18 September – Montco Beekeepers Meeting

Since the Honey Fest was our September meeting, you may want to get out to Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association (MCBA) meeting on Thursday, September 18. 7 pm at the Skippack 4-H Center.  1015 Bridge Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426

The presentation is by Walter Sheppard, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, Washington State University (WSU).  In 2008, the WSU honey bee program began overseas collection and importation of semen from three European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan), A. m. caucasica (Caucasian) and A. m. ligustica (Italian)under permit from USDA-APHIS Starting in 2011, the cryopreserved semen was used for backcrossing and further enhancement of the proportion of Old World parentage of US honey bee stock.  WSU now distributes Carniolan, Caucasian and Italian breeder queens that have approximately 75% genetic origin from Old World sources.

MCBA is holding a Bee-Fit 5K at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park on Sunday, Oct. 5 to support their programs.  For details about the 5K, click here.

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September 5 – 7 = Guild “Meeting” = HONEY FEST!

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Thanks to the participation of many of our members and friends, the 5th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival will take place this coming weekend, September 5 – 7.  Our venues are Wagner Free Institute (Fri), Wyck Historic House (Sat) and Bartram’s Garden (Sun).  The full schedules of events at the three partnering venues may be found at phillyhoneyfest.com

We are especially proud of our Young Beekeepers Panel, four people under the age of 18 who will describe their experiences as beekeepers.  Meet Evelyn Feldman, Sophia Troiano, Murad Brundage, Tyriq Peterson on Saturday at Wyck and see beekeeping from a fresh young perspective!

Our partners at Wagner Free Institute, Wyck , and Bartram’s Garden join me in THANKING those of you who volunteered your time and talents to pull off a fantastic public awareness event on behalf of the bees.

NOTE:  THERE IS NO OTHER MEETING IN SEPTEMBER. OUR NEXT REGULAR GUILD MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY OCTOBER 16.  DETAILS WILL BE POSTED TO THE WEBSITE AND EMAILED IN OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER IN EARLY OCTOBER.

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Aug 31, 2014 “Bees at the Bar”: Tatooed Mom’s


beebeard WynnDon Shump, 
Philadelphia Bee Co. will give a sneak preview of the Philly Honey Festival on August 31, 2014 at Tatooed Mom’s (a bar on South St) A BEE BEARD WILL OCCUR ~7pm Serving a signature cocktail: Honey Amor (a Manhattan with honey ginger syrup and bullet rye whiskey). Be there or be square!

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Aug 21 Guild Meeting (3rd Thurs)

Chris Kohl of Sweet Valley Hives will discuss the Warre hive design and more specifically the modifications he’s made so it can be “legal” (inspectable).    Meet at St. James School ,3217 Clearfield St., Philly, 19132.  Starts at 7:30 pm

Early Bird Special:  Austin Martin, our state apiary inspector, will conduct an official inspection on our apiary.  This will show you the value of getting your hives registered, as Austin will give feedback on the condition of the hives, in writing, as well as take samples of bees for testing if warranted.  Starts at 6:45 pm  (bring your own veil) I guess that’s BYOV

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Aug 9 PA State Beekeepers Picnic

This year’s Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, 3950 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown, Pa. 17051.

(This is a rare chance to tour one of the few commercial beekeeping operations in PA; about 3 hours drive west from Philly, Directions available HERE )  There will be a QUEEN SWAP (see image below) and “Scoring Hives” will be demonstrated for those into queen rearing.

General gathering at noon, with lunch to follow at 1:00.  The hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products (plates/cutlery/napkins etc.). All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

The location features the primary apiary and honey extraction facility for the Fisher’s, a small zoo with various animals, and a creek for cooling off. . New PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Trade your queen

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The Vanishing of the Bees @ Radnor Memorial Library

Radnor Memorial Library, located in Wayne, PA, will host a screening of The Vanishing of the Bees on Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm. All are invited and admission is free.

This 87 minute documentary was an official selection of the International Wildlife Film Festival, a few years ago. The film examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. After the screening,Warren Graham, a third generation Pennsylvania beekeeper from Delaware County, will show some of his hives and talk with us about his life’s work.

Graham oversees the population at Red Hill Farm, Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park, Linvilla Orchards, as well as other farms in the area. Warren has traveled the world, meeting and working with beekeepers in exotic apiaries. As a member of Eastern Apicultural Society, the PA State Beekeepers Association, and the Chester County Beekeepers Association, Warren is a determined mentor of young beekeepers. He has experience as a Pennsylvania State Bee Inspector, and is an enthusiastic raconteur of early American bee craft.

This screening is presented by Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s EAC. Refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Contact: Pam Sedor, 610-687-1124 x62.

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July 12, 2014 Picnic / Meeting

 

bee-guild-picnicSaturday July 12, 2014 from 2-6 pm / Raindate Sunday July 13 from 2 – 6 pm

Bring a blanket or folding chair(s).  Kids may want to wear a bathing suit and bring a towel to do slip and slide and kid pool.

The Veitch family will host the event at their urban homestead in East Falls.  4015 Gypsy Lane, 19129
This event is POT LUCK – please email Tanya Veitch to let her know what you will bring (use veitchtr@yahoo.com and put “Picnic” in the subject line.) Continue reading

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