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First Annual Waggle Dance

August 5, 2012

Awbury Arboretum invites you to kick up your heels at the First Annual Waggle Dance!

Basic depiction of a honey bee’s waggle dance. (Image courtesy of Green Sanctuary Community Apiary)

The titular “waggle dance” is a term used by beekeepers in reference to the movement that a honey bee uses relay information about the location of valuable resources to the rest of the colony. This movement, which takes the form of a figure eight, uses the direction of the dance towards or away from the hive to represent the direction in which the resource lies. The length of the “waggle”, meanwhile, indicates the distance.

Francis Cope House (1 Awbury Road)

On Friday, August, 10, head to Awbury to enjoy an old-fashioned summer social in celebration of these fascinating little creatures. Sample organic honey from the Green Sanctuary Community Apiary at Awbury, meet the Apiary’s beekeeper Anaiis Salles, and learn the essentials of beekeeping.

Dance to the rhythm of live gypsy jazz music provided by Hot Club of Philadelphia on the porch of the Francis Cope House. Enjoy light refreshments and enter the raffle for the chance to win prizes such as a brand-new cedar beehive! All ages are welcome; kids’ movies and games will also be available for the younger participants.

Live music provided by Hot Club of Philadelphia. (Image courtesy

Don’t miss this lively event, scheduled from 6 PM – 9 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, or $50 to reserve a table for six. Proceeds will benefit the Green Sanctuary Community Apiary at Awbury Arboretum. To RSVP, please call 215.849.2855 ext. 25 or e-mail

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