Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Beginning Beekeeping Short Course Field Day

Beginning Beekeeping Short  Course Field Day


Saturday, April 9 (weather permitting), 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

At Richard Paine’s Apiary (375-2352), 1020 Swamp Fox Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.



From Route 316 – From off of Rt.316 turn onto Rt. 914 (Swamp Fox Rd).  Go 1.5 miles and look for his honey sign on the left.


From I-81 - Take I-81 to PA 914 Exit (Exit 10).  After exiting I-81, take Rt. 914/Swamp Fox Road east (away from Marion).  After 1 mile, Swamp Fox Road makes a sharp turn to the left.  Keep on Swamp Fox Road for another 1 mile and look for his honey sign on your right.


Maps and directions from your home are available on-line through Mapquest:


Instructions:  Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing--long sleeved shirt, etc.  Wear light color clothing (no bright floral prints).  Avoid scented soaps, shampoos, body powders, perfumes, etc.  If you have them, bring your bee veil, white coveralls, etc.  Disposable gloves provided.  Bring questions, in order to get the most from this "hands on" experience.  Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.  BRING YOUR OWN FOLDING CHAIRS!


What to do if you are stung:  If you have been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket, follow these instructions closely:


1. Bees leave behind a stinger attached to a venom sac. Do not try to pull it out as this may release more venom; instead gently scrape it out with a blunt-edged object, such as a credit card or dull knife.

2. Wash the area carefully with soap and water. This should be continued several times a day until the skin is healed.

3. Apply a cold or ice pack, wrapped in cloth for a few minutes.

4. Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Take acetaminophen for pain.

(From:  University of Maryland Medical Center: