Banwarth House in Elizabeth hosts beekeeping speakers

Staff Report

ELIZABETH, Ill. — Allen Reed and Andrea Dubnick (Leaf River) will present “Beekeeping: the Queen of Hobbies,” about their adventures of keeping bees in northern Illinois, June 30. The talk begins at 1 p.m. at Banwarth House, an 1876 historical building, at 408 E. Sycamore St., Elizabeth, Ill.

Reed and Dubnick have kept bees for five years outside of Leaf River in Ogle County. They both have historical interests, and will include an overview of honey hunting and beekeeping throughout human history.

The first three rules of beekeeping,” said Reed, “are these: You will get stung sometimes. Don’t open hives when the weather is cloudy and cold. And put three beekeepers together, and you’ll get at least four different opinions — on any topic!”

Dubnick added: “The first time I was ever stung was years ago when I leaned against a wall where a bee was catching her breath. I deserved that sting — I didn’t see her, and I squished her! I said to Allen, ‘I guess now we find out if I’m allergic.’ Apparently, I’m not!”

The couple moved from Chicago to Ogle County in 2003, and have regularly volunteered as historical interpreters at Apple River Fort, also in Elizabeth, since 2004.

Call Diane Sipiera at (815) 858-2014 for more information.

From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue

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