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Help us throw the most epic 10th Anniversary celebration... and get fantastically intricate, inspiring & illustrated posters in return!
Help us throw the most epic 10th Anniversary celebration... and get fantastically intricate, inspiring & illustrated posters in return!
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Yay! You're here! We've got an incredible story to tell you...

GOOD NEWS from "BAD LITTLE FALLS"

Maybe you've heard... that for the past TEN YEARS, the wildly-motivated, all-volunteer Beehive Design Collective has created immensely popular, awe-inspiring, collaborative, and meticulously-crafted oversize posters about the urgent issues of our times… all with engaging, incredibly intricate and educational, black & white cartoons of plants and animals!

But what you might not know is that there is a whole other dimension to our work... that in the effort to dedicate ourselves to being useful to both GLOBAL and LOCAL struggles, we've also been on an amazing adventure to respectfully restore, invigorate and support the small rural community where we are based in Eastern Maine... if you're a fan of warm fuzzy feelings... this story is for you!

Hopefully watching the video above will give you a good glimpse of what we're up to!

Friends and neighbors from near and far... we need YOU to Kickstart the 6th annual BLACKFLY BALL!

Held at the historic Machias Valley Grange & Cultural Center at the height of Eastern Maine's Wild Blueberry Festival, the annual Blackfly Ball is a riotous celebration of community and history that attracts hundreds of folks from across the continent to a magical night of booty-shakin’ bliss by the banks of Bad Little Falls park!

With many dozens of volunteers scheduled to lend their labor to our continuing  restoration efforts this August, we’re fundraising to make physical improvements of wheelchair accessibility for the Grange, refurbish the beautiful-but-under-utilized dance floor deck surrounded by raging waterfalls at the center of town, and to support the over 90 musicians who's talent make the night unforgettably magical!  We need your support to make this Blackfly Ball the best night of the year for all of our friends and neighbors Downeast!

YOU’RE INVITED on August 20th to celebrate this amazing story of restoration and revival with us, AND to receive fabulous gifts of gratitude in each of our pledge packages! We're celebrating by sharing OUR ENTIRE COLLECTION OF 21 BEEHIVE POSTERS, complete with their accompanying storybook narratives, as well as a special LIMITED RUN COLOR POSTER (exclusively for our Kickstarter backers), for pledges of $100, including shipping! Check it out... there's all sorts of great packages offered for different pledge amounts!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our hardworkin' creative efforts...  and allow us to shower you with goodies in return!  Many thanks from all of us Bees!

Learn more about the Bees at www.beehivecollective.org.

Visit our Webstore at http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/store/posters_MAIN.htm to see ALL of our posters!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    We've printed up adorable, full color, satin PATCHES of our 10th Anniversary and Blackfly Ball images just to thank you for your support! You can choose which one you'd like from the examples on the left... Also, we've made a NEW version of our Graphics CD, containing hundreds of clip-art illustrations for you to use and enjoy... Both of these will arrive on your doorstep as a colorful thank you package!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    We can't wait to send you the beautiful OVERSIZE print of THIS YEAR'S BLACKFLY BALL POSTER! It's a 17"x26" color poster, printed on high-quality thick matte paper... We'll also send along your choice of a satin patch and graphics cd thank you package as above!

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Here's our whole 10th Anniversary thank you package! We've created a LIMITED EDITION gift for our Kickstarter Backers! "For the Long Haul" is a beautiful, 17"x26" color commemerative poster, printed on high-quality matte paper! You'll also receive the OVERSIZE print of the 2011 BLACKFLY BALL POSTER, your choice of a satin patch and a graphics cd as above!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You'll receive the 10th Anniversary thank you package (as above) PLUS any black & white BEEHIVE POSTER OF YOUR CHOICE! That's a bundle of three posters, a patch of your choosing and the graphics cd!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Here's the FULL SET OF BLACKFLY BALL POSTERS! We've just done a reworked, improved version of ALL six of the 11"x17" collection on beautiful matte paper! You'll also receive the complete Anniversary thank you package (as above) and an additional Beehive poster of your choice! (TO SEE ALL THE POSTERS YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM VISIT OUR WEBSTORE AT http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/store/posters_MAIN.htm)

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Not only will you receive the full Anniversary thank you package (as above, at the $20 level), for $50 we'll also send you the FULL SET OF 6 BLACKFLY BALL POSTERS, plus 2 OVERSIZED prints of the 2010 & 2011 editions. Complete your package with your choice of 2 satin patches and 2 other Beehive posters! (TO SEE ALL THE POSTERS YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM VISIT OUR WEBSTORE AT http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/store/posters_MAIN.htm)

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Let us send you the full Anniversary thank you package (as above, at the $20 level), as well as the FULL SET OF 6 BLACKFLY BALL POSTERS, plus 2 OVERSIZED prints of the 2010 & 2011 editions. Complete your package with all 3 satin patches and 3 other Beehive posters of your choice!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Here it is! Made available by our Kickstarter supporters, the COMPLETE COLLECTION OF BEEHIVE POSTERS! In addition to all the ones listed above, you'll also receive two more color and seven more BIG black and white posters! It's an amazing set... with 21 posters in all, including the special edition Anniversary poster, 3 storybook narratives, all 3 satin patches, and graphics CD as above!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    If you're able to kick in at this level, we'll do a bee backflip by sending you THREE of the COMPLETE collection listed above, and one of our ever popular FABRIC POSTERS... a six foot high miniature banner of our "Plan Colombia" poster!

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Become a fellow pollinator, by grabbing a chunk of posters for your own fundraising and organizing! We'll send you a big ol' stack of 50 of each of your choice of any two of our poster designs for you to distribute, that's 100 POSTERS TOTAL, plus the complete collection like above!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    We'd love to send you your own BIG beautiful Beehive FABRIC MURAL of any of our poster designs... choose any poster, b&w or color and any size up to ten feet and we'll have it custom printed, sewn with grommets and shipped to you... plus the complete collection like above!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We'll be headed your way to swarm you with thanks in person! Bring the Bees to your town for any one of our popular live PICTURE-LECTURES... and we'll help you do an extra awesome job of advertising for the event by custom printing a BIG FABRIC MURAL of your choice for you to keep, OR sending you a bulk chunk of 100 posters for you to sell/distribute before and after the event! And of course, we'll make sure you also have the complete collection of our posters as above!

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