October 10 BBQ at the Raleigh Police Club

The October 10  meeting of the Wake County Beekeepers Association is a BBQ. Master Pig Cooker Ricky Barbour is cooking the pig and you are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. At the October meeting, we will celebrate our 40th year as a club! The club is raffling a top bar beehive, handmade by Charlie Gaul; tickets may be purchased at the meeting. The address of the Raleigh Police Club is 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh).  Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh.  Be sure to wear your nametag!

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September 12 Meeting at the Police Club

The September monthly meeting will be held at the Raleigh Police Club.  Justin Wahrenburg of Cluck and Hive Apiary will share lots of information about the 100th year State Beekeepers Conference.  Bring your questions as there will be a Q & A session afterwards.  The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30. The Raleigh Police Club, site of the 2017 Beginner Bee School, is located at 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale NC (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh.)  Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh. Just for fun, wear a Bug Fest t-shirt, if you have one.

The next “Hands on in the Hive with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley” is Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 pm.  (That is the 3rd Sunday of September.) The beehives are located near the demonstration cotton field near the back of the Historic Oak View park.  All are welcome.

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August 8 Monthly Meeting at the Police Club

Please plan to join us on August 8 at the Raleigh Police Club as Master Craftsman Beekeeper Danny Jaynes presents a program on “Preparing entries for the NC State Fair”.  You will learn fascinating things about all the products of the hive.  The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30.  The Raleigh Police Club, site of the 2017 Beginner Bee School is located at 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale NC (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh.)  Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh.  Click on Calendar for a map.

Please note the next 3 meetings will be at the Police Club, since our regular room is not available.  If you pre-ordered a NCSBA Cookbook, please plan to pick it up at the August 8 meeting.

We are looking for volunteers for Bug Fest on Saturday, September 16 in downtown Raleigh.  There are three shifts to select from.  Each volunteer gets a t-shirt and a fun day discussing beekeeping. Below is a link to sign up.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448a4ac2ea3fe3-2017

We are also looking for volunteers for August 19 Honey Bee Day at the State Farmer’s Market.

August 20 is the next “Hands on in the Hive” with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley, starting 1:00 pm.

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July 11 Monthly Meeting

Plan to attend the July 11 meeting of the Wake County Beekeepers Association.  Master Beekeeper and NCSBA Historian Charles Heatherly will present “100th Anniversary of the NC State Beekeepers Association”. We can learn from the past to make the future better. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 in the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya  Drive, Raleigh.

The next “Hands on in the Hive with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley is Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 pm.  (That is the 3rd Sunday of July.) The beehives are located near the demonstration cotton field near the back of the park.  All are welcome.  The practical test for the Certified Beekeeper will be available for anyone who wants to take it.  Please remember, to become a Certified Beekeeper, you must be a member of the NCSBA, pass a written test and the practical test.  You need to have four months beekeeping experience before taking the practical test.  Our club offers the practical test monthly during March – September, weather permitting.  The written test is given upon request made to Susan Benton, Secretary WCBA.

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June 13 Monthly Meeting

“Extracting Honey” is the topic of our June 13 monthly meeting.  Club President Mike Childers is looking for some members to bring a frame(s) of capped honey to be extracted.  If you can bring some frames, please contact Mike at   The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 in the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.

WCBA is conducting an essay contest.  The winner will represent our club at the summer meeting of the Eastern Apiculture Society, July 31 – August 4 in Newark, Delaware and make a presentation at a subsequent club meeting. This essay should outline your future outlook for beekeeping, your goals, and your plan to give back to the beekeeping community.  You may enter an essay and a small video, if you wish.  Please make your entry to by our June 13 meeting.

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May 21 “Hands on in the Hive”

Make plans to attend Sunday’s “Hands-on in the Bee Yard” at 1:00 pm with Ben Crawley.  We meet at the Historic Oak View Park, Carya Drive, near the demonstration cotton field.  The practical instruction and exam for the Certified Beekeeper will be offered starting at 1:00.  The written exam will be offered at 4:00 if requested (please e-mail to make arrangements for the written test.)

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May 9 Monthly Meeting at Commons Building

Join the Wake County Beekeepers Association on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 for our monthly meeting at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.  Leigh Katherine Bonner of Bee Downtown will speak about her efforts to return honeybees to urban areas.  If you want to enter the essay contest to win a trip to the NCSBA summer meeting, please bring your typed essay to the meeting (Your one-page essay is about your passion for beekeeping and your ability to make a presentation about the summer meeting.)  The essays will be judged and a winner announced at the meeting.  The gathering begins at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30.  Come with your questions and bring a friend.

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Essay Contest with May 9 deadline

Can you write about your beekeeping experience?  Are you interested in attending the NCSBA Summer Conference in Winston Salem and reporting back to the club?  If yes, please prepare a one page essay about your passion for beekeeping to enter the contest.  The winner will receive a free trip to the summer NCSBA meeting July 13-15, 2017.  The deadline for entering the contest is the next meeting, May 9, 2017.  Please type your essay and include your capacity to report back to the club.

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April 11 Monthly Meeting

Join the Wake County Beekeepers Association on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 for our monthly meeting at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.  Board Member Ricky Barbour will teach “Making Mead”.  After the presentation, a panel of experienced beekeepers will answer questions.  (The honey extraction demonstration has been postponed until July 11.)  The gathering begins at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30.  Come with your questions and bring a friend.

The club is accepting pre-orders for the NCSBA’s Centennial Cooking-With-Honey Cookbook through April 30.  The price is $20.  All 300 recipes have honey as an ingredient. If you would like to pre-order one, please bring your check, (payable to WCBA), your information, noting how many you want to order to the April meeting.   Our club will get the books in July and distribute them at the August meeting. The NCSBA will donate all profits to the NC Agricultural Foundation and will directly benefit the Apiculture program at NCSU.  

The next “Hands-on in the Bee Yard” is April 23 at 1:00 pm.  We meet at the Historic Oak View Park, Carya Drive, near the demonstration cotton field.

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March 26 Hands-on in the bee yard

The first hands-on in the bee yard of 2017, scheduled for March 19, has been postponed to March 26 due to the cold weather.  The activity begins at 1 pm.  Bee School participants may complete the instruction and practical test.  However anyone interested in learning how to handle honey bees is invited to attend.  The gathering begins in the parking lot near the Historic Oak Park Visitors Center (overflow parking near the Commons Building at the Wake County Office Park).  This event is weather dependent, so if it is too cold, it may be postponed.  Please check the website for changes. Other scheduled dates are April 23, May 21, June 25, July 16, August 20, and September 17.

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