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 *
Colburn Saturday Events & After School Clubs
Members, join us for our after school clubs starting September 11th! Members receive a discount on all classes and FREE ADMISSION to our Super Saturday events! Email email@example.com for registration or questions.
Director of Education
Colburn Earth Science Museum
Colburn Earth Science Museum Summer Science Volunteers Needed!
We have received numerous inquiries about volunteer work at the museum. We are so excited about our upcoming summer and would love to start training and incorporating people in our community into some of our programs over the next few months. The summer months at the Colburn are fun and exciting times. Our visitation increases dramatically with tourists and local families looking for educational and entertaining experiences in downtown Asheville. Listed below are some potential jobs with which we need assistance. We are looking for personable individuals who are willing to take on various tasks and who share a passion for science. As of now, we are only looking for people in the summer months but this work may continue into the school year.
*We do not require that you have a teaching degree but would love some experience with children. We are also looking for individuals who may have a special hobby or skill they would like to share and teach a group of students during our weekend programming*
•Space Expertise: anyone who has knowledge about our interstellar bodies and would like to help teach or conduct a program during the following days: June 4th 11-12pm, June 18th 11-12pm, July 9th 11-12pm, July 23rd 11-12pm
•Storyteller: We would love to have someone help tell some stories during our planetarium experience. We will be hosting 2 different types of shows (one on Greek Mythology and one on African and Native American mythology) during the following times
*June 11th (Greek) 11-12pm and 1-2pm
*June 25th (African and N. American) 11-12 and 1-2pm
*July 16th (Greek) 11-12pm and 1-2pm
*July 30th (African and N. American) 11-12pm and 1-2pm
•Weekend Programming: we need volunteers willing to conduct an hour to two hour long program about a special skill that is in some way relatable to Earth Science. Some examples may include wire-wrapping, fossil digging, chemical reactions (chemistry), print making, etc. We will have two Saturdays each month with these programs (one catering to 5-8 yrs old and one catering to 9-13 yrs old). We are flexible with times and age ranges. Dates needed are June 13th, June 27th, July 11th, and July 25th.
•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
May 22 - 24 2015, Biloxi, Mississippi. 36 Annual Show. Harrison County Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4 Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center 2350 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, Mississippi. Adults $5, children (10 and under) free with adult; demonstrations, displays, Stump the Expert, hourly door prizes; Contact Lynn Tate (228) 342-2963 or GulfportGemShow@gmail.com for additional information.
June 6 & 7, 2015, McCalla, AL. Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society 42nd annual Tannehill Historical Park Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is FREE with paid admission to the park. The show is held in the Tannehill Historical Ironworks State Park where three counties meet. They are Jefferson, Bibb, and Tuscaloosa. The address is : 12632 Confederate Parkway Mc Calla, AL. 35111. So pack a lunch and take I-459/20 to exit #100 or I-459 to exit #1 and follow the signs. http//lapidaryclub.com
June 13 - 14, 2015 Cartersville, GA Gem and Mineral Show and Sale Tellus Science Museum, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM Tellus Science Museum. I-75 at exit 293, directly behind the Clarion Inn. Calling all rockhounds, jewelry collectors, families and everyone fascinated by the Earth’s treasures! Dealers from all o er the country will bring their wares for you to browse . Some will feature rare and exotic jewelry, while others will showcase ancient fossils or colorful specimens. You will have an opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind find at this unique festival of merchants. And what’s even better? Most dealers will also honor the Tellus member discount – that means members save10% off your purchase! Dealers will be set up outside on the back lawn and inside the Museum in the Banquet Rooms. Hourly door prizes, Free mineral specimens for the first 200 guests each day Bring your mystery mineral specimen for free mineral or fossil identification. Kid’sactivities. Show contact: Mary Vinson, Event Coordinator, (770) 606-5700 ext 402 Email contact: email@example.com
July 26 to August 2, 2015. 31st Annual Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show located at the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department at 12966 Hwy. 226 South, in Spruce Pine, NC, 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. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here! Hours are from 8 to 6 all days. Contact Donna Collis at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. 828-765-5519 or 828-766-6136
September 5-7, 2014
Always the weekend after Labor Day.
43rd Annual FGMC Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale
Sponsored by the Forsyth Gem and Mineral Club
Friday/Saturday September 5-6: 10 AM to 7 PM,
Sunday September 7: Noon to 5 PM
In the Education Building at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem, NC
Admission: Adults - $2.00, children through grade 12 - free with accompanying adult Free parking - enter through Gate 9 on 27th Street
This year's theme: The Beauty of Lead Minerals, Special presentation on North Carolina Meteorites at 2 PM and Saturday, September 6, by John Sinclair, Curator of Meteorites at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.
Exhibits and displays featuring: Jewelry, Fossils, Minerals, Gemstones, Decorator Items.
Geode sales - free cutting with geode purchases. Grab bags. Gold Panning.
Demonstrations featuring: Wirewrapping, Gold Panning, Cabochon Cutting, Geode Cutting
Dealers Featuring: Minerals, faceting rough, supplies, fossils, jewelry, beads, beading supplies, decorator itesm.
Adult tickets include hourly drawings for $20.00 gift certificate.
web site : www.forsythgemclub.com
Sept. 25 - 27, 2015
27th Annual Show
Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society
in conjunction with
1st Annual Florida Faceters Frolic, Hosted by the TOMOKA FACETERS GUILD
Morocco Shrine Auditorium
3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Admission: $3 or $5 for three day pass
Children under 12 FREE with guardian:
Seniors and Military with ID get $1 OFF
80+ dealers from around the world, hourly door prizes, 5 Grand prize drawings, Moon rock display on loan from NASA made possible by Dr. Mike Reynolds. Club Hospitality table, 20+ Club competition display cases, Sky Lab exhibit. 4 special faceting Lectures from noted Faceters. All major faceting equipment dealers and National tool and equipment dealers will be represented.
Special Large lapidary demos each hour. Continuous Educational exhibits on Silversmithing, Cold Connections, Faceting, Cabbing, Beading, Gem trees and more. Large junior’s booth, Gem ID and Gem mining sluice. Scouting educational sessions to earn merit Badges in rocks and metal work.
web site : www.jaxgemandmineral.org/
3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Show contact: Jason Hamilton, Show Chair, 904-294-4744, JGMS-SHOWhotmail.com
September 25 - 27, 2015
"THE FLORIDA FACETERS FROLIC"
The Tomoka Faceters Guild and The United States Faceters Guild
in conjunction with
The Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society's 2015 27th Annual Show
Location: Morocco Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Club
3800 St. Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Show Dates: September 25, 26, 27, 2015
Show Times: Friday 1 PM to 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
There will be faceting equipment dealers, faceting rough dealers,lectures and hands on faceting instruction, plus door prizes
Show Contact: Tom Mitchell 352-446-4866
OCTOBER 3 – 5, 2014
36th Annual Gaston Gem & Mineral Show
Hours: Fri & Sat, 9am - 6pm - Sunday 9am - 5pm
Gaston County Park
1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas NC. 28034 (HWY 279)
or GPS 120 Leisure Lane, Dallas, NC 28034
From North, 321 south, exit at Dallas and turn right, it is on the left.
From South, 321 north and take the 2nd exit to "Cherryville". Go over 321 and drive 1/2 mile on left.
FREE ADMITTANCE and FREE PARKING
Minerals and Fossils from around the world.
Cutting material, Quality Gemstones, Wire wrapping, settings, Geodes, Jewelry, etc.
SLUICE - A real working sluice, $3 & $5 sand buckets; perfect for children and adults. Amethyst, Quartz Crystals, Faceted Stones mixed at random in buckets; you must might get that special stone or treasure!
Hourly Raffles for Prizes, not just a jewelry show, FUN FOR ALL
Additional information on the show can be directed toward this years Show Chairman, Rick Perkins, at 704-825-9456
Also, we have set up a website page online at http://gastongemclub.weebly.com/our-show.html where you may be able to get more information or answers to any questions you may have.
October 9, 10, & 11, 2015
47th Annual Gem, Jewelry, & Mineral Show
Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society - Huntsville, AL
Fri: 10AM to 6 PM;
Sat:10 AM to 6 PM; Sun: Noon to 5 PM
Jaycees Community Building - 2180 Airport Rd.. Huntsville, AL
Located west of Memorial Pkwy & east of Leeman Ferry Rd.
North of Airport Rd. Turn North at Jaycee Dr @ the traffic light.
17 Dealers with Minerals, Gems, Jewelry, & Fossils
Display Cases, Demonstrations, & Hourly Doorprizes
Mining Flume, Fluorescent Room, & Gem Dig for Children
$3.00 donation at the door, children under 5 - Free.
Tony Smith - tsmithrc-incorporated.com
October 16 - 18, 2015
25th Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society
Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave, Knoxville, TN
Admission: $5 per person per day ORr 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 nformation, contact Betn Willis beth.willis2gmail.com
October 31 - November 1, 2015
Plant City, Florida
56th Annual Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club Annual Show: Hot Rocks, Cool Gems, Fabulous Jewelry
Saturday, October 31: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 1: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Strawberry Festival Expo Hall, 2301 W. Oak Avenue, Plant City, FL 33563
Admission: Adults, $5; Youth and students with ID, $4; Children under 12 free (with parent)
Exhibits & displays featuring jewelry, fossils, minerals, cutting material, gemstones, decorator items.
Demonstrations including wire wrapping, cabochon cutting, gem trees
Dealers featuring minerals, faceting rough, lapidary rough, supplies, fossils, jewelry, beads, beading supplies, decorator items.
Silent auction, door prizes.
For a discount coupon, please visit our website.
November 8-9, 2014
Canaveral Mineral and Gem Society 41st Annual Parade of Gems
Saturday, November 8 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 9 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Featuring: Gemstones, Minerals, Jewelry, Fossils, Beads, Slabs, Books, Tools, Findings, Pearls, Live Demonstrations, Children's Activities, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Local Artisans, National Vendors, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Displays .
Contact.Show Chairman: Bill Harr Email: william.h.harrgmail.com
Location: Mebourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL
Admission $4, Children under 12 free
November 13 - 15, 2015
The 26th Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society
Friday November 13, 10:00 - 6:00
Saturday November 14, 10:00 - 6:00
Sunday November 15, 10:00 - 5:00
Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Rd., Pascagoula, MS
gems; minerals; fossils; jewelry; and much more. Two gold/silversmiths doing repairs, several demonstrators doing flintknappping; gold panning; faceting; cutting and polishing stones; beading; and chain making. Meals and snacks available. Several educational exhibits.
Admission is $3.00 for adults, children 12 & under are free with adult.
3 day ticket available for $5.00
Contact Bill La Rue, 228 229 8781, wildbill2736gmail.com for information.
The society website is www.mgcgms.org
November 20 - 22, 2015
The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its
47th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show
Fri. Nov. 20, 10:00 - 6:00;
Sat. Nov. 21, 10:00 - 6:00;
Sun. Nov. 22, 12:00 - 5:00
206 Jamil Rd.
Columbia, SC 29210
Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & tools for sale
Geodes sold & cut
Club member’s rock collections on exhibit & lapidary demonstrations.
Lots of fun for the whole family.
South Carolina amethyst on display.
$5.00 for adults, children sixteen & under are free with adult.
All military & their dependents are free.
Club website: www.cgams.org
November 21 - 23, 2014
29th Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society
Nov. 21 & 22 (Friday & Saturday) 10am - 6 pm
Nov. 23 (Sunday) 10am - 5 pm
Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060
Free Admission and parking, 35 dealers, $2 grab bags, hourly door prizes, mineral ID classes.
More information: www.cobbcountymineral.org
November 21 - 22, 2015
West Palm Beach, Florida
Always held the weekend before Thanksgiving
49th annual gem, mineral, jewelry, bead and fossil show
Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches
Saturday (Nov. 21st) 9am-6pm, Sunday (Nov. 22nd) 10am-5pm.
South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach Florida 33411.
Over 80 dealers, Door prizes, hourly prize drawings, Scholarship Fund raffle, Fossil Dig, Gem Mining, Geode Cracking, Displays, Demonstrations, Speakers
Admission $9, children under 12 free. Visit website for $2 off coupon. 2 day admission $12. Free Parking
Show chairman, Jeff Slutzky 561-585-2080
November 28 - 30, 2014.
Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society, in Roanoke, VA, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Our annual club show is the Fri-Sun after Thanksgiving at the Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA. Expected admission for all three days is $4.
November 28, 29 & 30, 2014
Mobile Rock and Gem Society Annual Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show
Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile, Alabama
Friday Nov. 28 – 2PM until 7PM
Saturday Nov. 29 – 9AM until 6PM
Sunday Nov. 30 – 10AM until 5PM
Admission: $5 Door prize ticket w/each paid admission
12 and under FREE with adult admission
$1 off coupon available at www.mobileorckandgem.com
Show Chairperson: Jim Patterson (251) 510-8528
December 4, 5 & 6, 2015
Please note show date and location changed this year due to renovation of Civic Center.
Gem Mineral and Jewelry Show
Cobb County Gem
and Mineral Society
Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 10 to 5
Show location this year only. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd.,
SW, Marietta, GA 30008-4440
Hourly door prizes. Special drawing for a junior and their school.
Grab bags on sale for the kids. 30 + dealers.
Educational exhibit cases displayed by club members
Show Contact: Mary Ingram, Show Chairman, 770-427-1108
E-mail Contact: mandmingramgmail.com
Dec 4 - 6, 2015
The 45th Annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society
1555 Federal Drive
Friday, December 4: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, December 5: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, December 6: 11 AM - 5 PM
Admission: $2/Adults or $3 for weekend pass
Free/18 & Under with student ID and 1 paid adult ticket.
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. $1 Wheel of Fortune.
Web Site: http://www.montgomerygemandmineralsociety.com/#!annual-gem-show
NOTE: The show starts on Friday and is always held the first full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) in December. The 2018 show would start on Nov 30th.
December 13-14, 2015
2nd weekend each December
Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, Fossil Show & Sale
Mid-Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society
Sat: 9AM to 6PM; Sun: 10AM to 5PM
Williamson County AgExpoPark,
4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064
Exit I-65 at exit #61 (20 miles south of Nashville) and turn east onto Peytonsville Road.
Drive 1/3 mile and turn left onto Long Lane and then right into AgExpoPark's parking lot.
Demonstrations, exhibits, silent auction, hourly door prizes, grand prize, and over 30 dealers.
Beads, crystals, geodes, rough, cabochons, gem stones, finished jewelry, native jewelry, tools, supplies, mineral & fossil specimens, stone carvings and home accents.
Admission $4 (2-Day Pass $6.00), students 18 and under $1, children under 12 free with adult.
For additional information and maps visit www.MTGMS.org.
Show contacts: John Stanley, Show Chair, (615) 885-5704 or Steve Henegar, Dealer Chair, (615) 714-3194
Email contact: showMTGMS.org
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.
For more info please visit:
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