EAS In Orono: Make Your Plans!

We hear that the Eastern Apicultural Society 2020 Short Course and Conference in Orono, Maine August 3-7 is very popular, and local accommodations may be filling up fast!

With the slogan, "come for the bees, stay for the vacation!" this EAS has its usual impressive array of internationally-recognized and crowd-favorite speakers, as well as a range of workshops and a children's program.

Among other super cool new features, the EAS team will be deploying a new smartphone app for the conference, allowing you to get the most benefit from your time and to seek out the educational experiences most valuable for you and your bees this year.

Also exciting and new: If you’re a beekeeper... YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL ...and EAS wants to hear it!

Whether it’s a story about processing your first harvest on the back porch so as not to mess up the kitchen, the fiasco of installing your first package, the time the bees taught you to slow down and listen, or what you went through to catch that swarm, you have a story. And we want to work with you to help you tell it. It can be funny, poignant, informative, or a lesson learned about yourself. After our judges choose those who will tell, we’ll contact you and begin the process of helping you craft your work.

Please email your intent to tell a story with the subject line "EAS storytelling" to beejourney2010@gmail.com. From there you will be instructed to send your actual story to a third party. Then from there your story will receive a number. No names will be on the stories themselves when the judges receive them in an effort to be impartial in our choosing.

Please try to craft your story with the intent that in the telling it will be no longer than five minutes. This is not an easy thing to do, so write your story out (about two pages double spaced maximum) and we’ll help you trim it down to the finest points. Remember, a story has a beginning, a middle, and an ending with something salient happening within. In the end, someone has typically changed (for the better or worse).

Know that you’ll be telling your story live. There will be no notes or props. You’ll be speaking into a microphone to a live audience of beekeepers who can certainly sympathize with your travels in the bee world. If you’d like an example of how this looks, visit Moth Radio Hour Episodes, and click on some of the stories there.

For instructions please email:


and write EAS storytelling in the subject line.