Events

 

Join us for one or both of our upcoming chef suppers in February and April! Bring a dish big enough to serve 10, based on the first letter of your last name (refer to individual meeting details below). Please remember to bring your own tableware.  And don't miss our all day meeting in March -- Ken has booked two nationally known bee researchers to speak to us!

 

Friday February 12

Chef Supper 6:30pm

Place:  Knights of Columbus Hall, Mannville Street, Leicester, MA

Speaker:  Ed Szymanski, President, Norfolk County Beekeepers

 

A-I —Dessert J-R — Main Course S-Z — Vegetable / Side

 

PLANTS BENEFICIAL TO POLLINATORS IN EASTERN MASS
We will present information about plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and other pollinators in Eastern Massachusetts. Emphasis is placed on plants that provide quality food for bees and good nectar supply for honey production throughout the year, as well as on providing a diverse selection of plants for the bees to choose from. We will also talk about what makes a good bee plant, and what to avoid. Presentation features a large number of original photographs of bees on plants taken primarily on the presenters’ property.
Ed and Marian Szymanski are homesteaders and beekeepers living in Franklin, MA. The homestead includes bees and chickens, and a wide variety of fruits, berries, vegetables and pollinator-specific gardens. Their recent focus has been on identifying plants that provide quality food to bees and other pollinators and incorporating them into the homestead landscape. They are members of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association.

 

 

Saturday March 5

ALL DAY CONFERENCE 9am - 3:30pm

Place:  Knights of Columbus Hall, Mannville Street, Leicester, MA


We will have two of the top apiculturists from the Western U.S. coming in to speak this March. It will be a unique opportunity to hear these scientists from the West. I encourage you all to attend this all day session and expand your beekeeping horizons. FREE for members, non-members pay $10 or may join the WCBA for $15. I hope to see a full house and look forward to seeing you before the new bee season starts.
—Ken Warchol, Program Chairman


PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING TO THIS EVENT AS PARKING IS LIMITED IN SNOWY WEATHER.


SPEAKERS:
DR. WALTER S. SHEPPARD, Washington State University
DR. JULIANA RANGEL POSADA, Texas A&M University


AGENDA & TOPICS:

8:30–9:00 Free Coffee, Danish & Bee talk
9:00 WCBA President’s Welcome—Mary Duane
9:00–10:30 DR. WALTER S. SHEPPARD (see bio sidebar in the newsletter)
Importation, utilization and conservation of honey bee genetic resources for selective breeding and stock improvement
10:30–12:00 DR. JULIANA RANGEL POSADA (see bio sidebar on page 4 of the newsletter)
Factors that affect reproductive health in honey bees
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Register for lunch by Feb. 27, bring one or visit a local eatery)
1:00–2:15 DR. WALTER S. SHEPPARD
WSU research on alternative approaches to honey bee colony health: mushrooms, metabolic gases and management
2:15–3:30 DR. JULIANA RANGEL POSADA
Queen rearing mini workshop
3:30 Closing and Raffle


LUNCH MENU:
Cold cut buffet, salad, bread/rolls, pickles, potato salad, chips, dessert. $11 per person.
Lunch registrations must be received by February 27, see the form on page 4 of the newsletter.


 

Friday April 8

Chef Supper 6:30pm

Place:  Knights of Columbus Hall, Mannville Street, Leicester, MA

Program:  The Trials and Tribulations of a First Year Beekeeper


A-I —Vegetable / Side J-R — Dessert S-Z — Main Course

 

Five graduates of the 2015 WCBA Bee School will each do a 20 minute talk or presentation on the problems they encountered during their first year of beekeeping and the joys they got from this enchanted hobby. This years new bee school people will find this particularly enlightening, so please join us for this chef supper and program.


 

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.


BE SURE TO SAVE THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


Saturday May 7, First Outdoor Meeting & Hands-on Workshop