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Balsam Bee

Balsam cutting on July 20 and the Balsam Bee is July 27

The Balsam Bee is a fun family event where people gather in the basement of the Chapel and upstairs to make decorative and aromatic fresh balsam pillows printed with the Chapel's own unique designs. And we're excited to have a new design for 2024 featuring the artwork of North Country artist and Chapel Trustee Loretta Lepkowski! 

The Bee runs from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., so drop in to work for a while and leave when you need to. Light refreshments will be served, and you'll be part of an Adirondack tradition that started in 1929 to raise money for the Chapel's construction. A word of planning: the only restrooms are in the Chapel basement down one flight of stairs.

At the Bee there's work for balsam grinders - using our antique hand equipment that turns boughs into piles of clean needles - pillow "stuffers", and sewers of all sewing abilities. All ages are welcome. Your friends, family, and camp guests are sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Adirondack event.

For smart shoppers there are unlimited pillow sales the afternoon and evening of the Bee at $20 per pillow. Pillows will be for sale at Chapel events after the Bee while supplies last.  Sorry no online sales, but cash, check and credit cards gladly accepted at the Bee.

How many pillows do we make? As many as we have balsam for, so folks are always needed to help gather the fresh balsam boughs the week before the Bee.  Join the balsam-cutting crew on July 20 (rain date July 21) in the Chapel parking lot. The group then heads to the places where trimming will take place.  Hand tools and gloves will be available, and this is a great activity for adults and teens wanting a uniquely outdoor Adirondack experience. Questions? Contact Mary Moore at

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