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Bee Week to take flight Friday

Auburn Mass and Lily Duong and other Kindergarden students at the Federal St School in Greenfield are making bees to put in the trees on Main St for Bee Week. Recorder/Paul Franz

Auburn Mass and Lily Duong and other Kindergarden students at the Federal St School in Greenfield are making bees to put in the trees on Main St for Bee Week. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — The buzz around town is that there will be lots of bee-related activities happening this weekend when “Bee Week: Greenfield” kicks off on Friday.

Jonathan Mirin, director of Piti Theatre Company in Shelburne, said the company will launch Bee Week (Friday through June 15) with 20 partners.

Bee Week will be a blend of pollinator-inspired arts, science, education and community-building events, including a bee-themed First Friday Greenfield event downtown, which will feature honey tastings at Green Fields Market on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Other downtown businesses will offer specials and sales throughout the evening.

On Saturday, “How to Plant a Pollinator Garden” will be offered by local pollinator expert Tom Sullivan from 9 to 10 a.m. That will be followed by the fourth annual Bee Fest at Second Congregational Church from 10 a.m. to noon on Court Square. There will be lots of activities for adults and children, all to celebrate the church’s own Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, the so-called “father of American beekeeping,” who is credited with designing the bee hive used by beekeepers worldwide today.

Just Roots Spring Farm Festival will be held on the farm at 34 Glenbrook Drive on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. It will include work parties, discussions, children’s activities, a tour of the farm, dinner and a bonfire and performances, including Piti’s “To Bee or Not to Bee.”

On June 14, there will be a screening of the documentary “Take Back Your Power” at Green Fields Market, 144 Main St., at 5 p.m. That will be followed by an information session.

On June 14 and 15, “Plant Flowers Greenfield! Weekend” of bee-friendly flower planting around town will happen, and on June 28, a hands-on “Introduction to Beekeeping” workshop will be held at Just Roots.

There will be an ongoing display of bee-themed books in the children’s room in Greenfield Public Library throughout the month.

Some of the Franklin County contributors are: Sanderson Academy, Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, The Benson Place, Greening Greenfield, Greenfield Public Library, Second Congregational Church, Just Roots, Greenfield Business Association and Franklin Community Co-op.

Piti Theater was founded in 2004 by American playwright and performer Jonathan Mirin and Swiss choreographer and designers Godelieve Richard. The company is an interdisciplinary performance troupe based in Shelburne and Switzerland.

Piti is an ancient Indian word, which can be translated as joy or rapture. The company has been nominated twice for an Independent Reviewers of New England Award.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Piti Theatre Company: www.ptco.org

Just Roots: www.justroots.org

Second Congregational Church: www.greenfieldsecondchurch.com/calendar.htm

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