Back Yard Beekeepers Association Presents a Honey Bee Jamboree

The big red barn is one of several beautifully restored buildings at Ambler Farm. It's a great place for kids and families.

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) is putting on a Honey Bee Jamboree at Ambler Farm in Wilton on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10 am to 3 pm. Guests will be given a passport with all the honey bee events listed on it and are encouraged to get their passport stamped as they visit each station.  Guests who visit all the stations get a prize! A suggested donation of $10 per family to Ambler Farm will help sustain their honey bee program. BYBA may charge a nominal fee for a couple of the stations to cover their expenses.

Honey Bee Jamboree activities led by BYBA master beekeepers include:

  • Teaching Hive (Beekeeper’s equipment, photos of frames showing various things you might see inside a live hive, empty real equipment,veils, smokers, etc. to talk about and try on)
  • Observation Hive w/ live bees “under glass”
  • Honey Tasting (varietal honeys to taste and compare.  Held indoors  so as not to attract neighborhood bees in great numbers)
  • Honey Extraction (also held indoors, same reason. Jars available for folks to bottle some to take home.)
  • Bee’s Wax Candle Rolling
  • Bee Toss (a bean bag game)
  • Pollination Game (a flower-to-hive relay game)
  • BYBA Farmers’ Market
  • Bee Tent, Videos (screen-sided tent w/ nuc hives inside and beekeepers to “inspect” and show to spectators outside
  • Honey Ice Cream Making
  • Face Painting

You may also shop the Ambler Farm farm stand from 10:30-5 pm. Be sure to bring your own bags or boxes.

Ambler Farm is located at 257 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton, CT. There is ample parking at the farm, which is open to the community 365 days a year.

About the Back Yard Beekeepers Association:

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) has been educating the public about honey bees and beekeeping for fifteen plus years.  With over 300 members, our association has grown to become one of the nation’s largest regional clubs for beekeeping hobbyists. Some of our members are just getting started as beekeepers, and some have enjoyed this hobby for years. All share an interest in the wonderful and remarkable world of the honey bee. This regional club is dedicated to promoting beekeeping as a hobby, and spreading the good word about the remarkable honey bee.

The purpose of the BYBA is to provide its membership with interesting and practical information about the “how-to’s” of beekeeping. The club also provides the general public with educational programs about honey bees and the benefits of beekeeping in our communities. The BYBA is a not for profit, 501C-3 charitable organization.

There are 9 monthly meetings that begin at 7:30 pm on the last Tuesday of the month in January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November and are held at the Norfield Church Community Room, 64 Norfield Road, Weston, Connecticut. There is usually a meeting designed specifically for new beekeepers at 6:30 pm (prior to our regular meetings).  The Wannabees is a program offered for children.  These events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit the Back Yard Beekeepers Associations’ website, www.backyardbeekeepers.com.

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