Medina Beekeepers:Current events

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2015 June 1 - Deadline to register your Apiary

/non-MCBA event

June 1 is the annual deadline to register your apiary with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Registration costs $5 per apiary. The proceeds from registration go to fund the inspection program.

If you have registered before, you should have received a renewal form in the mail. If not, you can download a copy of the form here.


2015 __ - OSBA Summer meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2015 June 15 - MCBA Mandatory Sellers' Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 7 pm

All members planning to sell honey or any hive product at the Fair are required to attend this mandatory seller's meeting. We will have a table set up for this meeting in the beeyard. We will set a date (TBD) for one additional date for those who are out of town on June 15. You must attend one of these mandatory meetings in order to sell. No exceptions.

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2015 June 15 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic-how are your bees growing? The Beginner half-hour will be in the bee yard this month.

7:00 Instead of having a main speaker, this will be a field evening in the bee yard and plant exchange with bees and pollinator plants with Denise Ellsworth
(Denise and/or Kim inside if it rains)

Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one.
Please label your plant with its variety and how tall it gets or spreads so we know where to plant it in our flower beds. Bring a plant that the pollinators love!

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2015 July 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Preparation for the Fair
We will be doing a thorough clean-up of the booth, organize the sales and display areas, hang up posters and beekeeping information, etc. Please bring cleaning products to the meeting - brooms, pails, paper towels, rags, etc.

Beginner Class
For the newcomers to the club, we will have you set up in a separate section to learn the fair booth procedures for selling, explaining the observation hive, and candle rolling instructions.

Pizza and soda will be served.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds (710 West Smith Rd in Medina - the entrance is across from the corner of W. Smith Road and S. State Road)


2015 date tbd - Deadline for entries to the Fair

non-MCBA event

tbd, 4:00 pm

If you are entering honey, remember to sign up for all the honey categories, white, light amber, or dark amber, as you may not know what color your honey will be if you have not already extracted and bottled it. You may view all the entries, rules and enter on-line this year at www.medina-fair.com.

Location: Medina County Fairgrounds Main Office


2015 Aug 2 - Fair set-up

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Set up your entries for the Medina County Fair and bring your honey and hive products for sale. All entries must be in on-time and in compliance with the Fair's rules. Please have all your honey and hive products in by 5 so we can get them properly tagged and inventoried. The building closes at 6:00 pm.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds

Please note: The drop off hours for entering your honey/wax/baked goods into the Fair is noon – 4:00 pm at the Fairgrounds Main Office


2015 Aug 3-9 - Medina County Fair

joint event
joint event

Monday - Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Buy and sell honey, candles and other bee products. Watch the bees in the Observation Hive. Roll a candle. Learn about bees and beekeepers, their lives and equipment. Sample all the great honeys produced in our area. Taste the difference.

Then go to see the rest of the Fair.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds


2015 Aug 9 - Fair tear-down

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Tear-down and clean-up from the Fair. Pick up your entries and any unsold honey.

Dismissal time for your entries and our display is from 6 PM – 9 PM on Sunday, August 8th. Entries not picked up by 9 PM Sunday, will be donated to the Medina Co. Fair Board Auction for fund raising, unless previous arrangements are made with the Medina Co. Beekeeper’s President. No exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: Building 5 in the ections Medina County Fairgrounds


2015 Aug 10-15 - EAS 2015

non-MCBA event

The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference and Short Course will be hosted this year by the University of Guelph at Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Read more at [1]

Location: University of Guelph at Guelph, Ontario, Canada


2015 August 17 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dark

Details - we are starting the picnic later this year to see if this fits more schedules... Come anytime after 4 pm and we will eat at 6 pm.

Contact Kathy Summers for food selections and assignments.

Location: tbd Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2015 September 21 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Jerry Hayes, Monsanto, RNAi and Varroa control, or Phil Craft, TBD

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2015 October 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Dave Duncan and Ellen Harnish – Lotions and potions and soap, oh my!

Also in October, we need nominations for the Club's officers. All officers (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer) and one of the three Directors are up for grabs. See the bylaws for a description of the duties of the respective officers. If you'd like to give back to the club, this is a great opportunity.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 October 24-25 - The Four Pillars of Honey Bee Management

non-MCBA event

Sat & Sun, times tba

The Four Pillars of Honey Bee Management are Nutrition, Honey, Varroa and Winter.
Nutrition has become the least understood aspect of producing healthy bees. Fix that here. Randy Oliver will discuss every aspect of honey bee nutrition from best diets, how, when and how much to feed, feeding in preparation for pollination events, wintering, dearth and everything in between.
Then follow Jim Tew's arctic, and not-so-arctic adventures in wintering. Everything from as far north as you can get to moving bees south for a kinder, gentler winter. Refresh your Winter biology, then get better at wrapping, moving, feeding, treating and all you need to know to get bees from Fall to Spring.
Listen in as John Miller and a select group of commercial beekeepers who are in the business of serious honey production share their secrets, their skills and even their mistakes so that they consistently make as much honey as their bees can, every year. And now so will you.
Finally, Pillar Four. Varroa. Listen and learn Varroa biology, but most importantly, Varroa control from Dennis vanEngelsdorp. Get every detail on every Varroa treatment. How, when, why, where. Varroa control chemistry needs to be perfectly understood to avoid, or reduce wax issues, and IPM Varroa controls need to be understood and used as much as and as effectively as possible.

Space is expected to be limited. For details, see BeeCulture.com.

Location: The BeeCulture Conference Center at A.I. Root Co. (our regular meeting room)


2015 October 31 - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

Plain City, Ohio

Guest Speaker line-up includes Dr. Thomas Seeley, Kent Williams, and Dr. Reed Johnson.

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2015 November 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting & Honey Harvest Analysis

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Beekeeper Panel

Also during the November meeting,

  1. We will vote on the club's officers for the next year.
  2. We will conduct our annual Honey Harvest analysis. Bring your notes about how many hives and how much honey you pulled off in the past year. We will look for trends by area and over time. Remember that we track new and established colonies separately.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 December 21 - MCBA Holiday Party (tentative)

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 pm

Speaker and topic tbd

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2016 MCBA Beginner Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

The class will cover basic honey bee biology, getting started with honey bees, all the equipment you will need, fundamental management skills, harvesting your crop and preparing for winter. Students will be advised on kinds of equipment to purchase, where to get bees and how to handle problems.

The class dates and the specific syllabus for each day has not yet been confirmed but we typically cover 15 hours of classroom instruction plus field days at the Club’s apiary.

Our lead instructor is Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of Backyard Beekeeping and A Honey Handbook. Several members of the Medina Association will also be assisting with the classes.

Cost for the class is $<tbd> per family. In addition to the class tuition, students receive a copy of Kim's Beginner’s Book (a $30 value), a 1 year membership in the Medina County Beekeepers Association (a $20 value), and a variety of magazines and catalogs from the beekeeping industry.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


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