Bee expert to speak at historical society


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— Sparta Historical Society and their Sparta Community Gardens host this lecture as a first in a short series on pollinators. As representatives of a certified Butterfly garden, the Sparta Historical Society and its Sparta Community Gardens are committed to providing education and outreach opportunities on both historical and natural historical subjects

to its community. They were thrilled that Christopher Yates agreed to be the first speaker on the topic.

Yates, Vice President of the NJ State Beekeepers Association, will present on the “Importance of Bees.” Besides being VP of the State Beekeepers Association, he has served as President of the Morris-Somerset Counties Beekeeping Association. As a member of 4-H, from a young age, he began keeping bees on his grandparents’ farm in the fourth grade. Time travel to today, where he maintains his apiary along with extensive gardens and a small orchard on his home property. All gardeners and would-be-gardeners are encouraged to attend! This presentation will focus on the current dire situation of bees and their extreme importance to our lives and the world as a whole.

This natural history program lecture will be held on Thursday, April 19th at VFW Hall located at 66 Main Street from 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Those attending will have a chance to ask questions about the topic and taste different honey flavors. Members are free, non-members $5.

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. It will be open this Sunday, April 22nd with our new spring exhibit on “Life Along the Wallkill” and will also be open the following Sundays, May 13, May 27, June 10 and June 24th from 1-4 pm with 2PM talk. For further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com.

Utility funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.



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