Events and special programs
Regular monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday during the months of February, March, April, May, June, and August. Guest speakers appear at each regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. with a Pot Luck Dinner and fellowship time. Most meetings are held at the United Community Bank in Burnsville, intersection of U.S. 19E and Highway 197. All meetings are open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the club to attend.
There are no meetings during November, December and January.
The club hosts a special booth during the Mount Mitchell Craft Fair in downtown Burnsville in August at which the public can learn about honey bees and their importance, and purchase honey and other bee-related items donated by members to benefit the club and its programs.
Tentative meeting schedule for 2019
Feb 26: Christy Hemenway will discuss Top-Bar Hives and her business Gold Star Honeybees.
Mar 26: Dr. Nicole Soper Gorden, Mars Hill University, will speak on "Plant and Insect Interactions," with emphasis on pollinators.
April 23: Doug Galloway, "Building Your Bees Up for Spring Nectar Flow."
May 28: Beekeeping Roundtable: Discussion and Q&A on all things beekeeping. Also presentation on Epi-Pen usage.
June 22: Members' Picnic and Day in the Bee Yard. Special guest State Apiary Inspector Lewis Cauble. Home of Mary Sheldon. Starts at noon. Look for directions via email.
July 23 : Leigh Knott will discuss locally sustainable bee yards and raising home-grown queens.
August 2-3: Mount Mitchell Craft Fair, 9 to 5 p.m. each day. Town Square in downtown Burnsville. We'll have an educational booth and honey for sale donated by members. Volunteers needed to man to booth. Contact Susan Spruill.
August 27 --Regular monthly meeting features Sean Collingsworth from Killer Bees Honey in Lake Toxaway. Sean will talk about how to taste and evaluate different kinds of honey.
September -- General roundtable discussion
October 3: Mayland Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest, Homeplace Beer Co., Burnsville. 6 to 8 p.m. Enter your honey and help us select the best. More info to follow.
October 22 -- Regular monthly meeting and election of officers. Catered dinner will be served.