Saturday, June 16 - MASS BEE FIELD DAY


Time:        11 AM

Location:  UMass Agricultural Learning Center

                  911 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Beekeeping experts from throughout New England attend this field day to share their knowledge and experience with fellow beekeepers. The all-day event is free and attendance is highly recommended. The Massachusetts Beekeeping Association also holds its annual State Bee Smoker Contest at this event, so bring your smoker and secret fuel. Pre-registration is recommended.

For more information, to register or order lunch, visit The full field day agenda will be posted as it is finalized.

(Unfortunately we did not have enough people for the WCBA bus -- refunds will be made to those who already signed up.)



Time:        1 PM

Location:  Grafton Municipal Center (behind Grafton Police Station)


From Ken Warchol: The WCBA will be dedicating a metal bench honoring a past president of Worcester County Beekeepers and Grafton Selectman for his dedication to our association. Richard Dion served as our secretary, vice-president and President in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He took our association through some troubled times and brought it back to where it is today, a thriving bee club. As his vice-president I saw the tremendous effort he put in and the donations he made. I know he would be honored if he were still alive. Please come join his family, other beekeepers and friends at this dedication event in Grafton. How ironic that we now have our bee school at Grafton High School 200 feet away from where this bench will sit! I hope to see you all there at the bench unveiling.


Saturday, July 21 - ANNUAL WCBA COOKOUT

Time: 11 AM (Early Start)

Place: Home of Scott Malkasian, Dowd's Lane, Princeton, MA (See directions below)

Scott Malkasian and Brian Faucher generously provide us with hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish and/or dessert to share. After lunch, Scott will lead a hive opening and talk about his management style and his many hive experiments.

Other reasons to come out and enjoy the afternoon with your fellow beekeepers:

  • Annual WCBA Smoker Contest—bring your smoker and favorite fuel
  • Tips on preparing your honey entry for the Spencer Fair
  • Honey extraction demo by Norman Mercier—great for new beekeepers
  • Tour Scott’s log cabin mansion—the view from the top is spectacular

Directions: Take Rte 122A North out of Holden Center toward Rutland. Take a right onto Rte 68 N. Go 4 miles to Glenwood Rd. Take right onto Glenwood Rd and follow it for a short distance where it splits. Go left onto Dowd’s Lane which is a dirt road. Follow it to the dead end which is Scott’s house on the left. The map shows a road coming in from the opposite side, you cannot go through that way. Follow the WCBA meeting signs.





August 25 -- Royalston

September 15 -- Sutton

October 6 -- All Day Speaker meeting (first indoor meeting of the season)




Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus

Indoor monthly meetings and many of the Special Events of the WCBA are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Manville Street, in Leicester, Massachusetts.

From Webster Square in Worcester: Follow Route 9 West into Leicester. Two miles from the town line turn right onto Manville Street, just after Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.
From the Spencer or Leicester area: Follow Route 9 East. Turn left onto Manville Street, just before Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.