On a rainy day, the roof of the W Hotel is littered with the bodies of bees. Their wings soggy and their little feet in the air, they lie like the fallen soldiers that they are amid the 10 beehives that constitute the hotel’s apiary, housing about a million bees — give or take the hundred or so lying in rain puddles.
Any average sunny spring Austin day would find bees buzzing merrily around these hives, making occasional trips to a nearby bucket topped with floating wine corks for them to land on, where they sip fruit smoothies created specially to whet their appetites for honey-making.
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Bee-list party at the W Hotel
When: 6:30 p.m. June 13
Where: Trace restaurant patio and porch
What: Free party open to the public. Samples of W Austin cocktails and food featuring honey from the apiary will be available. Guests are encouraged to wear black and yellow.