* A BIG thanks to all who attended the potluck dinner last week! The food was delicious as always, and it was the best turnout we’ve had in several years!
* Thanks, too for those who either volunteered to help steer 2022 or didn’t balk at being ‘encouraged' :)
* We’re ready for a short break but are excited to see what the new year brings to ACBA!
* Thanks so much, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Other important musings from Helen:
* The past couple of years have been challenging for everyone, including ACBA. After a year of Zoom meetings, we then found ourselves with no president and a skeleton crew for a board. We survived(!) and have enjoyed welcoming several new members in the process!
* Several years ago, the Extension Office asked if we’d mind relying on emails for meeting reminders in an effort to save on postage. All but a couple of members, who continued receiving mailed reminders, have been on the email list for meeting reminders, ACBA updates, and miscellaneous notifications.
* The mailing list includes those who are no longer interested in ACBA for a variety of reasons: schedule conflicts, lack of time, meeting with another bee group, no more bees, etc.
* In order to retain only those who want to remain on the email list, please let me know if you’d like to remove your name from the list. We’d like to know why you’re no longer interested only if you’d like to share the reason(s).
* NOTE: Current members do not need to respond.
As seen by the beautifully decorated cake (right), our end of the season banquet was held with a great turnout of members who also enjoyed a scrumptious brisket smoked by Randy Baldwin, as well as numerous side dishes so that no one “left hungry!”
We now go into diapause - entomologically speaking for hibernation - until March of next year. But that doesn’t mean we don’t stay connected with any beekeeping issues, so if there are questions about what you should be doing to keep your hive(s) healthy, drop us a line here!
One week from tonight (Thursday, November 11, at 7pm) is the final gathering of ACBA until March. As usual, we will wrap up in style with a potluck dinner! We’ll return to the Extension Office behind Bojangles in Jefferson.
For the past few years, Randy has smoked a brisket and is game to do that again, providing he can find a good one; if not, have no fear - we’ll still eat well! ACBA will be funding the meat as it has in the past.
For the rest of the spread, it’s up to the rest of us!
Ideas for contributions: veggies, salads, breads, desserts, bottled water, condiments. Chips, soft drinks, and other types of meat dishes have also been brought in the past. Nothing will be turned down! If we need paper products/utensils, we’ll get them.
Please let me know what you’d like to bring so that folks who offer to bring what’s needed will know what that is! And if you haven’t yet let me know that you’re coming, please let me know that as well.
In wrapping up the year, we’ll also be shifting more than a few gears on the ACBA board. There are several spots to fill, so please consider volunteering for one! Participation on the board provides an opportunity to work with some entertaining, industrious fellow bee lovers. It's fun and easy, so there’s absolutely no reason to shy away :)
A final meeting reminder will be sent out early next week.
Email: Contact Helen Baldwin here:
* After a good turnout at our October regular meeting where Burton Beasley spoke about fall/winter prep, we doled out a lot of door prizes! We're really glad to be back in our ACBA ‘home.'
* But that was THEN and this is NOW! We hope everyone is looking forward to next month's potluck dinner which is always a high point in closing out another year of beekeeping in Ashe County.
* Stay tuned to this posting to learn about planning and preparation as well as how everyone can help!
- The upcoming regular meeting of the ACBA will be back at the Extension Office.
- The speaker will be Burton Beasley, who will talk about fall/winter prep.
- Meeting is still at 7pm, with refreshments @ 6:30.
Also, seating is limited to @ 25 attendees (masks recommended by the County Extension Director), so please call 336-982-8289 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Seating is limited to @ 25 attendees (masks recommended by the County Extension Director), so please call 336-982-8289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
From ACBA member Helen Baldwin: I'm sharing a beautiful video done by Maddee Burt, a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill.
- Maddee, along with other students, coaches, and professors, arrived in Ashe County last month to document some local stories. Maddee chose beekeeping.
- The video features our own Jim Rash and Kim and Wayne Pitts, new (and very productive!) members of ACBA.
- My Bee’s Keeper is just under 4 minutes long. You’ll be sorry when it ends!
- The ACBA held a regular membership meeting on August 12th...use the below link to see information on Facebook about the meeting during which H. S. Greene from Hidden Happiness Beekeeping Farm gave a presentation on hives.