DATE:  Saturday Sept. 20, 2014
PLACE:  Keown Orchards, 9 McClellan Road, Sutton, MA

PROGRAM:  Ken will do the hive opening focusing on winter preparation of your colonies.  Final queen evaluation, mite levels, nosema, food stores, hive insulation and ventilation, entrance reducers and mouse guards, wind protection, and frame storage will be the topics discussed at Ken's presentation.  This will be followed by a breakdown into small groups for new beekeepers to get a close up look inside the hive with an experienced beekeeper.  Mary Duane, Dave Lewcon, Roland Sevigney and Kathy deGraaf will all give new beekeepers an inside look in this hands-on opening of the orchard's hives (don't forget your veil!).  Beekeepers may also take a hay wagon ride through the orchard and do some apple picking.  New beekeepers should make an attempt to attend this workship for the good of their bees.  THEY DEPEND ON YOU so be there!  Reminder to bring a baked good to share.  Drinks will be provided.



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October 4, 2014 Big Name All Day Meeting  Time: 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA

Speaker: Dr. Tom Rinderer, USDA Baton Rouge Lab Researcher
Speaker 2: TBA
November 1, 2014  Thanksgiving Banquet  Time: 6 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA
Speaker: Dr. Richard Callahan
Topic: A Trip Across Africa
December 6, 2014   WCBA Annual Christmas Party  Time: 6 P.M.
Leo's Ristorante
Worcester, Mass

January 9, 2015  Monthly Meeting and Chef Supper Time: 6:30 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA
Speaker: Ellen Ricciardi
Topic: Beekeeping and Bee Culture Throughout Italy

This is our annual WCBA Cookout extravaganza that starts at 11:00 am. Scott and Brian Faucher get the grill fired up and provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments and drinks. It is up to the rest of us to bring salads and sidedishes and deserts for the fiesta not siesta as this is an exciting day. We start off with the eating and/or feasting from 11:00 am-12:30 pm. During that period, Mary Duane will engage us in a quiz bowl of some sort. We will then have our own WCBA Smoker Contest for the County smoker Champ who will win a meal for two at our Thanksgiving Banquet. This will be followed by a hive opening at Scott’s hives and his management style. Scott is one who likes to do a lot of experimentation with his hives and with planting various nectar plants. We will see what’s new and on the horizon.  Norm Mercier will then do a honey extracting demonstration on a small scale in the cellar of Scotts log cabin Mansion. Scott will then offer tours of his work in progress. You do not want to miss this one with all the excitement and fine food.