all, family-friendly.

At the festival, local beekeepers and others in the bee business will have their wares on display and for sale. Festival-goers will also be treated to tastes, and will get to see live bees in a glass hive. They’ll get to learn about bees and can even try their hand at building a beehive.

There’s also going to be a honey auction for charity. And G. Wiz. (otherwise known as University of Montana chemistry professor Garon Smith) will offer his trademark educational entertainment for kids. Also, American Honey Princess (there really is such a thing!) Elena Huffman will travel all the way from Pennsylvania to be there. I look forward to seeing what she’s wearing. I hope it’s really princess-y and bee-themed.


Meanwhile, UM is hosting two “bee-related academic conferences,” according to a university news release: The 37th Annual Western Apicultural Society Conference and the second International Conference on Hive and Honeybee Monitoring. They will take place from Sept. 17-20.

“The conferences will provide great information to beekeepers and researchers, but the Honey Harvest Festival will be a fun celebration of the honey bee and local beekeepers,” Jerry Bromenshenk, a UM bee scientist and instructor of the UM School of Extended & Lifelong Learning’s Online Beekeeping Certificate Program, is quoted saying in the news release. “This is a great chance for those who are interested in beekeeping to meet folks who can help them get started.”

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Superheroes added to annual Fairy Tale Festival

Another summer is flying by, and once again it’s jam-packed to the max. Last month, my sister married the love of her life in Hot Springs in a wedding ceremony that called for all the attendants to dress up in steampunk fashion.

Oh yeah.

My lucky little girl, being the flower girl, got to transform into a steampunk flower fairy.

So she’s all set, costume-wise, for this Sunday’s Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival at A Carousel for Missoula, which invites kiddos to dress up and turn out for fun, games and ice cream. The festival will start at 1 p.m. and end at 3 p.m., so all the little fairies won’t have to be too careful about those delicate wings for too long.

And this year, for the first time in the festival’s three-year history, Missoula’s superheroes are specifically being called on to join in.

Here’s an idea of what these fairies and heroes can expect on Sunday, excerpted from the Missoulian today:

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fairy yale or super hero character and join us for wand and crown decorating, storytelling, a tea party, photo opportunities with a throne and a unicorn, face painting by Wonderbrush, a meet-and-greet with Griz mascot Monte, the opportunity to meet a dragon, introductions on stage, a parade through the Sunday Market, and a dance party, all followed by ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, tooth fairy bags from Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, balloons and coupons for free carousel rides.

Here’s the thing: While day-of registration begins at noon, it’s a good idea to register early. To do that, or for more info, visit www.carrousel.com or call 549-8382.

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Open kids’ eyes to wonders of wildlife with family friendly films

If the heat is getting to you but you can’t bear to keep the kids inside, take the family down to the Roxy Theatre tomorrow morning for some Wildlife Film Festival fun. It’s the next best thing to being outdoors yourself.

The International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center has started up its Wild Theater Thursdays once again, so starting July 7 and continuing through August 18, the Roxy will screen wildlife films specifically aimed at enthralling and educating kiddos. It’s every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and tickets cost $3.

Check out what’s showing at http://www.wildlifefilms.org/showing.html.

The Roxy is located at 718 S. Higgins Avenue here in Missoula. For more information call 728-9380.

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Add the annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Play Day to your Saturday plans

If you missed last Saturday’s festival at the PEAS Farm, or even if you didn’t, you might want to bring the family down to McCormick Park on this upcoming Saturday for the 11th annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Play Day.

Like last year, the Missoula Parks and Recreation-organized event promises a packed three hours of live music courtesy of Tom Catmull, kid-friendly activities, hay rides,  Halloween crafts, s’more-making, face-painting and more. It kicks off at 1 p.m. – just after the last farmer’s markets of the season close – and winds up at 4 p.m.

Did I mention that there will be prizes? And cider pressing? And sack races? And more?

And it is all technically free, although a suggested donation of $1 per person is appreciated.

According to Missoula Parks and Rec: “The festival is sponsored by Missoula Parks and Recreation and Currents Aquatics Center, Triple W Equipment, Caras Nursery, Just Poppin’ Kettle Corn, Bank of America, Tom Catmull, Kaboom.org and many other generous local businesses and organizations.”

For more information call 721-PARK or visit www.missoulaparks.org.

– MM

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