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    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • St. Peters Lutheran Church, 1530 Augsburg Drive, Hilltown Twp., Pa. 18927
    Register

    Mark your calendars and join us for our

    2024 Annual Picnic

    More info to come (E-mail and Newsletter}

    Feeling competitive? Enter our annual smoker contest !!! 


    Please note the new location

    St. Peters Lutheran Church

    1530 Augsburg Drive

    Hilltown Twp., Pa. 18927

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY BEEKEEPERS   SMOKER CONTEST 2024

                Smoker Contest will begin promptly at 1:00 PM and end at 3:30 PM

    NO modified smokers.    “Traditional” smokers only.   (Electric or any smoker with any modification to the air delivery system will not be accepted.) 

    Natural fuel only.  Any “manufactured” or “synthetic” fuel is not permitted. Wood pellets are acceptable as well as compressed paper products such as egg cartons.    REMEMBER…..if you wouldn’t use it to work your hives, it’s not natural!

    Entrants will start with an empty smoker.

    RULES

    At 1:00 PM,  judges will have all entrants pack their smokers.

    After packing you will have 3 minutes to light your smoker.

    After 3 minutes, judges  will call time and all entrants will walk away.

    Every 15 minutes for the first hour, the judges will pump the bellows three times.

    Any smoker not producing smoke will be turned on its side after the first hour.

    Every 30 minutes for the second hour, the judges will pump the bellows 3 times for the remaining smokers.

    Any smoker not producing smoke will be turned on its side after the second hour.

    After the final 30 minutes, the judges will pump the bellows 2 times for the remaining smokers.

    The last smoker producing smoke will be the winner.


    In the event that there are no smokers producing smoke prior to the end of the contest, the last smoker producing smoke will be the winner.

    In the event there are multiple smokers producing smoke at the end of 2 hours and 30 minutes,  names will be entered into a  drawing to determine the winner.

    GOOD LUCK!



    • 13 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed

    MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

    Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

    • 20 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Class #7 - Weather permitting we'll spend the first hour in the apiary

      • Yellow jacket and wasp invading the hives
      • Winter bees
      • Varroa mites and winter bees
      • Weak or failing queen
      • Merging weak hives before winter
      • Supplemental feeding



        • 22 Aug 2024
        • 7:00 PM
        • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

         All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person. No drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself or to share.

        Mini Presentation:


        Main Topic:



        • 10 Sep 2024
        • 7:00 PM
        • Zoom Meeting
        Registration is closed

        MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

        Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

        • 17 Sep 2024
        • 6:00 PM
        • Montgomery County 4-H Center

        Class #8 - Weather permitting we'll spend the first hour in the apiary

        • Winter prep
        • Feeding bees in winter
        • The winter cluster
        • Dead bees in winter
        • Mite counts and treatments
        • Getting ready for spring



            • 26 Sep 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

             All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person. No drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself or to share.

            Mini Presentation:


            Main Topic:



            • 28 Sep 2024
            • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
            • 4H Center, 1015 Bridge Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426
            Register

            Robert Brooks and Rich Steinbeiser present: 

            Mead making for beginners 

            In person class at the 4H club

            Together, we will discuss the theory, how to make a basic mead and do a hands on mead making with the instructors (only one demonstration).

            This includes everything from sanitizing our items, to assembling the primary fermentation, and precautions along the way.

            We will assemble a basic mead, and provide instructions on how to add your desired flavors in secondary fermentation, and show a bottling process once finished. 

            • 8 Oct 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Zoom Meeting
            Registration is closed

            MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

            Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

            • 24 Oct 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

             All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person. No drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself or to share.

            Mini Presentation:


            Main Topic:



            • 12 Nov 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Zoom Meeting
            Registration is closed

            MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

            Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

            • 10 Dec 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Zoom Meeting
            Registration is closed

            MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

            Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

            • 10 Dec 2024
            • 7:00 PM
            • Zoom Meeting
            Registration is closed

            MCBA members are invited to join our Board Meetings. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the meeting and closes 2 days prior.

            Once registered you will get an email 2 days prior with the link to the zoom meeting. 

          Past events

          16 Jul 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #6
          9 Jul 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          27 Jun 2024 General Meeting
          18 Jun 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #5
          11 Jun 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          4 Jun 2024 Bee Season preps for 2025 (Now what should I do?)
          23 May 2024 General Meeting
          21 May 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #4
          14 May 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          8 May 2024 Honey Bee life cycle development and nutrition
          25 Apr 2024 General Meeting
          16 Apr 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #3
          8 Apr 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          2 Apr 2024 Early Spring Management
          28 Mar 2024 General Meeting
          23 Mar 2024 MCBA General Members Wax Dipping
          19 Mar 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #2
          14 Mar 2024 Swarm Control
          12 Mar 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          7 Mar 2024 Winter to Spring Preparations
          22 Feb 2024 General Meeting
          20 Feb 2024 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #1
          13 Feb 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          25 Jan 2024 General Meeting
          9 Jan 2024 MCBA Board Meeting
          12 Dec 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          14 Nov 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          11 Nov 2023 MCBA 2023 Fall Banquet
          26 Oct 2023 General Meeting
          14 Oct 2023 MCBA General Members Wax Dipping
          10 Oct 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          28 Sep 2023 General Meeting
          12 Sep 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          5 Sep 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #8
          24 Aug 2023 General Meeting
          8 Aug 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          1 Aug 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #7
          29 Jul 2023 Annual Picnic
          18 Jul 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #6
          11 Jul 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          22 Jun 2023 General Meeting
          20 Jun 2023 Queen Basics/Rearing (not Queen Grafting)
          13 Jun 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          6 Jun 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #5
          25 May 2023 General Meeting
          18 May 2023 All About Nucs- CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
          9 May 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          2 May 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #4
          27 Apr 2023 General Meeting
          13 Apr 2023 2023 Queen Rearing and cell grafting class
          11 Apr 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          4 Apr 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #3
          3 Apr 2023 SWARM management (and how it ties closely with SPRING Management)
          23 Mar 2023 General Meeting
          14 Mar 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          11 Mar 2023 MCBA General Members Wax Dipping
          7 Mar 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #2
          2 Mar 2023 SPRING management (and how it ties closely with SWARM Management)
          23 Feb 2023 General Meeting
          13 Feb 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          7 Feb 2023 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #1
          26 Jan 2023 General Meeting
          10 Jan 2023 MCBA Board Meeting
          13 Dec 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          12 Nov 2022 MCBA 2022 Fall Banquet
          8 Nov 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          27 Oct 2022 General Meeting
          11 Oct 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          8 Oct 2022 MCBA Members Wax Dipping
          28 Sep 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #8
          22 Sep 2022 General Meeting
          20 Sep 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #8
          13 Sep 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          25 Aug 2022 General Meeting
          24 Aug 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #7
          16 Aug 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #7
          9 Aug 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          30 Jul 2022 Annual Picnic
          27 Jul 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #6
          19 Jul 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #6
          12 Jul 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          23 Jun 2022 General Meeting
          22 Jun 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #5
          21 Jun 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #5
          14 Jun 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          26 May 2022 General Meeting
          25 May 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #4
          17 May 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #4
          10 May 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          28 Apr 2022 General Meeting
          27 Apr 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #3
          19 Apr 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #3
          14 Apr 2022 Queen Rearing and cell grafting class
          12 Apr 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          2 Apr 2022 MCBA Members Wax Dipping
          26 Mar 2022 MCBA Beginer Class Wax Dipping
          24 Mar 2022 General Meeting
          23 Mar 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #2
          22 Mar 2022 Gamma Irradiation Program
          15 Mar 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #2
          8 Mar 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          24 Feb 2022 General Meeting
          23 Feb 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #1
          15 Feb 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #1
          8 Feb 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
          27 Jan 2022 General Meeting
          14 Dec 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          13 Nov 2021 MCBA 2021 Fall Banquet
          9 Nov 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          28 Oct 2021 General Meeting
          16 Oct 2021 Wax Dipping Event
          12 Oct 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          23 Sep 2021 General Meeting
          22 Sep 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #8
          21 Sep 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #8
          14 Sep 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          26 Aug 2021 General Meeting
          25 Aug 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #7
          17 Aug 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #7
          10 Aug 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          28 Jul 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #6
          20 Jul 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #6
          13 Jul 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          24 Jun 2021 General Meeting
          23 Jun 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #5
          22 Jun 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #5 - rescheduled to following week (6/22)
          8 Jun 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          27 May 2021 General Meeting
          26 May 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #4
          18 May 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #4
          11 May 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          1 May 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
          28 Apr 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #3
          22 Apr 2021 General Meeting
          20 Apr 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #3
          13 Apr 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          3 Apr 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
          3 Apr 2021 Making Hives and Splits
          27 Mar 2021 1st yr Class Wax Dipping
          25 Mar 2021 General Meeting
          24 Mar 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #2
          20 Mar 2021 Wax Dipping Event
          16 Mar 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #2
          9 Mar 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          25 Feb 2021 General Meeting
          24 Feb 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #1
          16 Feb 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #1
          9 Feb 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          28 Jan 2021 General Meeting
          12 Jan 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
          8 Dec 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
          10 Nov 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
          22 Oct 2020 General Meeting
          13 Oct 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
          24 Sep 2020 General Meeting
          23 Sep 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
          15 Sep 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
          27 Aug 2020 General Meeting
          26 Aug 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
          22 Aug 2020 Saturday Morning Bee Conversation
          18 Aug 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
          11 Aug 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
          22 Jul 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
          21 Jul 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
          14 Jul 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
          12 May 2020 MCBA Board Meeting

          About MCBAPA

          Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.

          Our meetings are held at:

          Montgomery County 4-H Center
          1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
          Skippack, PA 19426

          General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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