1/21/17

Happy New Year Beekeepers!  The monthly meeting schedule for 2017 is set: see list on right side column. The first meeting is February 22 where we'll look forward to the coming year and answer questions for new beekeepers, find out about getting bees ordered and what Beginning Beekeeping classes are available. It's also a good time to start pairing up mentors with those who think they could use a little help and guidance during the coming season.

If you are just exploring the possibility of keeping bees and are uncertain about joining the club, feel free to attend. You are welcome. It's a chance to meet some folks and get some questions answered with no obligation.

Starting in April, we'll meet at the apiary of one of our members. These meetings allow a chance to look at other people's bees and do hive inspections with experienced beekeepers. This is a wonderful learning opportunity and an enjoyable social activity. It's a great way to spend a spring or summer afternoon.

If you are willing and able to host one of our monthly meetings at your apiary, please send an email to centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in February.

10/21/16

October 2016 Meeting

We will hold the final meeting of the year on Monday evening at the CPI School in Pleasant Gap. We’ll take a look at the year in review and hold elections. It's your opportunity to take the gavel or the ledger. Come out and meet some Centre County Beekeepers and cast your vote or get elected.

Meeting Date:

Monday, October 24 at 7:00

Location:

Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI)
540 North Harrison Rd
Pleasant Gap, PA

Topic:

End of year review, elections

Agenda:

  • Wrap up
  • Elections
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
Bring some honey. To show our appreciation for the staff at CPI, we give them samples of our bees' work. So, if you have a jar of honey that you would be willing to donate, please bring it.

8/31/16

September 2016 Meeting

The September meeting will be held at the apiary of Fran Cooley in Warrior's Mark. We talk about final preparations for winter and any other subjects of interest to participants. This is the last outdoor meeting of the year, so come on out and meet with your fellow Centre County beekeepers.

Meeting Date:

Saturday, September 24 at 2:00

Location:

Cooley Apiary
4572 Clover Hill Lane
Warrior's Mark, PA 16877

This is just off of SR350. Detailed directions will be sent in the email announcement.

Topic:

Overwintering

Agenda:

  • Upcoming meetings
  • Topics as described above
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
  • Hive Inspection
Please share this information with anyone who you think would be interested in attending this meeting.

If you would like a seat, bring a chair.

8/8/16

August 2016 Meeting

Our friends from Penn State will host the meeting this month. We will get a tour of the Wiley bee yard and — as always — allow time at the beginning of the meeting to try to answer some of your beekeeping questions. Come out and meet some Centre County Beekeepers.

Meeting Date:

Saturday, August 13 at 2:00

Location:

Penn State's Wiley Apiary
Wiley Lane
University Park, PA

Directions:
Wiley Apiary sits a little ways behind the Ag Arena just off of Fox Hollow Rd. From the intersection near Beaver Stadium, the Ag Arena and the Centre County Visitors Center on Park Ave., take Fox Hollow Rd to Orchard Road. Turn right onto Orchard Rd, then turn left onto Wiley Lane and follow that road back to the parking area.

Topic:

Apiary tour and what's happening at Penn State

Agenda:

  • Next month's meeting
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
  • Hive inspection.
If you want a seat, bring a chair.

7/17/16

July 2016 Meeting

We're back in Bellefonte this month as we visit the apiary of Nancy Noll. We will get to see Nancy's bees and — as always — allow time at the beginning of the meeting to try to answer some of your beekeeping questions. Come out and meet some Centre County Beekeepers.

Meeting Date:

Saturday, July 23 at 2:00

Location:

The Queen Apiary
176 East Linn St
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Directions:

Coming up High St toward the courthouse, turn right onto Allegheny. At the second light (in front of the elementary school) turn right. The house is at the end of the block. Large yellow house with a sign out front "The Queen, a Victorian Bed and Breakfast."

Topic:

Summer management, mites, starting to think about winter

Agenda:

  • Next month's meeting
  • Open discussion, question and answer session on topics raised by participants
  • Hive inspection.
If you want a seat, bring a chair.