July 22  - Annual Cookout and Smoker Contest

Time:         11:00am (EARLY START)

Place:        Dowd's Lane, Princeton, MA -- Home of Scott Malkasian

Scott 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:

  • Smoker contest—a WCBA Champion will be crowned to be entered into the Massachusetts championship
  • Tips on preparing your honey entry for the Spencer Fair—compete for awards and “Best Honey in Worcester County” bragging rights
  • Honey extraction demo—great for new beekeepers
  • Tour Scott’s log cabin mansion—looking out at Mt Wachusett, the view from the top is spectacular!
  • We will also be presenting candidates for the board—to be voted on at our August meeting

Join us for this fun and educational day!
Bring your smoker and favorite fuel to take part in the smoker contest—you could win!

DIRECTIONS TO Scott Malkasian’s: 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.

Saturday August 19

Time:         1:00pm

Place:        216 Wachusett Road, Rutland, MA

                  Heifer Project Farm (Overlook Farm)

Topics:      Ken Warchol - Preparing Your Hives for the Winter Months, Part 1

                  Liz Joseph - Tour of the Heifer Project Garden


Winter preparations start in August and continue over the next 2 months. Ken will cover the preparations we must take for successful wintering. This is one of the most important sessions for new beekeepers in particular. You want to make sure your bees are adequately prepared to make it through the long winter season. Following this presentation Liz Joseph will take us on a spectacular tour of the Heifer Gardens and give us tips for successful gardening.


The election of WCBA officers will also be held this afternoon. Please remember to bring along some baked goods for after the meeting.

Directions to Heifer Project Farm: Take Route 122A North out of Holden Center toward Rutland. Take a right onto Route 68 North. Go 2.6 miles to Wachusett Street (you will see a flashing overhead traffic light). Take a right onto Wachusett Street and follow it for 0.2 miles. The entrance to the Heifer Project Farm will be on your right. Follow the WCBA meeting signs.

Saturday September 16

Time:         1:00pm

Place:        Foppema Farm & Orchard

                  McClellan Road, Sutton

Topic:        Ken Warchol & other experienced beekeepers - 

                    Preparing Your Hives for the Winter Months, Part 2

The focus will be on final preparations beekeepers must make before the cold sets in.

Reminder to bring goodies to share.

Directions to Foppema Farm & Orchard: Take Rte 146 south. Get off at exit 7. Take a left at end of exit toward Northbridge. Go approximately 1/2 mile. Take a left onto Dodge Hill Rd. Go approximately 1/2 mile and take a right onto McCllelan Rd. The farm is 100 yards up on the right.



Sept. 1-4, Spencer Fair & Honey Show - Spencer Fairgrounds, Spencer, MA

Saturday October 7 - All Day Conference with Dr. Eric Mussen from Univ. of California, Davis and Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda from Clemson University, SC 


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.