10th Annual HoneyBee Festival June 15


We are less than 2 weeks away from our biggest festival ever! Please help us get the word out and encourage folks to attend. If you’ve never been to our festival, here is a short YouTube video from last year’s event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgvka7Lv9fU

This year’s flyer is attached. Feel free to forward this email to all your friends and hand out the flyer to anyone you know.

Last, if you are available to help on Saturday June 15 to either setup or take down, we are still looking for more volunteers. No experience necessary! We will begin setup at 7am and tear down will begin promptly at 2pm. The festival runs from 10am – 2pm.

Hope to see you there.

David Brown

Bee Festival.pdf

Club Meeting on Monday May 13

Hello fellow Beeks!

I wanted to remind you that our next monthly meeting is this Monday, May 13 from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

We will be bringing you exciting updates on our fast approaching Honey Bee Festival (June 15). We will also have a talk by Dr Wayne Surles, President of Richmond Beekeepers. He will be speaking to us on Pesticides In Perspective.

Dr Surles education:

B.S. Biology…Lynchburg College, 1968

MS…Entomology. Virginia Tech, 1973. Advisor…R. Pienkowski

PhD…Entomology. Virginia Tech, 1976. Advisor…Loke T. Kok

Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Married, Kathy Jones Surles.

Two sons, Nathan and Matthew (deceased).

U S Army 1968-1970

Dr Surles has held a variety of positions and has developed, registered, licensed and sold various pesticides, fertilizers in agricultural/specialty businesses including: bee mite control, structural pesticide control, animal health, turf and ornamentals ,agriculture and industrial chemicals.

He was a pesticide industry consultant from 1999-2004 and the Program Manager of the Office of Pesticide Services (OPS/VDACS) from 2004-2008. He then retired from the pesticide industry in 2008 to open W S Associates, LLC .

Currently he consults with companies in developing unique agrichemical technologies in the USA and Canada.

I know you will want to come and learn from Dr Surles. I hope to see you Monday!

David Brown


With attachments- VSBA 2019 Spring Meeting – Fredericksburg, VA

Hello Beeks!
Below is information about the next state Beekeeper’s Association meeting.
David Brown

Registration for the Virginia State Beekeepers Association Spring Meeting, May 31 – June 1, 2019, is open. Early registration at a reduced rate is available through April 27. Online registration is available at https://bpt.me/4208280.

VSBA is returning to the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center in Fredericksburg for the Spring 2019 meeting. The Rappahannock Beekeepers Association is sponsoring the meeting this year. Look for fun activities for future beekeepers from the RPA. Speakers for the meeting include Kim Flottum of Bee Culture magazine, Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda from the University of Tennessee, Peter Borst author of over 40 beekeeping articles, and Jody Conway a supplier of beekeeping equipment and hive products.

Equipment and other supplies will be available from Books & More, Burnley Farm Apiary, Dadant & Sons, G&S Apiary, Scottsville Supply Company, and many more vendors. Preorder information is included in the attached meeting agenda.

VSBA 2019 Spring Meeting Agenda.pdf
VSBA 2019 Spring Mtg Registration Form.pdf

2019 Honeybee Festival

The 2019 Honeybee Festival is fast approaching! This year’s festival is June 15 from 10a – 2p. Click HERE to download a copy of our festival flyer. I also attached a copy for your convenience.

Invite your friends and neighbors! Please VOLUNTEER to help! We need everyone helping to make this a success.

To volunteer – please contact Gene DiSalvo at gene.

David Brown

Bee Festival.pdf

Frames for Sale

We received this information and wanted to pass it along.

I am reducing the number of hives and have some equipment to sell. I have 40 to 50 deep hive body frames assembled with wired wax foundation, with hooks. I also added the 4 wires through the holes on the sides of the frames. They have never been in a hive. I would like to sell them for $2.50 each. If interested contact Donna Rogers in Emporia. Telephone: 804-720-3316, Email: donnainyale

Monday March 11

Greetings Beeks
This is a friendly reminder about our normal monthly meeting being held next Monday, March 11 at 7pm at the Rockwood Park Nature Center. We’ll be hearing from our very own John Davis about swarm control.

I hope to see you there
David Brown