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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the information.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
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.
June 1 - 2: Birmingham AL area Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society 40th Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show located in the Tannehill Historical Ironworks Park, 12632 Confederate Pkwy. Mc Calla, AL. 35111. Sat. - Sun. 9 am to 5 pm. Admission to the show is free with paid admission to the park. Dealers offer mineral specimens, fossils, beads, slabs, geodes, jewelry, loose stones, jewelry repair and all things rocks. Door prizes, club demonstrations, and Kids Korner games near our club booth. Contact Gene Blackerby email@example.com or 205-807-6777. www.lapidaryclub.com
June 8–9, 2013: RockFest 2013 at the Tellus Science Museum,100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120. Vendors from all over the country will be selling gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils and more. Kids enjoy lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Info: www.tellusmuseum.org. Call Joe Schulman, Director of Marketing, if interested in becoming a vendor: (770) 606-5700.
July 27 to August 5, 2013 29th Annual Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show located at the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department at 12966 Hwy. 226 South, in Spruce Pine, NC, halfway between US 19E and the Blue Ridge Parkway (exit 331).
There are 72 dealers who have all kinds of gemstones, mineral specimens, jewelry, beads, fossils, and lots more.
Admission is FREE. Parking is FREE.
BBQ and silent auction of items donated by the dealers on Saturday to raise funds for the fire department.
Hours are from 8 to 6 all days.
Contact Donna Collis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Frye at email@example.com for information. 828-765-5519 or 828-766-6136.
September 21-23, 2013: Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society. 24th Annual Show, Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville. Hours: Fri 1-6, Sat 10-6, & Sun 10-5. Admission: $4. Contact: Karen Olson, (904) 981-0293 weekdays, (904) 448-5182 evenings & weekends, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 4,5 & 6, 2013
35th Annual Gaston Gem, Mineral & Faceters Club Show. October 4,5, & 6, 2013: Hours: Fri & Sat 9 am-6 pm Sunday 9 am-5 pm. Gaston County Park Hwy 279, Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC. Just 1/2 mile off 321 FREE ADMITTANCE...Minerals and fossils from around the world, Cutting material, quality gemstones, wire wrapping, settings, geodes, jewelry. A real working SLUICE with all kinds of goodys. Hourly raffles for prizes.
October 5-6, 2013 Lexington, KY
Rockhounds of Central Kentucky. KY National Guard Armory, 4301 Airport Road. Hours Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12PM-5PM. Minerals, jewelry, equipment dealers, club sales, exhibits, KY Agate, hourly prizes, and Grand Prize drawing. Admission $2 Adults, $1 Children, $5 Max Family, Scouts in uniform free. Showchair Allen Ferrell, 859-277-2469 or email@example.com. Club website: www.lexingtonrockclub.com.
October 12-14, 2013: Huntsville, AL Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society. Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville. Hours: Fri & Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5. Hourly door prizes, 30+ dealers. Contact: Tony Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 19-20, 2013 Tampa Bay, FL
54th Annual Gem/Mineral/Jewelery Show and Sale
Sponsor: Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club Dates/Times: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10am – 4:00 pm
Location: Strawberry Festival Expo Building, 2301 W. Oak Avenue, Plant City, Florida Admission: Adults $5.00; Children 12 to 16 and Students with ID $4.00;
Children under 12 free (with parent)
We will have over 40 vendors offering gems, minerals, beads, fossils, tools, lapidary material, jewelry making supplies, jewelry and much more. There will be live demonstrations throughout the show and hourly Door Prize drawings. We'll also have a silent auction, touch table, grab bags and magazine sales. Parking is free. For more information please visit our website at www.tampabayrockclub.com
Contact: email, email@example.com Phone, (813) 831-1944
November 22, 23 & 24, 2013 Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society
46th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show 2013 Friday November 22, 10:00 - 7:00 Saturday November 23, 10:00 - 6:00 Sunday November 24, 12:00 - 5:00
206 Jamil Rd. Exit 106A off I -26 Columbia, South Carolina 29210
24 Retail Vendors
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 dependants are free. Contact information is:
Sue Shrader...Publicity...803-736-9317 firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 803-736-2578
Sharon Sterrett...Dealers...803- 356-1472 email@example.com
The society website is www.cgams.org Grand Prize Award
Patrick and Anne Kelly
November 22-24, 2013 Marietta, GA
28th Annual Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show in Marietta, GA. 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. Fun for the whole family, with faceting and jewelry making demonstrations, a fluorescent mineral room, and many interesting displays. Hourly Door Prizes. Free Admission and Free Parking. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA. Hours: 10am -6pm November 22-23, 10am-5pm November 24.
November 23-24, 2013
Tourmaline Topaz Specimen From Pakistan Est. $450
Donated by PAK Designs
West Palm Beach, Florida
47th annual gem, mineral, jewelry, bead and fossil show. Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches
Saturday (Nov. 23rd) 9am-6pm, Sunday (Nov. 24th) 10am-5pm.
South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, Free Parking
9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach Florida 33411.
Over 60 dealers, Door prizes, hourly prize drawings, Scholarship Fund raffle, Fossil Dig, Gem Mining, Geode Cracking, Displays, demonstrations, classes
Admission $7, children under 12 free. Visit website for $1 off coupon. http://www.gemandmineral.cc.
For further information contact show chairman, Barbara Ringhiser at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 6—8, 2013, Montgomery, Alabama
The 43rd Annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show will be held at a new location, the Alcazar Shrine Temple, 555 Eastern Blvd. (Just north of Capitol Chevrolet). Show times are: Friday 9:00—6:00; Saturday 10:00—6:00; Sunday 11:00—5:00. Dealers will have beautiful handcrafted jewelry as well as unique gemstones, minerals, and fossils. Club members will display their individual collections and will give demonstrations on gem and rock cutting, faceting, cabochon making, and arrowhead knapping. Admission is free and door prizes will be given. Contact: Jane Barkley at (334) 277-2722 or Iris McGehee at (334) 262-7275.
December 14-15, 2013 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 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,
Email contact: show@MTGMS.org
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. Please see the Information sheet for details.
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.
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Here are some photos taken at local events:
Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.
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