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Lancaster County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. at Dutch Gold Honey, Lancaster. Honey Round Up and Election of officers For additional information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. at Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Annual Banquet. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670 for more information.

West Virginia Beekeepers Spring Conference

April 21 & 22, Olglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV, sponsored by the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. Reduced rates for early registration. Visit the website for more information and to register.

Kids and Bees "Beekeeping Academy"

Thursday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.at the University of Delaware. The Beekeeping Academy is a one day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their day in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. The 2017 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Eastern Apicultural Society, the American Beekeeping Federation, University of Delaware, and the Bee Girl organization. Tuition for the academy is $60 per student. Details

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact the Agricultural Extension Office at 570-253-5970 EXT 4110.

Country Barn Farm Bee Club

Thursday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh. For futher information contact joe@countrybarnfarm.com.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. All are welcome. Date of meeting is occasionally changed due to Library activities--please use facebook or email (see info links below) to make sure of meeting dates. For additional information, contact Renee Czubowicz, 570-335-3091 or Dr. Maggie Miller, 570-877-3064 or visit the club's Facebook page or email lackawannabackyardbeekeepers@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Queen Grafting Workshop

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Always Summer Herbs, 199 Magill Rd, Slippery Rock. sponsored by the Purdue C.A.R.E Grant in conjunction with the PA Queen Bee Improvement Project. Instructors: Jeff Berta and Steve Repasky.
Class: This is a hands on workshop so bring your veil. The creation of starter and finisher colonies will be discussed and demonstrated along with techniques for queen breeding and improving local PA stock. You will be grafting under the direction of Jeff and Steve. Bring a well ventilated queenless nuc with lots of nurse bees and take home any grafts that you make!
Cost: $75.00 Includes instruction, a grafting tool, grafting cups, cell bar and frame.
Registration: Space is limited to 20 people so register now by emailing your name and phone number to meadowsweetbees@gmail.com with the words PA Queen Improvement in the subject line. Payment will be collected the day of the event.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Delaware Valley University Beekeeping Course (Introductory Beekeeping)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 20, 21, 22, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Burgh Bees

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery, 1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh. "Special Evening Lecture Event" Kirsten Traynor, PhD, Editor American Bee Journal.

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Empire State Honey Producers Fall Meeting

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 1 - 3, at the at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - Syracuse Destiny USA, 311 Hiawatha Blvd West, Syracuse, NY.   Details

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

North East PA Beekeepers - Intro to Beekeping

Saturday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. The seminar will cover all aspects of beekeeping and will be led by Charlie Kinbar, President of the NE PA beekeepers. Duration of the seminar will be 4 hours. Please register early as space is limited. Fee will be $10.00, which also includes a 1 year membership in the club. Register by contacting Dale at delep44@aol.com or call 570 497-6402.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), 540 North Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap. Vendors for packages and nucs will be present and there will be discussions about various topics. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Society Conference

July 8 - July 10, at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Details at www.heartlandbees.org

Delaware Valley University Introductory Beekeeping Course

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 26, 27, 28, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 7 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

APIMONDIA 2019

September 8 - 12, in Montreal. For additional information, visit www.apimondia2019.com/.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 8 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. For more information visit www.MonroeCountyBeekeepers.org, email monroecountyba@gmail.com, or 'Like' the Facebook page.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, November 15, at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Learning Rendezvous. (Learning Rendezvous locations may change if workshops being planned do not fit well with the barn's use policies.) For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Regular Meeting. For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 PM in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Southwestern PA

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville. For further information, contact Betty Robison at 724-554-7338.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday Night and Saturday, February 14 & 15, 2020, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa.

Features keynote speakers Keith Delaplane, Brock Harpur, Ian Steppler along with regional and local experts. The seminar runs Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 am and runs from 8:00 - 5:00. Saturday afternoon features 11 breakout session choices! The price for Friday night and all day Saturday is $65.

All Seminar attendees are invited to Drop one bottle of their honey at the registration table of the seminar to be arranged for a photograph that will show case all of the dedicated local beekeepers in our area. The photo will be included as a part of the press release that goes out to all of the local and regional publications. Everyone who brings honey will have the opportunity (not obligation) to provide his or her name, location, as well as variety of honey. This will be included on the beavervalleybees.net website after the Seminar. All donated honey must conform to Pennsylvania labeling laws. The honey will be donated to food banks in the Monroeville area.

An all day Beekeeping 101 Course for new beekeepers taught by several area experts will be offered in tandem with the Seminar on Saturday for $90. Everyone attending the new beekeeper course is welcome to attend the Friday night keynote presentation with the main group. Class registration includes the class, lunch, and a copy of Storey's Guide to Keeping Honeybees. You will also have time on the breaks between sessions to visit the vendors and have an opportunity to see and handle the equipment beekeepers use everyday. We encourage those attending the class to read the first 17 pages of Beekeeping Basics PRIOR to class.

Registration and information on speakers, topics, beginning beekeeper class, vendors and hotels is available at www.beavervalleybees.net. Questions contact John Yakim 412-576-3062 or jyakim@aol.com.

Philadelphia Beekeeping Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Franklin Institute in Center City Philadelphia. This year's topic is "Urban Beekeeping With A Twist Of Vermont!" Speakers include Toni Burnham out of Washington DC, Timothy Paule & Nicole Lindsey from Detroit, Austin Martin from here in Philly, Tom Wilk joining us from NYC, and just to keep things interesting Dan Childs hailing from Brookfield, VT. Visit the event website and eventbrite for speaker details, agenda, tickets and more.

Franklin County Beekeepers - Beginner Beekeeping Basics

March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Snow Date: April 2), 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. (Entrance is on lower level facing the stream.) There will also be a Saturday field day April 11 for hands on in the hive experience. For more information email franklincountybeekeeperspa@gmail.com, or visit fcbapa.com for registration form. OR contact Penn State Extension Office, 717-263-9226, email at FranklinExt@psu.edu.

Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Southwestern PA

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville. For further information, contact Betty Robison at 724-554-7338.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rt. 706 East, Montrose. Topics: Production of Comb Honey from hive to town with Richard Sheldon plus beekeeping tips & talks on Spring prep. Contact Ginny Wood at 570-934-1166 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

York County Beginner Beekeeping Classes

March - August York County Beekeepers Association is pleased to offer beginner Beekeeping 101 classes starting in March and meeting monthly through August. The classes will cover the tools and equipment needed, help you develop the necessary skills and knowledge to care for and manage a hive, in addition to pest management and identification. Instruction includes hands-on in the hive inspections to help you understand and walk you through your first full season of beekeeping.

Class sizes are limited and early registration is encouraged. A years' club membership is included in the registration fee.   Details and Registration   For any additional questions please use the contact form at the website.

West Virginia Beekeepers Spring Conference

Saturday, March 21, at the Randolph County Armory in Elkins, WV.   Website   Flyer

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Every beekeeper understands that the health of a strong colony begins with the queen laying an abundance of eggs that have been fertilized from a number of healthy drones. Because queens only mate several times early in life, they must maintain their sperm in a specialized storage organ until they die. If a queen gets too hot or too cold, the stored sperm start to die. So how is too hot or too cold and what can beekeepers do about it?

Dr. Alison McAfee studies honey bee reproductive health, focusing on factors affecting sperm viability. Information in her presentation will help beekeepers better understand the biological processes underlying sperm viability and contribute to best-practice recommendations to limit adverse exposure of the queens from environmental factors such as heat-shock, cold-shock, and pesticide exposure, that can dramatically reduce sperm viability.

In addition, Jeff Eckel, State Honey Bee Inspector and outstanding local beekeeper, will share the beekeeping management he is currently performing, how to identify if a colony is performing well or not so well, and what management to perform as a result of this information.

Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email montcopabees@gmail.com or visit their website for more information.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. This program may be presented remotely. Please check the association website for further information. Who doesn't want a superior local queen at a bargain price? The associations queen cell program was founded 6 years ago by Scott Famous and popularity and participation has increased every year since. Scott will present When, Why & How for the program with the hopes that participation can continue to grow, superior local queens will populate our colonies, and dependence on mated queens from the other sources will no longer be necessary. The beekeeping season is ramping up so this is a great time to make queen plans and expand your beekeeping knowledge.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090. Regular meeting. For more information visit www.beavervalleybees.net.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, May 2, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sisters of St Joseph, 1020 W State Street, Baden, PA 15005. Out-yard Field Day. "New beekeepers come join us! Get your hands in the hive and learn beekeeping skills from experienced beekeepers." Register at www.beavervalleybees.net.

Capital Area Beekeepers Short Course

Saturdays, May 2 & 9, Part I: Will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin. Part II: Will start at noon at Strites Orchard, 1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg. The cost of the Short Course is $50 which includes a CABA membership and the Penn State Book, "Fundamentals of Beekeeping". For additional information visit cabapa.org, or email deb.bee.caba@gmail.com.

Michigan Beekeepers' Association Virtual Spring Conference

Wednesday, March 3 - Saturday March 6, during the evenings Wednesday-Friday and during the day on Saturday with 4 different tracks. There is a fantastic line up of speakers and topics!   Details/Registration/Agenda/Speakers

Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson County Conservation District building in Brookville. (1514 PA-28, Brookville, PA) Last meeting of the calendar year. Guests are welcome! Snacks will be served after the meeting. If you have any questions, please email jcabeemail@gmail.com for further information.

Webinar Series from OSU Bee Lab

Fridays, January 7th through February 11th, 10:00 a.m. EST. Free 6-session webinar series will focus on the ecological roles of native plants and some of the creatures that depend on them. Details & Registration

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 8 - 15, 2022 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. The theme will be "Harvesting More". The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show will feature a return of fan-favorites like the 1,000 pound butter sculpture, famous Farm Show Food Court, bunny hopping and sheep shearing competitions (among hundreds of other competitive agricultural events), cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection, and more than one million square feet of hands-on agriculture education opportunities and chances to engage with the people who power Pennsylvania's $132.5 billion agriculture industry. While the show will return to an in-person format, the department will offer a variety of virtual opportunities to experience the show and celebrate agriculture. Successful virtual events from the 2021 show that will return include the Butter Up! competition, duckling and bee hive live cams, Ag Explorer stations, and the PA Farm Show Trail. See details, and volunteer information on our Farm Show page.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana (ABCI) Beginners Beekeeping Class

Saturday Mornings, January 15 - March 26, 10:00 am - noon at 79 Glade Road. Use the West Hills exit on US Route 422 near Kittanning, PA. The cost is $35. Following a FREE introductory lesson on January 15, topics will include honeybee biology, the components of the hive, pests & parasites, inspecting the colony, the beekeeper’s year, Pa rules & regulations, honey extraction, and more. For more information and a registration form visit www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com.

American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow

January 5 - 8 at the South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Keynote presentations: Dr. David Tarpy, North Carolina State University; Dr. Jamie Ellis, University of Florida; Dr. Judy We-Smart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Regular registration ends December 14th. Visit the ABF website: abfconference.com for registration and additional information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers - Introduction to Beekeeping (Virtual)

Wednesday Evenings, February 2 - March 23, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association will offer their annual Introduction to Beekeeping Course this coming February and March. The course will be virtual and be held on 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings, February 2 through March 23, from 7-8:30 PM with different beekeeping topics each week. "Join us to learn everything you need to know to get going in beekeeping this spring." Visit www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org for more details and to register.

CCBA Annual Online Conference

Saturday, March 12, 8:00am-5:00pm, featuring these Speakers (topics): Dr. Jerry Bromanshank (Audio Hive Monitoring) Michael Bush (Lighter Equipment) George Datto (Beekeeping for Me?) Jeff Eckel (regional inspector) Dr. Randi Eckel (Native Forage) Dr. Jamie Ellis (Pollen sub) Jessica Helgen (Propolis) Lauren Helfgott (Honey/Wax) Heather Holm (Specialist Bees) Keith Jardine (Bee Equipment) Susannah Lerman (Lawns for Bees) Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe (Environmental Stewards) Russ Lux (Beekeeping Year) Randy McCaffrey (Cut-outs) Dr. Brad Metz (Impact of Queens) Randy Oliver (Nucs, Randy Research) Dr. David Peck (Varroa, Bee Breeding) Dr. Gabriella Quinlan (Honey Production in USA) Shibu Raj (Breeding: Stock Selection) Steve Repasky (Single Brood Chamber) Kamon Reynolds (TBD ) Dr. Thomas Seeley (Bait Hives, H2O Reg) Ian Steppler (Environmental Influences) Etienne Tardif (Winterizing Research) Dr. Kaira Wagoner (Hygenic Behavior) Edil Cunampio (Using native plants to get better fruit quality and quantity) Greg Gagliano (Habitat Land Management) Bradford S. Weeks MD (Apithearpy over 37 years)

Most presentations will be recorded by the CCBA and made available for viewing by paid Conference registrants for two weeks after the Conference. Yes, there will still be door prizes -- mainly of the gift certificate, coupon, voucher style. (Conference requires attendees to download the Zoom app and have it updated to the newest version.)    Details/Registration

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Tuesday, March 22, at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. The hive irradiation program allows beekeepers to provide an improved health opportunity for new bees installed in used and dead out wooden ware by killing AFB and other pathogens that infect honey bees.

There has been an 8% increase in charges and an increase in minimum charges by Sterigenics over last season's pricing. To be efficient as a group we will need 10 pallets loads at $248.80 a pallet. Last season we had a total of 12 pallets sterilized at a 16.5kGy dose. For those that want to combine prewrapped equipment on pallets that are in Pa we will have this available at our home yard. Sterigenics does not allow for combining equipment in their carpark as they have done in the past, however we can accommodate equipment as full pallets from surrounding states.

More information at https://extractandbox.com/forthebeekeeper/
Any questions, contact Tim Ferris at tim@extractandbox.com or ferristj@hotmail.com or 484-678-8569.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension, 107 Water St., Coudersport (or virtually on Zoom. Contact Joan at joaniesapiary@gmail.com for the link.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. at Edinboro University, Room 107A Compton Hall (first floor), Edinboro, Pa. Q & A session panel, a presentation By Rich KonKol from Ironstone Meadery on making Mead and a presentation by Dr. David Peck. More information at https://nwpabeekeepers.org.

Bees and Beans!

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Belmont Bean coffee company in York, Pa. 40 vendors (spaces still available $35 for retail and free for informational booths), all local art and crafts, as well as native plant vendors and lots of Bee stuff! Part of the proceeds will go to the York County Beekeepers Association.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. at Edinboro University (Tentative), Room 107A Compton Hall (first floor), Edinboro, Pa. Presentation by Pa Health dept on what is needed to set up your honey room for commercial sales. More information at https://nwpabeekeepers.org.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. at the club yard at Ernst seed Farm. Field Day. More information at https://nwpabeekeepers.org.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, July 10, 2:00 p.m. at the Houtzdale Firehall, Houtzdale, Pa. More information at www.ccbee.org.

PSBA Summer Picnic& Queen Swap

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 am at Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown, PA 17051. PSBA will sponsor this year’s picnic.

Based on your comments, we are offering educational presentations at this year’s picnic. We are fortunate to have Mark Dykes from the University of Maryland as our speaker and we look forward to informative and entertaining presentations.

There will be a queen swap and sale at the picnic. If you have quality queens that you want to trade to diversify your genetics or sell to beekeepers with no queens to swap please bring them. This is a great chance to try out some queens from different parts of the state.

As always, the picnic is a FREE event. We ae requesting that atndees register so we can plan for the lunch or you can email Treasurer@PAStateBeekeepers.org or call Bob at 412-508-0820 to let us know you are coming. Please let us know by 11 July if possible.

PSBA will provide the main course of fried chicken and grilled brats. Drinks, cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery will be provided. We ask that attendees bring a side dish or dessert to share. We also ask that attendees bring chairs. There are some picnic tables in the picnic area, but chairs will be needed for the educational presentations.

2022 Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association Summer Picnic Schedule

  • 9:45 am Coffee and donuts available
  • 10:00 am – 10:10 am: President’s Welcome & Comments – Mark Gingrich
  • 10:10 am - 10:25 am: Honey Queen Kristyn Maurer Comments
  • 10:25 am – 11:00 am Open Q&A/Panel Discussion – Mark Dykes, Mark Gingrich, Steve Repasky
  • 11:10 am – 12:00 pm: Proper Hive Inspection Techniques – Mark Dykes
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
    Fried chicken & brats provided by PBSA
    Side dishes and desserts provided by picnic attendees
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Combined Executive Committee & Membership Meeting – separate agenda
  • 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm: Requeening: Why requeen and how to introduce a new queen for best acceptance – Mark Dykes
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Clean up

We can’t thank Aaron enough for agreeing to host the picnic again at W. Fisher Bee Farm. We hope you can join us to see old friends and make some new ones.

Directions from Mt. Union:
At the 522 and 22 merger (just outside of Mt. Union), continue on 522N, 22E for approximately 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a left hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

Directions from Lewistown:
Take the 522 South bypass at Lewistown, follow approximately 11 miles to red light in McVeytown. Continue straight on 522S/22W for 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a right hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

Note that it is not recommended to use a GPS to find it; if the GPS has not been updated it will route to a different location in McVeytown.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Sunday, July 17, 1:30 pm (BeeFellowship); 2:00 pm Regular Meeting. Location announced at the website.

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Conference

August 1 - 5, at the Ithaca College Campus in Ithaca, NY with a conference theme of "Beeing Social, Again".    Additional information available at the EAS website.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 9-11, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. (2710 West Pine Grove Rd, Pennsylvania Furnace PA 16865) More information at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

Hours

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the Ice Cream tent and the Education/Demo's tent. See our homepage for details

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, August 13, at Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Annual Picnic and Auction. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Sunday, August 21, 1:30 pm (BeeFellowship); 2:00 pm Regular Meeting. Location announced at the website.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Sunday, September 18, 1:30 pm (BeeFellowship); 2:00 pm Regular Meeting. Location announced at the website.

PSBA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 4, 5, and 6 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, State College. Save the date; details to follow.

If you are a representative of an affiliated local PA bee association and would like your event listed here, please contact webmaster@pastatebeekeepers.org with the date, time, and location of the event. Preferably include website link or contact information for further details.

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