If you see a bunch of bees in downtown Clarks Summit don't be alarmed, they are just swarming over to Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., for a special celebration.
Everything Natural's Fall Harvest and Honey Festival will take place from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The festival will include a variety of special events, samplings and presentations, all designed to highlight the importance of bees.
Barry Kaplan of Everything Natural explained how the two featured organizations at the festival serve to educate people not just about nature itself, but also about their relationship with it.
"The Harvest and Honey Festival will feature the Lackawanna Chapter of the Backyard Beekeepers association as well as people from the International Hexagon Project; which isn't so bee or honey oriented, but it is more about interdependence," he said. "People will be able to come in and continue building our interactive hive; since the shape of a honeycomb is actually in the form of a hexagon, which is a metaphor for interrelatedness. All of this shows our interdependence with nature; there are many touch points where these themes interconnect."
Part of the festival will include a series of free yoga classes. A svaroopa-style hatha yoga class, taught by Barbara Cohen, will be held from 10-11 a.m. Two classical hatha yoga classes, instructed by Eileen Harte, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The "Harvest and Honey Picnic" part of the festival will include hands-on beehive and honey harvesting demonstrations at noon and 2 p.m. There will also be samples of honey-based foods, including a variety of raw honies as well as chicken nuggets with various honey sauces. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available. Samples of recipes from Kevin Rail's book, "Act of Nutrition," will also be available. Musical act, The Jessica and Cristina Show, will perform from 1-3:30 p.m.
"Our open houses are always celebrations;" Kaplan said. "They give people the opportunity to try and sample different things, such as different foods and different experiences, as well as have some fun and hopefully learn something or find something that interests them as well."
Kaplan added that the real stars of the show on Saturday are the bees, who are a kind of an unsung hero in the natural world.
"Honeybees are a bellwether species," he said. "Honeybees are an indicator species; when there are environmental problems, the bee populations suffer. That is happening dramatically right now. Agriculture is extremely dependent on bees, a little over 30 percent of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. If we don't have bees pollinating our crops, food will become more scarce and expensive."
For more information on the Fall Harvest and Honey Festival, call Everything Natural at 570-586-9684 or visit www.everythingnaturalpa.com.