Updated: November 17, 2017

Beekeeper Activities

Beginner Beekeeping School  

Our 2017 Spring Beekeeper Class
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Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 PM.


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Saturday, October 14th - we had a steady stream of visitors to our table at Fire in the Pines at Haliburton Park Oct 14,2017. Everyone was fascinated by the bees in the demo hive. Most kids and adults bravely touched the screened port to feel the bee feet and antennae. Many little ones squeezed the toy bee and smelled the bees wax. The weather was perfect. A good time was had by all. Thanks to the bee keepers James Wind, Madison Ruff, Bob Suddith Kathy Savage and Sandie Cecelski there to man the table and answer questions.

Fire In The Pines 2017

Friday, September 29th beekeeper and club member Jim Warren introduces second graders at Blair Elementary School to honey bees.

  • Jim introducing the attentive students to the presentation Jim introducing the attentive students to the presentation
  • The Club's observation hive The Club's observation hive
  • A closeup of the Club's observation hive A closeup of the Club's observation hive
  • It's fascinating to watch an active bee hive this close It's fascinating to watch an active bee hive this close
  • Jim summarizing the presentation and answering questions Jim summarizing the presentation and answering questions

Saturday, June 3rd Pollinator Party at Airlie Gardens - another beautiful day at Airlie Gardens to celebrate the annual release of butterflies in the Butterfly House, and to celebrate pollinators in general. UNCW bee club president Maddi Ruff, grad student Brittany Saleeby, and NHCBA club president Laura McCabe staffed an information table as part of the garden's second annual Pollinator Party.

2017 Pollinator Party

Brittany and Maddi enjoying the beautiful day and sharing their interest in honey bees with visitors to the gardens.

2017 Pollinator Party

Past club president Ashley Stephenson and his wife Shannon staffed the Bee City USA booth next to us. Notice the GORGEOUS sunflower patch in the background. (Laura hopes her backyard bees were visiting the flowers!)

April 20th - club members James Wind and Curtis Howard brought an observation hive and discussed the importance of honey bees to students at the Wilmington Early College program at Cape Fear Community College.

The Presentation by Curtis

James describing the observation hive

Student viewing with a jeweler's magnifier

April 15th - this annual celebration organized by Cape Fear River Watch of the history, plants, animals, and water quality of Greenfield Lake took place on Saturday, our very own Laura McCabe manned (womanned?) a table describing the importance of bees in our lives:

LakeFest at Greenfield Lake organized by Cape Fear River Watch

Friday, March 24th, club members Susan Warwick, Bob Suddith, Kathy Savage, Shanhong Luo, Diana Kraus-Anderson, and Rocky Rawlas were ready and eager to answer beekeeping questions at Cape Fear Community College's Sustainability Fair.

New Hanover County Beekeepers supporting the CFCC Sustainability Fair

2/11/2017 - In honor of Valentine's Day, local bottle shop Fermental hosted a Mead Tasting on Friday, February 11th. Club President Laura McCabe was on hand to answer questions about beekeeping, honey, and mead making. The big crowd included several local beekeepers and home meadmakers.

Mead Tasting

1/16/2017 - On Wednesday, our own Karen Edgar (who is now also Secretary of the Brunswick County club!) spoke for 45 minutes to a standing-room-only Sierra Club crowd at Halyburton Park. Karen's topic:Cape Fear Sierra Club"It Is the Small Things, The Disappearance of the Honeybee." Karen is a nativeNorth Carolinian who grew up on a 40-acre farm near Asheville and traveled the world with her soldier husband and children before retiring in Wilmington. She manages 52 hives in two counties and has completed the requirements for her Journeyman Beekeeper certification.

12/7 - On Wednesday, December 7th, Club member Kathy Savage made 2 presentations to students at Hoggard High School, at the request of teacher Craig Waddell. Mr. Waddell schedules several speakers each quarter to talk about careers and education associated with horticulture. First Kathy gave an informal lunch talk, followed by a more in-depth presentation on honey bees and beekeeping to a class of 30 horticulture students. Kathy may have recruited some future beekeepers!

Hoggard High Presentations

10/28 - 11/6 - The Cape Fear Fair and Expo 2016 concluded on Sunday, November 6th. Our educational booth on the importance of honey bees to NC agriculture earned us a fifth place ribbon and a $120 check to the club! Special thanks to Laney High School student Matthew Messenger, club members Ken and Karen Edgar and president Laura McCabe for setting up and dismantling our display and thanks to other members who contributed their hive products (honey, candles) to round out our display.

Cape Fear Fair and Expo 2016 Cape Fear Fair and Expo 2016
Cape Fear Fair and Expo 2016 Cape Fear Fair and Expo 2016

October 22nd - Club members Karen and Ken Edgar, Kathy Savage, Bob Suddith, Nicole Jones and Laura McCabe spent a cool, windy Saturday October 22nd hosting a booth at the annual Fire in the Pines festival http://www.fireinthepines.org hosted by The Nature Conservancy. Unfortunately local water restrictions forced cancellation of the controlled burn, which is a highlight of this event. But the sunny Saturday brought out many local families to enjoy the nature-themed exhibits and we got to meet Smokey the Bear!

President Laura McCabe and Friend

Kathy Savage and Karen Edgar and Friend

October 20th - President Laura McCabe spent her morning at Lake Forest Academy, talking to 3 groups of children Kindergarten through 8th grade, about honey bees. As always, the observation hive was a big hit, and the teachers seemed to enjoy the discussion as much as the kids!

President Laura McCabe Presenting

October 19th - Pier 33, downtown Wilmington riverfront - Chef's Feast supporting Food Bank of Central and Southeastern NC. Club member Amanda Jacobs of Sea Love Sea Salt and club president Laura McCabe participated by donating a year's supply of artisanal local sea salt flakes (Amanda) and a year's supply of her backyard honey (Laura). The combined silent auction item sold for $400!

October 14th - club member Karen Edgar and president Laura McCabe hosted a beekeeping information table at the Cape Fear Museum's "Night at the Museum". The two most frequently asked questions were: How many bees are in that Observation Hive? (answer: we guessed 1500-2000) Where's the queen? (answer: at home tending the rest of the hive!)

  • A night at the Museum A night at the Museum
  • The Life Cycle of our Honey Bees The Life Cycle of our Honey Bees
  • Karen and Laura Karen and Laura

October 4th - President Laura McCabe presented Brewing With Honey to the recently chartered Hampstead Natural Beekeepers club, which included tastings of 4 honey-based beverages brewed by Laura. The group asked lots of great questions and at least one person left with immediate plans to try her hand at brewing.

Brewing with honey

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