Having sold all ten of the initial batch of painted, wooden bees Denis Morin and Aimee Andresen at the woodshop at the Falher Friendship Corner are gearing up to produce another ten as the demand has been steady.
The project, conceived by Delores Garand has the dual purpose of enhancing the environment for Falher’s Honey Festival by helping celebrate its profile as a major honey producing region, and also raising funds for the Friendship Centre.
The materials to produce the bees are donated and the bees sell for $50 each. However, many local businesses that have purchased the wooden bees have voluntarily paid more than the asking price.
“A lot of businesses have gone above and beyond the fifty dollars,” says Aimee Andersen, a rehabilitation worker with the friendship corner. “There have been a few orders also by people who want them at their homes.”
The foot of each wooden bee is inscribed with the name of the business that purchases it and the town has made an effort to hang each signed bee close to the business that bought it.
The Town of Falher, which has enthusiastically supported the project, began hanging the bees on Monday June 13.
Ideally, the town would like to see the bees on every lamppost on Main Street.
The sale of the wooden bees will continue beyond the Honey Festival until the end of July because orders are still coming in. The bees will remain a semi-permanent fixture in Falher, coming down when the Christmas lights go up and will go back up again in the spring.