Celebrate the work of the humble honey bee with us Saturday, August 24th as we shake up ‘Bees Knees’ featuring local, raw honey from urban beekeeper Andrew Dallas! Chat with Dallas about his hives, honey and the incredible work ethic of the honey bee. A Bees Knees is a Prohibition Era cocktail made with Gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey. It is served shaken and chilled, often with a lemon twist. The name comes from prohibition-era slang meaning "the best." Jars of local honey will be for sale along with complimentary Bees Knees recipe cards and proceeds from each Bees Knees sold will go to The Xerces Society.
The Xerces Society is a non-profit environmental organization that focuses on the conservation of invertebrates considered to be essential to biological diversity and ecosystem health. The name is in honor of the extinct California butterfly, the Xerces blue (Glaucopsyche xerces).
The Society collaborates with federal and state agencies including the US Department of Agriculture, as well as scientists, land managers, educators, and citizens to promote invertebrate conservation, applied research, advocacy, public outreach and education. Examples of Xerces Society activities include advocating for invertebrates and their habitats, petitioning for the designation of endangered status for applicable species such as the monarch butterfly, and public education projects. Ongoing projects include the rehabilitation of habitat for endangered species, public education about the importance of native pollinators, and the restoration and protection of watersheds.