The changing colors of the trees and the colder evenings mean that fall is well on its way here in Colorado. Time for that honey to come off the hives–if you have any to pull. Many members have had a tough year for honey production and have legitimate concerns about the ability of their hives to overwinter successfully this year. Please, perform a thorough inspection of your hives now and make sure they have adequate winter stores. If they do not, then consider feeding or merging them. For those of you who did get honey for yourselves, congratulations! I harvested plenty of honey this year–but I had measureable rain in July and that made all the difference in the world!
A reminder that the CSBA has the labels required by the Cottage Industry bill available for purchase at cost. If you have enough honey that you would like to sell some, please read the CSBA Cottage Industry section to understand your requirements and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the labels mailed to you. The cost is $30 which includes mailing, if necessary. I will also have them available for pick up at the Winter Meeting.
CSBA Winter Meeting
The CSBA Winter Meeting will be held at Roxborough Community Center in Roxborough State Park on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9am-5pm. Featured speaker will be Dennis vanEngelsdorp of the Bee Informed Partnership. Dennis is a wonderful speaker and we are delighted to have him. Check out the website for links to TED talks. The Winter Meeting fee is the same as last year $20 for CSBA members and $25 for-non-members. Lunch is still included (and because we all were so happy with the caterers from last year, we are using them again!) Pre-registration for the Winter Meeting is going on right now and, if you pre-register before October 25th, you receive a 15% discount! You can pay with PayPal on the CSBA site or mail your check directly to Treasurer, John Hartley. His address is on the pre-registration form.
On Friday evening, we will host a “Meet and Greet” with Dr. vanEngelsdorp from 7-9pm also at the Roxborough Community Center. This is a new event and I am really looking forward to it. Everyone just LOVES the Honey Dinner at the Summer Meeting so this will be a Honey Dessert Bar with Colorado meads and beers and beverages from a new partner, Honeydrop beverages. As we have never done this sort of thing before, I am asking you all to PRE-REGISTER for the event so we know how much food to prepare. You will also be able to pre-register and submit your entries to the BIG MONEY HONEY CONTEST on Friday evening.
A biography of Dennis, pre-registration forms, an agenda, directions and information on Roxborough State Park and a map to the facility can all be found on one handy spot on the CSBA website: coloradobeekeepers.org/wintermeeting. Alternatively, click on the Calendar tab and select Winter Meeting.
Coming from out of town? Discounted hotel accommodations are available for single suites and double suites at Marriott TownPlace which is the closest hotel to the park. Simply use the links available on the second page of the pre-registration form for your reservation with the CSBA rates or click here.
And don’t forget about the BIG MONEY HONEY CONTEST–back again this year. Last year’s honey contest was a highly competitive event and I expect this year’s competition to be just as tough. We have more members this year so I anticipate more entries. The first, second and third place winners in each category will receive rosettes. The first place winners in each category will be entered into the final competition for “Best of Show”. Third place will receive $100, 2nd place $200 and 1st place $300. In addition, our first prize winner will receive a beautiful plaque to display at their honey house or booth and take home the newly refurbished traveling trophy. Thanks to Doyen Mitchell, last year’s 1st prize “Best of Show” winner, for taking the initiative to spiff it up! For the BIG MONEY HONEY CONTEST entry forms and the rules, go to the handy spot on the CSBA website: coloradobeekeepers.org/wintermeeting. Alternatively, click on the Calendar tab and select Winter Meeting.
Speaking of BIG MONEY HONEY CONTESTS, reminds me of honey judges. We need honey judges! John Hartley will be providing honey judge training on both Friday evening before the Meet and Greet, from 5:45 to 6:45pm. He will also provide an additional training on Saturday morning from 9 to 10am. If you are interested in being a honey judge, we would love to have you–and we will pay your registration fee (including lunch) to do so. Please email me at email@example.com and let me know which session you would like to attend. First come, first served.
One more thing…
I have updated the State website with respect to Dr. Dennison and it now includes the PowerPoint presentations he made at both Castle Rock and Berthoud. I have added a “Honeybees and Health” section and place the Dr. Dennison lecture under it as a sub-header. If you come across any information which you feel would be appropriate for this section of the website, please forward it to me and I will update the site to reflect your input. The CSBA videotaped Dr. Dennison delivering the Berthoud presentation and the video is available for check-out from the CSBA. The charge is $5 for CSBA members and $10 for non-members. If you would like to show the DVD, simply email me and I will get it in the mail to you.
As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have. Thank you for being a member.