February meeting: Getting Ready for Spring

keeperNow is the time to think about spring and your bees.  Andy Westrich of Hampton Apiary will discuss making splits and swarm control – two skills any beekeeper needs to have.  He will also have equipment available.  Please contact him at Andy@HamptonApiary.com before February 9th to place an order.  He will deliver your order to our meeting on Thursday February 11th.  No shipping cost!!

Our meetings are held at the Martin’s Grocery in the CrossRoads shopping center on Staples Mill Road at Warren Road,  2 miles Northwest of Parham Road. The store features nice meeting rooms and of course lots of parking.  The meeting room is on the second floor.  The store address is 10250  Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen 23060.  Our meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!

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New Year! New Meeting Location!

Well weDSC_3004 did it!  We out-grew our nice meeting location at the Friends Meeting House.  Starting with our January meeting on Thursday 14th, our meetings will be held at the Martin’s Grocery in the CrossRoads shopping center on Staples Mill Road at Warren Road,  2 miles Northwest of Parham Road. The store features nice meeting rooms and of course lots of parking.  Our meetings will begin at 7:00 pm.  More information will be available shortly about this month’s meeting topic.

 

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Holiday Party December 10th

santabeeOur December meeting is our annual Christmastime party and mixer offering members, especially newer ones,  an opportunity to ask all those questions that did not get answered during the year while enjoying  the dinner which is free for all members.   The club provides plenty of chicken and a couple of side dishes.  Usually, members bring a “covered” side dish or dessert to share. Your contribution will be most welcome.  It will be very helpful if you can send an email to Kelly.OToole@Verizon.net and let her know if you will attend and if so, what dish you might take.  Join us Thursday Dec. 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. at the Friends Meeting House.    The Meeting House is conveniently located at 4500 Kensington Ave. Richmond Virginia 23221.  Click here for a map.  Hope to see you there!

Please be sure to park only on Commonwealth Ave.  The neighbors of the Meeting House will thank you.

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Social butterflies – I mean honeybees.

DSC_3004Honeybees are social creatures.  Michael Sandridge will join us for our November meeting and educate us on the social order of the these insects.   It will be an evening filled fascinating information.  Join us Thursday November 12th at 7:00 pm.

We  meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Friends Meeting House.    The Meeting House is conveniently located at 4500 Kensington Ave. Richmond Virginia 23221.  Click here for a map.  Hope to see you there!

Please be sure to park only on Commonwealth Ave.  The neighbors of the Meeting House will thank you.little-tikes-bumble-bee-buggy

 

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October Meeting: Prepare for Old Man Winter with Keith Tignor

IMG_0922Winter will be here soon and your bees need to be ready. Careful winter prep can give your bees a fighting chance to survive the winter.  Keith Tignor, our state apiarist, will discuss how to prepare your hives for the cold days ahead.   Join us Thursday October 8th at 7:00 pm.

We  meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Friends Meeting House.    The Meeting House is conveniently located at 4500 Kensington Ave. Richmond Virginia 23221.  Click here for a map.  Hope to see you there!

Please be sure to park only on Commonwealth Ave.  The neighbors of the Meeting House will thank you.little-tikes-bumble-bee-buggy

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September Meeting

candleYour beehive can help you create much more than jars of honey.  This month’s  speaker is club member Stacey Condrey of Whispering Spring Farm in Hanover.  She will talk about  a variety of products made from beeswax and honey.   She raises goats on her farm, so goat’s milk is incorporated in some of her items.  Stacey will display  her farm products,  including goat milk soap, lip balm, bug repellent, sugar scrubs, shea butter salves, and  cheeses (especially her excellent French chèvre enjoyed by this writer).  You will have a chance to ask questions at the end of her talk.  Our meeting will take place on Thursday September 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  

We  meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Friends Meeting House.    The Meeting House is conveniently located at 4500 Kensington Ave. Richmond Virginia 23221.  Click here for a map.  Hope to see you there!

Please be sure to park only on Commonwealth Ave.  The neighbors of the Meeting House will thank you.little-tikes-bumble-bee-buggy

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August Beekeepers Picnic

picnicBeekeepers Picnic!

One of our favorite events of the year is the summer picnic.
Mark your calendar for Sunday August 16th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

WHERE ?   Greenwood United Methodist Church
                   10040 Greenwood Road  Glen Allen 23060        LOST ?   564.6631
DIRECTIONS:  North on US 1 to North of Parham Rd,  Turn Left on Route 625 Mountain Rd,
                go 1 mile, keep right on Greenwood Rd,  then 1 block to church on left at Cole Blvd.
FREE for paid,  life, new and renewing  members.   Free parking.   Free food and drink. 
      Junior Beekeepers, children and would-be beekeepers are most  welcome.
      Free Ask-a-Beekeeper.
LUNCH MENU  RBA will provide:
Real  Bar-B-Que prepared by member Calvin Cauthorne of Glen Allen.
Baked Beans,  Cole Slaw, Buns and all the condiments.  Soft drinks.  Paper products & flatware.
 Just about everything you need for a good lunch.
 Please bring a side dish (& spoon) to share, or perhaps a dessert.
BRING:  Appetite!    Lawn chair.   Bug spray.  Camera.  Big hat.
               Bring  Questions for senior beekeepers: You’ll have a captive audience of teachers!
SWAP SHOP  Bring your excess, leftover, used bee equipment to Buy Sell Trade Barter Swap with others.  Or bring cash to buy something you need right now!  Big success last time.
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