The October annual meeting is around the corner and the York County chapter is organizing an amazing day of beekeeping education. We are very honored to have such world-class beekeepers as our speakers.
Medhat Nasr has just returned from speaking in Australia (where varroa are not yet present, but the beekeepers? are preparing fortheir eventual arrival). After our meeting, he will be speaking in Connecticut and then traveling to Japan to give presentations there. Weather (and poli- tics) permitting, we hope to have a hive on campus for live demonstration of varroa monitoring.
Dr. Rangel is also an amazing speaker and her video foot- age of colonies preparing to swarm is fascinating. Fortunately the meeting will be held in a state-of-the-art auditorium at USM, so we should have a great forum for viewing her presentation.
Tony Jadczak will also be on the program discussing current issues in our Maine colonies, as well as strategies for keeping your bees as happy and healthy as possible.
We plan to have a locally catered light lunch and are working on incorporating honey into as many of the recipes as possible.
As usual we will also have a fundraising raffle and already have some exciting prizes which have been donated by several of the clubs. Any raffle items and donations would be sincerely appreciated.
There will also be a honey swap table where you can trade a jar or two of your honey for honey brought by another beekeeper.
And finally, the York chapter has decided to hold a “black jar” honey-tasting contest. So bring a jar of your best-tasting honey and see how it stacks up against that of your peers!
I know that some beekeepers will need to travel a long way to Portland, but hope you will still make the trip. This could be a great opportunity to see more of the city! There are many affordable places to stay in the Greater Portland area. Also, some Cumberland County beekeepers have mentioned a willingness to host a visiting beekeeper—please email CCBA officers if you are interested in such an opportunity.
Please register as early as possible so we can get a good head count for the caterers; register at www.mainebeekeepers.org via PayPal, or mail in the form in your Bee Line.
See you there!
Erin Forbes, President Maine State Beekeepers Association