2014 FCBA Field Day Scheduled for April 26th


Here is a chance to peek into another member’s bee hives – Allen’s!

The Frederick County Beekeeping Association is planning its Beekeeping Class 2014 Field Day for April 26th (11am-2pm). Students as well as FCBA members are welcome to attend. Of course this is assuming we will have good weather on April 26th! If it turns nasty on that day (rainy, cold, windy), we’ll need to postpone the event. Should that happen, we will email you by 9AM on April 26th.

The field day will take place at Allen’s Apiary which is located at 10801 Powell Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788. The site is on the West side of RT 15 about 9 1/2 miles north of Frederick. See map below.

Here is the program:

  1. Potluck picnic
  2. Review of the use of a smoker
  3. Opening hives and ‘reading frames’ (this is all hands-on, so be prepared to get close to smoke and bees)
  4. Discuss strategies for feeding, swarm control, pest and disease management discussion

For the Picnic, we will have a barbecue. The FCBA will be providing general supplies including hamburgers and hot dogs, beverages and condiments. Please bring a dish to share. Suggestions are desserts, summer salads and appetizers.

Also, please bring your own chair if you need one.

You are welcome to bring your family members, team members, children and friends.

Anyone (including guests) who wants to participate in the hive inspection must have a veil and gloves. This is important. You will not be able to participate within the bee area without a veil and gloves. The bees will probably be docile as they usually are, but wearing protective clothing is considered a best practice.

If you want to practice lighting your smoker, please bring your smoker, fuel, matches and a hive tool.

– Rose




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