HONEYBEES WILL make sweet fun at the annual Honey Harvest Festival at Hashawha Environmental Center, where visitors will find entertainment and great food with a dose of history and education.
Sponsored by Carroll County Beekeepers Association, the event Sept. 8 focuses public attention on the value of honeybees. Bee products will be available, including honey ice cream, honey pit beef and honey ham, and baked goods made with or slathered in honey.
The festival begins at 10:30 a.m. with a honey pancake brunch that continues until closing at 4 p.m. The cost for the brunch is $3. Entrance to the festival is $2 per vehicle.
Beekeepers will display a modern, active hive and open it to show how they remove honey from the waxy combs. The bees have made the combs in a series of drawers that slide in and out of wooden-box hives. Wearing netted hats, beekeepers smoke up the hive to stun the bees, extract honey and leave enough behind for the bees to eat during dormant winter months. Onlookers can taste the honey.
Honeybee products will be featured. Beeswax, saved from the combs, is used for candles. Health care items are produced from honey, which is antibacterial.
The environmental center has a reconstructed log cabin from the 1800s staffed by costumed interpreters. Visitors can see and discuss harvesting herbs, watch artisans make hand-hewn wooden utensils, view a bread baking demonstration and join a "colonial" bee hunting event in which participants chase a queen bee to the hive.
Activities for children will include live birds of prey shown by nature center staff, a farm animal petting area, pony rides, face painting and supervised crafts and games with a honeybee theme. Wagon rides through wildflowers in the open meadow will be featured.
Crafts vendors will be on the grounds. Lunch will be available for purchase. Picnic areas are in the meadow and the wooded area.
Hashawha is off Route 97 north of Westminster. Take John Owings Road (at the outdoor sports complex) to Hashawha Road and left to the center, on the hill opposite Bear Branch Nature Center. Information: 410-848-9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood donations needed
Giving blood is an easy and direct way to help someone. New blood donors are welcome at local blood drives, where an expert staff knows how to reduce the stress of first-time donors.
Donors may register for a community blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Grace Bible Church of North Carroll, 3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester.
Donation times can be scheduled by calling the Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. Blood donations will be taken in the church multipurpose room and plenty of parking is available.
Recycle old electronics
The Maryland Department of the Environment encourages users of consumer electronics to recycle obsolete equipment. About 315 million personal computers in the United States will be obsolete by 2004, and consumers are asked to ensure that area landfills are not filled with usable items such as televisions, computers, printers and equipment that place toxic metals into the environment.
E-Cycling is the state initiative to promote responsible recycling, and details about recycling centers are posted on the e-cycling section of the MDE Web site, www.mde.state.md.us.
Carroll County has no collection site, but Goodwill stores in the Baltimore area will accept computer items. This weekend, a public collection event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick. Information: 410-326-0210.
Information: MDE at 800-633-6101, Ext. 3314.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.