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 9am-4pm
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 needed for us to secure the bus for the day, so register today! You can find the form HERE.
Saturday July 16 at 11am
Place: Home of Scott Malkasian, Princeton, MA
Program: WCBA picnic and smoker contest
This meeting is our annual picnic where Scott Malkasian and Brian Faucher graciously provide burgers, hot dogs, rolls, condiments and drinks. We ask you, our members, to bring a variety of salads, side dishes and desserts. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this lavish feast, then relax and chat with your fellow beekeepers before the Annual Smoker Contest. Who will win bragging rights for the year and two tickets to the Thanksgiving Banquet? Following the contest, Scott will lead the hive opening and talk about his management style and his many hive experiments. There will also be a demonstration on honey extraction in the cellar of Scott's ongoing project, a log cabin mansion. It is always fun to take the annual tour and see what Scott has accomplished over the past year. Looking out at Mount Wachusett, the view from the top floor is spectacular.
We encourage all our members to join us so that the senior members can get to know the new members as there is plenty of opportunity to socialize at this meeting. Remember, it starts early, 11:00 AM -- you'll want to get in line before Ken for the burgers and dogs!!
Bring your smoker and favorite fuel to take part in the smoker contest -- you could win!
Directions to Scott Malkasian's house
Take Rte 122A North out of Holden Center toward Rutland. Take a right onto Rte 68 N. Go 4 miles to Glenwood Rd. Take a rightonto Glenwood Rd and follow it for a short distance to where it splits. Go left onto Dowd's Lane which is a dirt road. Follow it to the dead end which is Scott's house on the left. The map shows a road coming in from the opposite side, but you cannot go through that way. Follow the WCBA meeting signs.
BE SURE TO SAVE THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Saturday August 20, Outdoor Meeting in Rutland
Labor Day Weekend, Spencer Fair
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.