A Visit To Dadant Bee Supply

This past week, Antnee G and I took a trip up to Sioux City, IA to get a little backstage tour of the store, talk with General Manager Jim Raders and pick up Antnee’s first beekeeping equipment and gear.

The video will bee posted here on the Bee Smart website on Monday Feb. 6th.

In the meantime, we had a fun trip getting to talk with Jim about the history of the business and the different things that Dadant has to offer.

Lots of cool things are available at Dadant, from beekeeping woodenware, bottling supplies, Personal Protection Equipment and even candles.

I actually remembered to take pictures this time to give you a bit of a sneak peek before you see the video.

Antnee G da Beeman
Big Bear is also da Beeman
An awesome beeswax eagle.
The always popular Dadant catalog
Wall display of hive box sizes, frames and foundation.
I so need this clock in my workshop.

Bee Smart Presents…Bee Creative at Cheers Paint and Sip in Omaha, NE

What

Bee an artist!  The Bee Smart project wants to do more than just provide people with information.  We want to share experiences.  One of the best ways to create unique bee related experiences is to stimulate the creative flow within people.

When

On Saturday January 14th from 1 to 4 pm as part of a unique arrangement set-up with an equally unique local small business, Bee Smart is excited to present to everyone and anyone interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping a chance to bee creative and share this truly awesome opportunity.

Where

Cheers Paint and Sip is a terrific little place doen the street from Lo Sole Mio Restaurant at 3052 S 32 St.  Heather and her talented, friendly helpers will bee ready and waiting to help you bee an artist and have a great time.

How

As part of a select special event and at a very special rate just for our patrons, friends and supporters (only $20.00 per person and you get to take your painting home with you!), we invite you to come and create a bee themed painting while you relax with a special beverage (there is an open bar for our wine and spirits appreciating friends Participants MUST bee 18 or older to participate and coffee, tea and other beverages on hand.  The bar is a cash bar so bee prepared).  You do NOT have to be a beekeeper to participate in this special activity, you just have to love and support bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

The creative specialists at Cheers will see to it that you have a great time and leave with a bee-autiful piece of art that you make yourself.  All the while, the Bee Smart camera will be rolling to share the experience on one of our unique video show presentations.  (Don’t bee worried, if you don’t want to bee on camera, you don’t have to)  One of the undoubtedly incredible paintings will be chosen to bee the Image of The Month for February 2017 on this Bee Smart website.

The original painting you will bee making your own version of looks like the one below…

image courtesy of Cheers Paint and Sip. All rights reserved.

Please go to: Cheers Paint and Sip Registration page to save spaces for you and your beemigos to enjoy some painting, some wine (or not) and a lot of fun.  Spaces are limited.

The activity starts exactly at 1:00 pm so please bee prepared to arrive a little early to get settled in and ready to relax.

The Bee Smart Project Video Show

Not only do we have the website and the podcasts getting geared up for our community.  We have a monthly, to start out with anyway, video show that will include great action from our content creator team.

The Bee Smart show will kind of, sort of, bee themed after the “Ask This Old House” show that airs on PBS.  At the same time, it will definitely bee its own thing.

We have brought together a team of beekeepers ranging from brand new hobbyists to experienced professionals and experiences in-beetween.   Each of us bringing a special segment or more tot he show that will focus on something that relates to bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

I can say that personally, I will be bringing the Bee Smart to visit different people, places and groups having to do with beekeeping.  I will bee visiting various beekeeping clubs and associations to show you what different groups are up to and some of the great people who are members of these groups.

I will also take us “backstage” to different places, businesses and operations having to do with all different aspects of bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.  From the warehouses and stores of beekeeping equipment businesses to university functioning educational apiaries and then off to visit the people who use the products of the hive like beeswax soap and candle makers, people who make honey based products and do things with pollen and propolis.

Other members of the Bee Smart beekeeper team will show you How-To tips and take you along as they explain the activities they are involved in beekeeping.  From building equipment to doing live removals or pollinating fields and anything else we can find a way to bring to you.

We will be doing reviews of technology, products and equipment used in beekeeping.  (we encourage people who would like to see our team members try their products out on the show to send them to us for reviewing.  All items sent in for review will be passed along to contest winners and for special patrons rewards (unless otherwise specified by the sender, but we cannot guarantee return of review items sent in.)

There are so many cool things we want to show to you that it just can’t all bee contained in a few episodes.  We are in this for the long haul and we need your help to make it happen.  We want you as a Patron, to help us provide the best quality and content we are able to.  When you sign up as a Patron of the Bee Smart project, you are helping us have the right equipment, get to the places we need to bee and bee at our best to give you our best each and every episode.

Visit the Bee Smart Patreon page and become a Patron today to help us bee our best so that we can help you to bee your best for years to come.