Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Queen's Castle Beekeepers Association
2nd Year, 6th Minutes, June 30, 2012
21980 U.S. Hwy. 29, Andalusia, AL 36420
Old or Ongoing
Reminder to everyone to
bring some of their own honey to put on our display shelf.
OJ and Lucy continue to work
hard to improve our meeting area. We will begin having meetings
outside as weather permits. And we will most likely be visiting
the bees as weather permits, so bring your protection.
This month we had our first
annual “Kids Day” program in place of our regular meeting. We had
about 15 children and about 20 adults to attend and we all thought
it was a success.
Sharon Barrow greeted
everyone and gave a short introduction about our beekeeping
association and how important bees are to our environment. She
invited the children to move from booth to booth to learn
different lessons about bees.
Booth #1 was learning the
difference between a queen, a drone and a worker bee and what
their job is in the hive. They learned how a bee stinger works and
got to inspect a real (dead) bee up close with a magnifying glass.
This booth was manned by Donna Blair.
The second booth was manned
by Vicky Barrow and Sharon Campbell. They talked about pollination
and how many of our plants are pollinated by bees, how they
pollinate, what pollen looks and tastes like and what colors bees
can actually see well. They also learned how bees gather nectar
and how very many trips they have to make to get enough nectar to
the hive to make just one teaspoonful of honey.
In Booth #3, Gary Barrow
showed all the different parts of a beehive and explained their
use and talked about the tools beekeepers use such as the smoker
and the hive tool and Emma Crook demonstrated how to use a bee
suit to keep from getting stung so much.
The final booth was how to
extract honey. Susan and Kip Carter brought their manual extractor
and each child got to turn the crank and extract some honey which
they drained into cups and got to sample. This was probably the
most popular booth of the day!
O J brought a selection of
his queen castle hives and gave a demonstration on why he
developed his hives this way and how beneficial they are for the
bees. This was mostly for the adults and he had a question and
answer time that everyone enjoyed. He also brought an observation
hives and the adults enjoyed looking at the “Ladies of Honor” as
well as the kids!
We had a delicious hot dog
lunch with all the trimmings cooked on the grill by Jason Piland.
Lucy provided ice cream and there were several other
desserts...let’s just say, no one went home hungry!
Our first “Kids Day” was a
huge success. We had fun, it WAS a lot of hard work, and we
learned what to do differently next year.
We signed up two new members
and the bees made lots of new friends! Thank you to ALL who helped
and to all who came and brought kids!
Those in attendance were:
Don Helton, Austin Gibbs, Jim Ledbetter, Donna Blair, Jason
Piland, Jimmie Winters, Sarah Winters and Jimmy and Brandon,
Taffee Oates, Ronnie Brannon, Kip Carter, Susan Carter, Noah
Curry, Deborah Parkinson, Serge Nazario, OJ Blount, Lucy Blount,
Amy,Dan,Madison Lambeth, Gary and Vicky Barrow, Sharon Campbell,
Elisabeth Mitchell, Casey,Josh,Kirstin,Kaleigh,Michael,Sam
Hurst, Robert Inmon.