February 8th, 2017 – SCBA Winter Dinner
Informal dinner in the private dining room at Fairgrounds Cafe in the Topsham Fair Mall. Guest speaker Rick Cooper.
February 4th, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
January 7, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
December 14th, 2016
Annual holiday potluck get-together, with spouses, friends, significant others and kids. Blind honey tasting, and a new event, which we’ve dubbed the “Bee Flea,” where used equipment (no woodenware or frames) will be available for sale.
December 3 2016 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
November 9th, 2016
Guest speaker Chris Rogers of Backwoods Bee Farm in Windham, talking about all the varroa mite treatments, and when and how to apply them.
October 12th, 2016
Club member Ted Wolfe giving presentations on honey extraction equipment and solar wax melters. In addition, Mike McNally talking about preparing hives for winter.
September 14th, 2016
First fall meeting with an open forum to give everyone a chance to share their successes, surprises, disappointments, challenges and anything else that came up over the summer. We’ll also discuss the new club extractor.
June 18th, 2016
Open hive at George Hardin’s home, 370 Augusta Rd in Topsham. Rick Cooper, Master Bee Keeper and local expert, will be conducting the event.
May 11, 2016
Karen Thurlow of New Moon Apiaries, on nectar and pollen-producing plants for honey bees; swarming, and splits for swarm prevention.
April 13, 2016
Phil Gaven, EAS master beekeeper and owner of The Honey Exchange in Portland, speaking about making splits and nucs.
March 9, 2016
Nadia Sanchez and Leslie Jacobs will present “Body Mechanics for Beekeepers.” They will talk about and demonstrate ways to protect muscles and backs by using proper lifting and bending methods while tending hives. Both are certified physical therapists at Mid Coast Therapy Center in Brunswick.
December 9, 2015
Holiday Potluck Supper and honey tasting contest; purely social…see you next year!
November 11, 2015
Rick Cooper talks about winter prep and answers members’ questions.
October 14, 2015
Karen Thurlow from New Moon Apiary in Yarmouth. Karen will speak about her queen rearing operation, as well as mite treatments, winter prep and feeding.
September 9, 2015
Roundtable meeting (in lieu of a guest speaker). Members will have a chance to relate their beekeeping experiences over the summer.
June 27, 2015
Open Hive with Rick Cooper, at Two Coves Farm in Harpswell.
June 10, 2015
“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” our own Mike McNally will talk about new research on how mushrooms can help honey bees battle disease and parasites.
May 13, 2015
“SARE Project Update” with Erin Forbes, Master Beekeeper and past board president of Maine State Beekeepers Association (Cindy Bee stood in for Erin)
April 8, 2015
Tony Jadzak, Maine State Apiarist, discussing topics concerning SPRING MANAGEMENT for your colonies: what you should be looking for, with the existing conditions for your area.
March 11, 2015
Jack Hildreth, President Maine State Beekeepers Association. Jack will be discussing nucs (nucleus colonies ) and how to set them up. Timing; what type of frames are needed; why do we need them, and why we should have them in our apiary. Business meeting prior to presentation. Each year we take an informal overwintering tally. Come and be counted!
October 8, 2014
Chris Rogers from Backwoods Bee Farm of Windham Maine: “Preparing your bees for winter” What to look for to make sure your bees are healthy; medications; methods of feeding; overwintering with nucs.
May 14, 2014
Karen Thurlow: Queen introduction; finding the old queen; attendant removal; delayed release methods; using a Snelgrove double screen board, and more.
November 9, 2011
Geoff MacLean, Proprietor of Red Brook Honey.
October 15, 2011
Hosted by our club, the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association
October 12, 2011
Election of Officers for 2012
Phil Gaven, Proprietor of The Honey Exchange in Portland.
September 14, 2011
Jane Welch – Demonstration on making hand cream with products of the hive
Open Hive @ Tom McDine’s
May 11, 2011
Maine State Bee Inspector, Tony Jadczak
April 13, 2011
Bill Truesdell started beekeeping over 10 years ago. He served as secretary and treasurer for SCBA and has served on Maine State Beekeepers Association board as a director and secretary. He is a past editor of The Bee Line (MSBA newsletter). Bill received the MSBA Beekeeper of the Year award for 2000.
March 9, 2011
Kimi Benner – on Making Mead
February 9, 2011
David Israel – Prize-Winning Honey (or “How to push yourself as a beekeeper”)
November 10, 2010
Lincoln Sennett of Swan’s Honey
October 16, 2010
Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting in Portland.
Speakers will include: Dr. Medhat Nasr (Alberta provincial apiculturist), Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada (North Carolina State University), and Anthony Jadczak (Maine State Apiarist).
October 13, 2010
Election of Officers for 2011
Speaker: EAS Master Beekeeper and Maine State Beekeepers President, Erin MacGregor-Forbes will be giving an update on her SARE grant and a talk on how and why to raise a few queens in your own bee yard.
September 8, 2010
Rick Cooper will speak about Fall Management and the EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) meeting in North Carolina that was held in August.