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 email@example.com 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 *
Colburn Saturday Events & After School Clubs
•We are always looking for someone to help provide visitors with scavenger hunts and check people into our museum (which may also include learning how to use the register).
•Tour guide (many requests have been made by visitors. Must have some background in geology and a familiarity with our exhibits).
Behind the Scenes
•Office help (faxing, calculating, copying, writing membership cards and laminating).
•Inventory and organizing our materials (gift shop and educational).
•Possible curating work with our Board of Directors (must have a geology background).
If you would like to do any of these tasks, please email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, availability, which task(s) in which you would like to participate and which day(s). I will start setting up some intro volunteer training days which will happen on a Monday, when we are closed to the public. Thank you all again for your interest. This should be a fantastic summer!
Director of Educational Services
July 31 to August 7, 2016. 32nd Annual Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show located at the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department at 12966 Hwy. 226 South, in Spruce Pine, NC 28777, halfway between US 19E and the Blue Ridge Parkway (exit 331). The Annual Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show is put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise funds for new equipment. It features dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. Admission is FREE. Parking is FREE. Hours are from 8 to 6 all days. Contact Donna Collis or Roger Frye at email@example.com for information. 828-765-5519 or 828-766-6136
August 4-7, 2016 NC Mineral & Gem Festival. 12121 Hwy 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Sponsored by The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce. Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12:30-5:00, Open to the public: $3 adults, under 10 free with adult. $1 Senior Citizen Day on Thursday. $1 Mitchell County Residents Day on Sunday. Phone: (828) 765-9033
Mine Tours: http://www.ncgemfest.com/mine-tours-2016.html
September 30, October 1 & 2; Dallas, NC. 38th Annual Gaston Gem Mineral and Factors Club Show. It is held at Gaston County Park, Dallas, NC.
Hwy 279(Dallas Cherryville Hwy) 1/2 mile from Hwy 321. Hours- Friday and Sat 9:00-6:00 Sun 9:00-5:00. Free admission.! We have a sluice, and hourly raffles. Available are sand bags, fossils, wire wrapping, jewelry, cutting material, geodes, grab bags, makings, settings. Grand prize drawing at the end of the show on Sunday. For information about the show, or being a dealer call Connie Cole, Show Chair. 704-733-7591 or 704-864-4387.
October 14 – 16, 2016; Knoxville, TN. 26th Annual Gem & Mineral Show. Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave, Knoxville, TN. Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sun.11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Admission: $5 per person per day or 3 day pass for $8 per person, Children under 12 admitted FREE. The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will have many vendors that offer great products including a wide variety of jewelry; rare fossil and mineral specimens; meteorites; gems of all colors shapes & sizes; lapidary & jewelry equipment; and much more. For more information, contact Teresa Polly firstname.lastname@example.org www.knoxrocks.org/gemshow.html
November 12 & 13, 2016, Melbourne, FL. Canveral Mineral & Gem Society. 43rd Annual Parade of Gems, November 12 & 13 2016, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901. 40+ dealers displaying and selling Jewelry, Gems, Minerals, Crystals, Fossils, Tools and Rocks. Admission; $5 Donation. Contact: Don McLamb, CMGS President & Acting Show Chairman
November 18 – 20, 2016, Columbia, SC. The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 2016 49th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, Fri Nov. 18, 10:00 - 6:00; Sat. Nov. 19, 10:00 - 6:00; Sun. Nov. 20, 12:00 - 5:00 Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd.. Columbia, SC 29210Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & tools for sale Geodes sold & cut. Club member’s rock collections on exhibit & lapidary demonstrations. South Carolina amethyst on display. Sponsored by The Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, $5.00 for adults, Sixteen & under free with adult. All military & their dependents free. Sue Shrader: 803-736-9317; email@example.com Dealers; Sharon Sterrett 803-356-1472; firstname.lastname@example.org www.cgams.org
December 2-4, 2016; Montgomery, AL. The 46th Annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, Garrett Coliseum 1555 Federal Drive Montgomery, Alabama. Show Times: Friday, December 2: 9 AM - 6 PM Saturday, December 3: 10 AM - 6 PM Sunday, December 4: 11 AM - 5 PM. Admission: $2/Adults or $3 for weekend pass. Free/18 & Under with student ID and 1 paid adult Free Parking. Free door prize ticket with each paid adult admission. Dealers will have beads, crystals, geodes, rough, cabochons, gem stones, finished jewelry, tools, supplies and mineral & fossil specimens. Club members will display their individual collections and will give demonstrations on gem and rock cutting, faceting, cabochon making, and knapping. Web Site: http://montgomerygemandmineralsociety.com/mgms/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryGemClub/
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.
WILLIAM HOLLAND SCHEDULE 2016
June 5 - June 12
Beading -Becky Patellis
Cabochons - Dave Bergquist
Casting - Bill Harr
Chainmaille - Kathy Morris
Faceting - Tom Mitchell
Gem Trees - Jerri Heer
Mineral ID - Scott Forward
Opals - Carl Talbott
Polymer Clay - Sandra Davis
Silver II-SW Silver - Nancy English
Wire I - Sandy Bergquist
Wire II - Wire Weaving & Wire Wrap Filigree - Jan Stephens
WILDACRES SCHEDULE 2016
August 22 - August 28th
Fused Chain Maille - Roy Deere
Metalwork Special Projects - Jeff Sheer
Beading - Advanced
Mineral ID - Travis Paris
Chasing & Repousse - Tom and Kay Benham
Display Case - Danny Grifin
Deep Relief Wood Carving - Clancy Smith
Metal Clay 1 - Katie Baum
Gourds - Pat Davis
September 19 - 25
Chain Maille 1-2 - Roy Deere
Gem Identification - Teresa Polly
Casting - Bill Harr
Flint Knapping - Michael Miller
Wire for Beaders - Leslie Wayment
Faceting - Tom Mitchell
Silversmithing - Pattie Appleby
Scrimshaw - Rich Williams
Cold Connections and Enameling - Debora Mauser
Chasing & Repousse 2 - Tom and Kay Benham
Metal Clay 2 - Katie Baum
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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.
Opal and Saphire images Copyright