Two FREE Events All About Honeybees on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7 to 9 pm
Well Bee-ing: Your Move and Kids ’n’ Bees at West Chester University, Sykes Theater
Free Kids’ Activities • Learn How Honey Bees Make Many Foods Possible & How to Help Them!
West Chester, PA – What does the price of an apple, your backyard, and children’s health have in common? Honey bees ! Everyone’s invited to two free family events, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm, at West Chester University’s Sykes Student Union to learn about honey and honey bees, when the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) presents Well-Bee-ing: Your Move as well as Kids ’n’ Bees. Hear from experts about how you can help honey bees stay happy and healthy, just as they do the same for us. Families can choose either simultaneous event, or kids can enjoy the supervised Kids ’n’ Bees activities while adults attend Well-Bee-ing: Your Move.
Without honey bees, many of your favorite foods would cost a lot more – or disappear altogether. Honey bees are vital to our economy and food supply. By pollinating, they make everything from apples to pumpkins possible; the multi-billion dollar almond industry alone is totally dependent upon honeybees. Jim Bobb, Chairman of the EAS, notes that these honey bee happenings are a great way to enjoy a summer evening out while learning a little, “People ask me all the time, ‘How are the honeybees doing?’ These two events, on Wednesday, August 7, are a fun way for everyone to find the answer and learn a few simple things anyone can do to help the honeybees stay healthy.”
Well-Bee-ing: Your Move is a program and conversation to update us all on the progress of solving the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder, responsible for a worldwide decline in the honey bee population. The panel for this event includes: Brian Snyder, Executive Director of the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Douglas Tallamy, professor and author of Bringing Nature Home, which helps us understand how simply adding native plants to our yard welcomes so many more birds, butterflies, and bees; and Dennis vanEngelsdorp, world-renowned honey bee expert. All three will be in town for the EAS Annual Conference on Beekeeping http://www.easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2013.html being held August 5 – 9, 2013.
Eastern Apicultural Society, www.easternapiculture.org, is the largest noncommercial beekeeping organization in North America, with 26 member states/provinces in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1955, EAS is an international nonprofit educational organization for the education of beekeepers, Master Beekeeper certification, and excellence in honey bee research.
ADDRESS FOR BOTH EVENTS: West Chester University, Sykes Student Union Theater, 110 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383.
As part of your overall EAS experience, please attend the Thursday Evening Social and Auction to benefit the EAS organization. This event will be held on Thursday evening, August 8, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Red Clay Room (www.redclayroom.com/home.htm), 423 Dalmatian St., Kennett Square, PA, 19348. Please purchase a ticket, if you have not already done so, through preregistration; if you still need to buy a ticket after preregistration closes, contact the folks at the registration desk. Please bring your ticket to the dinner.
On the menu for Thursday evening will be an entrée choice between Honey Dijon Salmon and Honey Balsamic Chicken. As Kennett Square is considered the Mushroom Capital of the World, we will be sure to have some excellent mushroom soup and mushrooms accompanying other parts of our meal.
Part of the decision to locate this banquet in Kennett Square was to encourage people to go out for a brief drive in the beautiful Chester County countryside. I can recommend that you set your GPS for the address given above so that you will ultimately be taken directly to the banquet location, but try to override your GPS at the beginning and start out your trip in one of two ways:
1. Leaving West Chester borough via Rt 52 South will take you through some interesting countryside and actually past the picnic park where the Wednesday evening picnic had just occurred the night before; or, better yet,
2. Travel south from West Chester on Rt 202 and then after about 2 miles, turn west on Rt 926--this is my favorite route for scenic countryside.
If you are up for it and have planned for some extra time while traveling the 926 route described above, turn at the intersection onto Rt 100 South. You will travel a winding road next to the Brandywine River and after 2 or 3 miles, keen observers can look to the right and see the late Andrew Wyeth’s homestead—it looks exactly like one of his paintings and is located near some power lines as a further reference point. Continuing south on Rt 100 will lead you to the intersection with Rt 1 South. Make a right at that intersection and you will be heading on your way toward the Red Clay Room.
As a vendor you can view and download a packet of information on how to become a vendor at EAS 2013 View Vendor Packet.
To become a vendor, dowload the vendor Application Form. Fill it out and send it to:
Greg Fariss, 142 Cemetery Road, Mocksville, NC 27028
Form and Money MUST Be Received by July 15, 2013
The EAS Registration and Information Desk is on the first floor (street level) at:
Sykes Student Union Building
110 W. Rosedale Avenue,
West Chester, PA 19383S
Sykes is located on W. Rosedale Avenue, between High Street and New Street.
Free parking for EAS is directly behind Sykes; it can be reached by turning off West Rosedale Avenue at Church or Roslyn Avenues, then turning onto Norfolk Avenue.
Take Schuylkill Expressway (Rt. 76 West) to exit #328. Follow Rt. 202 South, West Chester, for approximately 20 minutes. Take High Street exit to second traffic light at Rosedale Ave. and turn left. Sykes will be on the left.
Or take West Chester Pike (Rt. 3 West) to Rt. 202 S. by-pass. Follow Rt. 202 S. to High Street exit. Go to second traffic light at Rosedale Avenue and turn left. Sykes will be on the left.
Take PA Turnpike to exit #312, Downingtown. Follow signs for Rt. 100 South. Shortly after the intersection of Rts. 100 and 30, follow the signs for Pottstown Pike. Route 100 S. will become High Street in the borough of West Chester. Stay on High Street until you come to Rosedale Avenue where the cornerstone of the University is located. Turn right, Sykes will be on the left.
At midcounty, follow signs for PA Turnpike West (Harrisburg) and take exit #326, Valley Forge. Go about 1/4 mile to exit #328, to Rt. 202 South, West Chester, and continue for approximately 20 minutes. Take the High Street exit. Continue north on High Street to the second traffic light at Rosedale Avenue. Turn left, Sykes will be on the left.
Take Exit #6 for PA Turnpike. Follow PA Turnpike West for approximately 35 miles and take exit #326, Valley Forge. Go about 1/4 mile to exit #328, to Rt. 202 South, West Chester, and continue for approximately 20 minutes. Take the High Street exit. Continue north on High Street to the second traffic light at Rosedale Avenue. Turn left, Sykes will be on the left.
Coming from either North or South on New Jersey Rt. 295, follow signs for Rt. 322 West. (Bridge is on 322 W.) Cross bridge and continue on 322 W. to Rt. 1. Turn left on Rt. 1 to Rt. 202 North. Turn right on Rt. 202 N. and continue for approximately seven miles. At the Holiday Inn proceed straight ahead under the overpass, following the signs for the Business District, Rt. 322. Continue north on High Street to the second traffic light at Rosedale Avenue. Turn left on Rosedale, Sykes will be on the left.
Take Rt. 95 North through Wilmington to the exit for Rt. 202 N. (Concord Pike). Continue north on 202. (From the intersections of Rts. 1 and 202, it is approximately seven miles to West Chester.) At the Holiday Inn, proceed straight ahead under the overpass, following the signs for the Business District, Rt. 322. Continue north on High Street to the second traffic light at Rosedale Avenue. Turn left on Rosedale, Sykes will be on the left.
Our Mission Is:
Education and Conferences,
Master Beekeeper Certification,
Honey Bee Research Grants