Youth Essay Contest – Win a Hive!

The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth (aged 17 and younger) to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop!  To get the entry form, contact Carol at  ccline46@verizon.net
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February 9, Natural Beekeeping Symposium

We are thrilled to announce that nationally renowned beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimerauthors of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping" will speak at our 4th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium. Stiglitz and Herboldsheimer will share valuable techniques and stories about natural beekeeping based on their extensive, personal experience. (more…)
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Our Symposium Featured at newsworks.org!

Thanks to freelance writer Alaina Mabaso: CLICK HERE TO READ IT!
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January 16 “Three Steps to Healthier Bees”

7:30 pm @ St. James School
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


In the spirit of New Year's Resolutions, our January meeting will feature "Three Steps to Healthier Bees."  This class was part of the Eastern Apicultural Society's 2013 "short course."  Adam Schreiber, past president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, will share his integrated plan to improve the health of his bees:  natural sized cells, proper nutrition, and local genetics.

IN 2014, WE WILL FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL GENETICS AND BREEDING 'LOCAL' BEES, INCLUDING QUEENS, AS AN ON-GOING PART OF OUR MEETING TOPICS.

If you missed this meeting, click this link to go to a page that has a downloadable copy of the Powerpoint presentation.
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Jan 18 – Mead Tasting

Area beekeepers are invited to tour the new Colony Meadery905 Harrison St., Suite 115, Allentown, PA 18103, and taste up to 10 varieties of their mead, a honey-based wine.  Tour & 5 samples for $10; OR tour & 10 samples plus keep the glass for $15.  (Normal Value $25)                                    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-colony-meadery-tour-and-tasting-tickets-10036582689


We will "convoy / carpool" from St. James School, 3217 Clearfield St., 19132, leaving at 9:30 am (sharp).  We may meet folks from the Lehigh Valley, Chester Co., & Montgomery Co. Beekeepers Associations in a unique social atmosphere!  Friends and family over 21 are welcome; please spread the word.  Questions to: president@phillybeekeepers.org   LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO RESERVE tickets at the link above.
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December 21 Winter Solstice Pot Luck 4 – 7 pm

St. James School
3217 Clearfield St., 19132

Friends and family welcome!The Guild will provide a main dish, soft drinks and paper goods. Bring your favorite food or drink to share. We need a good count by Dec 18, so please RSVP to Sarah@SarahPlonski.com 

LET HER KNOW HOW MANY WILL ATTEND & WHAT YOU WILL BRING.  See you there!

Coming Events:
January 16, 2014 7:30 pm monthly meeting @ St. James School
February 9, 2014  10 am - 4 pm Natural Beekeeping Symposium @ Penn Charter
February 22, 2014 9 am - 4 pm Beginner Beekeeper Short Course @ St. James School

HELP WANTED FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE
please volunteer at info@phillybeekeepers.org
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Nov 21 Meeting: Not-Ready-for-NPR Players present “Bee Talk!”

Pose Your Beekeeping Challenges to Bizz & Buzz, the Smoke-It Brothers; Stump the Chumps; Puzzler!

7:30 pm
3217 Clearfield St., Philly 19132

The bees are our best beekeeping teachers.  But sometimes it's hard to figure out what they're trying to get across to us . . . we want to hear YOUR toughest beekeeping problem this year.  We'll ask the experts what they would've done, then you tell us how you handled it and how things turned out in the end.   Link to the Puzzler Question (more…)
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