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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

Visitor services
     •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 afischer@colburnmuseum.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!

Amber Fischer
Director of Educational Services


April 30 & May 1, 2016: North Charleston, SC. Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show -
“Art by Nature”. Location: 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 6-8, 2016, Marietta, Ga. The Georgia Mineral Society's 48th Annual Mother's Day Weekend Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show - May 6, 7, 8, 2016 - Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060. Show Hours: Friday - 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday - Noon - 5 pm. EXCITING AUCTION Saturday at 1 pm !!! FREE Admission! FREE Parking! Over 30 Dealers! Door Prizes! SPECIAL Door Prize for Students! Win a Great Prize for Yourself and for Your School! Website - www.gamineral.org Email - mayshow@gamineral.org

May 28 & 29, 2016; Gulfport, MS. Harrison County Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show.
May 28 & 29, 2016. Sat. May 28 , 9am-5pm Sun. May 29am-4pm. Held at Joppa Shrine Temple, 1.5 miles north of I-10 at Exit 41. Organized by: Harrison County Gem & Mineral Society, Gulfport, MS. Dealers, demonstrations, displays & kids’ activities. Adults $5 Children under 12 free. Free parking. website: gulfportgems.org

June 4 & 5, 2016, McCalla, AL.Tannehill Historical Ironworks State Park, Alabama. The 43rd Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show Alabama Mineral &Lapidary Society. Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, 9am to 5pm. 12632 Confederate Pkwy, McCalla, AL 35111 The show is free with paid admission to the park. We will have door prizes, children's games and demonstration classes. I-59/20 to exit #100 or I-459 to exit #1 and follow the signs to Tannehill. Showchairman: Cathy Kellogg. tannehillgemshow@gmail.com, http://www.lapidaryclub.com/

June 11 & 12, 2016, Cartersville, GA. 10 AM – 5 PM. Tellus Science Museum. I-75 at exit 293, directly behind the Clarion Inn. Suitable for all ages. Members: FREE. Non-Members: Regular Admission. GEM, MINERAL, FOSSIL, AND JEWELRY DEALERS from all around the country will be set up in the Banquet Rooms and on the back lawn of the museum. You will see rare and exotic jewelry, plus ancient fossils and mineral specimens from around the world that you can purchase for your own collection. Many dealers will honor the Tellus member discount, saving you 10% off your purchase! There will be various geology-themed children’s activities in the Great Hall. Purchase a geode at one of the demonstration tents and have it cracked open right in front of you to see what treasure may lie inside. Door prizes will be given away every hour. RockFest is also a great opportunity to have your own rocks identified. If you have unearthed something that appears to be rare or just “different”, bring it to the Mineral and Fossil ID tent on the back lawn to have it identified by our Tellus experts — including Executive Director Jose Santamaria. After all of your shopping and activities, it will be time to take a break! Members can enjoy a complimentary refreshment in the Member Hospitality area. If lunch is what you need, the Tellus Café will be serving a cookout style menu. Dine inside the Tellus Café or visit the back patio restaurant to enjoy lunch outside.

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 teresapolly@bellsouth.net 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



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.


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


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:

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