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Field Day Registration


DCBA and Guests June 17, 2017 Field Day

Please review the entire schedule before signing up.

FERRY
View the Washington Island Ferry boat schedule here. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before departure and be prepared to purchase ferry tickets.

ISLAND TRANSPORTATION
Decide on transportation. Transportation options include bringing your own vehicle, carpool with other participants, bicycle rental, Cherry Train, moped rental, and the Shuttle. Washington Island encompasses 35 square miles and over 11,000 acres, not all transportation options stop near Sweet Mountain Farm so check out your travel options before you arrive.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Book your accommodations before you arrive. Don’t get stuck on the Island overnight without a hotel reservation. Book ahead and make sure that you have a reservation confirmation. Don’t wait since, during the summer, rooms are typically full. Door County will also be heavily booked and you may not find a room nearby.

RETURN TRIP
Plan your return trip. The last two ferries leaving the island on Saturday night are 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Arrive at Detroit Harbor at least 30 minutes early if you are driving your auto and plan to get your auto on board for the ferry trip back to the mainland, especially if you plan to board the last boat of the day.

EQUIPMENT
Bring your own gear. You will not be allowed in the bee yard without protective equipment. Remember your bee suit, veil, gloves and hive tool or anything else that you want to use in the bee yard. Hiking boots are preferred. Sweet Mountain Farm does not supply equipment.

LIABILITY
Sign a liability waiver. It is necessary before entering the bee yard. Waivers will be distributed in your welcome packet.

ATTRACTIONS
Check out the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce website here for information. There are many interesting places to visit on the Island. Don’t miss the Stavekirk located on Town Line Road. The craftsmanship is astounding. It is one of my favorites.

PLANNED EVENTS:
Welcome
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Main Street – Island Cafe
Announcements, brief meeting, distribute handouts. Oatmeal, brown sugar, cream, walnuts, cherries, Sweet Mountain Farm Maple Syrup and Honey will be provided.

In the Bee Yard
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The day is planned for your enrichment and enjoyment in a relaxed environment. Come and go as you please. There will be 10-15 minute talks at the top of each hour. I will demonstrate then you can practice. I will be on-hand for Q&A throughout the day. Work stations will be set up by topic.

  • Assembling equipment
  • Hive a nucleus colony
  • Queen rearing
  • Chemical Free Integrated Pest Management
  • Tour the honey house

Inside the Honey House:
Ice cold water is provided.

Round Table
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the final event (location to be announced). This will be a capstone for the day’s events if enough people show interest and sign up. Come together, share your experiences, and get feedback. Join a round table discussion about working with Russian honey bees. Refreshments can be purchased.

We need a head count and some basic information about you. Contact your club secretary, Gretchen Schmelzer to reserve your spot.
Participant limit = 20.