Vermont Beekeepers Association

First in a series of updates about the Eastern Apicultural Society's Annual Conference and Short Course in 2013:

West Chester University, West Chester, PA, August 5 - 9, 2013

The Planning Committee for the 2013 Conference & Short Course is proud to introduce not one, but two, keynote speakers for our annual event!

Dr. Mark Winston, Simon Fraser U & Mr. Brian Snyder, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

The keynotes will be delivered on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 . . . but wait, let me take a step back for those of you who haven't been to an EAS Conference week before.

The format of this annual event follows:

  •     This year, the "Short Course" spans Monday through Wednesday. The tracks in 2013 will include Core and Advanced Sessions, and a curriculum on Queen Rearing, Top Bar Hive Management, Natural Beekeeping, Sideliners and Train-the-Trainers.
  • On Wednesday, though, the Conference and Workshop Series begins with the keynote addresses and ends with a social gathering at a local picnic ground.
  • If you're not too tired by quittin' time on Thursday, you should attend the annual Auction Dinner, which is a fundraiser for the research grants that EAS awards each year.
  • Starting Wednesday, your favorite vendors of beekeeping supplies, books and gadgets will be on hand with their wares.  In the same vendor area will be bee fabric for the quilters, bee art & jewelry and much, much more!
  • And, oh yeah - there's a HONEY SHOW with prestige and prizes to be won.  Admit it, you're proud of your bees' work!  So bring it, enter it and show it off!

By Friday, you will have met so many new and interesting people, you will want one last chance to get together with them before it's over - the Annual Banquet!

Pennsylvania's own Maryann Frazier is ably organizing the program for Wed. through Fri.  Invited speakers are confirming their intention to be with us and pinning down the titles of their talks and workshops.  Check the EAS website often for confirmed speakers, lodging information and other updates.

There's so much to see and do in and around West Chester, PA that you may want to make it your family vacation!  Spend a day or two touring together in Philadelphia, Valley Forge or Dutch Country.  By Wednesday, they'll know their way around on their own and you can get back to the conference!    

Or stick around an extra day at the end and enjoy the PA State Beekeepers Association Picnic, complete with a "hive crawl" and mead tasting, in a nearby urban area on Saturday August 10.

Pennsylvania beekeepers will welcome you warmly!  See you in August!