Saturday, July 21 - ANNUAL WCBA COOKOUT

Time: 11 AM (Early Start)

Place: Home of Scott Malkasian, Dowd's Lane, Princeton, MA (See directions below)

Scott Malkasian 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:

  • Annual WCBA Smoker Contest—bring your smoker and favorite fuel
  • Tips on preparing your honey entry for the Spencer Fair
  • Honey extraction demo by Norman Mercier—great for new beekeepers  Sorry, the extraction demo has been cancelled
  • Tour Scott’s log cabin mansion—the view from the top is spectacular

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair and protective equipment for the hive opening!

Directions: 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 25

Time: 1 PM  -- OR WCBA-sponsored bus at 10 AM

Place: Home of Joe and Deborah Nunes, Royalston, MA 01368 (See directions below)

SPEAKER: Joe Nunes

TOPICS:     Preparing Your Hives for Winter - Part 1

                   Wax Rendering and Candles

Join us at Joe Nunes’ on the edge of Worcester County within a mile of the New Hampshire border to the wilds of Royalston, MA. You can opt to drive out to the meeting or you can join fellow members on a WCBA-sponsored bus leaving from the Auburn Mall at 10:00 AM. The bus will first take us to the beautiful Tully Dam area of Roylston for a picnic lunch (bring your own). At noon we will head out for a quick stop at the spectacular Doane’s Falls before arriving at Joe’s for 1:00.

Joe is one of the finest and most informed beekeepers that I know. He was once crowned Outstanding Beekeeper in Worcester County. Joe has an outstanding winter survival rate in one of the coldest areas of the County. He let us in on some of his secrets and will discuss his bee stock, requeening methods, varroa mite treatments, wrapping and other over wintering techniques.

Fill out the bus registration form on page 6 of the WCBA Spring Newsletter by Sat. July 21 or call Ken at 508-680-3440 to reserve your seat.

Directions: From the East. Take route 2 west to Athol and follow route 32 North through Athol to ‘West Royalston’.  From the south.  Take route 202 or 32 North to Athol and follow 32 north to West Royalston.  We are on the right about 5 miles past Tully Dam.  Signs will be on the road.  Do not park on road.  Plenty of parking in both driveways. 





September 15 -- Sutton

October 6 -- All Day Speaker meeting (first indoor meeting of the season)


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.