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Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Tuesday, March 13, at the Plumbsteadville Grange, Plumbsteadville. Contact Gary Schongalla-Bowman at gschongalla@verizon.net for more information, ** (previous email) email ** or visit their website

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. Details at the HAS website

Central Western Beekeepers

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.at St. Johns Reformed Church. Pot Luck Dinner. For more information, contact Robert McMillin, email rmcmill@zoominternet.net.

Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. at Hartzell's Honeys and Bee Supplies, Brookfield, Pa. For more information call 814-653-2054.

Fifth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 5,6,7, at Bartram’s Gardens, Wyck Historic House, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. The 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!   Flyer  Visit Website

5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple University, Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Details and registration at the event's website.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Introductory Beekeeping Seminar

Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $45 fee includes books, 1yr. association membership and more. For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Monday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. This process kills nosema, EFB, chalk brood, and all other virus, bacteria, and pathogens that sicken our honey bees, shorten their lives, and weaken our colonies. The procedures are the same as before. $152.20/pallet (full or partial) based on a full capacity equipment run of 7 or more pallets. Please read the  details and contact Mark Antunes to participate.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 18-20, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. Admission and parking are free. More information at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you are willing to volunteer at this event, please contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 22, Check with your local association.

Chester County

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. at ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville. Visit the website for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. at Dutch Gold Honey, Lancaster. Honey Round Up and Election of officers For additional information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. Speakers: Marla Spivak, Clare Densely (Buckfast Abbey), Dewey Caron, Maryann Frazier, Erin Forbes and James Neih. Details   Agenda   Registration

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. at Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Annual Banquet. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 5 - 9 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, FL. The theme for this year’s conference is Palm Trees & Healthy Bees. For additional information, visit www.abfnet.org

Pennsylvania Farm Show (100th Anniversary)

January 9 - 16, 2016 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Exhibit Entries must arrive at the Farm Show on Thursday, Jan 7th, between 9:00AM and 6:00PM.

For Extracted Honey it is strongly suggested that you enter the color class below and above what you think it is. Honeys will be placed in color classes using a digital color grader. If two entries are in the same class, one will be set aside.

Exhibits may not be removed before 5:00PM on closing Saturday, Jan 16th.

Pre-entry must be done on-line
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There are openings left for Individual and County Exhibits. Late entries are being accepted on-line. Contact Charlie at vbeefarm@windstream.net for questions.

If interested in volunteering, contact Aaron Fisher at 717-242-4373 or Stu Mathias at 717-533-2231 for more information.

15th Annual Honey Bee Expo

Saturday, January 30, on the WVUcampus in Parkersburg, WV. Held by the Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers’Association along with the WV Extension Services. This year’s keynote speaker will be EAS master beekeeper and author, Stephen J. Repasky. Also scheduled to attend will be Dr. Greg Hunt and Christian Givens of Purdue University. Cost will be $20.00 if pre-registered by January 13th or $25.00 at the door. Contact (304) 437-1221 or visit movba.org/2016_honeybee_expo.htm. Many vendors will also be present.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 19 & 20, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville, 101 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, Pa. (Note the location change.) A trade show featuring major beekeeping supply companies will be held on-site in conjunction with this seminar.

Featured speakers for the seminar include Dr. Jeff Harris, Assistant Extension and Research Professor at Mississippi State; Dr. Diana Sammataro, on the the authors of The Beekeeper’s Handbook and Dr. Christine Grosinger, Professor of Entomology and Director of Pollinator Research at Penn State University. Breakout sessions: include bear fencing, winter management, cooking with honey, pest control, and more...

Registration cost is $60.00 for participants and $45.00 for their guests and children under 18. (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant.) The deadline to register is February 14th. Registration

Visit the Western PA Seminar Facebook page or contact Lyn Szymkiewicz at lynszym@comast.net or 412-855-0710 for more information

PennApic Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Country Club, 3940 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg. PennApic is offering a FREE workshop for beginning beekeepers and for people interested in getting into beekeeping, beehive products, and all things bee-related. Karen Roccasecca, State Apiarist, will talk about the status of bees in PA, Nate Weber will review the role of a Bee Inspector, Scott Stanley will talk about establishing beekeepers around the world. There will be other talks, demonstrations, candle dipping, honey tastings and sales,and books for sale. Master Gardeners, the Blue Bird Society, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Irvin Martin's Bee Supplies, and others will be available to answer questions. For additional information, visit pennapic.org.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Honey Tasting. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

Burgh Bees

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Penn State Center, Pittsburgh. Discussion Topic: Package and nuc installation and what to expect the first four weeks. Spring management of overwintered hives. Contact Steve Repasky at 412-445-7872; email srepasky@gmail.com or visit the Burgh Bees website for additional information.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact the Agricultural Extension Office at 570-253-5970 – EXT 4110.

York County Beekeepers Backyard Beekeeping Classes

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, and May 18 and 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at an apiary in Seven Valleys. Six introductory classes for those with an interest in honey bees but with no prior knowledge. Participants will be provided with the information and skills needed to establish and maintain their own backyard hives.The classes will combine the theoretical (structure of a hive, honey bee biology, colony dynamics, nectar and pollen sources, common diseases and treatments, etc.) with the practical (inspecting and evaluating the growth of the bees and diagnosing the health of a colony). Handouts and suggested reading materials will be provided. Cost : $75. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. For further information contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com or call 717-428-1144.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Darryl Rebuck at 570-435-0445 for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. Rearing Queens presented by Brett Dyer. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

York County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Tri-County Meeting. Dr. Heather Matilla from Wellesly College will give two presentations: How Well-Mated Queens Will Improve the Productivity of Foraging Workers, and The Effect of Early Nutritional Stress on Bees as Adults. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details or contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. Penn State Extension Bldg., Water St.,Coudersport. The presentation will be on splits. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, April 23, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Beaver County Conservation District Wetlands. Speaker: TBA Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Topic: Sara Hall of PECO will discuss mgt. of rights-of-way and their potential as honeybee forage. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

Centre County Beekeepers

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. at The Lenzing Apiary, 161 West Chestnut St., Pine Grove Mills. Topic: Spring management, splitting colonies, doing mite counts For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at PA RR Supervisors Club, Tevebaugh Road, Baden. Hands-on Demo for Prospective or Beginning Beekeepers. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com, or visit the website for more information.

Franklin County Beekeepers NUCS pick-up day

Saturday, May 7, 178 Milnor Rd., Greencastle, Pa 17225 8:30-10:00am (date approximate may change) Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Capitol Area Beekeepers Annual Short Course

Saturdays, May 7 & 14, Part I: 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin, Pa. 17018. Part II: 12:00 noon at Strites Orchard, 1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17111. Cost: $50 (includes a CABA membership and the Penn State Book, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping”). For additional information visit cabapa.org, or contact John Novinger, 717-365-3215, email jdnovinger@epix.net.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, May 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Houtzdale Firehall, Houtzdale. Topic: Importance of Queens. More information at www.ccbee.org or by email.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Monday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. at Swamp Fox Apiary, 1020 Swamp Fox Rd., Chambersburg, Pa 17202 (717-375-2352). Bring your bee suits if you have them. We will have a few extra if you don’t. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Topics include: feeding, dearths, supers, swarming, moving, splitting, combining, alternative equipment, robbing. (weather permitting - call if in doubt) Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., at the Northampton Community College, Bethlehem. Part 1: How to keep a Nuc and their advantages. Part 2: Organic Beekeeping. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. Date subject to change due to Library activities; please check facebook or contact via email to make sure of meeting date.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Rt. 706, Montrose. Topic: Hive split preview; Catching a swarm; Bait hive “how to”. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. at the Apiary of John Fiore, Tunkhannock. Field Day - Topic: Split Hive presentation. Bring your veil, etc. Contact: James Wood at 570-934-1166 for information & directions.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. Penn State Extension Bldg., Water St.,Coudersport. Topic: Swarming. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Topic: Master Gardener Rebecca Boylan will present pollinator gardens for honeybees. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details or contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at Twin Bridges Camp Ground Pavilion (rain or shine). Ice Cream Social: Homemade ice cream and all the fixings. Bring your favorite ice cream, topping, or snack. Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. All are welcome. Date subject to change due to Library activities; please check facebook or contact via email to make sure of meeting date.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 18, Bee Yard Experience, Linesville, Pa. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 18, at an apiary Near Cuba, NY. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, June 27, at Pavillion at Hereford Manor Lake, Harmony PA 16037. Speaker: Frank Licata (PA State Rep for Mann Lake) “Making Overwintering Nucs”. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Ag building. Summer Newbie Workshop (hands on): harvesting honey, refractometers, cappings, extracting equipment, food grade, straining, moisture content, bottling, labeling, understanding dearth. when to feed. Visit the FCBA website for more information.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Sisters of St. Joseph, 1020 W. State Street, Baden. BVABA Club Picnic. Speaker: TBA – RSVP by July 10th to Sr. Lyn (lynszym@comcast.net). Grilled Chicken and burgers supplied – please bring a covered dish.

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, July 25-29, at the Richard Stockton University, Galloway, NJ.   Details   

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Ag building. Fall Newbie Workshop: preparing your hives for winter, covering, making cozies, moving, feeding, making fondants and candy, hive weights, do they have enough food?, taking care of the bees that take care of your winter bees, what are winter bees? Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, July 30, Ernst Seeds Field Day. For further information, contact Deb Chilcott 814-398-8520 or visit Contact Deb Chilcott at 814-398-8520 or visit their website.

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 6, hosted by Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. This is the same location as the picnic held two years ago, but the address has changed.

They will be roasting a pig for the main course, guests are asked to bring a side dish, dessert or drinks to share. Also, please bring a lawn chair. Fisher Bee Farm will have plating, cutlery and napkins on hand.

The location is right beside a nice creek that anyone is allowed to play in, if so desired. They also have a small zoo of a farm for anyone wishing to see live animals. The only organized activity is just breaking bread with fellow beekeepers.

The Executive Board will be meeting in the morning, time to be announced.

Directions from Mt. Union:
At the 522 and 22 merger (just outside of Mt. Union), continue on 522N, 22E for approximately 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a left hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

Directions from Lewistown:
Take the 522 South bypass at Lewistown, follow approximately 11 miles to red light in McVeytown. Continue straight on 522S/22W for 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a right hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

2016 PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, at the Days Inn, State College. (Note the new location.) The theme is Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping and the key note speakers will be Mark Winston and Keith Delaplane.

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