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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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



Russ Lescault, VP

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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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