Saturday June 3  -  Outdoor Meeting

Time:         1pm

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 Agricultural Learning Center Farm

                  911 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA  01002

                  NOTE NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!

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 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!




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.