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 


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

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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 Continue reading

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Answer to the “Bee Talk” Puzzler

The little girl’s homework papers have a star at the top!  If you draw a five-pointed star, just like your third-grade teacher put on your papers, and you put a tree at every intersection point and a tree at every vertex… You end up with 10 trees, right?
Five rows of four trees each.


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Oct. 17, 2013 – 7:30 pm, St. James School

Philly Bee Inspector and  “Inside a Bee-Tree” (a photo-essay)
Location:  St. James School, 3217 West Clearfield St., Philadelphia, 19132

If you registered as a beekeeper with the PA Dept of Agriculture, you may have already met Austin Martin, the SE Pa. Apiary Inspector.  Each year the inspector(s) try to visit as many beekeepers as possible during their temporary employment (you can’t inspect bees in the winter!).  In this way, Austin has become the local expert on how the bees are doing in Philly.  Of course he visits other counties too and is able to compare and contrast what he sees in the country vs. the city. Continue reading

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2013_Sepia_WithNames (2)The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is proud to present the 2013 Philadelphia Honey Festival in conjunction with its partners:

IT’S SO BIG IT HAS ITS VERY OWN WEBSITE – PLEASE VISIT WWW.PHILLYHONEYFEST.COM for all the details for each venue . . . including the times for the BEE BEARD demonstration!

We welcome you to consider sponsoring, vending or volunteering in 2013.
(Click one of these 3 words to find out more!)
Questions may be directed to


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Official Guild T-shirts are IN!

shirt back zoom shirt front zoomIt’s been on our five-year plan for, let’s see, about 4 years now!  The Guild T-shirt has finally come to the top of the list!  Photos show front and back of shirt.
Sizes available now are men’s M, L, XL & 2X; women’s M & L   If you have other needs, let us know in time for our next order.

Cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members.  May be picked up at WellPoint Oriental Medicine WITH PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.  (No drop-ins please!) 
Email to arrange a pick up time.


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August 10 – Urban “Hive Crawl”

close up map 2013 Urban Hive Crawl-6Also known as our Annual Apiary Tour, the Philly Beekeepers are inviting you to drop in on a hive or two or three on the morning of Aug10 before you continue on out to the PA State Beekeepers Picnic.

At 9 am, start up high at point A (rooftop hives) OR stay on the ground at point B (backyard hives).  After that, choose your own adventure!   Points C, D, E, & F are open at 10 am.  Points G, H, I & J are open at 11 am.  Point K is the Picnic at Morris Arboretum where hives are open at 2 pm.   You will see historic sites where bees are kept:  Woodford Mansion, Strawberry Mansion, Grumblethorpe, Wyck Historic House, Morris Arboretum.

Events are FREE and FUN and EDUCATIONAL and EPIC!   Continue reading

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