Thursday, October 25, 2012

November BCBC, Food and fun!

Our Club’s Annual Potluck

Let’s celebrate our beekeeping year together 
(and before the holiday season gets too busy)
November 5, Monday night at Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Rd in Asheville, NC
6:30 set up ===Potluck at 7 PM Eat and enjoy!
Bring a dish to share and if you have honey in it, 
then enter it in the Cooking with Honey Contest!  (Details below)
Club provides the drinks, and paper products, flat ware.

Elections, short meeting

Games: Password with your Bee Knowledge, See if we can make you say the bee word on the card you can’t see, with hints from your team!

Sale items: Do you have a bee related item that others would like to buy for the holiday season? Creamed honey, candles, cards, skin care products, raw wax, even HONEY in your cute containers for those of us that don’t have honey! Bring it for set up on a table in the back.

Cooking with Honey Contest.
Two categories: Entrees (anything marinated or basted with honey sauces) and Desserts
Portion out on a paper plate for the judges.  
Submit Title/Card with the recipe/Name underneath, No Names Showing

Prizes:  Brand New Hive Tool, Sugar to Feed your Bees, Full Color Certificate

New Research Suggests Bees Bite!

A new study by researchers from Greek and French universities suggests that bees are able to bite foes that are too small to be stung. The mandibles excrete 2-heptanone during the bite, which acts as a local anaesthetic, which may paralyze the target for up to nine minutes. This might explain bees' ability to "clean" the hive by tossing out predators like varroa mites and wax moths.

Read the article HERE.
Read the study HERE.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Three Great October Bee Events Coming Up!

Three great bee events coming up ... Have a gander:
Monday, October 29, 7 - 9 pm, Canon Lounge, Warren Wilson College, $10, for more info call 771-3066. (Flier attached for more information.)
"The honey bee and hive products have historically played a large role in dis-ease care and prevention. Science is finally catching up to what naturalists, herbalists, and acupuncturists have known for years. Learn about harvesting and using Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Beeswax and Honey bee Venom for human health."  Ross is fabulous, wrote one of the seminal books on natural beekeeping (before that term was even really used in bee circles) and his mentor was the famous Charles Mraz from Vermont who was a truly epic pioneer in apitherapy (and a gol darn wonderful guy). Beekeepers, herbalists, all kinds of health practitioners, everyone under the sun, moon and stars should come to this amazing event.

2. BEGINNING BEEKEEPING with Diane Almond, her third annual class series at the NC Arboretum! 
Three consecutive classes on Saturday afternoons starting Oct 27 (Nov 3, Nov 10) from 12 noon til 4 with time before and after to visit and look at resources. 12 packed hours (total), but lots of room for individual participation and there will be treats and hands-on stuff during a midway break.  Arboretum members $48; others (get free entrance/parking) @ $58.  Here's the link to register or for more info:
Class is 25 students only so please sign up as soon as possible.  And if you have questions for Diane directly, call her at:  828-684-8488.

"I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this series of classes.  Diane is one of my most favorite bee teachers in the world. She is clear, funny, insightful and will leave you feeling more confident than ever to step into beekeeping.  Class is capped at 25 students only, so sign up soon!," says Debra Roberts.

Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm, White Horse / Black Mountain, $10, For more info, call Lisa at 273-1488.  

BeeSting, a short film, is a lyrical outpouring of creative force, addressing the emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges of breast cancer against a backdrop of the declining bee population and the burgeoning toxicity of The Earth.  BeeSting illustrates the imbalance of the feminine in our culture; both how it manifests inwardly with the disease of our breasts, and outwardly with the pollution of our planet.  Combining shadow puppetry and cinematographic techniques, the story moves between metaphor and realism, blending personal expression, medicine, humor, poetry, and gratitude.  Flier attached for more information.  Award-winning puppeteer Lisa Sturz's courageous journey with cancer informed this wonderful work.

Thanks to Debra Roberts for sharing!