NEXT MEETING - Saturday, June 2 - Home of Peter & Carol Hoffman


Time: 12 Noon


Location: 183 Randall Road, Berlin, MA (See directions below)


We will start the meeting at noon with small group hive openings. At 1:00 we will start a series of beekeeping related workshops.


WORKSHOP 1: Betty Mencucci - candles and beeswax ornaments

WORKSHOP 2: Ken Tubman - mead

WORKSHOP 3: Martha Williams - handcreams and lip balm

WORKSHOP 4: Bill Crawford - making splits

KIDS WORKSHOP: Desiree Grace - rolled candles


We ask all to bring a dessert and drinks. We will have ice tubs for the drinks.


Directions: 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 16 - MASS BEE FIELD DAY


Time:        11 AM

Location:  UMass Agricultural Learning Center

                  911 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

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. The Massachusetts Beekeeping Association also holds its annual State Bee Smoker Contest at this event, so bring your smoker and secret fuel. Pre-registration is recommended.

For more information, to register or order lunch, visit The full field day agenda will be posted as it is finalized.

To make travel easier for everyone, the WCBA sponsors a bus. The bus departs the Auburn Mall at 7:00 AM and returns at 6:00 PM. If interested, fill out the form on page 6 of the WCBA Spring Newsletter and return it by May 30. For $15 a person you can leave the driving to us. A minimum of 25 members is required for us to secure the bus for the day, so register today! We will let you know by June 2 if we have enough people.




Saturday, July 21 - Home of Scott Malkasian

Time: 11 AM (Early Start)

Place:  Dowd's Lane, Princeton, MA (See directions below)

Annual WCBA Cookout: Scott Malkasian and Brian Faucher generously provide us with hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish and/or dessert to share. After lunch, Scott will lead a hive opening and talk about his management style and his many hive experiments.

Other reasons to come out and enjoy the afternoon with your fellow beekeepers:

  • Annual WCBA Smoker Contest—bring your smoker and favorite fuel
  • Tips on preparing your honey entry for the Spencer Fair
  • Honey extraction demo by Norm Mercier—great for new beekeepers
  • Tour Scott’s log cabin mansion—the view from the top is spectacular

Directions: Take Rte 122A North out of Holden Center toward Rutland. Take a right onto Rte 68 N. Go 4 miles to Glenwood Rd. Take right onto Glenwood Rd and follow it for a short distance 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, you cannot go through that way. Follow the WCBA meeting signs.


Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus

Indoor 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.