History of Local Beekeeping to be Presented at CCHS Annual Picnic

Image courtesy of Panama Bee Farm & Honey Company
Image courtesy of Panama Bee Farm & Honey Company

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Chautauqua County Historical Society

The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s (CCHS) annual picnic returns this year to focus on a sweet subject: the history of local honey production and beekeeping.

On Wednesday Aug. 15 local beekeepers Dennis and Laura LaMonica will present “Pioneering Efforts of Honey Production in Chautauqua County” at Panama Rocks (11 Rock Hill Rd, Panama, NY).

he LaMonica’s own and operate the Panama Bee Farm & Honey Company and bring decades of beekeeping experience to the table. They will lead a presentation focusing on the early history of beekeeping and honey production in Chautauqua County.

CCHS is partnering with Panama Rocks to help promote the presentation, which will also serve as the society’s annual picnic. Food will be served at 6 p.m., with the presentation tentatively slated to begin at 7 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to learning more about the local honey production and beekeeping from the LaMonicas, who’ve done an excellent job researching the subject,” noted historical society programming chair Jason Sample. “We also appreciate the time and effort put forward by our friends at Panama Rocks in helping to organize and host this event.”

The event will take place rain or shine and there is no cost to attend. Everyone who attends is encouraged to provide a dish to pass. Beverages (water, iced tea and coffee) will also be provided free of charge.

If possible, please RSVP with CCHS before Aug. 10 by calling (716) 326-2977 or emailing cchs@mcclurgmuseum.org.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Historical Society visit www.McClurgMuseum.org.