If the closest you’ve ever wanted to get to a beehive is the plastic one that holds your morning honey, consider debunking the fear. To help you along, Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington is screening "Colony,” a documentary about the state of bees in America, at 2 p.m. as part of a National Bee Day on Sunday, Nov. 28.
“Bees are a lot more important than just for supplying the honey we put on our toast in the morning,” says Ann Rathkopf, co-leader of Slow Food Huntington. “Honey is just a nice bonus. There’s a whole industry of people who raise bees and transport them for pollination. I didn’t know that before this film.”
The National Resources Defense Council estimates that nearly one-third of U.S. bee colonies have disappeared. Why should you care? Because at least 80 percent of the plants for the food we eat is pollinated by bees. The NRDC lists these as among fruits, vegetables and field crops that are pollinated by bees: almonds, apples, blueberries, avocados, citrus fruits, olives, peaches, strawberries, asparagus, carrots, celery, cantaloupes, watermelons, onions, alfalfa, peanuts, soybeans, beets and cucumbers.
Besides the screening, the event includes a Q&A session with LI beekeeper Rich Blohm, a talk by apitherapy expert Frederique Keller and tastings, samples (including mead, an alcoholic drink made with honey) and bee-products for sale. Admission is $13. Details at cinemaartscentre.org.