One thing I really enjoy is attending beekeepers meetings where I have a table to sign books, and usually show a couple of original illustrations. I hear all sorts of interesting stories and meet some wonderful people – all who are committed to the world of beekeeping.
This photo is from the November 2010 meeting of the Virginia Beekeepers Association which took place in Weyer’s Cave, Virginia. Pictured with me are Ann Harmon, president of the VBA and Mark Bennet, sales representative for Dadant, the country’s largest supplier of beekeeping equipment. Mark was kind enough to act as vendor for the In The Trees, Honey Bees while I signed.
Last year at the Maryland Beekeepers Association fall meeting my books were handled by Angie McDaniel, who is the wife of Steve McDaniel, president of MBA. She was very gracious and fun to be with and as I signed books she periodically would introduce me to different people. It got pretty busy and I really had to focus on what I was doing (the worst thing is spelling someone’s name wrong in a book they just bought!)
A man approached the table with several copies of the book in his hand and Angie said to me, “This is the beekeeper for the White House.” As she and I had been joking a lot all day I figured she was goofing with me, and didn’t take her seriously.
What I said was, “Yeah, when I heard the Obamas put a bee hive in the White House garden, I sent them one of these books, but I never heard anything from them.”
The man then said, “Oh, really? Well then, why don’t you sign one of these to Sasha, and I’ll make sure she gets it.”
“Okay,” I said (really focusing on what I was doing). How do you spell Sasha?”
It wasn’t until after I had inscribed the book that I realized it was for Sasha Obama, and he really was Charlie Brandts, the beekeeper for the White House!
I’m looking forward to attending the North/South Carolina Beekeepers Conference in March, 2011. Who knows who I’ll meet?!