First Annual Spring Open House
Saturday March 10th, 9am to 2pm
(Snow day following day)
Get your apiary ready for spring join us for our First Annual Spring Open House! Raffles for a package, honey supers and more, giveaways to the first 50 visitors, local club information and refreshments will be provided. Maine’s first Master Beekeeper, Rick Cooper, will be our special guest to answer questions and discuss how to best prep your hives for spring after a brutal winter season. This event is a great opportunity not only for established beekeepers, but also for newcomers still wondering whether or not beekeeping is for them. Visit our Facebook page for current information. See you then!
Home of “Open Hive Saturdays”
We are pleased to announce that starting May ??, 2018, from 10:30am – noon (10:00 am in summer once temperatures warm up), our demonstration bee yard will be open. This is a great chance to learn and connect with other beekeepers, newbees and wannabees alike. Bring your questions, even if you think they are silly and all will be answered in a respectful manner. We all had to learn from somebody and asked some very interesting questions. In fact, we still do. These events are open to all (bring your veil or purchase one*) and are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
Open Hive Saturdays are led by David Spicer, (at right in yellow), and/or Rick Cooper, Maine’s First Master Beekeeper (at right in orange). Last year we had 12 demo hives, of which we would average 4 openings every Saturday. This year we expect about the same. The expected hive setups for this year include: overwintered 2 deep setup, package, nuc, split, and swarm.
Beekeeping Educational Sessions
April 2018 – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Hive Construction Day We will be offering free assistance to customers that are uncertain about how to construct their hives. If you purchase your woodenware from us on that day or did previously, bring it in and we’ll make sure you’re ready for the season! Cost: Free
April 13 & 14, 2018
Package Delivery Day & Installation Demo. David Spicer will be returning with the bee packages from Georgia. At 11:00 am on April 14th, Rick Cooper will be leading a free package installation demonstration for all that wish to attend. Cost: Free
May 2018 – 10:30am – Noon
Open Hive Saturdays begin for the sixth season. These are free educational events where all are invited to come and learn in a relaxed and respected manner. Early season sessions begin at 10:30 am and end by noon. Cost: Free
May 4 & 5, 2018
Package Delivery Day & Installation Demo. David Spicer will be returning with the bee packages from Georgia. At 11:00 am on May 5th, Rick Cooper will be leading a free package installation demonstration for all that wish to attend. Cost: Free
Beekeeping School 2018
Beginning Beekeepers Classes to be offered this spring at Spicer Bees in Whitefield, Maine. Instructors: Rick Cooper and David Spicer.
Class 1, Saturdays: March 17, March 24 and April 7 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Class 2, Sundays: March 18, March 25 and April 8 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Class 3, Saturdays: May ??, and May ?? from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Students are strongly encouraged to attend Open Hive Saturday event May ?? from 10:30 am to noon in our demonstration yard to assist with making this class a more intensive, hands on beginner class. (Note: still working on this).
These courses will cover information needed to effectively manage and maintain bees for the entire first season including, we hope, the harvesting of your first honey crop. Discussion will include beneficial flowering plants, honeybee races and attributes, life cycle of the honeybee and diseases and pests that affect them. We will address the availability of honeybees and needed equipment. Hands on participation will include learning how to assemble equipment and installation of bees in the hive.
Cost: $65/person. Includes light refreshments and reference book (one per family).
Class size is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Register Here!
Intermediate Beekeepers Class – June 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. (Note: Still working on this).
Offered at Spicer Bees with instructors Rick Cooper and David Spicer. This program is intended to assist those with a minimum of 2 years experience and been able to successfully overwinter hives. This will be a hands on experience working and manipulating actual hives with students needing to bring their personal protective equipment. Participants will learn to read frames, make splits, nucs, increase and hive equalization. Queen assessment, marking, population and resource estimating, and mitigating common problems will be covered.
Cost: $80/person and includes light refreshments.
Class size is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Students should bring a bag lunch and realize this event is weather dependent. Cancellation date is the following Saturday, June ??.
* Veils will be available for purchase should you need one.
• Changes to events, times or information will be posted on our Facebook page first. Please “Like” us to keep informed on what’s happening.
Location: 373 Hunts Meadow Rd. Whitefield, Maine 04353. We are located between Cooper Rd. and Rt. 126. Click here for directions.