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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


February 6-8, 2016, Merritt Island, FL Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club presents our Symphony of Gems show Feb 6 & 7, 2016, Sat & Sun from 10AM - 5PM. It will be located at the Kiwanis Recreation Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd, Merritt Island, Fl 32952. Admission will be $5 for adults, children under 11 are free accompanied by an adult. There is $1 off coupon on our flyer that can be found at our website: www.centralbrevardgems.org. We will have about 26 vendors who will be selling beads, pearls, rocks and slabs, minerals and specimens, finished jewelry as well as finely handcrafted jewelry. There will also be available for sale new and used equipment, lapidary tools and supplies. There will also be a running sluice for the children. There will be hourly door prizes for adults and kids, and a fantastic grand prize. For any additional info or questions, please contact me at (321) 431-0159 or roz.mestre@att.net

Feb. 27-28, 2016, Jackson MS Annual Gem, Mineral Fossil and Jewelry Show Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society (MGMS). Saturday, February 27 (9 am to 6 pm) and Sunday, February 28 (10 am to 5 pm) Mississippi Trade Mart on the State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi. Admission: Adults - $6; Students - $3; Scouts & Leaders in Uniform - $2; Children 5 and under - Free
* Special Exhibit: The Rock Food Table
* Over 25 dealers of gems, fossils, minerals, jewelry, lapidary tools, beads, and more
* Demonstrations of lapidary art including flint knapping, cabochon cutting, and jewelry making
* Exhibits and educational opportunities by colleges and state organizations
* Children's activities (adults are welcomed too)
* Touch and See Table
* Displays by MGMS members of their some of their own collections or lapidary work * Hourly door prizes, and a grand prize drawing.

March 19-20, 2016, Dothan, AL Dothan Gem and Mineral Show Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Sunday 10:00-4:00. Held annually the third weekend of March by the Dothan Gem and Mineral Club Houston County Farm Center 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL Club website: www.missgems.org. Minerals, gems, fossils, lapidary rough, beads, and handcrafted items, such as, jewelry and knapped knives. Hourly door prizes, silent auction, grab bags. Free admission. Show contact: Jeff DeRoche, Show Chair, 334-673-3554 E-Mail contact: arlambert@comcast.net Club web site: www.wiregrassrockhounds.com

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



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