Beekeeper, photographer to speak at Wareham Free Library on Oct. 14

Oct 2, 2017

Boston-based artist, photographer and beekeeper Renée Ricciardi will bring honey bees to town in a presentation and art exhibit at the Wareham Free Library at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Find out what happens to drones at the end of the summer, how bees dance to communicate with each other and what you can do to help end the decline of honeybees at this free event.

Ricciardi began beekeeping six years ago and is a member of the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association. She recently spent six months photographing apiaries, beekeepers and organic food in cities across Italy. She was a 2015 Artist Fellowship Finalist in Photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Before Ricciardi’s presentation, Jonathan Mirin will perform “The Story of our Bees” for children and families at 10 a.m.

That story-telling experience is based on the full-scale musical show “To BEE or Not to BEE,” which will be performed for first and second graders at Decas Elementary School on Oct. 13.

Both productions involve sharing with children and families the ways in which they can support honey bees and the environment. At the end of each event, actors will distribute packets of seeds for planting bee gardens. Piti is planning to have local farmers/beekeepers at the library to provide honey tastings for attendees.