Friday April 7 - Chef Supper
Place: Knights of Columbus Hall
91 Manville St., Leicester, MA
Speaker: Scott Hyndman, Director of Horticulture, Nat'l Park Service
Topic: The stingless bees of Borneo and the Honey Gatherers
who collect their medicinal honey
Scott will take us into the forests of Borneo and explore the nests of the stingless bees and how the honey gatherers collect their honey with pumps created for that purpose. Join us for this unique experience through Scott's insights. Our chef supper will precede the presentation - bring a dish big enough to serve 10, based on the first letter of your last name (see below). Please remember to bring your own tableware.
A-I -- Vegetable/side J-R -- Dessert S-Z -- Main course
Saturday April 29 - First Outdoor Meeting of 2017
Place: Home of Dave Lewcon
201 West River Road, Uxbridge, MA
Speakers: Ken Warchol and experienced beekeepers
Topic: What should a new beekeeper be looking for in their hive
Ken will go through a hive opening focusing on "What should a new beekeeper be looking for in their newly established or overwintered hives at this time of year". This will be followed by small group hive openings led by experienced beekeepers doing a hive inspection, giving new bee school students the opportunity to handle and see close up the inner workings of a bee colony. Bee sure to bring your bee veils! We will have some extras if you do not yet have one. This meeting is a MUST for all new beekeepers!
Dave welcomes all at noon for grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks before the hive openings. Parking signs will guide you. You may also park along the nearby side streets. Join us and get an eye opening experience inside the beehive with senior beekeepers in the WCBA, and enjoy lunch! Directions to Dave's home are in the spring newletter.
Saturday June 3 - Outdoor Meeting
Place: Home of Peter Hoffman & Carol Leary
183 Randall Road, Berlin, MA
We will break up into 4 groups which will travel between the 4 workshops where 30 minute presentations will be offered on a variety of beekeeping topics.
WORKSHOP 1: Evaluating varroa mites in your colony and assessing the correct treatments throughout the season.
WORKSHOP 2: Raising your own queens the simple way.
WORKSHOP 3: When and how to make a split from your colony?
WORKSHOP 4: Slovenian Hives: What are they, and how do we manage them
Following the presentations we will offer new beekeepers the opportunity to open hives under the tutelage of senior beekeepers. Directions to Peter & Carol's home are in the spring newsletter.
Saturday June 17 - MassBee Field Day
Time: All Day
Place: UMass Agronomy Farm
River Road, South Deerfield, MA
Sponsored by the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association 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 recommended. The Massachusetts Beekeeping Association 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! Bring your veil and enjoy an educational day!
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.
WCBA encourages its members to attend. To make travel easier, the WCBA sponsors a bus. The bus departs from Auburn Mall (Macy's lot) at 7:00am and returns at 6:00pm. We always have a great time on this trip. We stop for breakfast at McDonalds in the morning and for delicious homemade ice cream on the way home. If interested, please return the form on p. 6 of the spring newsletter by May 17. Cost is $15 for the bus and we need at least 20 people to make it feasible. Leave the driving to us!
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Saturday July 15, Annual Cookout & Smoker Contest - Home of Scott Malkasian, Princeton, MA
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.