Beekeepers Picnic this July!

picnicBeekeepers Picnic!

One of our favorite events of the year is the summer picnic.
Mark your calendar for Sunday July 19th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Hosted by Stacey and Steve Condrey
Whispering Springs Farm                  
15181   Whispering Springs Place                         
Montpelier 23192  Hanover County
off US 33 Staples Mill Rd/Mountain Rd.
 The Condreys run a working family farm with goats,  bees,  small animals and farm products.
  Son Grant is a Junior Beekeeper who won one of the RBA hives this year.
FREE for paid & life members.   Free parking.   Free food and drink.  Free Ask-a-Beekeeper.
    Junior Beekeepers are welcome.  So are children if they know to avoid the hives.
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 year.
HIVE INSPECTION for the well-veiled curious
BRING:   Lawn chair.   Bug spray.  Camera.  Big hat.   Appetite.
          Bring  Questions for senior beekeepers: You’ll have a captive audience of teachers!
LUNCH MENU.   Stacey and the RBA  will provide a lunch with  Bar-B-Que & buns, Baked Beans,  Cole Slaw and all the condiments.  Soft drinks.  Paper products.  Just about everything you need for a good lunch.  It would be thoughtful if you brought a side dish (& spoon) to share, or perhaps a dessert.   Stacey is an accomplished cook and an experienced hostess. She has provided many desserts after our meetings.  You won’t be disappointed.
FARM PRODUCTS.  Stacey will have a display of her farm products,  including goat milk soap, lip balm, bug repellent, sugar scrubs, shea butter salves, and  cheeses.
DIRECTIONS:  US 33 West (Staples Mill Road, becomes Mountain Road) into Hanover County.  When you see Scotchtown Road on the right, continue on US 33 for a half  mile to Whispering Springs Place on the right.   Turn Right on gravel lane. When you see mailboxes and 2 houses, bear Left and keep going to the third house and last house
Rain date is the following weekend.
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June Meeting: Want Free Bees?

Swarm in tree

Swarm in tree

Who wouldn’t want to get a free hive of honeybees?!?  Come to our June meeting on Thursday 11th at 7:00 pm. for John Adams’ program “What Makes a Good Bait Hive.”  John has extensive experience in swarm collection and top-bar hives.  He has organized the very successful Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Conventions for the past four years and is  a life-long RBA member.  He always gives an awesome talk.  Don’t miss it!

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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May Meeting News

Blue-Ribbon-HoneyThis time of year we are looking forward to a bountiful honey harvest.  What will you do with your harvest? Come to our May meeting to learn how to make creamed honey and how to enter your prize honey in the State Fair competition.  Bob Gibson will show you how!  Our May meeting will be Thursday May 14th 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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Advanced Beekeeping Class

nectarclose2Ready to take your beekeeping skills to the next level?  Here is your chance to learn from the experts!    Instructors Dr. Rick Fell from Virginia Tech and our state apiarist Keith Tignor will share their expertise. The class takes place on May 9th, 2015.   Click on this link to find out more about this excellent event and find out how to register.

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News to Buzz About

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

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Soon spring will be here and it will be time to install your bees. This is an exciting event and you want to do it right.  Bob Stapleton will explain how to install packages to get your bees moved in and ready for the summer ahead.  See you March 12th at 7:00 pm.

Do you know someone between the ages of 8 and 18 who would like to be a beekeeper? The Richmond Beekeepers Association is sponsoring scholarships to encourage the next generation of beekeepers.  Check out our Activities page to find out more.

 

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!

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