Updated: July 23, 2017

Beekeeper Activities


September 25th - club member Kathy Savage participated in Chabad of Wilmington's celebration of the Jewish New Year. Since honey is featured in holiday dishes to celebrate the sweetness of the new year, the group wanted to celebrate and learn about honey bees. They were very active listeners and had lots of questions and lots to add.

Jewish New Year 2016

September 10th - over 700 people attended the Arboretum's Native Plant Festival on Saturday, September 10th, and our club was there with an observation hive and display table. Special thanks to club members James Wind, Becky Sawyer, Nicole Jones and Bill Morrison for manning our table during the event.

2016 Native Plant Festival

Co-chair Catherine Nesbit sent us the following "thank you"

Dear Participants, Wow! Native Plants are more honored today because of you and your participation at the Native Plant Festival Saturday. It was a very successful event. The Native Plant Festival was planned and sponsored by an alliance of groups: New Hanover County Arboretum, Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners Volunteers, Cape Fear Audubon Society, Cape Fear Garden Club, Southport Native Plant Society and Cape Fear’s Going Green. And with your participation in the festival, we all made the case for supporting native plants and wildlife. Thank you for your commitment to this cause. We hope you will participate in the third annual Native Plant Festival next year!


Catherine Nesbit
Co-Chair of the Native Plant Festival

June 18th: thanks to Tom Rhyne for hosting the 2016 Beginner Bee School Field Day at his bee yard. It was a perfectly lovely day to open a few hives and observe some very good looking bees!

Field Day - Bee School 2016

June 4, 2016 - the club had a table at Airlie Gardens for their Pollinator Party to celebrate the planting of a new butterfly garden and the opening of the butterfly house. Thanks to club members Bill Morrison, Bob Suddith and Randy Pickett for hosting our table and answering questions. As always, the observation hive was a big hit. Click here to visit our Miscellaneous Photos album for more photos for Pollinator Day.

Pollinator Party 2016

April 18-22, 2016Earth Day 'Week' Bill and LaceyAnn Struve completed 2 Earth Day/Week presentations at Wrightsboro Elementary School, a one-hour presentation for one 3rd grade and another for one fourth grade

April 22, 2016: Bill Morrison and Rick Lawson participated in Cape Fear Community College's Earth Day celebration. The observation hive was a big hit with both the adults and children. Many questions were asked and answered regarding bees in general, how to plant to support pollinators, classes in beekeeping, swarms, etc.

Earth Day

April 11, 2016: Susan Warwick enlightened 3 3rd grade classes from Wrightsville Beach School about beekeeping and honey bees. One student became a beekeeper for the day; she put on the suit and went through the process of “inspecting” the hive! The students all had great questions, the best was probably, "when a drone mates with a queen, does he become king?"! There were even a few students ready to get some bees and start their own journey of becoming a beekeeper!

Wrightsville Beach Elementary

March 28, 2016: President Laura McCabe gave a presentation to a dozen members of the Sea Oats Garden Club, generating a $50 honorarium for NHCBA and a lovely thank you note from their President Mary Ann Huddle: "It was obvious to us all how much you enjoy and know about bees. Some of us may become beekeepers, but all of us have a much greater awareness of pollinators and their needs".

March 18-20, 2016:  We had a featured presence at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo at the Wilmington Convention Center. Check out our display booth! Special thanks to club members Bob Suddith, Rick Lawson, Gilbert and May Kendzior, Nick Garner, Rick Williams, Nicole Jones, Burt Millette and David Bridgers for helping to staff our booth. On Friday of the event, President Laura McCabe delivered a presentation on beekeeping to an auditorium full of school children. As always, the observation hive generated the most interest from the kids.

  • Member Bob Suddith stands ready to greet visitors to our awesome booth. Member Bob Suddith stands ready to greet visitors to our awesome booth.
  • As you can see, we were given a very large booth space by the Expo coordinators. As you can see, we were given a very large booth space by the Expo coordinators.
  • As always, visitors were fascinated by the observation hive. As always, visitors were fascinated by the observation hive.

March 17, 2016: Club member Brian West delivered his annual presentation on beekeeping to club member Anthony Snider's Environmental Studies class at UNCW. This presentation is always popular and well received. Thanks, Brian!

February 25-27, 2016: North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Spring Meeting 2016 - Nearly 650 beekeepers attended NCSBA's 2016 spring meeting in beautiful New Bern, North Carolina. Participants heard from several renowned speakers, participated in workshops, and browsed numerous vendors. NHCBA was well-represented at the conference; our club's attendees included Ashley and Shannon Stephenson, Tom Rhyne, John Baum, Burt Millette, Nick Garner, David Bridgers, Anthony Snider, and Laura McCabe. The club also donated 4 $25 Lowes gift cards for raffle prizes and a handcrafted hive to the silent auction. We also enjoyed the charming New Bern's riverfront, restaurants and shops. It was a fun and informative weekend!

NCSBA Meeting 2016

February 18, 2016:  presentation to Cape Fear Community College class on Ken Wells' class on Sustainable Agriculture by Rick Lawson and Bill Morrison. Bill and Rick spoke about the joys and challenges of urban beekeeping to a class of landscape gardening and sustainability students.

February 15, 2016:  Club president Laura McCabe presented "Hobby Beekeeping" to the most recent class of Master Gardeners at the Arboretum; it was a full house with over 60 attendees. The group was especially interested to learn about the importance of pollinator-friendly plants, and Wilmington's place as a Bee City USA.

January 4 – February 8, 2016Beginning Beekeeping (Bee School).  Michael Goins took the lead and was assisted by and thanks go to club members Colleen Higgins, Julia Berger, Brian West, Ashley Stephenson, Nicole Jones, Susan Warwick, Lacey Anne Struve, David Bridgers and Tom Rhyne for their presentations. And, all Bee School students who took the written test on February 8th passed! Location:  New Hanover County Arboretum.