Views of the Neighborhood – Book and Bees Festival

We are going three miles down the road to Bee Cave Texas. We are visiting Bee Cave’s first-ever book festival, Books & Bees. As a hub of literacy for children and adults, the Bee Cave Public Library hosts programs year-round that serve hundreds of families in the area and beyond. The City of Bee Cave is dedicated to educating the public and helping conserve this most important insect. The one-of-a-kind Books & Bees Festival will help Bee Cave accomplish two missions – share fantastic literature with kids and adults alike, featuring high-profile, bestselling authors โ€“ and teach residents and their kiddos more about bees. We are catered by Josephine House of Austin. Our entertainment is Roy Orbison.

Menu

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich – Chicken sausage, harissa aioli, Grafton cheddar & scrambled egg

Steak & Eggs – 44 Farms bavette steak, roasted marble potatoes, red chimichurri, sunny side up egg

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – Strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup, house cultured butter

Egg Salad Tartine – Dill, radish, sunflower shoots, capers on seeded wheat toast

Avocado Toast – House-made hot sauce, lime zest & sunny egg

Josephine House Burger – House-made bun, Grafton cheddar, greens, grilled red onion, harissa aiฬˆoli, frites

HuevosRancheros – House-made corn tostada,sunny side up eggs,black beans, ranchero sauce, queso cotija, cilantro

Shrimp & Grits – Barton Spring Mills grits, lemon, thyme, red pepper flake

Big Chopped Salad – Roasted chicken, pepitas, blackberries, goat feta & citronette

Picture of an old time school bus

So let’s get going.

Here is the front of the library all decorated for the festival.

Yup, we are in the right place for the Books and Bees Festival.

This proves it.

A shot of the tents set up on the green.

The welcome tent.

Where you can get a bee finger puppet. (They wouldn’t let me have one.)

A lot of folks around that tent.

No wonder. It’s where headbands can be made.

Here is author Laekan Zea Kemp talking about her book.

There are author panels too. Here Eric Pohl takes a question

And for the bees nice flower seeds to be planted

Here is the Barnes & Noble crew getting ready to sell some books.

I hope you enjoyed the trip to Bee Cave. Now is the time for a cold one, food, and music. I hope you have a great week.

98 comments

  1. What fun! I love these events.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Darlene

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  2. Lovely photos. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you for the comment, Asitha.

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      1. You are welcome, John ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Looks like a lot of fun. Interesting combo with books and bees too.

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    1. I think they got an alliteration theme going.

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      1. Alliteration always seems to work.

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      2. It does. ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. What a fun idea! Your neighborhood really is quite creative and you definitely help to advertise their works!!

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  5. Your community has the best events, John! I’m sorry you didn’t get a finger puppet. They looked cute! Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Maybe next year. The kids sure liked them.

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  6. What a great day. I too think you earned a finger puppet. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. What a fun event! (Except for denying you a finger puppet, of course.)

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    1. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your adventure. Our festival season in Indiana starts this month.

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    1. Well, I hope you enjoy it Molly Shea.

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  9. Pancakes, please, with a side of honey. Did they sell honey?
    Such a great cause. I love watching the bees visit our multiple hydrangea plants. Just starting to see buds so it wonโ€™t be long.
    Roy Orbison, what a talent. Loved his music from โ€˜Cryingโ€™, โ€˜Ooby Doobyโ€™ to the Traveling Wilburys.

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    1. I loved Roy too, Steve. This video is a good one. There are stars galore as back up singers.

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      1. John, I did Ty, or couldnโ€™t, find the video in your story. But I know the concert youโ€™re referencing. I believe itโ€™s the night club B&W. Let me know if I missed it somewhere.

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      2. You are the first to mention that it is missing. It is there now.

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      3. Thatโ€™s what friends are for! (Who sang that line? It wasnโ€™t Roy.)

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      4. Stevie Wonder.

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      5. Of course. I knew
        youโ€™d know.

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      6. Goodnight, John.

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      7. Good night, Steve.

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  10. What a fun event, John, and those Lemon Ricotta pancakes sound like a delicious splurge. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy May!

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    1. I would like to try those for sure.

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  11. Looks like a nice outing with a worthy purpose. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It was fun. Thanks, Tim.

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  12. No finger puppet for you? Darn! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like a fun time for all.

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    1. it was fun, Joan. Thanks,

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  13. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Nice event, John. But I’m befuddled as to why they didn’t think you a child, most worthy of a bee finger puppet. ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I know right. maybe it was the cigar. ๐Ÿ˜

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  14. I’m tempted to check this locale out…I adopted “Ms. Bee” for my substitute teacher alter ego! Ha!

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    1. Ms. Bee sounds like a good one.

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  15. What a lovely event! Did you sell some books there? Today I think I’ll see how Texas-style shrimp and grits taste!

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    1. I was not invited to attend, Noelle. These were all Barnes and Nobel authors.

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      1. Well, pooh!

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    What a great event! I love the name Bees Cave too. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Was named for the caves that have bees in them.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        I like it!

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  17. A great combination – books and bees! And wildflower seeds to feed the bees. It looked like a beautiful day. Thanks for a lovely brunch!

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    1. It was a beautiful day. Rain threat in the morning then beautiful afternoon. Thanks, Jo. I hope you have a super week.

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  18. Maybe if youโ€™d have displayed the finger puppet on a different finger???

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    1. That was probably the reason.

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  19. Sorry they wouldn’t give you one of those finger puppets, John. Bet Lucy and Twiggy would’ve enjoyed seeing that! Looks like a great day for a festival — nice to see there are so many opportunities for fun/educational events in your area.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Yes ther are a lot of things to do.

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  20. Any festival that involves books must be good!

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  21. That looks like great fun, John. I can see that one of the wonderful things about Texas is the sunny weather. The event looks bright, colorful, and welcoming. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes we do have sunny weather for sure. Thanks, Diana.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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  22. I looove your way of celebrating, John! The photos are showing a fireworks of creativity. Thanks for sharing these wonderful impressions, and have a nice rest of Sunday! Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you , Michael. have a lovely evening.

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  23. Bees & books, what might be better, dear John?! Two “b” or not to “b”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Excellent question, Dear Maria.

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  24. petespringerauthor · ·

    Hopefully, it will become an annual event. Protect our books and our bees.

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    1. Yes I think it will be.

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  25. What a great event, John. It’s so nice that you have these sorts of events in your community.

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    1. We do enjoy them. Thanks for going along, Robbie.

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  26. It looks like it was fun! Too bad they didn’t have enough bee finger puppets for the big kids at heart too. ๐Ÿ˜€ The image of it works though.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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  27. This looks like so much fun! What a wonderful way to get kids to the library.

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    1. I know right?

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  28. This guided tour was the bee’s knees Boss.

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    1. Glad you came along.

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  29. What a nice outing, John. That finger puppet is cute – I hope they had more in stock!

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    1. They has tons. Thanks, Barbara.

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  30. I’m glad it was successful.

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  31. This looks like a really fun festival!! It would have been a great place to have a booth! One to keep in mind for next year!

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    1. This was by invitation only. Barnes and Noble directed

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  32. This looks like so much fun. And the food! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Debby.

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  34. Thanks for a wonderful outing, John. And I can’t resist saying — you’re the bee’s knees!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Good one Teagan. Thanks.

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  35. Bees and Books – talk about a perfect pairing. Thank you for the tour, John. I keep trying to do my part for the bees.

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    1. I’m glad you do. Thanks, Dale

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