Kennebec Beekeepers Association sponsors several types of events:
Regular club meetings are held at Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street in Augusta on the second Thursday of the month, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Viles Room.
Meetings review club business and news, feature guest lecturers, demonstrations, and opportunities to socialize with fellow beekeepers.
Non-member visitors are welcome to attend regular club meetings – any questions please contact a club officer.
Open Hive Sessions
Open Hive sessions are typically held during the months of April through October – as weather allows – at Viles Arboretum, where the club maintains our hives.
An open hive is an educational opportunity for members to see an experienced beekeeper inspect and work a hive, explain what they are seeing, how the hive should be managed, and why. Should we see potential problems, we discuss what options exist to resolve the situation.
Sessions may include information about any of the following: how to approach a hive, how to light a smoker, seasonal concerns, swarm management, making splits, making hives or nucleus hives, rearing queens, mite detection, disease detection, feeding, or medication. These sessions offer ample opportunities to visit and talk with other beekeepers.
We also host a hands on honey extracting class where you will learn how to uncap the frames, work the extractor, and bottle your finished product.