Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Beekeeping Calendar of Events

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Tuesday, March 13, at the Plumbsteadville Grange, Plumbsteadville. Contact Gary Schongalla-Bowman at gschongalla@verizon.net for more information, ** (previous email) email ** or visit their website

Franklin County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office, located at 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, March 24 or 31 (depending on weather). For additional information or to register, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 717/263-9226.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact Dolores Motichka at 570-253-2203 or email.

2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

January 8-12, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Read the announcement, then watch for upcoming details on the ABF conference Web site.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Beginner Beekeeping course

Saturday, February 16, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $25 lunch and book included. Flyer with details For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 15, Bee Yard Experience. For more information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. Details at the HAS website

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, August 5-9, at West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. More information at the EAS website.    EAS Speakers
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Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 13-15, at at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. Details

Fourth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 6,7,8, at Bartram’s Gardens, Wyck Historic House, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. The 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!   Details

Central Western Beekeepers

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.at St. Johns Reformed Church. Pot Luck Dinner. For more information, contact Robert McMillin, email rmcmill@zoominternet.net.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Creamery. Jim Bobb will speak about his trip to South Africa; The Big 6, Cape Bees and Africanized Bees For For more information, contact Mark Antunes at 484-955-0768 or honeyhillfarm@verizon.net.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Saturday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield. Annual Banquet. For For more information, contact Mark Antunes at 484-955-0768 or honeyhillfarm@verizon.net.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), Pleasant Gap, PA. Elections and social gathering. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. at Hartzell's Honeys and Bee Supplies, Brookfield, Pa. For more information call 814-653-2054.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Saturday, December 7, time and location TBA. Holiday Potluck Party. For For more information, contact Mark Antunes at 484-955-0768 or honeyhillfarm@verizon.net.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 4 - 11, 2014 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

People are needed to help at both the Honey Booth, located in the Food Court, and the Honey Stand, located in the Marketplace. If you could give a half-day or more it would be appreciated.

The Honey Booth offers waffles and honey ice cream along with bottled honey. The Honey Stand offers bottled honey and bee products that are donated by you, the PA beekeeper.

If you are interested in donating bottled honey, bee products or your time, please contact Aaron Fisher at 717- 242-4373. To donate your time at the Marketplace, contact Tom Jones at 717-243-0356.

The money from the sales goes back to the Pa. Beekeepers Promotional Fund and is used for the Pa. Honey Queen program and the promotion of honey throughout the state.

Sign up to share your knowledge of the honey bee with the public at the Farm Show "Learning Center". We are now front and center in the large exhibit hall. People are excited and eager to learn about the trials and tribulations of this efficient pollinator and you can be a part of this by simply volunteering a few hours of your time. Contact Sharon McDonald at sailor.mac.bruce@gmail.com to volunteer.

Sign up sheets for the Honey Booth, Honey Stand & Large Exhibit Hall will be located on the registration desk at the annual meeting.

Don’t forget to show off this year’s honey harvest by participating in the Farm Show Apiary Products Show.

North American Beekeeping Conference & Trade Show

January 7-11, 2014 at The River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For more information, visit their website: http://www.nabeekeepingconference.com

Beginning Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 101

Three classes will be held on Monday, January 13, Wednesday, January 15, and Monday, January 20 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh.
Registration: http://burghbees.com/?product=beekeeping-101

Honey Bee Expo 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the West Virginia University/Parkersburg WV. Early registration $20.00 per person if received by January 3 ($25.00 per person at door). Sponsored by the WVU Extension Services and the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association. For application or information call (304)375-4919 or visit www.angelfire.com/nb/movba/expo2014.html.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, Pa. Registration required by January 25, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

PennApic Essay Contest

Entries required by Saturday, March 1. The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop! Any young person up through the age of 17 may enter the contest by writing an essay about the value of honeybees and why he or she is interested in owning a hive. All entrants will receive a free one-year membership to PennApic. View Details

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Penn State Extension Westmoreland County 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, Pa. Registration required by February 1, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

4th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at William Penn Charter School on 3000 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. Speakers for the event are Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, authors of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping.” Details and registration at www.phillybeekeepers.org/2013/12/february-9-natural-beekeeping-symposium/.   View the Press Release

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15, at Four Points by Sheraton, Pittsburgh North, Mars, Pa. The cost is $50 for Participants and $30 for their Guests and Children under 18. Registration required by February 8, 2014.   Visit the event's website for details, agenda, directions, and to register.

Capital Area Beekeepers

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, Tom Jones will speak on the topic “Twelve Months of Beekeeping”. For more information, contact Linda Purcell at 717-566-6327, or email linda.sweetbee@gmail.com.

Advanced Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 201

Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh. “What to Expect in Your Second Year and Beyond". See information at the Burg Bees Website.

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) Seminar

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.at the HVCC TEC-SMART Extension building at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY. Details and Registration (pdf format). Also see their website.

Chester County Beekeepers Seminar

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. at the Merion Science Center at West Chester University, West Chester. This seminar will include sessions for beginners and advanced beekeepers. Visit the CCBA website at www.chescobees.org for more information.

Tri-County Meeting (Capital Area, Lancaster, York)

Friday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Purcell Friendship Hall, Hershey. Dr. Deb Delaney, University of Delaware, will speak on “Why Genetics Are Important”. Contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com for more information.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Discussion on winter losses. Bring your questions and ideas. For more information, contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670.

Spring Honey Bee Assessment and Care

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley Apiary on the Penn State Campus, University Park. With all the issues affecting honeybees today, it is important to monitor hives closely. Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State will show participants how to assess the post-winter health of hives, prep hives for a new season, feed bees until the pollen is plentiful and install nukes or packages of bees. Participants will open and "read" hives and assess feeding needs, queen health and size of hives to insure strong hives for the coming season. Maryann will also discuss recent research focusing on monitoring and managing mites in the hive. She will discuss whether nukes or packages work best and where to order these as well as new queens. Further details and registration.

Chester County Beekeepers

Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. at the Stroud Preserve. Visit the CCBA website at www.chescobees.org for more information.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Union County Government Center, Lewisburg Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m. at the North Museum of Science and Natural History, Lancaster. Topics to include swarm prevention and making splits. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Center. Monthly Meeting – Panel Presentation – New Hive start-up. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Capital Area Beekeepers

Friday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, McClay Street, Harrisburg For more information, contact Linda Purcell at 717-566-6327, or email linda.sweetbee@gmail.com.

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. in the Rhul Community Room, at the Penn State York Campus. For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

Burgh Bees

Sunday, April 27, at the Burgh Bees Community Apiary, Pittsburgh. “Brews and Bees.” For more information email burghbees@gmail.com

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Woodland, Pa. More information at their website or by email.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Gander Mountain Store, off Montour Run exit, Parkway West (I-376). Topic: “Queen Rearing” For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Saturday, May 3, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the LVBA Apiary at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Club Apiary Outing (weather permitting). Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, May 3, Outyard Demonstration at the PA RR Supervisor’s Club, Freedom. For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. at the James Wood Apiary, Lawton. Field Day: Splitting a Hive. For more information, contact James Wood at 570-934-1166 or email jimnginw@epix.net.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Capital Area Beekeepers - Short Course

Thursday, May 3 & 10, 27th Annual Short Course for new beekeepers For more information, contact Jim Hoover at 717 691-1413 or email hooverdron@aol.com.

Chester County Beekeepers Seminar

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. at the Stroud Preserve. Visit the CCBA website at www.chescobees.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. at the Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center, Manheim. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 14, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Center. Monthly Meeting – Steve Finke – Cloake-Board Queen Rearing. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Aucker’s Apiaries, Millville. Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. in the Rhul Community Room, at the Penn State York Campus. Guest speaker, Dr. Vince Aloyo: “Pheromones in the Hive”. For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, May 24, 1:00 p.m. at the James Wood Apiary, Lawton. Checking Split Hive For more information, contact James Wood at 570-934-1166 or email jimnginw@epix.net.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 11, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose For more information, contact James Wood at 570-934-1166 or email jimnginw@epix.net.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center, Manheim. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Center, Allentown. Guest speaker: “Introduction to CSA’s Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Saturday, June 21, 12:00 noon in Middleburg. Summer Picnic. Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver County Conservation Wetlands, Aliquippa. “Making Splits for Overwintering.” For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 9, at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, McVeytown. A pig for roasting will be provided, and everyone is asked to bring a side and/or dessert to share. Further details will be posted as the event approaches.

Ag Progress Days

August 13-15, at Rock Springs.

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. Details will be posted as the event approaches.

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