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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

Happenings

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

(828) 254-7162


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.
Sara Peacock



UPCOMING SHOWS:


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,
email info@theearthwideopen.com.
Show Chair James Butchko 901 743-0058
Dealer Chair WC McDaniel 901-274-7706

May 3-4, 2014: North Charleston, SC
Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show, “Art by Nature”. Charleston Area Convention Center; Exhibit Hall A. Location Address: 5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418 Hours: Sat. & Sun 10-5. Directions: I-26 East to I-526 West. Take Exit 16 (first exit), stay in right lane, and turn left onto International Blvd. Turn right at the second stop light and you will be facing the convention center. Follow the road to the left to the parking lot.FREE admission and FREE parking; hourly door prizes, club hospitality table, demonstrations, fossil dig, geode cracking.
Contact Karen Havenstein of Charleston, SC at (843) 795-2956; e-mail: fossils@comcast.net; Web site: www.lowcountrygemandmineralsociety.org

May 9 -11, 2014, Marietta, GA
46th Annual; The Georgia Mineral Society's 2014 Mother's Day Weekend Gem & Mineral Show; Over 30 Dealers; Free Parking; Free Admission; Door Prizes (Special Door Prize for Students! (Win a Great Prize for Yourself and for Your School!)); Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30339
May 9 Friday 1000 to 1800, May 10 Saturday 1000 to 1800 May 11 Sunday Noon to 1700 Exciting Auction Saturday at 1300

May 23 - 25, 2014 Gulfport, MS
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 kgbecnel@gmail.com.

June 7 & 8, 2014 Marion, KY
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 beclenent@att.net

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 black2200@att.net or205-807-6777.Youcangotothiswebsiteformoreinformation http://lapidaryclub.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014 Greensboro, NC
3rd Annual Piedmont Open Air Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show (Rain or Shine) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455 ADMISSION: ADULTS $4.00 STUDENTS K-12: $2.00 (WITH I.D.) Free Parking. www.ggmc-rockhounds.com

September 27-28, 2014 Lexington, KY
Kentucky National Guard Armory, 4301 Airport Road, Lexington, KY 40510 Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday 1200-1700
Show includes minerals, jewelry, equipment dealers, club sales, exhibits, KY Agate, fluorescent displays, hourly prizes, and a Grand Prize drawing. Admission: $2.00 Adults; $1.00 Children ($5.00 family maximum); Scouts in uniform free
Contact: Alen Ferrell (859) 277-2469; email: kyrock2010kentucky@yahoo.com Web: www.lexingtonrockclub.com

October 3-5, 2014 Dallas, NC
Gaston Gem, Mineral and Faceters Club presents 36th Annual Gaston Gem and Mineral Show. Gaston County Park, 1303 Dallas Cherrydale Highway, Dallas, NC 28034 Friday 0900-1800, Saturday 0900-1800, Sunday 0900-1700 Free admittance and free parking. Minerals and Fossils from around the world. Cutting material, quality gemstones, wire wrapping, settings, geodes, jewelry, etc. A real working sluice, $3 and $5 sand buckets; perfect for children and adults. Amethyst, Quartz crystals, faceted stones mixed at random in the buckets. Hourly raffles for prizes.
Contact: Rick Perkins (704) 825-9456
Web: http://gastongemclub.weebly.com/our-show.html

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

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


 

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:
http://www.sfmsworkshops.com/

 

 


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