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Wooden Ware Workshop Feb 24, 2018

Hello fellow Beeks,

Just checking to see if you would join us in Feb 2018 for a combined wooden ware workshop. We have a large enough space where we meet in Sandston to assemble hive parts and frames. In the past we have ordered supplies from Andy Westrich and people picked them up on Saturday. Some stayed to assemble and others took their supplies with them. See info below on prices, etc. We will do the workshop on Sat Feb 24th from 9am-2pm. We’ve had three air nail guns and jigs etc to use. Please let me know if your group would like to join us or if a different Sat that would work for your group.  To see new beekeepers putting things together is refreshing too. Thank you.

Steve Bugnacki

East Richmond Beekeepers
I got the price list Andy Westrich will use for the Feb Wooden Ware Workshop on the 24th of Feb. Please send it out to your members that would like to order some things. I realize it is early but perhaps some there are some who would like to at least place an order for the holiday gift season. Any questions on ordering please contact Andy Westrich at

They can pick up at our location for the workshop…. 13 N Confederate Ave, Sandston,
VA 23150 on the 24th of Feb between 9 am and 2 pm.
If you are interested in helping with the workshop or could lend some assembly equipment please let me know. Our beekeeping family is growing. Let’s make 2018 our best year ever for beekeeping!
PS Andy has kept the 2017 prices for us to take advantage of for 2018.
PSS Also is attached something to sing along to if you want. Share it so
freely if you want.

2016 Mid-Atlantic Organic Honeybee Convention


Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention (5th annual) will be on
March 5, 2016 at new location near Richmond International Airport: American Legion Post 242, 21 J. B. Finley Road, Sandston, VA 23150.  This is located very near Richmond International Airport. Speakers Sam Comfort, Wyatt Mangum, PhD, Virginia State Apiarist Keith Tignor, and John Adams. $50 person, $90/family.
For information, visit
SAM COMFORT of Anarchy Apiaries has hundreds of hives from NY to FL.  He gives bee talks around the country and the world, and just arrived back in Florida this month after giving a talk in Anchorage, Alaska.  His talk to us will include:  “Alternative Bees, Local Queens, and the Future Zombee Apocalypse. That pretty much sums it up.  Let’s stick together!”
WYATT MANGUM PhD:  “How to Catch $100 Dollar Swarms with Bait Hives.” (“Last spring I caught 17 big swarms or 30% bait hive occupancy.  That’s better than paying $2,040 ($120.17) for 17 packages.”)  “How to Catch $100 Dollar Swarms with Bait Hives”

“For a money saving presentation, I’ll discuss bait hives for catching swarms.  A three-pound package is well over $100 now, somewhere around $120.  Last spring I caught 17 big swarms or 30% bait hive occupancy.  That’s better than paying $2,040 ($120*17) for 17 packages.”  Also:

“What’s Hot:  Thermal Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping”

“For a cutting-edge presentation, I have been using thermal cameras for determining a colony’s condition in a top-bar hive.  Commercial beekeepers have started using thermal cameras to save time when inspecting many hives.  I have articles published or in press on thermal cameras in the ABJ and BC.”

JOHN ADAMS focuses on bait hives with many pictures of newer ideas – an easy way of getting free honey bees – what makes an excellent bait hive – the “how to” of location – what works and what does not – a specialized device that goes into the bait hive that is not a top bar or a frame but has what I think of as incredible potential.  It is very useful if you are one of those beekeepers who never seems to have enough equipment or the right equipment at the right time.  It is simpler, easier, faster and maybe even less expensive.  Also, these same bait hives can be used to gently get an established colony of honey bees out of a building with less work than a normal “cut out.”  A “cut out” is any process of removing honey comb out of a wall or ceiling.  A “cut out,” if you have done one, is not easy work, but with the right equipment many new doors open up.  Pest control operators and beekeepers will be interested in this.
Registration at our website WWW.MAOHBC.COM
(If you prefer to avoid registration over computer, send a check to HSS Inc., 10514 Gayton Road, Henrico VA 23238 & include name, address, phone.)
A personal note from your hosts follows:
Dear Beekeepers,
This is our fifth year of another adventure in organic beekeeping.  This year should be our best yet, and that is only possible because of the help  we receive from both our beekeeper & non-beekeeper friends.  Be sure to check out our Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention at our website
WWW.MAOHBC.COM for more details.
This year our one day of intense beekeeping will be on March 5, 2016 at the American Legion Hall, 21 J. B. Finley Road, in the town of Sandston, Virginia–close  to Richmond International Airport.  You will experience the newest and most likely the most advanced of gadgets and ideas.  And as usual we will have the best of speakers.  It doesn’t matter what type of hive you are knowledgeable about–after you hear our speakers, you will come away with different perceptions of how to operate in the most effective manner, and hopefully save your bees against almost impossible odds.
Hope to see you soon.  If you have Q’s, please send email to or call us at 804 285-BEES.
Your hosts:  John & Martha Adams

February 5/6, 2016 Jerry Hayes Conference In Chatham, Va

Dear Beekeeper Friends,

Our registrations are growing rapidly for folks attending our Friday night February 5th Dinner and Program and the Saturday February 6th All Day Classroom Event with Jerry Hayes at the Chatham, Va. Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex.  It is not too late to join in. This will be the premier beekeeping event in our area for 2016 and you don’t want to miss it!!

Click here to view the PDF information sheet on the conference, which will guide you through how to register at the Halifax County Beekeepers Website. If you do not want to use the internet website with credit/debit card, want to pay by check, or just need a little help, please give me a call at 434-376-4490 or reply to this email and I will give you a hand. It’s just a month away and the time is short.

We all lose track occasionally, and we have just passed the holiday season and probably spent more than we should have, but I encourage you to get back in the loop and make arrangements to attend. We will cut off registration for the February 5th dinner program on FRIDAY, JANUARY 29th to finalize meal reservations. We will accept at door registration for Saturday February 6th, but prefer advance sign ups.

This event promises to be a great educational fellowship with your regional beekeeper friends and one of the few opportunities to meet and greet a pre-eminent speaker and apicultural leader like Jerry Hayes. There’s still time, so join in the event.

Jim Zeigler, Program Coordinator

Video montage – Honeybee Festival 2015

Honeybee Festival is ON – Rain or Shine :)

Happening now – click image to see more pictures – pictures will be added as the event continues throughout the day:


Honeybee Festival

Just a few days until our 6th Annual RPBBA Honey Bee Festival. The club has done an excellent job and it should be a fun event for people of all ages and of all knowledge levels of beekeeping.

If you have volunteered and not heard from a committee leader, please just show up prior to 10 a.m. and ask any RPBBA member for either Gene DiSalvo or Kristi Orcutt and they will certainly find a place for you to assist. Thank you to those that have volunteered the last few weeks too. We need those extra hands and your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have not yet volunteered and are interested in joining your fellow club members, then just please come out on Saturday and see Kristi or Gene. Volunteers, please wear your yellow RPBBA t-shirt if you have one. Rumor also has it that there will be club t-shirts for sale the day of the event too.

We also always need canopies and folding tables of every size. Every year the club members always come throughon Saturday morning with some extra tables and canopies that they loan us for the day and hopefully this year we can continue that tradition.

Looking forward to everyone joining in on Saturday as we live the mission of RPBBA!!!

Gene DiSalvo

Member Picnic in August

Hi everyone,

I am very excited to tell you about our August Member Picnic. We are lucky enough to be invited by John Sheehan to use Gregory Pond Fishing Club!!! It is right around the corner from Rockwood park and it is beautiful!!! It will be Aug. 22nd from 4-8ish. Save the date! We will be able to fish, and you do not need a license. We are also hoping to have horse shoes, corn hole, and music! You don’t want to miss this great time, so if you haven’t joined the club yet, remember to do so at the July meeting! And also keep in mind, we don’t have a regular meeting in August. That’s all for now! See you at the Honeybee Festival! Thanks everyone for working so hard on this and helping the day of. You all are awesome!!

Sarah Buckley, President

Honeybee Festival June 27th – raffle items and more…

The Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers will host it’s annual Honeybee Festival on Saturday, June 27th (click here for more information).

Jody Conway has made 2 beautiful hives to be raffled off – a lovely yellow farmhouse and an adorable red barn:

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Here they are side-by-side

Hives will be at the festival June 27…tickets are $5 each… Must specify which hive interested in(separate tickets for each hive)…if someone wants tickets but can not make the festival they can send:
1. A self addressed stamped envelope to Jody Conway 3310 Parkwood Ave richmond va 23221 (so I can mail the ticket to them)
2. Check made to RPBBA ($5 each ticket)
3. Which hive they want a ticket for…barn or farm house
4. Their name and phone number or email (so we can contact them if they win)
The drawing will be held July 13 at our next meeting and all proceeds will be donated to the club.

Also, there will be several vendors present.  Some of the cool things that will be sold at the festival include:

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Maymont Bumblebee Jamboree 2015

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Bumble Bee Jamboree
Where:  Maymont Children’s Farm, Richmond, VA   (map of area attached)
Time:  Flexible time frames to suit your  schedule. .or
    shifts: 10-12 set up & booth              12-2 booth attendant         2-3:30 booth and tear down
Provided:  tent table  education kit. observation hive. .etc.  . . .
What to bring:  water, lunch, RPBBA tee shirt , chair
What do you do?  Talk bees answer children’s questions
General Info:  the park opens at 9AM personnel will be waiting out side the entrance .  You can pull in to unload supplies, including chairs, lunches, etc. and they asked us to park outside the fence so the parking lot is available for visitors.
Set up:  10 a.m.  arrive 9:45  We have until 11 officially.
 Take down at 3 after the butterflies have been released at 2:45.
Flyer Info:   attached flier so you can post it and tell your friends.
News coverage: Jessica Knowles, from WTVR  will be onsite the day of the event, taping for a later date televising in an evening time slot.  Great coverage.
If you would like to help, please contactChris Buck  on this form:
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Honey Bee Festival June 27th

Good Morning Folks!

Just an early reminder that we will be having our Annual Honey Bee Festival on June 27th from 11am – 3pm. Attached are 2 flyers about our event – one to print and post, the other that can be printed, cut in half and handed out as flyers – we appreciate any can help with promoting our event! Post to your facebook page, email friends, post on your community bulletin board at work, etc.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please reply to this email and the appropriate committee member will be in contact with you.

Thanks for your help!

Jan & Paul Edens, Publicity & Communications Subcommittee Chairpersons

honey bee festival – 6th annual 2 per page.pdf
honey bee festival – 6th annual.pdf