Gizmos, gadgets, gewgaws, and weird looking hive tools!

GaringJoin us on Sunday, November 16, for the next Club meeting! Beekeeper and Empire State Honey Producers Association Treasurer Sue Garing will start a conversation about home grown gizmos we’ve created to improve beekeeping task efficiency. Sue will bring a few of her own gizmos and some photographs of ones too large for table top for show and tell.

Please bring and share your novel feeders, tools, varroa traps, tool caddies, and other thingamabobs that make keeping bees easier.

Immediately following Sue’s presentation, we’ll have a short business meeting that will include a treasurer’s report, update on the Club hives, a reminder about January officer elections, and updates on the Beginner’s Workshop and Geneva Conference. If you have any additional club business you would like to discuss, please email Shelley at


If you’re interested in bringing a dish to pass, bring a honey-based snack! We’ve all had time to harvest; show off something you make with your honey!

Geneva Bee Conference

beelogoThere will be no March meeting in Ithaca. Instead, join us for the Geneva Bee Conference, presented by FLBC and the Ontario-Fingerlakes Beekeepers Association.  Many conference vendors will take orders and you can pick up your orders at the meeting, to save on shipping costs.

The 2013 Geneva Bee Conference (GBC) has two great speakers lined up: Dr. Deborah Delaney and Dr. Tammy Horn.  For information on the speakers and the talks they are giving, click on the Speakers link.

The GBC will be held on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, New York, in the Vandervoort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.  The date is Saturday, March 16th, 2013.  For information on how to get to the college, click on Directions.  For a PDF flyer of the event, click on Flyer.

The GBC is a free event.  However, if you can donate $20 to help defray costs, it will be appreciated!

For the lunch break, people bring a dish to share (or cups/napkins/plates/utensils, or bottles of water, or…) and we’ll have coffee available.  We’ve always had a good variety of savory and sweet dishes that folks have brought.  If you prefer, you can brown bag it or there are places near the campus where you can go to get lunch.


Honey, beer, and honey!

Beer glassFor the first Club meeting of the year, we invited Glenn Bucine to share his experiences with brewing beer with honey.  Glenn has brewed for many years, and describes himself as a “brewer, garlic grower, and humble gardner”.  Glenn will cover the basics of brewing beer, and then expand on to how to flavor your brew with honey.

After Glenn’s talk, we will dive into our honey sampling party!  The club will provide crackers as a palate cleanser, and if you want to share your honey please bring some in a squeeze bottle.  It could be a bear, or any other bottle that lets us share honey without sharing germs.  Bring a water bottle or other mug to have a supply of water or tea at hand.

Finally, for the first meeting of the year we will hold club elections.  Anyone interested in serving as an officer should feel free to contact me or the group.

I hope to see you at the Cooperative Extension Building at 2pm on Sunday (January 20).  Officers meeting will start at 1pm.


January Meeting

Skunk CabbageYou are invited to the next meeting of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club on January 15th, at 2:00 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension located at 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca. This meeting, like all FLBC events, is open to everyone interested in honeybees and beekeeping.

The main business of the January meeting will be the Election of Officers for 2012. Members are reminded that, with the new Club Constitution, there is no nomination committee. All nominations will be taken from the floor. If you would like to be a Club Officer it is acceptable to volunteer as a nominee. If you know of others you would like to nominate, it is prudent to contact them for their approval before the meeting. The positions are President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Publicist, Treasurer.

** NOTE the change of speaker and topic **

Native Bee researcher Margarita Uribe had to cancel for personal reasons.  In her place, following the business meeting Peter Borst will talk about Bee Plants of the Finger Lakes Region, from early spring to fall.

Please feel free to contribute snacks and beverages for the meeting!

Club Picnic July 17

The picnic is a great way to get to know your fellow beekeepers and a great opportunity to talk bees for a few hours. Bring some honey for tasting!

The Annual Club Picnic will be held at Myers Point on Sunday, July 17. Myers Point is located on Cayuga Lake 10 miles north of Ithaca off Highway 34B. Pavilion E has been rented for the day and the meal is being planned for 12:30. There is a $3 parking fee that people should plan for. The Club will provide some beverages and basic foods for grilling. People are encouraged to bring their own dishes and utensils, a dish to pass and beverages to share. Naturally, honey-based foods and beverages are encouraged. Beer and wine are OK to have in the park, especially mead.

The park has a swimming beach, volleyball courts, basketball court, boat launch, horseshoes and a playground. The event is open to all members, families, friends and neighbors who are interested in our friend the honey bee.

No RSVP necessary–just show up!


Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale

Saturday May 14, 2011: 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR-NYS Armory 765 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, over 40 area growers,  and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops.  Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and information are offered.  Kids can join the Ithaca Children’s Garden for a fun hands-on activity.  Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants.

FLBC will be there. Contact the Club ( if you’re interested in volunterring for FLBC!

Beginning with Honey Bees: April 16

Date: April 16, 2011 from 9am to 3pm

Place: Cayuga Nature Center

The Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club will be presenting an all-day workshop on beekeeping basics for new and aspiring beekeepers. We will cover topics such as equipment, hive management, dealing with honey and other hive products, beekeeping on a budget, and equipment assembly.

Registration is only $8 per person, or $12 for a family. See our brochure (pdf) here for registration information and a full schedule. Attendance is limited to 80. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed. Preregistration is due by April 9.

February 19, 2011 Beekeeping Symposium

Click here for a brochure, including a map to the conference.

The Annual Winter Beekeeping Symposium be held on February 19, 2011 from 9am to 5pm at the Albright Auditorium, Hobart & William Smith College, Geneva, NY. This event is presented by the Ontario Beekeepers Association and the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club. Admission is free.

Featured speakers include Randy Oliver who owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He manages 500 colonies for migratory pollination, and produces queens, nucs, and honey. He has 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. The other featured speaker is Heather Mattila, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology.

Beginning with Bees: April 17

Beginning with Bees A Beginner's Beekeeping Class presented at Cayuga Nature Center 1420 Taughannock Boulevard Route 89 Ithaca NY 14850-9510 Saturday April 16 9 AM The Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club announces a Spring workshop to help people begin keeping bees. The workshop is designed for people who wish to start a bee hive, whether to raise some honey or for pollination. Finger Lakes Beekeeper Club members will be on hand to present displays and workshops, host informal conversations with beekeepers and a visit to the Club Apiary. Light refreshments will be provided. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. People may find more information by visiting the website, or by sending an email to Because there is a limit of 80 persons, preregistration is required by April 9. The cost is $8.00 person, $12 family. Checks should be made out to “Finger Lakes Bee Keepers Club” and mailed to FLBC, c/o Tammy Fazzi, 4 Hanford Drive, Dryden NY 13053