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Big Buzz On The Beach Today

Big Buzz On The Beach Today

By Ross Boissoneau

Lots of bees. That’s the second thing Brad Platt noticed on his beach on Old Mission Peninsula after the August windstorm last year. The first thing was the huge pine tree that had been broken in half, leaving a jagged stump some 20 feet tall.

When Platt looked up at the top of the stump, he couldn’t miss the bees flying in and out. Platt realized the large hollow tree was home to a colony of honeybees.

Turns out it was a lot of bees – not hundreds, not thousands, but tens of thousands, according to local beekeeper Eric Lackie. “For our area, it’s one of the largest natural colonies I’ve seen – at least 120,000 bees,” Lackie says. “I can’t even put my arms all the way around [the tree]."

Though Platt realized the stump must go, he wondered about saving the hive.

So today (Saturday), Lackie will – very carefully -- remove and relocate the bees to his own property in Acme.  more

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Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market

7:30am Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market: Farmers & gardeners from around the local region bring their fresh produce, flowers & baked goods to this Downtown Farmers Market located between Cass & Union streets, across from Clinch Park, TC. Held on Saturdays through Oct. www.downtowntc.com more

Alden Days

9:00am Alden Days: Today features the Alden Run, Alden Days Parade, afternoon entertainment, the Beef Roast, Alden United Methodist Church Bake Sale, & more. 231-331-4154.

Frankfort Farmers Market

9:00am Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, Main St., Frankfort, 9am-1pm. 231-325-2220.

TC Film Festival

9:00am TC Film Festival: Enjoy independent, foreign & documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions & lectures about the world of film from July 26-31. Most events are held near downtown TC – at The State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, the City Opera House & Old Town Playhouse, but there are also many free festival opportunities, including family movies shown each night at the Open Space Park. www.traversecityfilmfest.org more

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair

9:00am Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair: NMC Main Campus, TC. Featuring more than 100 artists & artisans from across the country. Jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, fiber & more. www.crookedtree.org more

Insect Adventure

10:00am Insect Adventure: Open 10am-4pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Head to the center at 10:30am to participate in the cricket capture & learn secret bug hunting locations. Stop by at 1pm to check out the live wiggling worms. Presented by the GT Conservation District. www.natureiscalling.org more

"Then and Now"

10:00am “Then and Now: The Art of Mary E. Andersen & Carla Sutton”: July 29-31, Old Art Building, Leland. A show of original oils & pastels. www.oldartbuilding.com more

Traverse Higher Art Exhibition

10:00am Traverse Higher Art Exhibition: Held at ECCO Event Space, TC. Gallery style, pop-up show featuring a diverse range of over 50 statewide artists. Proceeds benefit Speak Up, the homeless street zine. 231-735-4448 or find 'Traverse Higher Art Exhibition' on Facebook. more
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