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The Beekeepers' Guild of Southeast Virginia meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322.(click here for directions).

Meetings are very informal, lasting 1½ to 2 hours. They consist of an educational program followed by a refreshment break and a business meeting open to the public. Our members hail from the Eastern Shore to Emporia, Moyock to Williamsburg. They are beginning beekeepers and experienced beekeeping mentors ready to assist anyone wishing to get started in beekeeping.

Please join us for socializing and the meeting whether you currently keep bees or not. Everybody is welcome!


2017 Calendar:

January 9, 2017 - Backyard Queen Rearing. Presented by Dennis Heidenthal. CANCELED DUE TO SNOW - WILL RESCHEDULE FOR A LATER DATE.

Saturdays, February 11, 18 & 25, 2017 - Beekeepers Introductory Course at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA).

February 13, 2017 - Making Splits for Swarm Control and Colony Increases. Presented by Charity Mack.

March 13, 2017 - Honey Bee Swarms.  Presented by Buddy Hoggard


2016 Calendar:

January 11, 2016 - History of Bees in Virginia.  Presented by Bob Wellemyer, Virginia Regional Apiary Inspector.

February 8, 2016 - Sensing and Sensibility of Apis mellifera Presented by Dr. Russell Vreeland.

March 14, 2016 - Making Splits for Swarm Control and Colony Increases Part I.  Presented by Dennis Heidenthal.  Hands-on process in the bee yard - Part II to be announced at a later date.

April 11, 2016 - Capturing Swarms.  Presented by Buddy Hoggard.

May 9, 2016 - Bees, Honey, and a Little Medicine.  Presented by Dr. George Hoerr.

June 13, 2016 - Varroa Mite IPM.  Presented by Andy Westrich.

IN LIEU OF JULY MEETING:  Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic & Honey Extracting PartyDeep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street,  Chesapeake, VA 23323

August 8, 2016 - Bee Forage Plants for Hot and Cold Weather.  Presented by Mike Andruczyk.

September 12, 2016 - The Physiology of Winter Bees.  Presented by Cheryl Brown.

October 10, 2016 - Growing Degree Days for Beekeepers. Presented by Keith Tignor, Virginia State Apiarist

November 14, 2016 - Beekeeping Jeopardy - A team challenge of beekeeping knowledge.

IN LIEU OF DECEMBER MEETING: December 12, 2016 - Holiday Social at Black Pelican1625 Ring Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320


2015 Calendar:

January 12, 2015 - What's in Honey.  Presented by Bill Gregory

February 9, 2015 - Hobbyist Queens using Double Screens.  Presented by Jerry Borger, New River Valley Beekeepers Association.

Saturdays, February 14, 21 & March 7, 2015 - Beekeepers Introductory Course at Virginia Wesleyan College.

March 9, 2015 - Splitting Colonies for Swarm Control and Increases.  Presented by Dave Kvello.

April 13, 2015 - Do-it-yourself Nematode Rearing for Small Hive Beetle Control.  Presented by Pam Fisher.  Whoops, family medical emergency.  Will reschedule for a later date.

May 11, 2015 - Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Control.  Presented by Keith Tignor, Virginia State Apiarist.

June 8, 2015 - Do-it-Yourself Nematode Rearing for Small Hive Beetle Control.  Presented by Pam Fisher.

IN LIEU OF JULY MEETING:  Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic & Honey Extracting PartyDeep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street,  Chesapeake, VA 23323

August 11, 2015 - Good Neighbor Beekeeping.  Presented by Nick Delphia.

September 14, 2015 - Winter Bees.  Presented by Adolphus Leonard, North Carolina Apiary Inspector.

October 12, 2015 - Making Mead (honey wine).  Presented by Dr. Phil Rock, Batten Professor of Biology, Virginia Wesleyan College.

November 9, 2015 - Beekeeping Myths and Half-truths.  Presented by Rick & Pam Fisher.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Free Beeswax Working Workshop.

IN LIEU OF DECEMBER MEETING: December 14, 2015 - Holiday Social at Pop's Diner, 1432 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320


2014 Calendar:

January 13, 2014 - Honey Bee Pheromones.  Presented by Bill Gregory.  This meeting will be held at 6:30 PM in the meeting room of the Greenbrier Library located at 1214 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Saturdays, February 8, 15 & 22, 2014 - Beekeepers Introductory Course at Virginia Wesleyan College.

February 10, 2014: SARE grant research report on pesticide contamination of beeswax cappings.  Presented by Elizabeth LeGall.

March 10, 2013:  Swarm Prevention.  Presented by Dave Kvello.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Open Hive Demo and Graduation Luncheon at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23455

April 12, 2014 - Africanized Bees.  Presented by Rick Kennerly

May 12, 2014 - Record-keeping for Beekeepers. Presented by Donna Rae Barrow

June 9, 2014 - Pest Management. Presented by Keith Tignor, Virginia State Apiarist

IN LIEU OF JULY MEETING:  Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic & Honey Extracting PartyDeep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street,  Chesapeake, VA 23323

August 11, 2014 - Removing Bees from Structures. Presented by Lucky & Amy Streich

September 8, 2014 - Honey Bee Nutrition. Presented by Dr. Russell Vreeland

October 13, 2014 - History of Beekeeping by Dr. Dan Margolies

November 10, 2014 - Encaustic (Beeswax) Painting by Pat Eisen

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Free Swarm Bucket & Bee Vacuum Workshop

IN LIEU OF DECEMBER MEETING: December 8, 2014 - Holiday Social at Pop's Diner, 1432 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320


2013 Calendar:

January 14, 2013 - Africanized Bees.  Presented by Rick Kennerly Whoops, down with the flu!
What's happening now in your hives, including emergency feeding and the effects of 70-degree winter weather.
 
February 11, 2013 - Pollination Services and Commercial Beekeeping.  Presented by Bob Wellemeyer, Apiary Inspector
 
Saturdays, February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013 - Beginning Beekeeping Class at Virginia Wesleyan College.
 
March 11, 2013 - Making Splits for Swarm Prevention.  Presented by Andy Westrich
 
April 8, 2013 - Swarm Capture and Trap-Outs.  Presented by Dennis Heidenthal

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Open Hive Demo and Graduation Luncheon at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23455

May 13, 2013 - Beekeeping and Mosquito Control.  Presented by Joe Simmons, Director, Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission
 
Saturday, May 18,2013 - Bee Vacuum & Swarm Bucket Workshop.  Presented by Dave Kvello at the Chesapeake Ag. Trailer, Intersection of Shea Dr. & Holt Dr., Chesapeake, VA  23322
 
June 10, 2013 - Honey Handling and Labeling.  Presented by Sarah Dunn, VDACS - Food Safety Specialist, Senior
 
IN LIEU OF JULY MEETING:  Saturday, July 13, 2013 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic & Honey Extracting PartyDeep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street,  Chesapeake, VA 23323
 
August 12, 2013 - IPM for Varroa Control. Presented by Barbra Hickey.
 
Thursdays, August 22, 29 and September 5, 2013 - Beginning Beekeeping Class at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
 
September 9, 2013 - Fall Colony Management.  Presented by Adolphus Leonard, North Carolina Apiary Inspector.
 
October 14, 2013 - HoneyBeeNet Scale Hive Program.  Presented by Wayne Esaias, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
 
November 11, 2013 - Longbox Bee Hives, the Langstroth Alternative.  Presented by John Adams, author of The Success of the Longbox Bee Hive in America.

December 9,  2013 - Holiday Social at Kelly's Tavern, 136 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320


2012 Calendar:

January 9, 2012 - Consider the Ultraviolet: What Bees See and Why It Matters.  Presented by Dr. Lisa Horth, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University.   This meeting will be held at the Chesapeake Central Library located at 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Saturdays, February 11, 18 & 25, 2012 - Beginning Beekeeping Class at Virginia Wesleyan College.

February13, 2012 - Making Splits For Swarm Control & Colony Increases.  Presented by Rick & Pam Fisher

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - Honey Workshop.  Presented by Dr. Rick Fell and Keith Tignor.  HRAREC, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

March 12, 2012 - Free Bees!  Bait Hives and Swarm Capture.  Presented by Phil Barfield

April 9, 2012 - Bee Anatomy.  Presented by Bill Gregory

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - Open Hive Demo and Graduation Luncheon at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23455

May 14, 2012 - Beekeeping & Mosquito Control. Presented by Joe Simmons, Director, Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission and Beekeeping Equipment:  The Good, the Bad & the Unknown - A Consumer's Report round-table discussion.

June 11, 2012 - Honey Handling & Labeling.  Presented by Keith Jordan, Food Safety Specialist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Mist Wand Construction.  Presented by Andy Westrich

July 9, 2012 - IPM for Varroa Control.  Presented by Pete Ostrowski, President of the Colonial Beekeepers Association.

    Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic & Honey Extracting PartyDeep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street,  Chesapeake, VA 23323

    August 13, 2012 - Top Bar Hives.  Presented by Dr. Wyatt Mangum, University of Mary Washington.  This meeting will be held in the Science Auditorium of Blocker Hall on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College located at 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502. Upon entering the campus, stop at the guardhouse and tell the guard that you are attending the beekeeping meeting. Drive past the guardhouse, take a right and then your second right to park in the Blocker Hall parking lot.  Blocker Hall has a glass atrium over the entrance.  The auditorium is at the rear of the building.

    September 10, 2012 - Fall Management/ The Beekeepers New Year.  Presented by Dave Kvello.

    October 8, 2012 - Winter Blooming Plants.  Presented by Mike Andruczyk, Chesapeake Horticultural Extension Agent.

    November 12, 2012 - Bee Vacuum Construction.  Presented by Andy Westrich

    December 10, 2012 - Holiday Social at Lillian's Restaurant, 1312 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake VA 23323.


    2011 Calendar:

    January 10, 2011 - Making Mead (Honey Wine).  Presented by Dr. Phil Rock of Virginia Wesleyan College.  This meeting will be held at the Agricultural Trailer located at the intersection of Holt Dr. & Shea Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322.

    Saturday, January 15, 2011 - Woodenware Assembly Workshop at the Chesapeake Agricultural Trailer.

    Saturdays, February 5, 12 &19, 2011 - Beginning Beekeeping Class at Virginia Wesleyan College.

    February 14, 2011 - Backyard Queen Rearing.  Presented by Mike Carney of Carney Queens & Honey Farm, LLC.

    March 14, 2011 - Good Neighbor Beekeeping.  Presented by Nick Delphia

    Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Open Hive Demo and Graduation Luncheon at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23455

    April 11, 2011 - Making Splits for Swarm Control and Colony Increases.  Presented by John Richmond

    Saturday, April 30, 2011 - Honey Bee Workshop presented by Dr. Rick Fell & Keith Tignor. Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Dr., Norfolk, VA 23502.

    May 9, 2011 - Heat & Water: Beekeeping and the Chicken (Basic Thermotics of the Hive)  Presented by John Richmond

    June 13, 2011 - Guess Who's Coming For Dinner? (Wax Moth Biology & Control).  Presented by Elizabeth LeGall

    July 18, 2011 - An IPM Approach to Varroa Mite Control.  Presented by Rick & Pam Fisher

    Saturday, July 23, 2011 - EXTRACTAGANZA!   Summer Picnic and Honey Extracting Party.  Deep Creek Ruritan Club, 200 Luray Street Chesapeake, VA 23323.

    August 8, 2011 - Preparing Honey for Market and Competition.  Presented by Robert Gibson, Superintendent, Open Honey Competition, State Fair of Virginia.

    September 12, 2011 - Fall Colony Management.  Presented by Keith Tignor, Virginia State Apiarist.

    October 10, 2011 - Selecting Alternate Bee Yards.  Presented by Andy Westrich

    November 14, 2011 - Bee Stings and the Beekeeper.  Presented by Terry Zablocki

    December 12, 2011 - Holiday Social at Lillian's Restaurant, 1312 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake VA 23323.


    2010 Calendar:  

    January 11, 2010 - Beekeeping Equipment:  The Good, the Bad & the Unknown - A Consumer's Report.

    February 8, 2010 - Late Winter Colony Management - Surviving The Winter & Getting Ready For Spring.

    March 8, 2010 - Making Splits For Swarm Control & Colony Increases.  Presented by Rick & Pam Fisher

    April 12, 2010 - Swarm Capture and Woodenware Workshop.

    May 10, 2010 - Trap-outs and Honey Bee Removal From Structures. Presented by Andy Westrich

    June 14, 2010 - Honey Bee Plants For Your Landscape. Presented by Mike Andruczyk, Chesapeake Horticultural Extension Agent

    Saturday, July 10, 2010 - Extractaganza!  Summer Picnic and Honey Extracting Party 

    July 12, 2010 - Questions & Answers - Bring your beekeeping questions for group discussion. 

    August, 9, 2010 - Fall Colony Management.  Presented by Pete Ostrowski, President of the Colonial Beekeepers Association

    September 13, 2010 - Reducing Stresses in Honey Bees. Presented by Ann Harman, Author, Editor, Master Beekeeper and World-traveler

    October 11, 2010 - Winterizing the Honey Bee Colony.  Free mouse guards will be available.

    November 8, 2010  - Working with Beeswax.  Presented by Pam Fisher. Room 1, Chesapeake Central Library

    December 13,  2010 - Holiday Social at Kelly's Tavern, 136 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320 


    2009 Calendar:

    August 17, 2009 - The Cycles of Beekeeping:  Your management decisions one season impact your success the following season. Presented by Ken Carmody.

    September 28, 2009 - Small Hive Beetle Biology & Control. Presented by Keith Tignor, Virginia State Apiarist.

    October 26, 2009 - Club Nuc Program:  How four beekeepers produced over 60 nucleus hives for local beekeepers. Presented by Pete Ostrowski & Andy Westrich.

    November 23, 2009 - Top Bar Hives, The Langstroth Alternative. Presented by Chris Harker.

    December 14, 2009 - Holiday Social at The Grate Steak, Norfolk, VA

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