WBA Makes History in December, 2016
WBA made history by entering a float in not one, but THREE area Holiday parades. As far as we know, we're the FIRST Beekeeping Association in South Carolina to sponsor a float in a local parade, and we're even more confident that we're the first to appear in THREE parades! We've decided that it's a GREAT way to promote beekeeping to the general public. In fact, we're already working on plans for NEXT YEAR! We're also hoping that this will start a trend among the other local Beekeeping Associations across South Carolina.
We learned a LOT from our first experience. Take it from us, if you'd like to sponsor a float in a local parade next year, the best time to start planning is NOW. We didn't decide to do this until late in the year, and without the dedication and hard work of a very small group of members, we could never have pulled it off. Fortunately, one of our members had previous experience with designing and building parade floats, so she and her husband spearheaded the project and made it happen! (Photos by Herman Miller)
WBA is STILL Accepting Registrations for the 2017 Beginner's Beekeeping Class
We still have openings for The 2017 Beginner's Beekeeping Class which will begin on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The class will meet on five consecutive Thursday evenings
(January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 and 9) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kershaw Homemakers Building in Camden, at the corner of Church and Dekalb Streets. The cost for the class is $50 per person, and includes a textbook (The Beekeepers Handbook) and a one year membership in both the Wateree Beekeepers Association and the South Carolina Beekeepers Association. We will accept payment from the first 45 registrants. Send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, along with a check or money order payable to WBA to P.O. Box 2153, Camden, SC 29020.
Each year in March, our Beginner's Beekeeping Class culminates with what we like to call the "gloves on" experience. Class members are given a chance to gather at an apiary and actually see inside an active hive. This year for the first time we actually used the backyard apiary of one of our Association members rather than a commercial bee yard. We didn't really plan it that way, but beekeepers are pretty accustomed to making last minute plans! It actually makes a lot of sense because the majority of our members are backyard or hobby beekeepers anyway. We turned the event into an impromptu picnic! We're already dreaming about having our own Association Apiary by next year!
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