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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

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

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

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.

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.

Fifth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 5,6,7, 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!   Flyer  Visit Website

5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple University, Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Details and registration at the event's website.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Introductory Beekeeping Seminar

Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $45 fee includes books, 1yr. association membership and more. For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Monday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. This process kills nosema, EFB, chalk brood, and all other virus, bacteria, and pathogens that sicken our honey bees, shorten their lives, and weaken our colonies. The procedures are the same as before. $152.20/pallet (full or partial) based on a full capacity equipment run of 7 or more pallets. Please read the  details and contact Mark Antunes to participate.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 18-20, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. Admission and parking are free. 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 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you are willing to volunteer at this event, please contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 22, Check with your local association.

Chester County

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. at ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville. Visit the website for more information.

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.

15th Annual Honey Bee Expo

Saturday, January 30, on the WVUcampus in Parkersburg, WV. Held by the Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers’Association along with the WV Extension Services. This year’s keynote speaker will be EAS master beekeeper and author, Stephen J. Repasky. Also scheduled to attend will be Dr. Greg Hunt and Christian Givens of Purdue University. Cost will be $20.00 if pre-registered by January 13th or $25.00 at the door. Contact (304) 437-1221 or visit movba.org/2016_honeybee_expo.htm. Many vendors will also be present.

PennApic Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Country Club, 3940 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg. PennApic is offering a FREE workshop for beginning beekeepers and for people interested in getting into beekeeping, beehive products, and all things bee-related. Karen Roccasecca, State Apiarist, will talk about the status of bees in PA, Nate Weber will review the role of a Bee Inspector, Scott Stanley will talk about establishing beekeepers around the world. There will be other talks, demonstrations, candle dipping, honey tastings and sales,and books for sale. Master Gardeners, the Blue Bird Society, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Irvin Martin's Bee Supplies, and others will be available to answer questions. For additional information, visit pennapic.org.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, April 4, 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.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

Capitol Area Beekeepers Annual Short Course

Saturdays, May 7 & 14, Part I: 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin, Pa. 17018. Part II: 12:00 noon at Strites Orchard, 1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17111. Cost: $50 (includes a CABA membership and the Penn State Book, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping”). For additional information visit cabapa.org, or contact John Novinger, 717-365-3215, email jdnovinger@epix.net.

Centre County Beekeepers

Saturday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. at the apiary of Dan Pytel, 1450 Bush Hollow Rd., Julian Pa 16844. Topic: Queen rearing. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

PSBA Summer Picnic & Queen Swap

Saturday, August 6, hosted by Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. This is the same location as the picnic held two years ago, but the address has changed.

The Fisher’s will be providing meats and punch. Guests are asked to bring a side dish and dessert to share. Also, please bring a lawn chair. Fisher Bee Farm will have plating, cutlery and napkins on hand.

The location is right beside a nice creek that anyone is allowed to play in, if so desired. They also have a small zoo of a farm for anyone wishing to see live animals. The only organized activity is just breaking bread with fellow beekeepers.

The Executive Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. with lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. All clubs are encouraged to send a representative.

Make a queen swap from your really great colony. A queen swap will take place among anyone that wishes to share that great genetics.

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.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension in Coudersport For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Jeremy Barnes will describe beekeeping practices in Slovenia, not least the use of the A-Z hive. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details or contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, September 26, at BC Conservation District Wetlands, Aliquippa. Speaker: Perry Arlia (President Washington County Beekeepers Assn) "Feeding and Nutrition through the Seasons". Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Burgh Bees

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. at Dundee Farm, Sewickley. Pot luck supper and educational discussion. Email Bob@burghbees.com for additional information.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Ag building. Do you want to be a beekeeper? See if you and your family would like to take up beekeeping, discusses, prices, equipment, tools and bees. Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Chambersburg. Graduation, Banquet and Silent Auction with special guest speakers and authors of “Smart and Simple Beekeeping”, Kirsten & Michael Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary. Visit the FCBA website for more information.

York County Beekeepers

Saturday, October 8, 5:00 p.m. at the North Hopewell-Winterstown Firehall, Felton. Annual Banquet and David Papke will share 40 Years of Beekeeping. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details or contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com.

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.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. All are welcome. 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.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Rt. 706, Montrose. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension in Coudersport For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley at 814-697-7586.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Friday, October 21, at the Fullerton Fire Company #1, Whitehall. Annual Banquet. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

North Central PA Beekeepers Beginner Beekeeping classes

Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (first of four classes) at the Penn State Extension Building. Registration and class fee needed by Oct. 14th. For more information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley at 814-697-7586.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Adam Crockett of Haymaker Meadery, Topic: History and Process of Making Mead. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. at the South Montrose Community Church, Montrose. Annual Banquet with Maryann Frazier presenting her program BeeDazzled. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Saturday, November 5, 4:00 p.m. at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield. Fall Banquet. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. at Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden. Fall Banquet with speaker, Dwight Wells, V.P. at Buckeye Queen Producers. RSVP due by November 1st to Sr. Lyn Szymkiewicz at lynszym@comcast.net or 412-855-0710.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Lehigh County Ag Bldg., Allentown. Winter Preparation presented by Brett Dyer. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

2016 PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, at the Days Inn, State College. (Note the new location.) The theme is Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping and the keynote speakers will be Mark Winston, author most recently of 'Bee Time' and Keith Delaplane, currently featured in the American Bee Journal. Guest speaker at the Banquet: Dr. Deb Delaney.

Break out sessions to include:
  • Building a Honey House
  • Speaking to Children about Honey Bees
  • The Pollinator Stewardship Council

New this year: Beekeeping 102 (Friday 9:00 a.m. - noon) - A special offering for newer beekeepers, facilitated by Jim Bobb and Deb Delaney.

  • Bee Anatomy – A Look at Bees from the Inside Out
  • Beekeeping through the Year with a List of Top Ten Goals, Tips, and Techniques
  • Keeping Bees Alive over the Winter

Details and Registration

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

Country Barn Farm Bee Club

Thursday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh. For futher information contact joe@countrybarnfarm.com.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m. at the Old Cambria County Extension Office, Ebensburg. Christmas Social. More information at www.ccbee.org or by email.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, December 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.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Rt. 706, Montrose. Topic: Recap of PSBA Conference from Jim & Marcia Perkins & other attendees. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Sunday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. at Ann and Charlie Breinig’s Home. Holiday Potluck Party. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan83@gmail.com or visit their website: for more information

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, January 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.

Country Barn Farm Bee Club

Thursday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh. For futher information contact joe@countrybarnfarm.com.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 7 - 14, 2017 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Please consider volunteering your time to help the PSBA in the Food Court booth, Marketplace or the Learning Center. Contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or phone 717-242-4373 for additional information.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 10 - 14 at the San Luis Resort & Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX. This is a joint conference of the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council. Visit the ABF website: abfnet.org for registration and additional information.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2017, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville, 101 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, Pa.

Speakers include: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Elizabeth (Izzy) Hill and Doug Oster. Break-out sessions and a special Beginning Beekeeping workshop will be offered on Saturday 8-4 p.m.

Seminar registration is $55; Beginner Beekeeping cost is $75. Registration opens the beginning of December 2016 at Penn State Extension, Beaver website: http://extension.psu.edu/beaver call 724-774-3003.

EAS Conference and Short Course

July 31 - August 4, at the University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center, Newark, DE.   For additional information, visit the EAS website: easternapiculture.org.

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