Hello All Members:
I have been watching Airfare rates and over the last 3 months they have gone down (at least for my one stop over flight from Phialdelphia, to Atlanta to Macon, Miss. - it has nearly DROPPED over 25% since I checked it late November, so it may be a good time to start surfing prices if air travel is required for your trip to "BUD2" Beemaster's International Beekeeping Gathering in Macon, MS.
The date has not changed from when first announced, it is the weekend of APRIL 24th, 2010 and flights will be into Meridian, MS roughly 1 hour from our host Bud1's location.
Bud has access to a massive hunting lodge ( featured in my youtube videos @ www.youtube.com/njbeemaster
where you will see how beautiful of lodging we have available to us. Literally, I think 50 members can easily have room for this event. Here are the videos from our last trip - also check links from Understudy for his great collection of videos too:
I'm writing now because we are expecting many men and women this year to the gathering, whole families will be attending and there will be amazing hands-on projects, grafting of larva lessons, cut-outs, live streaming and HD video recordings. If you are able to attend, and wish more information, stay tuned for greater details.
I hope that you check out the many Youtube videos showing last seasons get together, and you see the friendships and great times held by all.
To those of you who have been here in the forum many years, I hope you take advantage of this event to meet face to face with all the members who attend. Just as I hope you finally make the effort to download the Ventrilo Software and join us in voice/text chat. Slowly the Aussies are out numbering us here in the states - sheer population numbers should have us 15 to 1, but the Aussies understand the great asset that Ventrilo voice chat is.
So please, if you ever hope to meet the regulars that you so enjoy reading, replying to, PMing and so on - this is the biggest chance you will have to meet them in person and enjoy a vacation that will stay in your mind for the rest of your life. Those of us attending last year had an incredible time, I don't want to commit the additional people attending, but I promise you will surely recognize their names and meeting people you know from their writings or voice makes you instantly comfortable when getting together.
More details to follow, but Friday April 24 through the weekend or when the party ends, is the days to put on your calendar and whether you drive or bus, train or fly - get to this gathering and I promise, you will feel like you are reuniting with friends and family.
Please post comments below whether you would like to attend, we are looking for a rough number of interested members. AND PLEASE make the effort here in 2010 to JOIN other members who have used Ventrilo for more than 4 years, we talk everything from bees to cooking, to anything under the sun - it is the most enjoyable feature you are missing out on and I think anyone NOT using Ventrilo is not making the most use of the forum.
Click this link for ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW how to start chatting in Ventrilo in Minutes http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,5880.0.html
- and of course, as is everything at Beemaster Forums, it is free to all members and supported by the generosity of member contributions.