No Meeting this month

Hello folks – this is just a friendly reminder that there is NO meeting this month – instead we will be having a member picnic later this month.  If you are a member, but haven’t yet received your invitation, please let me know.

Also, please enjoy this video montage of the Honeybee Festival:

Meeting Monday July 13th

Hi Folks! What a GREAT BEE FESTIVAL last month!….now it’s time to relax, come to some meetings and have a picnic. What’s coming up with the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association (RPBBA):

July’s Meeting: Monday, July 13th at 6:30 pm- Rockwood Nature Center

  • RPBBA updates
  • Festival Recap
  • Current ‘bee’ events
  • RAFFLE drawing
  • Slideshow and Panel discussion on Signs & Clues of Potential Hive Problems
  • Member Picnic Saturday, August 22nd 4-8pm – it’s not too late to join the club in order to be a part of this fun event!
  • Click here for a map/directions Rockwood Nature Center

Russ Lescault, VP

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

New Opportunities & Meeting Reminder

Hi Folks! We have some exciting new opportunities coming up and also our meeting on Monday, June 8th.

Saturday, June 6th – In-the-hive Workshop $10/person

Can’t find a mentor? Then join us at the Saturday’s In-the-hive Workshop to ask your questions…build confidence…learn bee care skills and network With other Beekeepers (Ranging from New To Seasoned beekeepers) at this In-the-hive practical beekeeping session. Bring a veil or borrow ours.

Learn:what to look for when inspecting your hive…how to care for a new colonyprepare for summer’s drought…observe brood…drones…earn how to find the queen. And more.

Rsvp to Kristi at botnizn for specific address. $10/person.

Monday, June 8th at 6:30 pm- Rockwood Nature Center

  • RPBBA updates
  • Our guest speaker, Grace Chapman from the Lewis-Ginter Botanical Gardens
  • Discussing Pollinator Plants (plants that will attract and support beehives) and Helpful Companion Plants (plants that can be used to naturally repel insects instead of using pesticides).

Click here for a map/directions Rockwood Nature Center June 13th from 11 am to 3 pm –

· Maymont Bumblebee Jamboree – NEED VOLUNTEERS JUNE 13 10 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. – if interested in volunteering, please see info posted here.

June 17th-

· DEADLINE – Place your order by June 17thto Dadant & Sons Beekeeping Supplies Company for free delivery at the 6th Annual Rockwood Honey Bee Festival. Dadant & Sons catalog can be viewed at http://www.dadant.com/catalog/

June 27th from 11 am to 3 pm –

  • 6th Annual Honey Bee Festival sponsored and staffed by Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association members. Still need volunteers!

July 13th at 6:30 pm-

· A bee expert will (TBA) will discuss Signs and Clues of Beehive Problems and Disasters

 

Thanks,

Russ Lescault, VP

Special Opportunity and Meeting Announcement.

Dear Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association,

Money Saving News for Club Members!

The Dadant & Sons Beekeeping Supplies Company (local distributor from Chatham, VA) representative will be at the 6th Annual Rockwood Honey Bee Festival, sponsored by the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association (RPBBA) ! What does this mean for members? MONEY saved in shipping; Dadant & Sons has agreed to bring to the festival any supplies ordered by RPBBA members. In order to get your supplies, shipping free, all you have to do is….

· Look over the Dadant & Sons catalog and decide what you want. Copies of their catalog will be distributed at our next meeting (May 11th) or you can go on-line at http://www.dadant.com/catalog/ to look and see what they have to offer.

· Place your order by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-220-8325.

· Inform them that you belong to the RPBBA and would like your order delivered at the Rockwood Park Honey Bee Festival on June 27th.

· Once the order is placed, please ask for a confirmation email about delivery location.

· DEADLINE – Place your order by June 17th.

Info on our Next Meetings

May 11th –

· Update on Honey Bee Festival Preparation

· Beehive Splits – When and How to (video and club experts afterward to answer questions)

June 8th –

· Update on Honey Bee Festival Preparation

· Guest Speaker, Grace Chapman from the Lewis-Ginter Botanical Gardens

o Discussing Pollinator Plants (plants that will attract and support beehives) and Helpful Companion Plants (plants that can be used to naturally repel insects instead of using pesticides).

I hope to see everyone there.

Russ Lescault, VP

Club Meeting April 13th 6:30pm

Hello Folks!

  • The next Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Club meeting is on April 13th at 6:30 pm at Rockwood Nature Center for directions see map here.

After a brief business meeting and club update, the members will:

· Discuss Raising Queen Bees with Rob Wokaty, which will be followed by….

· …A panel discussion led by Mason, Wilhelm and Ken, on When to ReQueen (Early vs Late Queens)

Thanks, I hope to see everyone there.

Russ Lescault

***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER***

Big Event, Special Guest! The next Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Club meeting is Monday, March 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Rockwood Nature Center, Rockwood Park.

After a brief business meeting and club update, the members will be educated and entertained by Sam Comfort, founder of Anarchy Apiaries.

Sam Comfort won six beehives in a poker game in 2002, then spent several years working in large-scale migratory pollination, honey production, and queen rearing. Exploring a different route, Anarchy Apiaries now provides surplus honey, queens, and bees from about 400 rustic, treatment-free hives, a mix of Kenyan top bar, Warre, and Langstroth mostly in New York, Vermont, North Carolina, and Florida. Sam freely shares a lot of tips, songs, why’s, how’s, and plenty of opinions for and against this approach, the state of the bee industry, and how communities can work together towards self-sufficiency in beekeeping.The mission of Anarchy Apiaries is to bring the means of production back to the beekeeper, to make beekeeping feasible, simple, and affordable for all, and to facilitate the beekeeping network with more hives than televisions, because bees are ultimately about awareness.

Additionally…

T-Shirts are still for Sale ($15), so bring your checkbooks or cash.

Future Topics:

· April 13th – Raising Queen bees, followed up by a panel discussion on when to re-Queen.

· May 11th – Companion Plants, Nature’s Natural ‘Pesticides’

Hope to see everyone at the next meeting!

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Russ