Saturday May 7 at 1pm
Place: Home of Dave Lewcon, 201 West River Road, Uxbridge, MA
Program: Swarm Prevention and Monitoring your Queen, with hive openings
The meeting will begin with a presentation on monitoring and evaluating your queen in new packages and nucs, then move to swarm prevention methods for the new beekeeper. The beekeepers will then be divided up into 10 small groups and a experienced leader will do a small group hands-on workshop for new beekeepers showing them how to work a beehive and what to look for in the early months of a new hive's development. This workshop is crucial for all new bee school people to attend to get the hands on experience you need. Bring your bee veils, gloves, hive tools etc. Some of you may want to get your first hive opening experience here where there will be 18 hives. You will also have the opportunity to see the Harvard University hives which are located at this location and watch a hive opening with these experimental hives. New beekeepers will come out of the meeting with a good understanding of how to manage your new hives.
Directions to Dave Lewcon's house
From Rte 495 North or South: Take exit 19 (Rte 109) towards Milford. Left at light onto E Main/MA-16. Follow 16 through Milford, Hopedale & Mendon. Go over the W River and take a sharp right onto W River Rd (W River Rd. is about 1 mile from the Uxbridge/Mendon line. It’s a hair pin turn on the right, before an old red barn. It comes up fast. 201 & 211 is 3/4 mile on right. Red cape. From Rte 146: Take exit 3 (MA-16) towards Uxbridge. At light turn right onto N. Main /MA-16/MA-122. Take immediate left (Mendon St/ MA-16) Note signs toward Mendon/Milford. Go over 2 large rivers. In about 1 mile, note signs that read W Hill Dam/W Hill Park. As you go down a small hill take the next left onto W River Rd. 201 & 211 is 3/4 mile on right. Red cape.
Saturday June 4 at 1pm
Place: Home of Peter Hoffman & Carol Leary, 183 Randall Road, Berlin, MA
Program: 4 short presentations on beekeeping topics, plus one for the kids!
We will break the members up into 4 groups which will travel to 4 stations where a 30 minute presentation will be offered on a variety of beekeeping topics, plus a station specifically for kids!
Station 1: Making splits producing your own queen and/or equalizing hives.
Station 2: Rendering your wax and making molded beeswax candles and other beeswax products.
Station 3: Evaluating your hive in early summer, particularly monitoring mite levels, supercedure and swarming, and what to do?
Station 4: Small scale mead making with your honey
Station 5 (for the kids): Honey Queen, Cory Morgan, will teach the kids how to make rolled beeswax candles.
Following the presentation we will offer new beekeepers the opportunity to open hives under the tutelage of senior beekeepers.
Remember -- bring the kids to this one and have them try their hand at making rolled candles with the Honey Queen!
Directions to Peter Hoffman & Carol Leary's house
From Rte 140 North or South. Take Rte 70 East toward Boylston Center. Continue on Rte 70 until you come to Rte 62. Right on Rte 62 and follow for 5-6 miles until the STOP sign just before the railroad tracks. Left at the STOP sign and follow for 1/4 mile. Right onto Randall Rd. At the Fork Randall Rd bears right. Follow to 183 Randall Rd.
Saturday June 18 at 1pm
Massachusetts Beekeeper's Association Annual Field Day
Place: UMass Agronomy Farm, South Deerfield, MA
Sponsored by the Franklin County Beekeepers Assocation, the Mass Bee Field Day is a collaboration between the 11 County Beekeeping Organizations in Massachusetts. Beekeeping experts from throughout New England attend this field day to share their knowledge and experience with fellow beekeepers. The all-day event is free and attendance is highly recommended. Mass Bee also holds its annual State Bee Smoker Contest at this event, so bring your smoker and secret fuel -- and who knows, you may become the next MA State Bee Smoker Champ!
For more information or to order lunch ahead of time visit www.massbee.org. The full field day agenda will be posted as it is finalized.
To make travel easier for everyone, WCBA sponsors a bus for our members. The bus departs the Auburn Mall Parking Lot (Macy's Lot) at 7:00am Saturday morning, June 18. The WCBA always has fun and this trip is no exception! We stop for breakfast at McDonald's in the morning, and for delicious homemade ice cream at the end of the day. For $15 per person you can leave the driving to us. Come join us, have fun and learn -- please send your registration form in by May 18!
A minimum of 30 is neded for us to secure the bus for the day, so register today! You can find the form HERE.
BE SURE TO SAVE THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Saturday July 16, Outdoor Meeting and picnic in Princeton
Saturday August 20, Outdoor Meeting
Saturday September 17, Outdoor Meeting
Saturday October 1, First Indoor Meeting and All Day Conference with speakers Wyatt Mangum and TBA
Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus
Monthly Meetings and many of the Special Events of the WCBA are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall,
Manville Street, in Leicester, Massachusetts.
From Webster Square in Worcester: Follow Route 9 West into Leicester. Two miles from the town line turn right onto
Manville Street, just after Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.
From the Spencer or Leicester area: Follow Route 9 East. Turn left onto Manville Street, just before Entwhistle’s Garage.
Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.