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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 sams@main.nc.us with the information.

Colburn Earth Science Museum


Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM, June through October

(828) 254-7162

* 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 afischer@colburnmuseum.org for registration or questions. 
Amber Fischer
Director of Education
Colburn Earth Science Museum

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.
Sara Peacock


November 21-23, 2014 Columbia, SC
The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 47th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, Friday November 21, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday November 22, 10:00 - 6:00 Sunday November 23, 12:00 - 5:00, Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd. Exit 106A off I -26 Columbia, South Carolina 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.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, children sixteen & under are free with adult.
All military & their dependents are free. Contact information is:
Sue Shrader...Publicity...803-736-9317 Sharon Sterrett...Dealers...803- 356-1472 The society website is www.cgams.org

November 21-23, 2014 Marietta, GA
29th Annual Cobb County Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show presented by Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA Friday 1000-1800, Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday 1000- 1700 Free Admission and Free Parking. Find amazing rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils from all over the world. Choose from a large selection of beautiful beads, jewelry and jewelry making supplies. Faceting and jewelry making demonstrations, hourly door prizes.Web: www.cobbcountymineral.org

November 22-23, 2014 West Palm Beach, FL
The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches presents 48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead and Fossil Show, South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411Saturday 0900-1800, Sunday 1000-1700 Admission: $7 (children under 12 free); Two day admission $10; visit website for $1 off coupon; Free parking. Over 70 dealers, Door prizes, hourly prize drawings, Scholarship Fund raffle, Fossil dig, Gem Mining, Geode cracking, Displays, DemonstrationsContact: Jeff Slutzky (561) 585-2080, email: 2014gemshow@gmail.com

November 28-30, 2014 The 20th Annual Rock, Gem, and Jewelry Show, Mobile, AL. ABBA Shrine Center 7701 Hitt Rd Mobile, AL 36695 30°40.026’N, 88°13.378’W Many Wonderful Door Prizes Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE with Adult. Raffle tickets $1.00. You do not have to be present to win. Rocks, Gems, Minerals and Jewelry from around the world. 1 door prize ticket with each paid admission. See our website: mobilerockandgem.com. FREE PARKING

December 13-14, 2014 Franklin, TN
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 american 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: show@MTGMS.org http://www.MTGMS.org/Show.htm

January 17-18. 2015 Deland, FL
Tomoka Gem & Mineral Society Presents our 44th Annual Jewelry ,Gem, Minerals & Fossils Show and Sale. Times: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm Door Prize, Classes, Demos, Silent Auctions, Exhibits and lots of fun, Vendors with Rocks, Gems, Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry & Supplies from around our world Location: Volusia County Fairgrounds, Tommy Lawrence Building, State Route 44, Deland, FL (1/2 mile east off of I-4, Exit 118) Free parking. Admission: $4:00, Children 12 & under free, Print Gem show page for $1 off admission See our website: Tomokagms.org For more info: Rosemary van Wandelen 386-860-5586 / rrborzoi@yahoo.com

February 28, 2015, Lakeland, FL
Annual Show and Sale, Bone ValleyGem,Mineral&FossilSociety, 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.
Show Contact: Kim Price, Show chair, at (863) 412-9156
Email contact: ibvgmfs at gmail.com.
Facebook:Bone ValleyGem,Mineral&FossilSociety
Website: www.bonevalley.net

March 6-7-8, 2015 St. Petersburg, FL
45th 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 GRAND DRAWING AT END OF SHOW! $1.50 GRAB BAGS, FREE PARKING 12+ Dealers. Planned demonstration exhibits on Beading, Wire Wrapping, Cabbing, Faceting, Metal Work. Silent Auctions all day long, Gem Mining flume inside. Club display cases and exhibits. Refreshments available. Show contact: Bill Schmidt, Show Chair, 727 822-8279 Email contact: SGAMSgemshow@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sgams.com/Shows/show.html

April 25-26, 2015 Memphis, TN
Memphis Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show “The Earth Wide Open” Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society, Memphis International Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN Saturday, April 25 9-6:00 and Sunday, April 26 10-5, Dealers, Exhibits, Demonstrations, Grand and hourly door prizes. Kids Area with Rockzone featuring Gem Dig, Geode Bowling, and Rocks Around the Clock. Adults $5.00, 2 day pass $8.00,Children 12 and under $2.00. Scouts in uniform Free web: www.The EarthWideOpen.com email info@theearthwideopen.com. Show Chair James Butchko 901 743-0058 Dealer Chair WC McDaniel 901-274-7706



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:

Pee Wee Mine at Hey Day, supported by S.A.M.S. volunteers.

Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.

Opal and Saphire images Copyright