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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 Asheville Museum of Science. If you know of any shows or events which you feel should be listed here, please contact sams@main.nc.us with the information.


The new Asheville Museum of Science is the former Colburn Earth Science Museum and before that, the Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum. Check them out at http://ashevillescience.org.


These shows may be cancelled unless the coronavirus situation changes drastically. Check the show websites for the latest info.

Oct. 23 - 25, Hickory, North Carolina, Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club Show, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr SW Hickory, NC 28602, Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM, Price: Adult $5, Ages 12 and under free

October 23-25 FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA: Show and sale; Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC; Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Road, ; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $3, free admission for children 12 and under; Dealers offering a wide variety of rough and cut gemstones, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and repairs; contact Linda Harbuck, 98 Hyatt Road, Franklin, NC 28734, 828-524-3161; Email: lindah@franklin-chamber.com; Website: www.visitfranklinnc.com

November 20-22 RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Annual show; Treasures of the Earth, Inc.; Kerr Scott Building, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; Adults $6, free admission for children 16 and under; Vendors selling gemstones, pearls, beads, fossils, minerals, crystals, displays, and demonstrations; contact Jane Westbrook, PO Box 59, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, (804) 642-2011; Email: jane@treasuresoftheearth.com; Website: http://www.TreasuresOfTheEarth.com



The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. sponsors Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. They are held at Wildacres Retreat, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and 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.

SFMS 2020 Workshops
Check website for Instructor and class, along with registration form

All workshops cancelled

For more info sfmsworkshops.org
Please register early to ensure a spot in the class of your choice.
$50.00 Deposit required
sfmsworkshops.org for info on 2020 classes Maybe a few more will be added. I have had some requests.

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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