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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 (the former Colburn Earth Science Museum and before that the Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum) will be opening soon.


November 25, 26, 27. Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society annual show. Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Va. 24153 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 25, 26, 27. Hours, 2pm – 7pm Friday10am – 6pm, Saturday, 12pm – 5pm Sunday. Admission $5.00 good for all 3 days. Door prizes, Fluorescent mineral display and new this year a video room showing videos about rocks and minerals. Door prizes, grand prize drawn Sunday at 4:30pm. Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society annual show.Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Va. 24153.

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/

December 10-11, Franklin, TN. Annual show; Mid-Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society (MTGMS), Williamson County AgExpoPark (Nashville area); 4215 Long Lane ; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $4, Students $1, Children free; This show features items that will fascinate and please every age group. From crystals, geodes, and sharks teeth for the kids to artisan & native American jewelry, to mineral and fossil wonders that the discriminating will love. Plus hourly door prizes, silent auction, exhibits, and demonstrations such as silversmithing, stone cutting, and faceting. ; contact Mardy Smith, TN 37214, (615)-417-1416; e-mail: show@mtgms.org; Web site: http://www.mtgms.org/

January 13-15, 2017; Largo, Fl. Pinellas Geological Society Fortieth Anniual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale. Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday Noon to 5PM Largo Cultural Center, Parkside Room, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, Florida Turn south off East Bay Drive just one block east of Seminole Blvd. Free admission. Donation $1.50 for hourly drawing Silent Auction every hour. Unique jewelry has fascinated mankind since cave days. Today that still holds true as men and women create wonderful gem and mineral ornaments from nature’s abundant rocks and minerals. Members of the Gem and Mineral Clubs in our area gather together monthly to share their hobby.

February 4 & 5, 2017, Merritt Island FL. Rock, Gem and Mineral Show, Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club, Sat & Sun Feb 4 & 5 10am-5pm each day Kiwanis Recreation Center 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd. Merritt Island, Fl. 32952. Exit 520 off I95 and turn East onto SR520 until you see the sign for Park Entrance. Grand Prize drawing and 2 draws /hour for door prizes. There will be a sluice for the young at heart, club demos and displays Silent Auction with grab and go items (priced to sell).

March 18 and 19, 2017; Dothan, AL Gem and Mineral Show, Dothan Gem and Mineral Club, Sat: 10 am to 5 pm; Sun: 9 am to 4 pm, Houston County Farm Center, 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL. Show features minerals, gems, fossils, lapidary rough, beads, and handcrafted items, such as, jewelry and knapped knives. This is a family friendly event, which includes hourly doorprizes and a silent auction. Free admission and parking. For more informaiton contact Jeff De Roche, show chair, 334-673-3554 E-mail contact: arlambert@comcast.net. Visit our website: http://www.wiregrassrockhounds.com

March 24-26, 2017; Hickory, NC. Annual show; Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club Show, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory NC 28602; Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; School, scout, youth, retirement home groups and law enforcement officers/military admitted free; $5.00 admission; Children under 12 free; Hourly and grand door prizes, 20+ vendors with gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry; Theme- “Meteorites + Dinosaurs=Extinction?”; Programs for school groups, children, and adults; Displays of meteorites, dinosaur bones, Guinness Record sapphire, 112 lb. ruby corundum, educational displays, mini-mine, faceting, cocooning, specimen identification by geologists; Contact: Dean Russell, show chm, (828) 303-1448 or cvgmcsecretary@aol.com. Complete show info on web page: www.cvgmc.com

March 25-26, 2017, Lexington, KY. Lexington Rock Gem & Jewelry Show (Annual Show) Sponsored by Blue Grass Gem & Mineral Club, Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY. Near Exit 115 off I-75/I-64. Hours: Sat March 25, 9AM-6PM, Sun March 26, 11AM-5PM.

July 21-23, 2017 Boone, NC. Annual show; Treasures Of The Earth Gem & Jewelry Slhows, Boone National Guard Armory; 274 Hunting Hills Lane; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; $3 Admission, Free Admission for children under 16; Annual show. Jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths from all over the U.S. who can reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer-selected gems, stones, opals and crystals. Wire wrap, wire sculpture, stone beads, pearls, stone setting, amber, opal, mineral and fossil dealers. Hourly door prizes including a Ring with a precious stone that will be given as a Grand Prize. ; contact Van Wimmer - Show Director, 5273 Bradshaw Road, Salem, VA 24153, 540-384-6047; e-mail: van@toteshows.com; Web site: www.toteshows.com



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