We hold meetings on the first Tuesday of each month September through May at the Mabel I. Wilson School, 353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland beginning at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to club members and guests. Each meeting features a program of interest to beekeepers.
2016 confirmed programs:
January 5: Group Queen Rearing Project, Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper and proprietor of The Honey Exchange.
February 2: Spring Management for newbies and the rest of us with a panel of our own Master Beekeepers.
March 1: Buckfast Queens and his 62 years of Beekeeping, Linwood Swett
April 5: “What the Heck is This?”, Tony Jadczak, State Bee Inspector will present a hands-on exercise in identifying various bee-related items and issues. There will be prizes, so bring your thinking cap and come prepared to learn!
May 3: Mead, Ben Alexander, owner of Maine Mead Works will give a tour of the Meadery and discuss the process of making mead. ***NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: This meeting will take place at Maine Mead Works, 51 Washington Ave, Portland
October 4: Open Hive, Jonathan Mitschele of Mitschele’s Mismanaged Bees. Instead of a regular meeting in October, there will be an open hive at Mitschele’s Mismanaged Bees. We will have an opportunity to see exactly what successful beekeepers do to prepare hives so that they have the best chance of surviving winter. In spring and summer open hives you learned first-hand how to promote your nucs and hives for prosperity. In this open hive, the most critical questions for hive winter survival will be addressed in time for you to prepare your own hives for the long winter ahead. Come one, come all! Especially welcome are old timers to share experiences and techniques appropriate for the season with the rest of us. Light refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org ***NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: This meeting will take place at Mitschele’s Mismanaged Bees 346 Cobb’s Bridge Road New Gloucester.
November 1: The History of Beekeeping, Larry Peiffer
December 6: Winterizing and Overwintering Hives along with a review of fall as well as spring mite treatments, Chris Rogers