Thank you to all who came out to support our club!
We are grateful for everyone who helped make the 2019 Holiday Gala a success! Thank you to Lauren Bloom & Matt Ritchey, owners of Bløm Meadworks (Ann Arbor) for their interesting and informative presentation on mead. Thank you to everyone who attended and bid on items in the silent auction and/or participated in the mead tasting. Thank you to our volunteers who kept the event running smoothly, our mead servers for keeping glasses filled, and Jennifer Rudolph for catering. And a big thank you to A2B2's leadership team: Mike Nardelli, Michelle Scott, Cindy Schroeder, Lee Walsh, Jen Haeger, Vicky Rudolph, and David Clipner. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
The Fifth Annual Holiday Gala will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Mark your calendar for a fun night out to support your club!
What: Silent Auction and Mead Tasting
When: Tuesday, December 10, 6pm–9pm [note the earlier starting time]
Where: Auditorium at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)
Cost: Admission to the Gala and silent auction is FREE; mead tasting is $15 for five one-ounce pours, and includes a keepsake engraved wine glass
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Club presents its 4th Annual Holiday Gala! It will feature a silent auction and mead tasting, along with a presentation on mead by Lauren Bloom & Matt Ritchey, owners of Bløm Meadworks (Ann Arbor, MI). Admission to the Gala and silent auction is FREE; mead tasting is $15 for five one-ounce pours, and includes a keepsake engraved wine glass. Appetizers will be provided.
"At Bløm Meadworks (pronounced “bloom”), we make what we like to call session meads and ciders – they’re light, dry, carbonated, and remarkably sessionable. For our meads, we start with the same ingredients as a traditional mead - honey, water and yeast - which means we can source all of our ingredients from Michigan. Unlike most meads though, we ferment it like a dry craft cider, so the result isn’t nearly as thick or sweet as traditional mead. So, if the word “mead” automatically conjures a drinking hall filled with Vikings for you, think of ours as its friendly, approachable descendants, without the pillage and plunder." Learn more at http://www.drinkblom.com/.
This event is the club's primary fundraiser of the year. Please join us to sample a selection of meads from a dozen craft producers (including Bløm), learn about mead from the experts, and finish up your Christmas shopping (or buy yourself a little something!) at the silent auction.
Many thanks to all who helped make the conference a success!
"Things with Wings" is an annual celebration of bugs, birds, and butterflies at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI). This year, A2B2 club members introduced attendees to honeybees with our observation hive featuring real, live bees! Visitors also got to inspect beekeeping equipment, sample honey, and learn more about these fascinating creatures. Many thanks to all those who helped make the day a success!
Each year in early spring, A2B2 sponsors an equipment-building session to teach club members and bee school students how to assemble hive woodenware correctly. Club experts provide hands-on demonstrations, instruction, and necessary tools, with the focus on assembling frames and hive boxes. Many thanks to Dave Pearce, bee school instructor, for setting up and running the session this year. (Programs like this are just one benefit of club membership; learn more here.)
THANK YOU so much to all who made our Second Annual Holiday Gala a huge success!
The silent auction and mead tasting were enjoyed by all.
THANK YOU so much to all who volunteered, including A2B2 Club board members and their families, club members, and workers from Kohl's. Thank you to Kurt Sonen and members of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild for speaking about the making of mead, and to all those who took photos. Thank you also to all our generous sponsors.
Save the Date! Next year's Holiday Gala will take place on December 11, 2018.
A2B2 Club offers two fee-based courses, for beginning and intermediate beekeepers, at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Classes meet February through October, and include classroom lectures as well as time outdoors in the teaching apiary. Participants gain valuable hands-on experience as they learn about equipment, bee biology, pests, honey extraction, and fall and winter preparation. Instructor: Dave Pearce.
This year's potluck on July 12 was a great success! Thank you so much to Slow Food Huron Valley for co-hosting; to Erica Kempter for her presentation on edible pollinator plants (download her slides here); to Eileen Dickinson for her leadership of the Bee Safe Neighborhood project in Ann Arbor; and to everyone who attended. We look forward to more community collaboration in the future!