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The lingering cold days of winter have us all dreaming of spring; the smell of flowers in the air, warm sunshine and the buzzing of honey bees.  Beekeeping is an ancient hobby with extreme importance to our everyday lives.  Honey bees are excellent pollinators of flowers, trees and food crops.  Did you know that one out of every three bites of food we eat has been pollinated by a honey bee?  Many people keep bees to enjoy the tasty honey, use beeswax for crafts or simply for the pleasure of working so closely with nature. 
 To celebrate the arrival of spring the Washington County Beekeepers Association (WCBA) together with the Davy Crockett Beekeepers Association will hold a ‘Beginning Beekeeping School’ March 12 – 14 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds inside Building #1.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about basic equipment needed, techniques and rewards associated with beekeeping.  A variety of classes will be taught by veteran beekeepers, state inspectors and club members from 6:30pm – 9pm on Thursday and Friday evenings.  Saturday features the “hive build” day from 10am – 2pm which allows hands-on experience to assemble equipment needed for your bees’ new home.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit and purchase items from vendors such as K&K Bee Farm, Poor Valley Bee Farm and Laura Belle’s Beekeeping Supplies. 
Registration begins at 6pm on Thursday, March 12; pre-registration is not required. The school costs $20 (each additional family member costs $5 – children until 12 are FREE!) Students will receive a CD copy of "Beekeeping in Tennessee" as well as many other educational publications, plus a few bonus items.  Bee school participants can enter to win one of three bee hives provided through the Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant Program.  The lucky winners will be announced Friday evening. 
For more information about the Beginning Beekeeping School please contact the Washington County Beekeepers Association by emailing secretary@wcbeekeepersassociation.com.  Visit our webpage www.wcbeekeepersassociation.com to see classes offered at the school and be sure to check us out on Facebook.

 Sheila Kay Adams & The Scofflaws Present Old Time Music and Stories March 13

Get ready for an eclectic mix of a toe-tappin’ old time fiddle, mixed with stories of Appalachia when Sheila K. Adams & the Scofflaws visit Jonesborough Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

 Sheila Kay Adams & the Scofflaws are a traditional Appalachian/Americana trio who perform a diverse mix of southern Appalachian music full of ballads, stories and early American folk songs. The Scofflaws bring some 90 years of collective musical experience to the stage and draw material from a span of 400 years. From the 16th century to honky-tonk, just when you think you have it figured out, think again!  

Sheila Kay Adams is one of the most famous women in traditional Appalachian folk music and storytelling. Musician, storyteller and author, she's been performing on the national level for over 40 years. Her credits include 1976 and 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, many appearances at the National Storytelling Festival and some the best folk music festivals in the USA. A native of western North Carolina, whose family goes back seven generations, she's been awarded the highest honors that exist in traditional American folk music.  

Sheila joins guitarist/songwriter/recording artist Dan Lewis, another music veteran of western North Carolina for over 40 years, and Branson Raines, a truly gifted young traditional and bluegrass fiddler whose music skills and tonality are decades beyond his actual age.  

Sheila's banjo is a perfect rhythmic melodic engine, her voice chimes high and clear, richly flavored with tradition and times gone by. Dan is known for his intricate rhythm guitar driving and accenting the clawhammer banjo, while Branson's fiddle is the tuneful melodic icing on the cake. Their music inspired every toe in the house to tapping on one song and every eye tearful on the next.  

And, just when you think you've got the Scofflaws figured out, they pitch curveballs from the roots of early country music and honky-tonk that surprise and delight listeners every time.  

Sheila K. Adams & The Scofflaws will take the stage at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on March 13 at 7 p.m. 

General admission is $15, children 12 and under is $13 and groups of 15 or more purchasing their tickets together are $10. Tickets may be reserved by calling 423.753.1010 or visiting jonesboroughtn.org. 


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