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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


July 28-30 9th Annual Franklin Faceters Frolic, United States Faceters Guild, The Factory; 1024 Georia Rd. (US441); Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-8, Sat. 9-4; Free Admission, Gem cad classes, faceting supplies and rough, speakers & demonstrations; contact Norman Holbert, 180 Camelot Estates Road, Franklin, NC 28734, (828)-634-0350; e-mail: normholbert@comcast.net; Web site: www.franklinfacetersfrolic.com

July 28-31 Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin NC Annual Show, Robert C. Carpenter Community Building; 1288 Georgia Road ; Thu. 10-6, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults/Seniors $2, Students $1, Children under 12 free; There will be demonstrations, door prizes, rough & cut gemstones, finished jewelry (gold & silver), beads, specimens, minerals, jewelry repair and construction on site. ; contact Linda Harbuck, 425 Porter Street, Franklin, NC 28734, (800)-336-7829; e-mail: lindah@franklin-chamber.com; Web site: www.visitfranklinnc.com

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 collisdonna@yahoo.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
Email: pjensen@mitchell-county.com
Web: http://www.ncgemfest.com
Mine Tours: http://www.ncgemfest.com/mine-tours-2016.html

Sep. 2-5 Raleigh, North Carolina: Annual show; Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Shows, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; 1025 Blue Ridge Road; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5, Mon. 10-4; Adults $5, Students 16 and under free; Vendors from across the United States bring a variety of merchandise. Their items include 14K and sterling silver, classic, estate, fashion and handmade jewelry. Wide selection of custom faceted gemstones. Loose stones, beads and findings, pearls. Mineral specimens, rocks, fossils, crystals, lapidary supplies. Jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs on site. ; contact Jane Westbrook, PO Box 59, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, (804)-642-2011; e-mail: ellen@treasuresoftheearth.com; Web site: www.treasuresoftheearth.com

Sep. 2-5 Hendersonville, North Carolina: Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society, Whitmire Center; 301 Lily Pond Rd; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-6, Mon. 10-5; Adults/Seniors $4, Children under 12 free; There will be displays, demonstrations, vendors, exhibits, refreshments,and hourly drawings.; contact Diane Lapp, (828)-776-8098; Web site: HCGMS.com

Sep. 9-11 WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: Show and sale; Forsyth Gem and Mineral Club, Educational Building, Fairgrounds; Gate 9 from 27th St.; Fri. 10 -7 , Sat. 10 -7 , Sun. 12-5 ; Adults/Seniors $3, Students grade K - 12th free with adult, Children free with adult; 45th annual show & sale featuring dealers specializing in fine jewelry, gems, fossils, minerals, beads, cutting materials, equipment and supplies. Over 30 educational exhibits. Visit the club corner for geode sales & cutting, grab bags, demonstrations and techniques of mineral identification. Hourly door prize drawings, food and refreshment stand on site. ; contact William Marion, 1163 Bear Creek Church Rd., Mocksville, NC 27028; e-mail: mariona1@yadtel.net; Web site: www.forsythgemclub.com

Sep. 16-18 A North Carolina: Annual show; M.A.G.M.A., Camp Stephens; Camp Stephens Boyscout Camp, Clayton Road; Fri. 9-6; Free Admission; 5th Bi-Annual Asheville, North Carolina Gem, Mineral and Fossil show. Sponsored by Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association. Numerous indoor and outdoor vendors with a top selection of gems, minerals and fossils from the USA and around the world. ; contact Richard Jacquot, PO Box 542, Leicester, NC, (828)-779-4501; e-mail: rick@wncrocks.com; Web site: www.americanrockhound.com

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

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; ashrader@mindspring.com Dealers; Sharon Sterrett 803-356-1472; ssterrett@sc.rr.com 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/



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