CYCLING GROUPS HAVE ALL SOLD OUT! HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL COME JOIN US FOR LUNCH, BEE AND BIKE-THEMED VENDORS, LIVE MUSIC, HONEY TASTING, AND SOCIAL TIME WITH BEEKEEPERS AT THE LORING-GREENOUGH HOUSE FROM 12-3PM ON SUNDAY. THIS PORTION OF THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - NO TICKET REQUIRED!|
The Tour de Hives will engage, educate and enchant you with a first-hand look at honeybees in hives across the city, guided by the humans who tend them. On Sunday, June 7th, join us for a bicycle tour of apiaries in Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Chestnut Hill, followed by a festival and picnic lunch at the beautiful Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. Come celebrate the bees with us!
Want to share the sweet world of honeybees with your kids? Read on to learn about the family-friendly tour route, with shorter biking distances and special bee activities for your family!
At 9AM, meet at Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St, Jamaica Plain)
You will receive your locally screenprinted Tour de Hives 2015 teeshirt and join your group. All groups depart promptly at 9:15.
APIARIES FEATURED ON THE TOUR INCLUDE...
Site A: Jamaica Plain Home
Learn about backyard beekeeping and open a hive
Site B: Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit a teaching apiary with a diverse group of beekeepers and hive designs
Site C: Leland Community Garden
Bee-ducation with researchers from Tufts: candle-making, kids activities, and bees under microscopes
Site D: Allandale Farm
Increasing your apiary through raising locally adapted queens AND Pollinators here and now: local, native, adopted?
Site E: Agricultural Hall Honey Extraction Demo
Check out the urban agricultural supply store of JP and help extract honey using a centrifuge
Each general registration group will visit 3 of the above sites.
FESTIVAL AND BYO PICNIC LUNCH
After a full morning of cycling and bees, all groups will reconvene at the Loring-Greenough House grounds for a picnic lunch and festival. Taco Party will join us to sell their delicious tacos! We will also have a spread of food donations from Iggy's Bread, Boston Organics, Whole Foods, and various local beekeepers.
There will be a small market featuring local bee and bike-themed vendors:
-Ferris Wheels Bike Shop with a "helmet fit check", and cargo and folding bikes available to test ride
-Urban AdvenTours with "I Bike Boston" stickers and tees
-Follow the Honey with a free honey tasting and honeys from around the world for sale
-Best Bees Beekeeping Services with copies of their new book, The Bee: A Natural History, for sale
-And finally, your very own Tour de Hives Organizing Committee with vintage Tour de Hives teeshirts, and bee-on-bike onesies and kids shirts
Please bring a bag lunch (or plan to buy some delicious vegan tacos), bicycle, helmet, and water bottle! Extra cash is not a bad idea if you might want to make purchases from our vendors. The total cycling distance is ~11 miles. Don't have a bike? No problem! Rent one from Urban AdvenTours at a discounted rate of $34 for 24 hours when you mention the Tour de Hives. Rentals must be picked up and returned at their store downtown unless we reach a minimum of 20 rentals for delivery.
We have designed a special family tour this year! The "foragers" group will begin their day with live bees at a JP apiary, followed by interactive bee-ducation and kids activities at Leland Community Garden. The "foragers" group will join up with everyone else at the end of the morning for lunch and a festival at the Loring-Greenough House. Total cycling distance is less than 4 miles. To register, buy one "Family Tour" ticket for each adult in this group, and don't forget to register any kids 12&under riding their own bicycle through the site as well (free!). Kids in trailers or bike seats do not need to be registered.
While no one will bee denied TdH access for lack of funds, once we reach capacity we will regrettably have to close registration. Please contact us if the suggested registration fee of $20 is prohibitive for you. Any proceeds raised will bee reinvested in education & outreach initiatives by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association (formerly Boston Beekeepers Club).
Many thanks to this year's Supporting Sponsors!
*Best Bees Beekeeping Services
*Follow the Honey
By purchasing a Tour de Hives ticket participants agree and do hereby release from all liability and hold harmless The Tour de Hives (Tour), sponsored by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and any of its volunteers representing or related to the Tour de Hives. This liability release is for any and all liability for personal injuries including death and property losses or damage in connection with any activity of the above mentioned Tour. The above named individual(s) further agree to abide by all the rules and regulations that are presented by this Tour.
Curtis Hall Community Center (View)
20 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|