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Queen Bee Rules the Hive

Everything in Marina Marchese's life is sticky. She eats, sleeps and breathes honey and even her hound dog is named Honey. A beekeeper for 10 years, her business, Red Bee Apiary in Weston, is really creating a buzz on a national level.

As a former freelance designer for fashion magazines, Marchese never expected she would give up her job as a designer for clothing companies on Seventh Avenue to harvest honey in her backyard. "I was so ready for something new in my life," said Marchese. "I had this great job, but it wasn't really fulfilling my high goals for myself."

So a friend took her to see his bees and she was hooked. She got a hive of her own. Then three, Then five. Now 15. Business is booming for the wide variety of products she sells. Marchese uses her talent for making things look beautiful to make her honey bottles and products attractive. She gets orders from all over the country.

"I love that everything I've done in my life, all my creative stuff, has kind of come together. My whole artistic background is kind of merged with nature and my background of being creative and dealing with products." Marchese also does encaustic painting, which is done using heated beeswax.

Marchese, author of "Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper," offers honey tastings in the area. where locals can sample the rich flavors and colors of the many varieties of honey that are found across the country. All of them unique and delicious in their own way; the flavors depending on the types of flowers where the bees get the honey so each honey is very unique to the area it came from.

Her next tasting will be at Sport Hill Farm in Easton on July 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. You must pre-register by e-mailing farm owner Patti Popp at Farmgal596@yahoo.com.

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