Until recently, common honeybees have been easy to take for granted, hovering about gardens and fields as lifelong contributors to the pollination cycle. That lack of appreciation began to change when scientists found that an alarming decline in honeybee colonies (dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder) was already having a devastating impact on global agricultural production. The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is determined to raise awareness of the issue and advocate for habitat restoration, and has now organized the PolliNation Festival. The event offers a tremendous range of information related to the critical importance of protecting bees and other pollinators, whether by supporting sustainable farming practices, transforming standard turf lawns into bee-friendly neighborhoods, or planting backyard bee gardens. (It also coincides with the grand opening of Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast.) This being a festival, there will be ample activities to choose from, including an expo of pollinator-inspired products amid 22 interactive pollinator displays. In addition to playing host, Kieran’s will be serving up a delectable range of snacks, while event-exclusive beverages allow visitors to get their buzz on with a special honey-blended ale from Finnegan’s and a honey-infused mead from Sociable Cider Werks. Live music will also be provided courtesy of Brian Just, Chris Koza, John Munson and Friends, the Everett Smithson Band, and Lucy Michelle with Dylan Hicks.