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Smithgall garden abuzz with activities
Two performances to kick off series of events for children
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Author of “The Buzz on Honeybees,” Cathy Kaemmerlen and her daughter Sara Gaare will present two back-to-back performances at 10 and 11 a.m. June 27 at Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy in Gainesville. It is part of the Smithgall garden’s series of children’s performances this summer through August.

‘The Buzz on Honeybees’

When: 10 and 11 a.m. June 27

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville

Cost: $8 adults, $5 children, free for children younger than 3 and garden members

More info: atlantabg.org/visit/gainesville or call 404-888-4760.

Finally, busy bees can take an afternoon off at a Gainesville garden as an actress and author plus her daughter plan to entertain young children next weekend.

Author of “The Buzz on Honeybees,” Cathy Kaemmerlen and her daughter Sara Gaare will present two back-to-back performances at 10 and 11 a.m. June 27 at Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy in Gainesville. It is part of the Smithgall garden’s series of children’s performances this summer through August.

Kaemmerlen, who has performed at the Atlanta garden for the past 10 years, is performing for the first time in Gainesville. Her 30-year-old daughter, who is a professional performer for 10 years, will join her in the performance on the last Saturday of the month. Their combined experience gives them an advantage for knowing what works with audiences.

“I’ve never had trouble holding children’s attention,” Kaemmerlen said. “You keep it moving. I aim over their heads rather than under to keep them stimulated.

“Learning through stories is a natural way to pique their interests,” the 65-year-old woman continued. “If you are passionate about your subject and what you are doing, the children are too.”

Kaemmerlen, a Charlotte, N.C., native now living in Kennesaw, began her career as a dancer but chose to focus on her experience with children’s literature later in life. She has three children of her own, including Gaare.

“I love performing for children because of their open minds, their energy, their youthful enthusiasm,” Kaemmerlen said. “It’s contagious!”

All ages are welcome to the performances.

“Parents and children should expect a fun, entertaining look at the honeybee, our state’s insect, who provides us with honey, the most natural food in the world, and with pollinating our many Georgia crops,” Kaemmerlen said.

The main character, Itty Bitty Betty, narrates the tale of Georgia’s state insect, conveys its importance in the ecosystem of Georgia and provides fun facts.

This performance will not be the lone activity for children during the summer months. A weekly children’s storytime will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, said Wanda Cannon, the education and volunteer coordinator for the Gainesville garden. A budding artist craft time also will happen from 10:30 a.m. to noon the second Thursdays of each month.

A model train garden is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays with a box of toy trains available daily for sharing and playing near the train garden.

Garden admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children age 3 to 12 and free for garden members and children younger than 3.

The Gainesville garden is an extension of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Both centers are members of the American Public Gardens Association.

“(The garden) is a community nexus where people of all ages can learn about the importance of plants and pollinators to our daily lives,” said Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. "Through these innovative and entertaining performances, all senses can be engaged and the connections with nature and gardening will persist for years after.”

The Gainesville garden is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday. It is located off of Cleveland Highway approximately one-fourth of a mile north of Limestone Parkway.

For more information, visit http://atlantabg.org/visit/gainesville or call 404-888-4760.

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