The City of Bee Cave, Texas’s second annual “Books and Bees Festival” was a big hit this April 1-2, with support from The American Bee Journal. In what is now a two-day event, Saturday focused on pollinator education and Sunday’s “Honey Fest” showcased the talents of local beekeepers.
With over 2000 attendees on Saturday alone, the Festival has grown dramatically and will be a recurring event for years to come. The city’s communications team, Jenny Hoff and Dori Kelley, put together an outstanding weekend of events that brought awareness to the importance of pollinators and the fun of backyard beekeeping.
Just a few days prior, in a first for the nation and a huge step forward for pollinators, Mayor Kara King and the City Council of The City of Bee Cave unanimously voted to issue a proclamation declaring bees as “Honorary Residents.” The proclamation also affirms bees’ rights to exist and flourish, free from harm, and to carry out their vital ecological functions. This progressive statement by a city council was made possible by the hard work of American Bee Journal contributor Peter Keilty and the city’s Jenny Hoff, both of whom hope that local governments throughout the nation will be inspired by Bee Cave’s willingness to embrace its pollinators as valued members of the community.