Honey Bee Festival St Johnsville

The St. J Honey Bee Festival Honoring Moses Quinby takes place on Saturday, July 22, 2023, from noon to 5:00pm on the Erie Canal at 44 Bridge Street St. Johnsville, NY

St. Johnsville, NY, was home to the father of practical beekeeping, Moses Quinby!

Bring family and friends to the Honey Bee Festival and celebrate his legacy on the historic Erie Canal in St. Johnsville. On showcase will be honey bee and pollinator centered vendors, workshops & activities plus food, music and more!

Enjoy Live music full schedule! Opus Black Trio performs from 12:00-2:00 pm!

Learn more about the famous and influential St. Johnsville resident, Moses Quinby. Copies of “Quinby’s New Beekeeping, The Mysteries Of Beekeeping Explained: A Complete Guide To Successful Bee Culture” (1918) by Moses Quinby, will be available for purchase!

There will also bee..

  • Pollinator related book giveaway courtesy of the Little Falls Public Library
  • Mason Bee House make & take
  • Wildflower seed giveaway
  • Locally grown lavender giveaway
  • Bee watering station giveaway
  • Themed photo booth
  • Make your own tie dye t-shirts
  • Paint your own bee painting on canvas
  • Raffles to benefit this and future events

Treat yourself to plenty of food and drink available at the Honey Bee Festival!

  • Greek Food Truck (also offering American cuisine, vegan options available)
  • Tacos, nachos, acai bowls, smoothies, lemonade, cold brew, coffee and tea & milk shakes from Jammin Juice Bar
  • Maple Cotton Candy by Better Berry Farms
  • Gourmet Popcorn from Free Flow Farm
  • Ice Cream from Wemple & Edicks
  • Themed Cookies from Cakery Cafe
  • Honey infused whiskey tastings by Erie Canal Distillers (21+)

What’s a Honey Bee Festival without local vendors and plenty of locally produced honey ?!

Here is a list of some of the vendors you find at the St. J Honey Bee Festival

  • Sleepy Bear, LLC
  • Trinity Crossing Co.
  • Soul Crystal Creations
  • AMK Jewelry
  • Main Street Mercantile
  • Karma Creations
  • Stylin’ Stones
  • Backwoods Tie Dye
  • AYA Art
  • Sparkles and Splatters
  • Steuben Art Works
  • Mix N Match Pottery

For questions and additional information please contact the Green Samaritans of St. Johnsville.

Moses Quinby

On February 28, 1869, he wrote to Lyman C. Root from Mohawk, NY to make a 50/50 partnership offer:

Men can be trained to manage this way much easier than the others, and when Montgomery County and Herkimer County is filled with apiaries three miles apart there is a little room outside yet for more. Now if I have reasoned correctly in this matter – and my 40 years experience ought to tell me what to expect – there is the fairest chance for a future with the least labor and capital of anything of which I can conceive. — Moses Quinby

Lyman C. Root married his daughter a few months later. Elizabeth played an important role in the operation for both her father and husband. She is responsible for the editing and almost all of the illustrations in the books published and was recognized internationally for them.

In March 1870, the Northeastern Beekeepers’ Association at Albany, NY was organized. He was elected president for five years but refused re-election the year before his death in 1875. He was also the president of the North American Beekeepers’ Association for one year starting in 1871. (Wikipedia)

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