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Please bring your lawn chair, veil and smoker to all hive openings

Cancelled meetings due to weather may be rescheduled. Please check email or call 207 563-7564.

March 2017
Saturday March 18, 2017
Humble Abodes
363 Coopers Mills Rd, Windsor
www.humbleabodesinc.com
click here for directions

Humble Abodes Open House

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This is their annual open house. Pete Lammert and Jean Vose will be there to “talk bees”, answer questions about woodenware. They will also demonstrate installation of nucs and packages ~ without the bees!

Humble Abodes was founded in 1998 to manufacture high quality Eastern Pine beehives and frames. They became a well-respected supplier of woodenware to large beekeepers, hobbyists, and dealers across New England and the East Coast. Maine’s vast supply of Eastern White Pine provided the wood needed to make easy to assemble, durable frames and high quality boxes.

In the summer of 2015, the assets of Humble Abodes were purchased by the Downeast Center for Beekeeping, LLC. The new owners, who also own and operate Betterbee in Greenwich NY, are dedicated to continuing the tradition of quality that Humble is known for.
April 2017
Saturday April 8, 2017
American Legion Hall Starr St, Thomaston click here for directions

Equipment Construction Workshop

Begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends when everything is put together

Peter Lammert will lead this workshop. You will learn how to put together all the parts of the hive your bees will need. This includes bottom boards, top covers, frames and hive bodies. Jean Vose will be there to assist and guide you. Questions about bees, beekeeping will also be answered while we put the equipment together.

There will be frame jigs available for use.
Please bring your hive parts, hammer and nails.

KLCB provides beverages and snack donations are welcomed.
Sunday April 16, 2017
Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield
207-549-5480
click here for directions

PICK UP AND INSTALLATION OF PACKAGE BEES

Pick up of packages – time to be determined

Dave Spicer will be returning with the bee packages from Georgia. He will let us know when he is arriving.

In the afternoon, if possible due to time constraints of the package delivery, Rick Cooper, Master Beekeeper, will be leading a package installation demonstration for all that wish to attend.

Bring your veil/protective equipment and lawn chair.
May 2017
Beginning Saturday May 13, 2017
2nd and 3rd Saturdays each month

Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield
207-549-5480
click here for directions



SPICER BEES OPEN HIVE SATURDAYS

Starting May 13, from 10:30am – noon (10:00 am in summer once temperatures warm up), the demonstration bee yard will be open. This is a great chance to learn and connect with other beekeepers, newbees and wannabees alike.

Bring your questions, even if you think they are silly and all will be answered in a respectful manner. We all had to learn from somebody and asked some very interesting questions.

These events are open to all (bring your veil or purchase one*) and are held every Saturday except once a month when the Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) hosts events.
Thursday May 18, 2017
Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield
207-549-5480
click here for directions

PICK UP OF PACKAGE BEES

Pick up of packages – time to be determined

Dave Spicer will be returning with the bee packages from Georgia. He will let us know when he is arriving.
Friday May 19, 2017 - Projected
Home of Jean Vose
147 Lower Cross Road, Nobleboro
207-563-7564
click here for directions

INSTALLATION OF PACKAGE BEES

10:30 a.m. begin topic presentation of Bee Installation followed by installation
Presenter: Jean Vose, Mentor


Jean will demonstrate techniques of package bee installation along with a demonstration on lighting the bee smoker. Our packages are coming from Georgia courtesy of Dave Spicer. Handouts on package installation and lighting your bee smoker will be available.

We'll wrap up with a question & answer time so bring your questions, Bring your veil/protective equipment and lawn chair. Beverage provided.
Saturday May 20, 2017
Home of Chris and Crystal Daggett
671 Pleasant Point Road, Cushing
Chris' cell #207 542 0339
Crystal's cell #207 354 6777
click here for directions

HOW TO USE, CHOOSE AND GIVE BEE MEDICATIONS

10:00 a.m. begin topic presentation of Bee Medications with demonstration of application process followed by hive opening. Handouts summarizing bee medications will be available.

Presenter: Chris Rogers, Master Beekeeper, Backwoods Bee Farm, Windham

This is our first outdoor meeting of the year. We'll also have our end-of-year business meeting. At this meeting, we talk about the proposed slate of officers for 2017-2018 and activities/events for the club. Please bring your ideas and suggestions.

Chris and Vanessa Rogers have been keeping bees since 2007. In April of 2013, they took over the beekeeping supply operations of Bees-N-Me. Backwoods Bee Farm is an authorized dealer for Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and a supplier of packages, nucs and queens. Chris is an EAS Master Beekeeper and takes joy in teaching beginning beekeepers.

Chris will provide a hands-on demonstration administering medications in the beehive. As part of the meeting, he will inspect the hives and demonstrate sugar and alcohol rolls to determine mite presence and levels.

Bring your veil/protective equipment, lawn chair, and bag lunch. As always, we'll wrap up with a question & answer time so bring your questions.
June 2017
Saturday June 17, 2017
Home of Jane Dunstan
Ridge Mist Llamas, Newcastle
207-586-6800
click here for directions

KLCB ANNUAL MEETING & POTLUCK BARBECUE MID-SEASON COLONY EVALUATION

10:00 a.m. begin with a short business meeting to elect officers followed by topic presentation, followed by hive opening
Presenter: Ken Warchol, Massachusetts Bee Inspector, Program Director for Worcester County Beekeepers

KLCB provides the burgers and dogs so bring your appetites, a dish for potluck, a hat and veil, a chair and BIG pail for llama poop for your garden!
Ken has agreed to visit with us again.
The hive opening will evaluate the colony at mid season. In this workshop, we will look at evaluating your queen by learning how to do bi weekly brood counts, evaluate mite levels and responding with appropriate treatments, and looking for abnormalities that could take the colony into a downward spiral.

Don’t forget to bring your questions, veil/protective equipment, lawn chair, family, and friends.
July 2017
Saturday July 15, 2017
Home of Zel Bowman-Laberge & Dan Keltonic
441 Main Street Thomaston
207-992-6336 click here for directions

FALL MANAGEMENT WITH MAINE STATE APIARIST

10:00 a.m. begin with topic presentation – Fall Management - followed by hive opening
Presenter: Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist & Bee Inspector


Jennifer will speak about Fall Management including Varroa treatments and preparing your bees for winter. She'll be opening hives and describing what he sees with recommendations. This is a great opportunity to welcome our new State Apiarist and have her get to know KLCB.

As always, we’ll share our lunches and talk bees so be sure to bring your lawn chair, veil/protective equipment and a bag lunch.
Sunday July 23, 2017
Brae Maple Farm,
233 North Union Road, Union
click here for directions

OPEN FARM DAY

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Come visit and volunteer at the KLCB table at Brae Maple Farm where we feature an observation hive, beekeeping equipment and lots of information about honeybees, pollinators and beekeeping. This is our 18th year at this event. Peter will have the smoker going so follow the smoke to find our tables.

Visit this working farm and see the Highland cattle, donkeys and market gardens.
Visit the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Demonstration gardens and the historic cobbler’s shed garden. There are many mini workshops throughout the day with talks about gardens, bees, heirloom plants and beekeeping. There are children's activities too.

To volunteer, please contact Peter Lammert at 691-2900 or 354-8000.
August 2017
Saturday August 19, 2017
Home of Joan Ray
270 Nobleboro Road, Bremen
207-441-1798 click here for directions

END OF SEASON WRAP UP

10:00 a.m. begin with topic presentation – Early Fall Look - followed by hive opening
Presenter: Dave Spicer, KLCB Past President, Vice President of Maine State Beekeepers Association.


The hive opening will focus on fall management based on what we learned last month with Jennifer Lund.

We will inspect for mites and demonstrate how to apply any needed miticide treatment; set up for fall flow and position brood and honey reserves in anticipation of winter.
We will also show how to set up the hive for winter with proper installation of the entrance reducer, mouse guard, insulated winter board, positioning of inner and outer covers and insulated hive wrap.

Please come ready to share your successes and challenges; let other members know what strategies have worked for you and what has been less than successful. This will be a great time for more experienced beekeepers to share with those folks approaching their first winter keeping bees.

Bring your veil/protective equipment, lawn chair, and bag lunch.
September 2017
Saturday September 9, 2017
Breakwater Vineyards Home of Jeanne & Bill Johnson 35 Ash Point Road, Owls Head www.breakwatervineyards
click here for directions

HONEY EXTRACTION WORKSHOP & MEAD TASTING

Begins 9:00 a.m.
Are you ready to reap your reward for the summer's efforts of you and your bees? You bring your supers of honey along with pails and covers and we'll help you do it.
There will be 2 extractors available with help and direction.

Don’t have any honey to extract? Come anyway to see how it’s done. The kids will love to turn the crank and watch the honey flow! Be sure to bring your lunch and lawn chair to enjoy the day.

ALL SUPERS OF HONEY MUST BE ON SITE BY 1:00 P.M. TO ASSURE AMPLE TIME FOR EXTRACTION.

The vineyards feature more than 3000 grapevines growing on the 32-acre farm overlooking scenic Rockland Harbor. There are 3 acres of grapes including nine different varietals. There are also some dairy goats and chickens.

At the end of the day, the Johnsons host “Bees Knees Mead Tasting” in the winery. Even if you don’t have honey to extract, you’re invited to come for the mead tasting event.
Thursday September 28, 2017
Union Fairgrounds
Union
www.knox-lincoln.org/conservation-fair
click here for directions

CONSERVATION FAIR

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Each fall Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District brings together exhibitors and presenters with students from Knox and Lincoln county schools for a day of exploring conservation topics, environmental issues, live animals and farming, music, and fun. The Conservation Fair, now in its 17thyear, is held annually on the last Thursday in September at the Union Fairgrounds, with even-numbered years reserved for early elementary students and odd-numbered years for middle school students.

KLCB has been a part of this fair since its beginning. This is an opportunity to teach our children about bees, beekeeping and other pollinators. We bring an observation hive with live bees along with a smoker and hive. Volunteers are welcome to come man the tables. Lunch and beverages provided by KLSWCD.

To volunteer, please contact Peter Lammert at 691-2900 or 354-8000.
October 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017
Oceanside High School
400 Broadway, Rockland
click here for directions

MAINE STATE BEEKEEPERS MEETING

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

KLCB is hosting this great annual event again this year. And we return to Rockland.

There are many opportunities to participate in this fun event. Volunteers will be needed for check in, setting up the raffles, answering questions, talking bees, managing the Black Jar Honey Contest table, welcoming folks and many other activities.

This meeting features major beekeeping speakers. Speakers for this year include Dr. James “Jim” Tew, Extension Bee Specialist at Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Jim is a regular columnist for Bee Culture Other speakers are TBD.

Last year more than 250 beekeepers from all over the state attended. An ever-popular event is the blind honey-tasting competition. Beekeepers from all over the state can enter a sample of their honey.

There are many beekeeping vendors selling beekeeping equipment and bee-themed gifts (clothing, etc.). This is the meeting when the Maine State Beekeeper of the Year is awarded.

And then there's the raffle of over 100 items – mostly bee related. If you pre-register, there is a free raffle ticket waiting for you at check in.



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