The Secret Life of Bees

The Namaste Center offers a honey tasting and bee documentary on March 19.

Ever wonder what bees are buzzing about? With spring’s return, the Namaste Center in Flat Rock is getting to the bottom of bees’ strange and complex lives. Local beekeeper Roger Bass hosts their Saturday, March 19th matinee screening of “Bees: Tales from the Hive,” a PBS NOVA documentary. Several local kinds of honey will be available for tasting, and pollen, propolis, and honeycomb displayed.

“Tales from the Hive” features up-close footage of working beehives filmed with specially developed macro lenses. The cameras also picked up sounds only bees hear. Billed as the “most intimate and most spectacular portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed,” the film wins over even the bee-phobic.

Bass says at one point in the film, the filmmakers put a camera on a bee to show a bee’s view on the world. “It’s very well done,” he said.

Bass will be available to answer any questions people may have about beekeeping.

Matinee of “Bees: Tales from the Hive” and honey tasting with beekeeper Roger Bass, March 19, 3-5pm, The Namaste Center (2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock), $5. thenamastecenter.com

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