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MONTHLY MEETING INFORMATION:  The Outer Banks BeeKeeper’s Guild meets the second Wednesday of each month.  Our home base is the Kill Devil Hills Library’s meeting room; however, meeting locations may change according to programming, so be sure to check this site for updates or “subscribe” for our posts below.  Show up anytime after 6:30 p.m. to socialize, and we’ll begin at 7:00 p.m.  If you arrive after the Library has locked their front door at 7:00 p.m., follow the sidewalk on the left side of the building around to the back door. If you would like to participate in the raffle, bring a little cash for ticket donation and/or any items to be raffled (do not have to be bee-related).  The raffle is usually held at the end of most meetings.

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The next statewide conference held by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association is only three months away!  Held March 1, 2 and 3 in New Bern…

“Join the beekeepers of the NCSBA down east in the historic district of New Bern for a three day meeting that features renowned speakers, educational workshops, major vendors of the region and much more.”

The lineup is still being formulated, but so far there are some great speakers (Marla Spivak!!!) and workshops planned.  I urge anyone who can clear their calendar to join me there for a fabulous learning experience!

2018 NCSBA Spring Conference

In order to help organize the event, our Guild’s task is to obtain door prizes (40 total).  I am asking for help approaching local businesses for suitable merchandise/gifts bags (not gift certificates, though, unless they can also be used online… attendees from far reaches of the state need to be able to redeem).  I have an official “donation request” letter I can forward to anyone who can assist.  Please give me a shout at 252.722.3118.  Thanks! Denise  

DECEMBER MEETING:   Our next monthly meeting WILL be held in December, on the second Wednesday, Dec. 13... HOWEVER – we will hold it at the OBX Brewing Station in their upstairs area and begin at 6:00 p.m.  Thought it would be fun to mix it up!  Everyone who wants to order food or drinks may do so on their own tab (but not mandatory to eat/drink if you don’t want!).  Looking toward 2018, would love more input as to what your wants/needs are for Guild speakers & topics, so please come prepared to “throw a monthly topic idea in the hat.”  Literally!  There will be pens & paper available to write down your preferences and toss into the mix.

ALSO AT THE MEETING:  I will bring all of the honeys from the contest so that those who weren’t able to attend can sample the delicious variety of OBX honey (and those who were there can have another taste!!).

YOUR OFFICERS:  At the potluck/honey contest, officers for 2018 were elected.  They remain the same as 2017… those are:  President, Denise Deacon; Vice-President, Susan Rollason; Treasurer, Drew Owens; Program Director, Julie Moye; and Secretary, Dalton Hyde.  Please see the tab on our website for everyone’s contact info should you need it.

SURVEY:  I am hoping to put together an informal survey to gather info as to who lost hives this year, as in talking to several of you it seems an inordinately high number perished or absconded late in the year.  Please watch for that in a future email.

PACKAGES:  Believe it or not, I have already received info from two suppliers about package prices & dates for 2018.  That info will also be disbursed in another email or website post for those who would like to be part of a group order.

I’ll send out a reminder prior to the Dec. meeting about the change of time & venue.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Honey Contest Results!

Posted by Denise Deacon on November 11, 2017
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Congratulations to our Second Annual Honey Contest entrants and winners!

What a fabulous night… Over 40 guests enjoyed a great evening of beekeeping camaraderie while eating delicious dishes and sampling fabulous Outer Banks honeys.  Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who brought potluck sides… it all made for a memorable event!

Special thanks to our judges Rick Coor (NCSBA President), Paul Newbold (NCSBA Master Beekeeping Committee and Born & Bred Queen-Rearing Program) and chef-restaurantaur Joey Russo (owner of Russo’s Bistro & Bar in Kitty Hawk, who also provided the evening’s delicious chili!).

Also, thanks to our other special guests in attendance… Fountain Odom (one of our founding members who traveled from Charlotte, NC, to bee with us!), and Cheryl Newbold (our NCSBA Regional Director) and Etienne Nadeau (president of the Beekeepers of the Albemarle) who both helped with the judging equipment… refractometer (tests density/humidity) and polariscope (shows cleanliness).

We had 14 fabulous entries for the contest.  And the winners are…

People’s Choice Award:
Ken Randall (Frisco)

Judges’ Choice:
First Place – Light: Virgil Lanning (Kitty Hawk)
First Place – Amber: Steve Ryan & Mick Harris (Salvo)

Special Mentions:
Second Place – Lenie & Tom Taylor (Wanchese)

Third Place – Three-Way Tie:
Hugh Taylor (KDH/Colington)
Drew Owens (Kill Devil Hills)
Jeanne Brooke (KDH/Colington)

L-R: Russo, Coor, Harris, Ryan, Lanning & Newbold

The judges getting busy with it:

Attendees sampling before voting for People’s Choice:


Potluck & Honey Contest 11/8

Posted by Denise Deacon on October 31, 2017
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The Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild’s Second Annual Potluck & Honey Contest will be held next Wednesday, November 8, beginning at 6 pm at Denise’s house (in lieu of our regular meeting at the KDH Library).  An Evite invitation was sent out to all subscribers last week with the details… if you have not already done so, please RSVP at your earliest convenience!  If you did not receive the Evite, let me know at and I will resend it to you.

If you are unable to attend but would like to enter your honey, no problem!! Contact me ASAP (252.722.3118) so that I can get it from you before next Wednesday.

We hope to see you there – it promises to be a fun evening!

Sophie’s Choice… An Inspiring One!

Posted by Denise Deacon on October 26, 2017
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I think we can all agree that young faces in the realm of beekeeping are a very welcome sight!  One of the newest to join the Guild, Sophie Johnson is a student at First Flight High School… check out this fabulous article she wrote for the school newspaper describing her new beekeeping passion!  It can be found following this link, on Page 24:


Message from the NCSBA Prez!

Posted by Denise Deacon on October 12, 2017
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Certified Beekeepers of North Carolina,

You are encouraged to apply for a grant from the North Carolina Beehive Grant fund. The process is not difficult and there will be no application fee. All pertinent information has been posted on the website including the link for the recent checklist and fact sheet from the NCADFPTF.

Beehive Grant fund applications will be accepted beginning Monday, October 16 by logging on to and clicking on the Beehive application portal. Applicants are reminded to be ready with scans of supporting documentation in order to attach to their application. Applicants should also have a clearly defined use of the funds ready in order to complete their application. The allocated funds will almost assuredly be depleted this year but there may be more next year, so get your name in the pot!

Your questions are welcome. Please contact Paul Newbold at

Rick Coor
NCSBA President
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The Michael Bush event previously scheduled for Oct. 14 in Smithfield, NC, has been postponed to February 24, 2018.  Please see the previous post on our website and info below from the organizer regarding the rescheduled event.

NOTE: Change of Date to February 24, 2018

Some of you may have already received this notice. If you have already purchased your tickets, you have two options:
Full Refund
Transfer ticket to Feb 24 event
Let us know what you want to do as soon as possible.

Same time, same place, same speaker. Different date.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


NC Bee Education & Training, Inc – a 501c3
Sponsor of Ray’s Bee School
Training Beekeepers for Today and Tomorrow.

Reminder: Next Mtg. Wednesday, 10/11

Posted by Denise Deacon on October 9, 2017
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The next regular meeting of the Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild will be held this Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the KDH Library, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please feel free to arrive anytime after 6:30 to socialize prior, and remember that if you arrive later than 7 (when the library has locked their front door) just follow the sidewalk around the left side of the building to the back door.

We plan to enjoy round table discussion on any beekeeping topic/subject or questions that anyone would like to bring up, as well as others to include:

* Suggestions for next year’s speakers & topics
* 2018 Officer Nominations
* Mentor/Apprentice Program & New Beekeeper Retention Ideas
* Honey Contest & potluck in November – looking for a volunteer to host it at your crib! Currently plan to hold it the same day as our regular meeting (Nov. 8) unless it works better on another day for our volunteer host.
* How to best utilize our growing bank funds.

Please come loaded for bear with any ideas, questions or suggestions about the above topics and any others you’d like to address!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me. Otherwise, I hope to see you there this Wednesday, 10/11!

Denise Deacon
President, OBX Bee Guild – 252.722.3118



Applications open October 16… see below for more info from the NCSBA.

Forward to members interested in the Beehive Grant

The Beehive grant has published guidelines and instruction. click the link below and it will take to their site.
scroll to the bottom of the page and the links will be there.

Cycle XI and Beehive Grants open October 16. Follow the link below for application guidelines, instructions, and checklists.

Paul Newbold
252-264-0245 H
252-312-4629 C
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The Neuse River Beekeepers are holding an all-day event on October 7 and invite all to attend!