Category Archives: 2019 Workshops

Sunday, October 26, 2019 (was October 20)

Soap-making: Patty Heyl and Rick Glover (Norfield Grange, Weston, 1pm)

BYBA board members Patty Heyl and Rick Glover will demonstrate how to make handmade soap the way your grandma did: using lye, oils such as coconut and palm, beeswax, honey, and natural fragrances. Bring along a waxed cardboard milk carton and towel to wrap it in, and you can bring home some handmade soap to try!
Note: we are using lye, so dress accordingly. Not appropriate for children under 12 yrs (must have an adult present).
Contact Patty at pheyl@optonline.net

Sunday, October 26, 2019 (was October 20)

Beeswax Workshop: Ellen Zampino & Patty Pulliam (Norfield Grange, Weston, 11am

Learn how to clean and process beeswax so that it may be utilized for candle and ornament making. Also learn (and get recipes) to prepare your own lip balm and hand creams, and other techniques to create beautiful beeswax crafts. Just in time for you to create your own hand made holiday gifts! Contact Patty Pulliam at (201) 722-4789 or pattpull@optonline.net

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Honey Tasting: Marina Marchese (Norfield Grange, Weston, 2pm)

Come explore the magical world of tasting honey! Learn how to identify aromas and flavors using a honey wheel. We will discuss crystallization, composition, floral sources and regions and much more.

Members are encouraged to bring their own honey, store bought or a not so good honey to learn from.  Crystallized honey is OK!

Registration requested to redbee@optonline.net

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Assessing Hives going into winter, David Blocher (BYBA Bee Yard)

Join other members in this workshop to evaluate various colonies’ strength going into winter. We will be evaluating colonies on 5, 10 and 20 frames, with suggestions on how to winter small colonies and colonies that don’t occupy the standard 10 or 20 frames. This workshop will be held at the bee yard at the Aspetuck Land Trust property in Easton. Contact David Blocher at 203-449-8147 or at dblocher@optonline.net if you plan to attend.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Hive Inspection Part 4: Richard Glover (BYBA Bee Yard, 11am)

BYBA board member Rick Glover will conduct this workshop at the BYBA Bee Yard. This final inspection workshop of the season will look at hives to assess their preparedness for winter, and point out final touches that can help the bees survive the winter months. The workshop will start at 11 a.m. (no rain date). RSVP to Rick Glover at rglover@webquill.com

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Fall Preparation Workshop: David Blocher (BYBA Bee Yard)

BYBA Board member and Past President David Blocher will be hosting this fourth inspection  addressing the important issues of fall preparation. This inspection will look at hives to assess their condition and discuss what actions can be taken to give the bees the best shot at surviving the winter – August is the time to start preparing your hives for winter! Contact David Blocher at (203) 938-2539 or dblocher@optonline.net

This workshop will be held from 10am-noon at the BYBA Bee Yard in Easton. Click here for directions.
Bring your bee apparel!

Rain date: Sunday August 4.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Over-wintering Nucs

This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to learn how to overwinter valuable queens in nucleus colonies. The workshop will provide you with the knowledge required to make you successful, and will also provide with the equipment – and queens! – you will need.

The $100 workshop price includes a specially designed deep brood box modified to house two nucleus colonies side by side. To accomplish this, the box comes equipped with a thin center divider and two special inner covers. In addition to all of that, the workshop will provide you with two locally bred queens raised by our expert team of queen breeders. The queens alone are worth the price of admission.

This workshop will be led by Bruce Wartlieb and will occur at the BYBA Bee Yard on June 15th at 10 am. The workshop is limited to 10 participants and sells out quickly so, please contact Bruce at southofthegreenhoney@icloud.com to reserve your spot and receive payment instructions.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hive Inspection Part 3: Mary Howansky (Howansky apiary, Stamford, 9am)

BYBA member Mary Howansky will conduct this bee inspection workshop at 1042 Stillwater Road, Stamford, CT. There is only a limited number of cars that can be parked in the driveway and one cannot part on Stillwater Road so the best thing is to park on Stillview Road and walk along Stillwater Rd. This inspection will start at 9:00 a.m. and will focus on mid-summer activity, ongoing mite inspection and queen evaluation, nectar flow (and/or dearth!). Contact Mary Howansky for directions at howansky@optonline.net

Saturday June 8, 2019

Swarming & Making Splits: Win Baum (Baum’s apiary, Fairfield, 10:30)

Past BYBA President Win Baum and his wife Stefanie will be hosting this back yard bee visit at 500 Papurah Road in Fairfield, Connecticut at 10:30 am. Come and see how Win’s bees are doing, and discuss the swarming. Contact Win Baum for directions at (203) 255-9185 or win@winbaum.com

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Hive Inspection Part: 2, Ralph Szur (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

Board member Ralph Szur will host this inspection workshop at 11am in the BYBA bee yard off of Freeborn Rd. Easton Ct.. This workshop will include top bar hive: designs, management, harvest, manipulation, and pros and cons vs. Langstroth design. The inspection will focus on the progress of newly hived package bees, early summer activity, and general hive health. Contact Ralph Szur at (845) 228-5635 or ralphsz@comcast.net

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Basic Queen Rearing: Michael Lund & Leslie Huston (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

At this workshop we will demonstrate the Miller method of raising queens (a method that requires no special equipment and no special skills. e.g. eagle eyesight!), as well as ways to take advantage of queen cells you find in your colonies. Attendees will also have a chance to try their hand at grafting larva into queen cups to raise queens. General background information will be provided – how to set up and provision a colony to raise queen cells, timing, and other equipment that can come in handy when raising queens.  Please note: This workshop assumes you have basic hive management skills and an understanding of bee biology fundamentals. Bring your bee apparel!
This workshop will start at 11am, at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn. Contact Leslie Huston at (203) 417-2023 or ljhuston3@charter.net

Saturday, May 18, 2018

Bee Yard Open House: Steve Kinsella & Board (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

This workshop will focus on the start-up activities for the club’s bee yard colonies and pave the way for this year’s queen-rearing. General background information will be provided – a tour of the bee yard, and light refreshments. Bring your bee apparel! Hives will be inspected and some queen-rearing fundamentals will be discussed (reasons and methods for queen rearing).

This workshop will be held at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn.  Contact Steve Kinsella at 203-394-8237 or stevescapes26@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bee Wellness, Microscopy (Earthplace, Westport)

This workshop will be held at Earthplace Nature Discovery Center in Westport. It will provide hands-on experience with preparation of specimens for lab diagnosis, microscope use, and other resources. Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com

  1. Please remember that sign-up is required and that registered participants should plan to attend both workshops. Please email or call Bobbie Meyzen to register (BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com or 203-948-3529).
  2. The workshops are limited to adults only.
  3. The first workshop is hands-on so we will also require protective veils and gloves for each participant to bring with them to the yard. We also recommend bringing a folding chair as seats are limited at the bee yard.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bee Wellness, Hands on Hive (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton)

This will be the first of two Bee Wellness workshops. This is the apiary portion, covering proper hive inspection techniques, identifying unhealthy colonies, specimen collection for in-field testing such as mite sugar rolls, and record keeping.
This workshop will be held at the BYBA queen rearing bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn.
Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com

  1. Please remember that sign-up is required and that registered participants should plan to attend both workshops. Please email or call Bobbie Meyzen to register (bobbiemey@aol.com or 203-948-3529).
  2. The workshops are limited to adults only.
  3. The first workshop is hands on so we will also require protective veils and gloves for each participant to bring with them to the yard. We also recommend bringing a folding chair as seats are limited at the bee yard.

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Hive Inspection 1: Bobbie Meyzen (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

*** This workshop will be held 1 week after the hiving package bee workshop. ***

At the first inspection after hiving a new package, it’s important to check that the queen’s been released and has started laying eggs, as well as surveying the condition of the newly established colony. At this workshop Bobbie will check on how the bees hived at last week’s workshop are progressing. Starts at 11am.  Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com
NOTE: this workshop will be held one week after the “Hiving Package Bees” workshop.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Hiving Package Bees: Bobbie Meyzen (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

*** This workshop date is now certain. ***

Bobbie Meyzen will demonstrate how to hive package bees at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn. This workshop will provide a hands on opportunity to learn and try the proper techniques for transferring a package of live honeybees into a new hive. It may be a little muddy. Bring a veil. If it’s pouring we’ll do it anyway!  Starts at 11am. Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com
NOTE: date is tentative, and depends on package bee delivery. Stay tuned for more information – and be in touch with Bobbie.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

CSI: Deadout: Bobbie Meyzen (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

Bobbie Meyzen will examine a hive or two that didn’t make it through the winter, to discuss what can be known about why the bees didn’t make it.  It may be a little muddy. Bring a veil, because some of the colonies DID survive.  Starts at 11am. Rain date: Sunday.  Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hands on Hive set up: Leslie Huston & Board (Norfield Grange, Weston, 11am)

The weekend workshop will have a number of BYBA members demonstrate the basics of assembling equipment and the tools one needs to make your job easier.

  • If you have equipment to assemble, bring it and we’ll help you.
  • Bring your smoker, and we’ll show you the fastest way to clean it!
  • Discussions will include hive site location, Queen selection, and demonstrations of various pieces of beekeeping equipment that you may not have seen or used before.
  • If you have made a piece of equipment that you find useful in your beekeeping, please contact Leslie Huston so that we can make arrangements to display it—you get to explain how it is used. Nothing is too small or too big for this workshop!
  • Tips and hints galore!

Location: Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Road, Weston. Time: 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Contact Leslie Huston at (203) 417-2023 or ljhuston3@charter.net


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bear Fence, Swarms & Cut-outs: Jeff Shwartz (Norfield Grange, Weston, noon)

Join Jeff Shwartz at the Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Rd., Weston, CT, at noon to learn about keeping the bears out of your bees, retrieving swarms, removing bees from inside walls and other structures. For more information, contact Jeff Shwartz at or Jeff@shwartz.com or 203-426-8620.