Shelley Felder to speak at Friends of the Library meeting

February 25, 2014

The Friends of the Ashe County Public Library will hold its first monthly meeting of 2014 at 11 a.m., Wednesday Feb. 26 at the Library.

A local favorite, Shelley Felder from “The Honey Hole,” will share information about the “State of Bees” in our local, national and worldwide population.

Shelley and her husband Charles began their Ashe County lives as part-timers from Charlotte. Once they decided to live full time here, Shelley decided she wanted to raise chickens while Charles wanted bees.

As happens so often in relationships, the hobby of one spouse becomes the passion of the other. Charles dropped a copy of “Back Yard Beekeeping” in Shelley’s chair, and after several trips to Brushy Mountain for bee supplies, Shelley realized that “somebody needs to open a bee store here.” “The Honey Hole” was born.

The planning, property purchase and development of the store turned out to be “flawless” in implementation. The grand opening of the “The Honey Hole” happened three years ago.

Since that time, the store offers a wide range of bee supplies, bat supplies and birding supplies. Along with these supplies, the business provides educational materials on how bees are a cornerstone of our ecosystems along with what is needed to bring the bee population back to its previous levels of health and production.

The public is invited to attend a most entertaining and informative program about bees, our food supply, and the interconnectedness of the ecosystem. Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you at the library.