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September 2012

Sep 6

Latshaw Apiaries 2012 Instrumental Insemination Three Day Course

Thursday 09/6/2012 - 09/8/2012
Applications will be accepted April 1st through June 1st for the fourth annual instrumental insemination course taught by Dr. Joseph Latshaw. The course will be held September 6-8, 2012, in central Ohio. This course is designed to help individuals learn the science of instrumental insemination and the art of perfecting this valuable technique. The course is limited to six participants to maximize the benefits of a small group setting. Ample opportunities for individualized instruction and plenty of practice will be provided.
Dr. Latshaw has over 25 years of beekeeping experience and specializes in the design and production of instrumental insemination equipment. Dr. Latshaw?s insemination skills and his extensive background in honey bee genetics have allowed him to significantly contribute to the beekeeping community by providing exceptional breeder stock to commercial queen and honey producers across the United States.
Dr. Latshaw has hundreds of hours of teaching experience, and he is a frequently sought after speaker. Join him for this great opportunity to learn the instrumental insemination technique. Applications are required. Please visit for additional information and an application. We look forward to working with you.

Sep 7


Friday 09/7/2012 - 09/9/2012
Philadelphia, PA, July 31, 2012 - The Philadelphia Honey Festival returns on September 7, 8, and 9 ? this time, sweeter than ever! This year?s festivities will span three days and take place at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Wyck Historic House & Garden and Bartram?s Garden. All three institutions are the organizing partners teamed up with the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild to bring you a fun-filled, sweet-tasting, educational weekend of honey-related activities and programs.

This year?s festival highlights include a Honey Happy Hour, talks by local artists and authors, appearances by Jessica Long, the Pennsylvania Honey Queen, beekeeping workshops, open hive talks with beekeepers, local honey tastings and sales, hands-on activities like beeswax candle making and seed bomb workshops, the Bee-A-Bee Pageant, prize raffles and more!

Speakers include Deb Delaney, Ph.D., prominent honey bee researcher from University of Delaware, who will speak on The Secret Lives of Bees: Feral Bees in Trees, Jimmy McMillan from Barry?s Home Brew, who will talk about brewing beer with honey, Matthew Shoemaker & Sarah Newhouse, Historical Society of Pennsylvania will describe 300 Years of the Philadelphia Honeybee, and many more!

The goal of the Philadelphia Honey Festival is to raise awareness about the importance of bees to our environment, the impact of local honey on our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening. All festival events are free and open to the public. In 2011, the Philadelphia Honey Festival was attended by just under 1,000 visitors and this year promises to be an even bigger success!

There will be something for everyone in the family at all three anchor sites!

Friday, September 7, 10am to 6pm at the Wagner Free Institute of Science (100 W. Montgomery Ave.).
Saturday, September 8, 10am to 4pm at Wyck Historic House and Garden (6026 Germantown Avenue)
Sunday, September 9, 10am to 4pm at Bartram?s Gardens (54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd.)

Complete Honey Festival Schedule below

Friday, September 7, 2012 ~ Events at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, 10 am to 6 pm
* Activities outside are weather permitting 10:00am - 12:00pm: The Buzz About Bees
A lesson for children about bees including open hive demonstrations, honey extractions, scavenger hunts, and hands-on activities, including seed bomb making with local artist Aaron Birk.
12:00pm - 2:30pm: Festivities in the museum & yard
Honey tastings and sales, vendors, prizes, honey comb ice cream samples from The Franklin Fountain, and hands-on activities, including wax candle making.
2:30pm - 4:00pm: Beekeeping 101
by Suzanne Matlock, Vice President of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
Are you interested in urban beekeeping? This workshop will cover beekeeping basics, building upon last year?s lesson, and include open hive demonstrations.
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Local Art & Author Talk
Local beekeeper Jim Bobb will discuss his collaboration with artist Hilary Berseth to create a honeycomb sculpture on display at Temple Contemporary in the Tyler School of Art; and local artist and author Aaron Birk will discuss his recently published graphic novel, The Pollinator?s Corridor.
5:00pm to 6:00pm: Honey Happy Hour
Back by popular demand! Sample mead from Stonekeep Meadery and beer made with honey from Prism Brewing

Sep 8

New Hampshire Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
"Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1-3:30 PM on Saturday, September 8, at 18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602. Look for the "BEE" sign on the south side of Walpole Valley Road. Topics of discussion will include treatment of nosema and mites, winter preparations, winter protein and carbohydrate supplements, and making beeswax hand creams. Bring a veil, if you have one, as we shall be opening some colonies. We'll be inside if it is a rainy day. Water and chair may also come in handy. Registration required. email: or call 603-756-9056."

Sep 21

West Virginia Beekeepers Fall Conference

West Virginia Beekeepers Fall Conference will be held Fri. and Sat., Sept.21-21 at Jackson?s Mill 4-H Center, Weston,WV. Main Presenter is Dr. Jamie Ellis. Contact: Susan Perkins, 304-368-0813 or

Sep 25

Connecticut -

September 25, Sue Coby on QUEENS!

Meetings are at 7:30 PM in the Norfield Congregational Church in the Community Room on Norfield Road in Weston, Connecticut. At 6:30 PM there is a NewBees meeting for beginning beekeepers and WannaBees youth group meeting.

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more. All events are free and open to the public. Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Speaker Schedule:
October 30, Nancy Rupert NC Dept of Ag on Honey Bee Nutrition
November 27, Heather Mattilla on Behavioral organization of foraging effort in colonies

Weekend Workshops:
Bee School March 5,12,19,26
Hands on Hive set up Sunday March 25