The deep bond between honeybees and human beings has been an incredible journey. Bees hold a special place in human history. The pollination of plants aided by bees helped to provide humans abundant sources of food. Fruits, nuts and vegetables, as do all seed-producing plants, benefit from the interconnecting relationship of bees.

Local beekeepers, Anthony Tomasso and his wife Anna Keck-Tomasso, will speak on healing honeybee products and their benefits and traditional uses for colds, allergies, lung congestion and prevention.

The important relationship between bees and humans often reveals a precious and special affection. Folklore tells us that it was vital to keep bees informed of family matters such as births, marriages and deaths.

Telling the hive of an impending wedding was considered necessary to ensure a long and happy marriage, and a piece of wedding cake was often left at the hive entrance. Many beekeepers today still have a close relationship with their bees. Some say that their bees recognize them both by voice and smell, and that soothing words can calm them when they’re angry or disturbed.

This high regard for bees unifies disparate cultures. Reay Tannahill writes in the book “Food in History” that humans began beekeeping in Central Asia thousands of years ago.

The word for honey appears in many languages, reflecting a worldwide connection. In Sanskrit, it is madu; Chinese myit; Slavic medhu; French mile. Europeans brought the honeybee to America in the 16th century.

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