2018 REGULAR & SPECIAL MEETING DATES AND PROGRAMS
ANNUAL GUEST SPEAKER EVENT
FEBRUARY 2nd & 3rd, 2018
OLDE DOMINION AGRICULTURAL COMPLEX
19783 US-29, Chatham, VA 24531
ALL TICKETS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED AND PAID IN ADVANCE
AS IN YEARS PAST, THIS VERY SPECIAL
PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING THREE WAYS:
1. JUST THE FRIDAY EVENING DINNER AND PROGRAMS
2. BOTH FRIDAY EVENING AND SATURDAY DAYTIME PROGRAMS
3. JUST THE SATURDAY DAYTIME PROGRAMS
Please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to purchase tickets to these events through the following PayPal links.
USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO PURCHASE JUST THE FRIDAY EVENING DINNER AND SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER PROGRAMS:
USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO PURCHASE BOTH THE FRIDAY EVENING DINNER AND PROGRAMS PLUS THE SATURDAY DAYTIME SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER PROGRAMS:
USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO PURCHASE JUST THE SATURDAY SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER PROGRAMS:
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER EVENT PROGRAM DETAILS
Practical Back-Yard Beekeeping
Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3, 2018
For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers
DEBBIE DELANEY FEATURED SPEAKER - INSTRUCTOR
Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2018 - $35
6:00 PM Friday Evening we will sponsor a special "BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM" starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!
Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs entitled "Bees in Trees" and "Coal Mining To Bee Keeping" to be followed by audience Q's and A's. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To Register: See above links.
SATURDAY February 3, 2018 - $60
8:30 AM CHECK IN AND AT-DOOR REGISTRATION
Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit * Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks. Topics: Sustainability of Honey Bees, Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing.
4:00 PM The program will come to an end with plenty of Q and A time.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To Register: See above links.
AREA HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS
We have blocked 20 rooms for February 2, 2018 at the Camber Inn, 200 McBride Lane, Gretna, Va., which is located 5 miles North of the Old Dominion Ag Complex.
The rate is $109 (plus taxes) per night, but if we get at least 10 bookings the rate will drop to $89 (plus taxes) per night. Just call 434-656-9000 and identify your reservation for the Beekeepers Group.
Other vicinity motels are the Comfort Inns in Alta Vista Ph: 434-369-3000
& in Danville Ph: 434-793-2000
Dr. Debbie Delaney Biography
Dr. Delaney is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society, Apiculture and Pollination Ecology and Aquatic Entomology.
Debbie has 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees and maintains between 25 and 60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. She is also proud to say she was a beekeeper before she became a scientist and ran a small honey business. Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her career achievements on many subjects relating to honey bees. We are fortunate to have Dr. Delaney include our two-day symposium in her busy schedule.
OUR NEXT REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 12th, 2018 AT 7:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING LOCATION
Happy New Year one and all! We hope everyone, and especially our bees, are making it through this extended cold snap... that most of us are not enjoying. So, with the onset of the New Year it’s time to get back to our beekeeping chore of trying to do the right things at the right time. Our program for January 12 is exactly on that point. We are finally seeing temperatures on the horizon looking to climb into the 50’s, hopefully by the time of our meeting and the following week, so our program will focus on getting into our hives and what we should be seeing and doing to get 2018 kick started.
If you’re a newer beekeeper, you may want to just see if your bees are still alive. This is accomplished by both looking to see if they are flying in and out well, and also - when it is at least 50 degrees - by briefly popping off the top and inter covers and looking quickly at the brood frames to see if your bees are still alive. This way you will know if you need to order new bees or pay extra close attention to the January 12th program to see what to do next when the temperature is again 50 degrees.
Refreshments: Keith Ellis & Cindy Overby
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING CLASS
FEBRUARY 16th, 2018 AT 7:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING LOCATION
The Halifax County Beekeepers Association is conducting an Introduction To Beekeeping class at 7:00 PM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Sentara Halifax Hospital Leggett Auditorium. This class is designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about beekeeping. A follow up workshop to build hive equipment will be scheduled in early March for those attendees expressing interest to become start-up beekeepers in 2018. A registration fee of $5.00 per person will be charged for the class.
OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD
ON THE SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 PM, AT:
SENTARA HALIFAX REGIONAL HOSPITAL
2204 WILBORN AVENUE, SOUTH BOSTON, VA, USA