September Picnic in lieu of meeting

There will be no September meeting. Instead we will have the RPBBA Annual Members & Families Picnic! It is being held on Saturday, September 22nd from 4-8pm at Gregory’s Pond. Rain or shine.

Please bring your family or a plus one for a relaxing evening in a beautiful setting just around the corner from Rockwood Park.

The club will provide fried chicken, water and some sodas and paper products. Please bring a dish to share and a folding chair to sit on.

We will enjoy appetizers from 4-5:30 for the “tell your favorite or most outrageous bee story”, sit and enjoy the scenery and fish in the tranquil Gregory’s Pond time" time. If you play a musical instrument bring that too!

Dinner will start at 5:30pm and continue until everyone gets full or 8:00PM, whichever comes first.

Please RSVP by 9/18/2018 by submitting this form (click here). Directions to follow.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

July meeting & other info of interest

This is just a friendly reminder that our July meeting is Monday, July 9th – our Club Social starts at 6pm, the meeting will start at 6:45pm.

Channel 6 News gave us some fabulous publicity for the Honey Bee Festival – here is the article:

The Eastern Apiculture Society is having its annual conference August 13-17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. For more information, visit

**ALERT** June Meeting


Monday, June 11th at 7pm
Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Dewey Carson

It’s open to the public, but there will be a $5 charge for those who are not already a member of either Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers or Huguenot Backyard Beekeepers (the joint sponsors of this event.)

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University


  • 40+ years teaching, apiculture research and extension service

  • Cornell (1967-70)

  • University of Maryland, College Park (1970-1981)

  • University of Delaware (1981-2009).

In Bolivia, he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping in Spanish. [En Bolivia, mantiene abejas africanizadas y enseña apicultura en español.] In Oregon, he keeps 5 backyard colonies of European bees. He teaches Bee Short Courses and gives lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations. Over the last 50 years, he has served in numerous leadership roles in the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and is currently the Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program.

Si’s Hives

Hi, I’m a beekeeper with hives in Bedford, Campbell and Franklin Counties, and I’m offering nucs for sale.  Individuals could come to my address in Rustburg to pick them up or, if enough are ordered by those in your bee club (around 30), I could deliver to a central meeting place.  The hives have been recently inspected by Jessica Driver, and the nucs will contain 5 deep frames with mated, laying queens.
Orders can be sent to me via email
Thank you,
Silas Richardson
Si’s Hives

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