2020 Package Pickup


Saturday, April 18, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Reunion Farm

The annual PCBA Package Pickup Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Reunion Farm, 271 Main Street, Plympton, which is located at the corner of Route 58 (Main St) and Mayflower Rd, at the light.  Pickup hours will be from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  No early birds, and please, don’t be late.  If you are not going to be available, you MUST make arrangements to have someone else pick up your bees.  There will be a $5 handling fee, per package, for every package that we have to bring home – no exceptions. We will be making phone calls while we are still there, but at 2:00 PM we will pack up and return to our own apiaries to do our own installs. If you can’t be there, get someone to do it for you (as many of you have already done). Any handling fees collected will go to the club.

This is an extremely large pick up to organize. Please understand we are going to have to manage traffic flow, both cars and people – this is someone’s home and it is near a major intersection, and we also have the ‘social distancing’ to consider this year.  I know we’re all busy and have things to do on a Saturday in Spring, but if you could not all show up at once – and please don’t show up early!  Remember it’s best to install the bees later on in the afternoon, keeps them closer to their new home for that first night.  Bring your patience in particular this year as we navigate our temporary new normal.

There will be NO live package installation demos this year.  There are several videos of past demos available on the club’s YouTube channel at PCBA Package Installation Demos. Watching the videos will help those who are doing their first package install to plan their moves and go into the process with confidence.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out.  You can call Ann at 781-826-8047, or e-mail or Greg at

Reunion Farm ~ Map -> Reunion Farm, 271 Main St, Plympton, MA

Assembling Frames, Foundation & Support Pins

If you were unable to attend a Wooden Ware Workshop, the following 3 YouTube videos will show you how to assemble your frames by hand with a tack hammer and without a jig. The task can be made a lot easier and faster by buying a frame assembly jig from one of the vendors.

Please remember that your wooden ware must be assembled, painted and placed on site before the bee packages arrive.

Frame Assembly

Installing Foundation

Support Pins

Monthly Meetings Cancelled

Monthly Meetings Cancelled

As a membership organization, we take the health and safety of our members and all of those in the beekeeping community very seriously. As a result of the Governor’s declarations with respect to the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling our  Monthly Meetings until further notice.

Second Wooden Ware Workshop

EVENT CANCELLED

The second Wooden Ware Workshop has been re-scheduled to Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Hanson clubhouse for those who need help assembling frames. Please remember that your wooden ware must be assembled, painted and placed on site before the bee packages arrive.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the format will be a little different than usual. We will assemble 1 box of frames for each of your hives while you wait. Foundation installation will be your job. You can watch the video below on how to install foundation.

We need to get an idea of how many people are interested. So please contact Greg Rein at (781) 826-8047 if you are interested. If no one calls the event will be cancelled.

The procedure will be to show up at the clubhouse with your frames and try to park every other parking space, if possible. Please unload the frames and place them outside the vehicle. We will then take them upstairs, assemble them and bring them back down to your vehicle. Please stay in your vehicle as much as possible and observe social distancing protocol when not in the vehicle.

Installing Foundation

Hanson Clubhouse ~ Map -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341