Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping. "The bees are the color; everything else is black and white." Kirk Webster, Bridport beekeeper Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation's 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Craftsbury Public Library. Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury Public Library, 12 Church Lane, 7:00 pm. Susan O'Connell, (802) 586-9683.