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Apitherapy Symposium

Thursday, August 8, 2013
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

You likely know something about acupuncture, but have you heard about apitherapy, which therapeutically combines acupuncture and bee venom?  Do you know that honey bees make a “glue” called propolis that has antibiotic properties?  Have you heard that honey and honey bee collected pollen may reduce allergic responses to pollen?  The President of the American Apitherapy Society (AAS), Frederique Keller, DOM, L.Ac, will speak about therapeutic uses of honey bee products and conduct two workshops at West Chester University on August 8, 2013, as one component of the meeting of the Eastern Apicultural Society’s (EAS) annual meeting.  Holding a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and a license in Acupuncture, Frederique Keller will share her knowledge and experience in honey bee related therapies.  Come and see a demonstration of bee venom therapy and make a jar of propolis-containing salve to take home!

The cost for the Thursday event is $65 plus membership in either EAS ($25) or AAS. Registrants may attend the apitherapy classes and any other beekeeping session taking place that day. Registration options can be found at www.easternapiculture.org. The onsite registration desk opens at 7:00 a.m. For more information contact Greg Fariss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-998-2975.

 

Apitherapy Schedule
7:00-8:30 Breakfast (Cafeteria)
8:00-8:30 Apitherapy Overview and Beekeeping
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
8:30-9:00 Pollen and Bee Bread
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
9:00-9:30 Propolis: Collection, Preparations, and
Indications
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
9:30-10:00  Break
10:00–noon Bee Venom Therapy; Applications & Technique (informed Consent Form for people participating  in afternoon Bee Venom Workshop)
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
noon-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30–3:00 Bee Venom Therapy Practical Demonstration
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
3:00 - 3:30 Break (vendor Area)
3:30 - 5:30 The Colors of Propolis & Salve-making
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS

www.apitherapy.org

 

Master Beekeepers

The Master Beekeeper Certification Committee would like to invite qualified EAS members to apply for this year’s certification exam. Persons interested in applying should have a minimum of five years as a serious beekeeper in some aspect of apiary management, such as a very dedicated hobbyist, a commercial beekeeper, working for a commercial beekeeper, or as an apiary inspector. Anyone wishing to take the Master Beekeeper Certification Exam should submit an application and recommendation by mail to: Susan Fariss, EAS Secretary, 142 Cemetery Road, Mocksville, NC 27028, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the EAS website or requested from the Secretary. The deadline for application is July 1, 2013. More information about the Master Beekeeper Certification application process and the exam can be found on the Master Beekeeper webpage at www.easternapiculture.org.

This year’s schedule at the conference will include an open review session on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. The field exam will take place on Wednesday afternoon, before the review and the written, lab, and oral exams will take place on Thursday, August 8, 2013. The Master Beekeeper Certification Committee will be happy to answer questions; our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Master Beekeeper Schedule
Exam Review Wed 4:00-5:30 p.m. Sykes 252
Field Exam Wed noon-5:30 p.m. Beeyard
Exams Thu 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Merion 109 (lab)
Merion 112 (written)
Sykes 306 (oral)
Sykes 303 (oral)
Annual Meeting
(Breakfast working meeting)
Fri 7:00-8:00 a.m. Sykes 252
Exam Review
(Candidates receive scores
and get questions answered)
Fri 4:15-5:00 p.m. Sykes 252

 

Train-the-Trainer

How to teach beekeeping…not what to teach

EAS Short Course

Tuesday, August 6, 2013; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

 This Session is Full...

Put Your Name on the Waiting List


As beekeeping has increased in popularity along with its positive public perception, the demand for beekeeper education—particularly at the beginner level—has never been greater.  One chokepoint in beekeeper education has been the small supply of good beekeeping teachers who can provide quality educational experiences.  

The goal of this program is to provide training in how to conduct an efficient bee school.  This will help improve content delivery, maximize student learning, and promote beekeeping. The intent of this workshop is to learn how to teach effectively, leaving it up to each individual instructor what to teach. In short, this workshop is not about what to teach, but how to teach it.

Lectures will include: the right mixture of theory and practice; what makes a bad presentation; teaching young beekeepers; using the BEES network in your bee school; crafting a test; and putting it all together.  

In the all-day training and workshops you will:

  • Learn various tips and techniques about improving content delivery
  • Gain experience in applying some of the more common techniques for teaching beekeeping
  • Become confident in being able to develop a curriculum for beekeeper education at any level of expertise
  • Discuss with other bee school instructors potential pitfalls in conducting a bee school and means by which they can be avoided or overcome

Preregistration is required for the limited number of seats. The workshop is comprehensive so that all participants are expected to remain through the entire day. Priority will be given to those who have or plan to conduct a beginner bee school so that we can learn from each other about what works, what doesn't, and what to expect from many different perspectives.

Feel free to bring along a syllabus to critique and discuss with others.


Instructors will be David R. Tarpy, Program Director & Extension Apiculturist, NC State; Bill Mares, EAS Education Committee Chairman; and others.

Bill Mares is the immediate past president of EAS and the Vermont Beekeepers Association. His organization and skill produced one of the finest and most well-attended conference in decades. Bill co-chairs the EAS Education Committee. Seek him out at EAS 2013 for his wit and pith.

David Tarpy hales from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, although he is now famous for his queen biology and other research at North Carolina State University. After building one of the largest and most successful state master beekeeper organizations, he has recently developed an online education platform called BEES. See David online or in person at EAS 2013.

Short Course

 

In addition to the regular short course classes, two special elective classes have been added.

 

TopBar Hives (Monday):

The beeyard part of Top Bar Hives instruction is limited to 25 people. Please reserve your spot at registration.  Once the first session is full, we will offer afternoon sessions run by other beekeepers.

 

Train the Trainer (Tuesday):

The goal of this program is to provide training in how to conduct an efficient bee school.  This will help improve content delivery, maximize student learning, and promote beekeeping. The intent of this workshop is to learn how to teach effectively, leaving it up to each individual instructor what to teach. In short, this workshop is not about what to teach, but how to teach it.

 

 

Microscope Explorations

Come Explore with us.

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WHAT IS IT?*  Please join us at the microscope "wet lab" during EAS 2013…

Your chance to see pollen, pathogens and parasites in real time - these are no mere images!  Learn to identity pollen, whether collected from your bees' knees or found in your honey.  Does this help identify what type of nectar sources your bees visited and therefore what type of honey is in the hive?  Diagnose common bacterial and viral infections peculiar to the honey bee.  Review the life cycle of their parasites to form the basis of your husbandry decisions.

Sticky Board

This sticky board at 30X, was removed in December, after feeding syrup longer than commonly advised.  Consider the evidence: fresh, clean wax scales and mold filaments.  These may indicate young workers - and even brood - well into November, along with humid conditions, possibly created by the board impeding air flow and the water content of the syrup.  Don Coats, a member of the EAS 2013 Planning Committee, is developing this workshop and invites you to think about microscopic explorations in beekeeping.  Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your ideas and questions to explore at the microscope "wet lab"  in West Chester, PA.  August 5-9, 2013.

 

Microscopes kindly provided by Microscope.commicroscope

New Bigger and Better Honey Show this Year

Information will be included in your Program book and also posted in the Registration Area when you arrive, along with the exact location of the drop-off area and of the Show itself.

ATTENTION! ALL HONEY SHOW PARTICIPANTS
If you use a Gamber Classic jar when entering the liquid honey categories and win 1st place you’ll receive a $100 Gamber Container gift certificate, if you win 2nd place you’ll receive a $50 Gamber Container gift certificate. This is a change from past years when Gamber offered a Savings Bond in each of these categories.

 

Bring your entries to the ‘Common Grounds’ room on the main (1st floor) of the Sykes Student Union Center at West Chester University.

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Drop Off Show Entries:
Tuesday August 6th 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 7th 10:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Awards will be announced On Thursday

Post Show Pick Up Entries
Friday After 3:15 p.m.

Show Rules, click hereYou can print them out.

 

1. Extracted Honey (6 Classes – White, Light, Lt Amber, Amber, Dark, Creamed)
2. Black Jar (Honey) – Single Class - Any color honey, opaque jar, best taste
3. Comb Honey (5 Classes – Section Box, Cut Comb, Circular Section, Chunk, Frame of Honey)
4. Beeswax (4 Classes - Single piece, Dipped candles, Molded candles, Novelty candles)
5. Mead & Honey Beer (4 & 2 Classes – Dry, Sweet, Sparkling or Fruit Mead & Lt./Med or Braggot Honey Beer)
6. Arts & Crafts (4 Classes – Gift arrangement, Sewing or needlepoint, Novelty beeswax, Misc.)
7. Photography (4 Classes – Close-up, Scenic, Portrait, Essay)

8. Gadget Show (2 Classes – Large & Small Devices)
9. Honey Cookery (7 Classes – Cookies, Bars/Brownies, Cake, Yeast Bread, Yeast Rolls, Muffins, Candy)

 

Please thank and support our generous award sponsors by patronizing their businesses whenever you can!

  • Extracted Honey – Dutch Gold Honey (Lancaster, PA)
  • Black Jar (Honey) – Montgomery County Beekeepers Association (PA)
  • Comb Honey – Walter T. Kelley Company (Clarkson, KY)
  • Beeswax – Bee Culture Magazine (Medina, OH)
  • Mead & Honey Beer – Allagash Brewing Company, Inc. (Portland, ME)
  • Arts & Crafts – Maine State Beekeepers Association
  • Photography – American Bee Journal (Hamilton, IL)
  • Gadget Show – Brushy Mountain Bee Farm (Moravian Falls, NC & New Columbia, PA)
  • Honey Cookery – TBD
  • Sweepstakes – Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association
  • Best of Show - Hackenberg Apiaries (Lewisburg, PA)

 

Need help? Click here for articles on preparing for the show.


 

Not Just Another Honey Show For EAS 2013

by Brian Marcy

Mike Palmer returns from the success of EAS Vermont to assist me, Doylestown, PA beekeeper, Brian Marcy, in the planning of another round of extraordinary show competitions for EAS 2013 at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. It’s a Honey Show. It’s a Beeswax Show. It’s a Mead Show. It’s an Arts & Crafts, Gadgets, Cookery and Photography Show. Be creative. Be precise. Be careful and check your creations twice - then thrice! First-timer? Why not.Every-timer? Welcome back! Read the rules and watch the web; there’ll be more to learn about the EAS competitions ahead.

Having grown up in Minnesota, I visit the ‘Great Get Together’, Minnesota’s State Fair, every summer with family.Each year I marvel at the oceans of state fair goers who, like me, pack themselves shoulder-to-shoulder into exhibit halls to see the annual flush of award ribbons for the year’s yield of crops, cakes, quilts, cows, and the myriad other crafted and living projects on display, including honey. I often catch myself wishing I was the judge of any one of the food competitions and wondering how entrants find the time and talent to create their wonderful entries.Living in Pennsylvania, I am most fortunate to repeat those experiences every January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States. Like a summer fair, the PA Farm Show exhibits the entries of the sweetest commodity of all – honey, along with all other honey bee products & creations. As a relatively new beekeeper, and even newer EAS attendee, I was excited to learn of Mike’s passion for the EAS Honey Show in Vermont and to see elements of a show that could rival some of the best shows in the country.

Let’s make a great honey show even better! For your part, prepare an entry – or several! Visit the EAS website often to find the show rules, to check details and updates about the EAS show competitions and to seek guidance on how to prepare your entries. Be sure that you read the show rules – ALL the rules! The show rules are the same as last year, but this year, deductions will not be made for glassware imperfections, in applicable categories, that are beyond the control of the entrant.

Judges will of course have category expertise for the entries that they evaluate, but this year we’re planning to provide entrants with more space to display their entries and more room for visitors to view and enjoy them. In addition to ribbon awards to acknowledge excellent entries, best in class entrants will win a beautiful engraved silver plate for their respective categories. The Best of Show entrant will be awarded a magnificent engraved silver bowl. For the epitome of bragging rights, be the EAS Sweepstakes winner, an award given to the entrant with the most wins, any wins, in all categories. Maybe you?!

bring your entries to the ‘Common Grounds’ room on the main (1st floor) of the Sykes Student Union
Center at West Chester University

EAS Lodging

Dormitory Rooms:

Air-conditioned dormitory rooms are available at the conference center.  Price includes two twin beds, linen, and Breakfast.  $54/night for single  $84/night for a double. Cut off date for dormitory reservations is July 25th.

 

When contacting hotels be sure to mention that you are attending EAS.
Hotels often sell out for EAS so be sure to book early.

Hotels:

Hotel Warner
120 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Tel: 610-692-6920
http://www.hotelwarner.com

$129 per night for Superior King accommodations, or Two-Bedded Accommodations. Includes continental buffet and high speed internet. Guest should identify themselves as being part of the EAS Convention. All reservations need to be made prior to July 5, 2013.

Hampton Inn Great Valley/Malvern
635 Lancaster Ave.
Frazer, PA 19355
Tel: 610-699-1300
Fax: 610-699-1313
http://hamptoninn.hilton.com

$119 per night for King Study or Double. All reservations need to be made prior to July 14, 2013.

 

Sheraton Great Valley Hotel
707 East Lancaster Avenue
Frazer, PA 19355
Tel: 610-524-5500
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1212274820&key=569F6orthNY_Sheraton_malvern_ModifiedBroad_110810_NAD_FM
$129 per night Single rate (rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 9%). All reservations need to be made prior to July 14, 2013.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham West Chester
500 Willowbrook Lane
West Chester, PA 19382
Tel: 610-738-9111
http://www.microtelinn.com
$99.00 per night, double occupancy (plus 8% Hotel Occupancy Tax)". Please reference the group name of "E.A.S. Annual Seminar" when making reservations. All rooms include the daily breakfast bar. Reservations must be made prior to July 21, 2013.

 

Sonesta Suites
20 Morehall Rd
Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: 610-296-4343
https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=57037&Chain=5157&group=130805EAST
$109 per night for One Bedroom/One Bathroom Suite. $129 per night for Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom Suite.  Please reference the group name of Eastern Apicultural Society when making reservations. Reservations must be made prior to July 22, 2013.

Camp Sites:

Philadelphia/West Chester KOA   10-15 minutes from WCSU
PO Box 920D
Unionville, PA 19375
Tel: (800) 562-1726
http://www.philadelphiakoa.com/
 
Two Logs
960 Beaver Dam Road
Honey Brook PA 19344
Tel: 610-273-3068
http://www.twologcampground.com/index.html
 
Hidden Acres
103 Hidden Acres Road, Coatesville, PA
Tel: (610) 857-3990
http://www.hiddenacrespa.com/
 
General:  Campsites in Southern Chester Co.
http://www.campingpa.com/campground/southeast/chester.htm

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