Queen of the Sun Film Screening, Discussion and Honey Tasting

Please Join Slow Food Metro North and John Jay Homestead for a Film Screening of

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

An Award-Winning Film About Colony Collapse Disorder, the Global Crisis Threatening Our Food System

 Followed by a Honey Tasting Featuring Marina Marchese,

Red Bee Honey Founder and Author of The Honey Connoisseur

Tuesday, July 16

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $25 at the door

Venue: John Jay Homestead

400 Jay Street

Katonah, NY 10536

RSVP required. Please contact Jennifer Gordon at (914) 232-5651 x108 or marketmanager@johnjayhomestead.org

The event will begin in the Carriage Barn with the screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” This beautiful nature film is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Marina Marchese, founder of Red Bee Honey, inspiecting a frame from her hives in Weston, CT. Photo c/o Red Bee Honey.

Following the film, there will be a brief panel discussion with several local beekeepers, including celebrated beekeeper & author Marina Marchese of Red Bee Apiaries, DJ Haverkamp of Bedford Bee, who runs the beekeeping schools at both the John Jay Homestead & Teatown Reservation (whose observation hive will be on display), Deb Taft of Mobius Fields, a farmer & beekeeper, who trained under Gunther Hauk and Doug DeCandia, a farmer & beekeeper with the Food Bank of Westchester. The state of honey as a source of food in its nutrient rich purest form will be discussed, as well as the current status of the global honeybee decline.

Reprinted with permission from Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013.

The event will then move to the Main Barn for a honey, cheese and wine celebration! Marina Marchese, whose selection of single-origin honeys is sought out by celebrity chefs, will lead a honey tasting, paired with a variety of artisanal cheeses and breads, and complimented by a selection of Hudson Valley wine, for an educational yet delightful culinary experience. Marina will also have for sale signed copies of her new book, The Honey Connoisseur. A portion of the proceeds of the book sales and event will benefit the Slow Food Metro North Farm Emergency Fund.

Tasting foods and wine provided by Red Bee Apiary, Bedford Bee, Plum Plums Cheese, Whitecliff Vineyards and Wave Hiil Breads.


Marina received the Snail of Approval Award from Slow Food Metro North in recognition of her contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply. Her Red Bee Apiary has been featured on The Chew, William Sonoma’s Meet the Maker and Martha Stewart radio & blog. Learn more about beekeeper, author and honey expert Marina Marchese here and her latest book, The Honey Connoisseur, here.


In the fall of 2006, newspapers around the United States began to publicize an unnerving phenomenon. Honeybees were mysteriously disappearing from beehives all around the nation. Dave Hackenburg, an outspoken beekeeper, and the first to raise a stir about the crisis, reported that bees were simply vanishing from his hives. That fall, beekeepers and commercial beekeeping enterprises around the country reported losses of 30% with some beekeepers reporting losses up to 90% of all of their colonies. Want to do something about it? Things you can do to help bees.

Plus keep up with what the New York Times has written about the bee crisis by clicking here.

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