Community work "bees" were an event where neighbours, family and friends got together to quickly complete a task for a particular family. Whether it be a barn raising, stone picking, wood cutting, threshing, the whole community turned up to help out.
Bees were not only for work, they were also very social events, allowing people to catch up and exchange stories. Work bees were also a time to show off your best pie pastry among the spread of food prepared for the large group of people. Once the task was complete, tables and chairs were cleared for the ceilidh that followed in the evening. Fiddlers, pipers and Gaelic songs were common at Glengarry work bees.