Milwaukee's World Bee-Day Party


Sunday, May 20, 10am - 6PM
Redeemer Church
1905 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI


World Bee Day

Last December the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution declaring May 20 as World Bee Day. Every year on this day, the attention of the global public will be drawn to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. 

Here in Milwaukee, BeeVangelists a local non-profit dedicated to spreading the buzz about bees, is having a day long bee party. Starting at 10am on Sunday, May 20 with an Ecumenical Bee Worship at Redeemer Church. Following the Worship, the building transforms into a hive of activity with live music, presentations, interactive artwork projects, a BeeBQ lunch and of course the chance to meet our rooftop bees and experience healing from the hives.

Willy Porter performs a solo concert in the Church at 4pm and throughout the day, two stages will host the local talents of Frogwater, Julie Thompson, D'Amato. Liam O'Brien and Jack Tell.

The event is free and family friendly, but, be sure to bring your checkbook to help fund construction of a special Eastern European Bee House here in Milwaukee.   


Event Overview

Starts at 10am with an Interfaith Bee Worship -  the congregation will be invited to wear wings and antennae and Chant Claire Choir will sing. Stay for the sonic bee meditation or head down for  a free BeeBQ lunch followed by two staged of music and guest speakers. Head up to the auditorium to participate in fun bee activities or cross-pollinate with several vendors and guests. 3:45pm BeeVangelist Charlie Koenen gives the Keynote address ending with a swarm to the sanctuary where Willy Porter will play. The Evening ends with a musical buzz sendoff. There will be stations and helper bees soliciting donations throughout the day.


“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

Albert Einstein


The Goal

World Bee Day In Milwaukee's fundraising efforts will go to building awareness and actual design and construction of a bee house on the grounds of the Sisters of St Francis. Ongoing funding and sponsorship will support a beekeeping school and visitation center.

Unlike our "traditional" white, stacked box beehives. Eastern European Beekeepers have for centuries been keeping large numbers of smaller colorful boxes built together in a house structure. This idea of distributed colonies vs the American big box beehives is what we hope to introduce. Beekeeping for the bees. The Slovenian Bee Houses hold dozens of hives mounted within a wall. Each opens into the inside like a kitchen cabinet and the frames are inspected by pulling them out like hanging folders of honeycomb and bees.




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