This is a listing of gem and mineral related shows and events in Asheville, NC and the Southeastern USA in general, including activities sponsored by S.A.M.S. and the Colburn Earth Science Museum. If you know of any shows or events which you feel should be listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the information.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
COLBURN EARTH SCIENCE MUSEUM 2 S. PACK SQUARE AT PACK PLACE ASHEVILLE , NC 28801 * 828/254-7162 phone * 828/ 257-4505 fax *
From the Board: Due to the overloaded staff at the Museum, I am urging any, or all of you, to donate a couple of hours per week to help. There is more to do than just sit at the desk. We are sprucing up the museum with paint, new exhibits, and refurbishing existing displays - including the seismograph which we have all missed. Many hands make light work. Come use your talents and abilities. There is much to be done, and we want to upgrade our appearance before Gem Fest.
The staff and Board are working hard to get the Museum on a firm foundation. Vicky Ballard is an inspiration to work with and committed to the success of the Museum. If you have not met her, then come and do so. It is a brand new day.
February 8 & 9, 2014 Merritt Island, FL 37th Annual Symphony of Gemstones show and sale Sponsored by Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club. Kiwanis Island Recreation Center 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd. off SR 520 Exit on I95 going East, entrance is just east of the Merritt Island Mall, turn at the sign. Sat./Sun 10AM - 5 PM adults $5 ($1 discount coupon on Website) children under 12 are free accompanied by adult. Hand-crafted and fine jewelry, rough and cut gems, fossils, minerals, beads, slabs, cabs, equipment and tools. Demonstrations, hourly prizes, grand prize, children's activities and silent auction. Contact: Roz Mestre, (321) 431-0159/ (321) 632=8281 email: email@example.com website: www.centralbrevardgems.org
February 22, 2014, Lakeland, Florida
Annual Show and Sale
Imperial Bone Valley Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, Fl. 33801
Hourly door prizes, Spin & Win Mineral Wheel, Kids Treasure Dig, demonstrations and educational displays, Silent and Chinese auctions and over 30 dealers of rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, gifts and hobby supplies.
Contact Kim Price, Show chair, at (863) 412-9156, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7-9, 2014 St. Petersburg, FL, Bone Valley Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society. Website: www.bonevalley.net
44th Annual Gem, Jewelry & Mineral Show and Sale THE SUNCOAST GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY
Fri: 10 AM to 6PM; Sat: 10AM-6PM; Sun: 10am-5PM The Minnreg Building
6340 126th Ave. N., Largo, FL 33773 HOURLY DOOR PRIZES!
GRAND DRAWING AT END OF SHOW! $1.50 GRAB BAGS, FREE PARKING
Demonstration exhibits on Beading, Wire Wrapping, Cabbing, Faceting, Metal Work. Club display cases and exhibits.
Show contact: Bill Schmidt, Show Chair, 727 822-8279
Email contact: SGAMSgemshow@gmail.com http://www.sgams.com/Shows/show.html
April 5 & 6, 2014 Dothan, AL.
7th Annual Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the Dothan Gem & Mineral Club.
Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM.
Gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, and lapidary equipment, along with flint knapping, jewelry making, and gemstone cutting/polishing demonstrations, door prizes, a silent auction, rock exhibits, and specific activities for the kids. Fun for the whole family!
We moved. 2014 site for the show is the Houston County Farm Center at 1701 East Cottonwood Road (south side of Dothan at intersection of Ross Clark Circle and Hwy 53).
Free admission and parking.
For more information contact Show Chairman, Arnie Lambert at 334-792-7116 or email@example.com.
Check out our website at www.wiregrassrockhounds.com.
April 26-27, 2014 Memphis, TN
Memphis Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society
“The Earth Wide Open”
Memphis International Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN
Saturday, April 26, 9-6:00 and Sunday, April 27 10-5,
Dealers, Exhibits, Demonstrations, Kids Area with Rockzone featuring Gem Dig, Geode Bowling, Rocks Around the Clock.
Adults $5.00, Children 12 and under $2.00.
web: www.The EarthWideOpen.com,
Show Chair James Butchko 901 743-0058
Dealer Chair WC McDaniel 901-274-7706
May 23 - 25, 2014 Harrison County Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.'s 35th Anniversary Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show; Courtyard Marriott; 1600 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, children (10 and under) free with adult; demonstrations, displays, Stump the Expert, hourly door prizes; contact Karen Johnston at (228) 467-5465; or e-mail: johnstonkaren@bellsouth or Kathleen Becnel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7 & 8, 2014 The 9th Annual Ben E Clement Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show with Digs.
At Fohs Hall, 205 North Walker Street, Marion KY 42064
New to show this year - Indiana Artifact Display & Beading Class
Sat. at 11 AM Regular show activities - Vendor Tables, FREE children's activities
through out the day, silent auctions, hourly door prizes, museum tours,
Day digs on Saturday and Sunday, Night dig on Saturday, Kentucky
Geological Booth, and a wire wrapping class on Saturday at 2 PM
For more information call the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum at
(270) 625-4263 or e-mail at email@example.com
June 7 & 8, 2014 McCalla, AL
Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society presents the 41st Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show at the Tannehill Historical Ironworks State Park in Mc Calla, AL. The show is free with paid admission to the park. Both days: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Take I-459/I-20 to Exit #100 or I-459 to Exit #1 and follow the signs to the park. Contact: Gene Blackerby firstname.lastname@example.org or205-807-6777.Youcangotothiswebsiteformoreinformation http://lapidaryclub.com
SFMS WORKSHOPS WILDACRES RETREAT & WILLIAM HOLLAND
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Two are held at Wildacres Retreat, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and two at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts near the small town of Young Harris in northeast Georgia. Both facilities offer double accommodations with a private bath. A small number of private rooms with private baths are available. William Holland School of Lapidary Arts also has a few RV sites. In most instances your room and all meals are included in your tuition costs.
A broad range of courses related to the jewelry & lapidary arts are taught by qualified instructors from throughout the Federation. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.
The workshops are equipped for common lapidary activities such as cabochon cutting, faceting, and silversmithing. Additional equipment is brought in when new or special courses are taught.
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Here are some photos taken at local events:
Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.
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