Singer encourages campers to give bees a chance

By Nathaniel Axtell, Times-News Staff Writer

ZIRCONIA — Usually when folk singer Dar Williams travels to Western North Carolina on tour, she draws crowds of excited fans to Asheville venues such as The Grey Eagle or The Orange Peel. But Williams embarked on a more low-key tour of the region this week, with the goal of creating a buzz of a different sort.

Williams performed songs from her eight studio albums during two mini-concerts at Pisgah Girl Scout Camp in Brevard and Green River Preserve in Zirconia, then got down in the dirt the next morning with campers to plant flower gardens designed to help bees and other pollinators.