2017 Meeting Schedule

Here's the meeting schedule for 2017. The dates for the first two meetings are firm and the others are as firm as the weather permits them to be. While it is subject to change, we'll do our best to stick to this schedule.
The May through September meetings will be held outside at one of our members' apiary.  If you would like to volunteer to host the group at your apiary, please send an email to Centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com or see one of the officers at a meeting. 

The Dates

February 22 (Wednesday) - Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), 540 North Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA, 7:00 pm
Topics: Meet and greet and welcome new members, getting started in beekeeping, late winter and early spring preparation, getting bees and obtaining equipment, matching mentors with new beekeepers.

March 22 (Wednesday) - CPI, Pleasant Gap, PA 7:00 pm
 Topics: Dessert potluck - bring something to share (great if honey is an ingredient);  will review Member Survey results; parallel discussions: 1) show & tell - installing your new package of bees (for new beeks) and basic equipment and 2) managing swarms - best practices and how to catch one

April 27 (Thursday) CPI, Pleasant Gap, PA 7:00 pm
Topics: Penn State Feral Bee project - presented by Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe, PSU/Entomology; and discussion on the 'bee calendar"; bring a snack to share

May 20 - (Saturday), 2p - Visit to Aaron Fisher's apiary  - see a commercial operation;  Queen Bee Ln, McVeytown

June 24 - (Saturday), 2p - Delissa's and Nate's Apiary... 2929 Grahamton Rd, Morrisdale, PA 16858

July 22 - (Saturday), 2p - CANCELLED:  Heverly's - 115 Lingle Rd; take 322 towards Harrisburg, take R on Taylor Hill Rd. just past Harley Davidson shop, then take 2nd road on right and its first property on the left.

August 19 - (Saturday), 2p - Melissa Carpenter's apiary; 355 Ridge Ave., State College; stone house with blue shutters - if driveway gets full, please park on Sunset Ave.

September 24 - (Sunday), 1:30p - Dee Bagshaw's apiary:  12766 Alan Seeger Rd (just outside village of McAlevy's Fort) - south on Rt. 26 from State College, about 14 miles (go past entrance to Whipple Dam), turn left on Alan Seeger Rd, 2nd driveway on the right. See sign at driveway for The Creek House.
                                             3:30p - Club Picnic at Dee's place (club providing
                                                           BBQ pork/chicken, rolls, lemonade, and place settings - bring a
                                                            side dish or dessert or other to share)

October 25 (Wednesday) - at The Barn in Lemont, 6:30 pm   Wrap up 2017 with a Honey Tasting  - any and all of us can bring a little honey from our hives - we'll figure out who wins the 'prize' - all in good fun! We'll also have a mead tasting sponsored by King Mead and they are offering a bee hive as a drawing prize.  Come join the fun -  invite family and friends who might want to learn more about beekeeping;

Every meeting features a planned agenda and topics for discussion, but that just gets us started. There is always time for Q&A, so bring your questions and don't be afraid to ask. Beekeepers are always willing to share their thoughts.

Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

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