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Oh, the places we go!

We are always eager to go into the communities of Howard County to promote beekeeping and educate the public on honey bees and pollinators.  Here are some of the places we've been... we hope that you'll stop by if you come to one of our upcoming events

Lotion Bar and Soap Making Class

On Saturday, November 30th, a small group of HCBA members gathered at Valerie Wampler's home to learn about using products from the hive to make lotion bars and soap. 

Brenda McCabe, a certified clinical aromatherapist, spoke about making lotion bars, lip balm and body creams. She demonstrated several techniques and ingredients. Brenda discussed the scents she adds and cautioned about sourcing beeswax and other additives as these products are used directly on the skin. 

Next, Valerie talked about different methods of soap making including hot method, cold method, and heat and pour. Participants were able to try their hand at making soaps and using essential oils. Valerie discussed the role of lye in soap making and the chemical reactions taking place during the making and curing process. Valerie showed the results of various methods with her own soaps, and had everyone laughing while talking about her experiences.

An advanced soap making class will be held in February or March, so stay tuned for more information!

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Pointer's Run Elementary School

November 5, 2019 at Pointer's Run Elementary School, HCBA members Dean Clark and Valerie Wampler provided Girl Scout Junior Troop 2168 and Cadette troop 2401 a class on Honeybees and being a Beekeeper. 


Educational topics covered honeybee biology, hive boxes/frames, tools, beeswax, honey, propolis, diseases and ended with a turn at the extractor and learning about honey collection.

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HCBA 2019 Fall One-Day Seminar on Beekeeping

Each fall, HCBA sponsors a one-day seminar to introduce beekeeping and help attendees decide if beekeeping is for them. Our friends at the Robinson Nature Center hosted the event that was held on November 2, 2019.

Many of our attendees were so excited about what they learned, that they have signed up to attend our in-depth February Beginning Beekeeping course! 

Special thanks to Master Beekeeper Allen Hayes for coordinating and speaking at the event, to our members who presented: Doris Walsh, Danielle Spendiff, Valerie Wampler and  Roger Frissora (who also was our A/V maestro!) and to our volunteers: Valerie Wampler, Cara Weldy, and Chelsea Czekalski.  HCBA couldn't do what we do without you!

HC Conservancy Fall Festival

Each September, the Howard County Conservancy holds a fall festival to further its mission of connecting people to nature.  In addition to strolling the grounds and historic farmhouse tours, the event hosts activities that would interest just about everyone - from animals to pet,  hayrides, and storytelling to music, and demonstrations of wool-spinning, blacksmithing, and woodworking!

HCBA continues to be an active participant in this event, and we thank Dean Clark, Alice Parks, and Paul Kojzar for volunteering their time to talk about 'the girls' and promote beekeeping with this year's more than 1,600 attendees of the festival!


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Brew Hive Grand Opening

HCBA was at the forefront of the September grand opening of the HOCO Brew Hive Restaurant & Bar. Howard County Executive Cavin Ball was one of the more than 50 people who stopped by the HCBA booth to learn more about honey bees and pollination. HOCO Brew Hive will be featuring local honey in specialized meal preparations and promoting local beekeepers.


Special thanks to HCBA President Dave Dobbs and his wife Peggy for supporting this event.

Mom's Market Save the Dandelions

This spring, Mom's Market hosted a Save the Dandelion event to encourage the public to note use deadly pesticides and herbicides. 


Members Merlow Henry, Helen Zimmerman, and  Dean Clark represented HCBA at the event to help the public embrace having dandelions and clover in their yards because they are important food sources for honey bees and other pollinators.