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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.


Most of these shows will likely be cancelled. They are included here in case you want to contact them directly.

March 20-22—ARDEN, NC: Annual show; Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association (M.A.G.M.A.); Camp Stephens, 263 Clayton Road; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-4; free admission; dealers specializing in gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites and artifacts from North Carolina and around the world will be offered; contact Richard Jacquot, PO Box 542, Leicester, NC 28748, 8287794501; Email: rick@wncrocks.com; Website: www.americanrockhound.com

March 27-29—HICKORY, NC: Annual show; Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club; Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr. SE , #A; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5, free admission for law enforcement, youth groups, scouts in uniform, and children 12 and under; 50th annual show, held in association with the annual Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. convention, 24 vendors with a variety of specimens; contact Rick Glover, (828) 446-7633; Email: ricktopsarge@gmail.com; Website: http://cvgmc.com/SpecialEvents.html

April 3-5—RALEIGH, NC: Annual show; Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club; North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Kerr Scott Bldg.; Fri. 3-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $3, free admission for children 14 and under; Dealers offering gems, minerals, rocks, with grab bags, demonstration area with gem trees, displays, activities for children; contact Cyndy Hummel, 10609 Chelsea Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, (919) 779-6220; Email: mchummel@mindspring.com; Website: tarheelclub.org

May 6-10—FRANKLIN, NC: Annual show; Echo Valley Gem Show; Echo Valley Showplace (across from GLW), 6456 Sylva Rd; Wed. 9-6, Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6; free admission; Featuring dealers from around the world selling minerals, fossils, geodes, rough rock, slabs, cabochons, gems, beads, jewelry, crystals; contact Damian w/ Bellpoint; Email: mbellpoint@gmail.com; Website: www.bellpointpromotions.com

July 22-26 FRANKLIN, NC: Annual show; Echo Valley Gem Show ; Echo Valley Showplace (across from GLW), 6456 Sylva Rd. ; Wed. 9-6, Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6; free; Featuring dealers offering minerals, fossils, geodes, rough rock, slabs, cabochons, gems, beads, jewelry, crystals *Additional day Sun. 9-4 ; contact Damian w/ Bellpoint; Email: mbellpoint@gmail.com; Website: www.bellpointpromotions.com

July 24-26 FRANKLIN, NC: Show and sale; Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC; Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Road, ; Fri. 10-6, Sat. Select Start Time-6, Sun. 10-6; Adults $2, free admission for children 12 and under; Dealers offering gem stones (rough and cut), minerals, beads, fossils, along with demonstrations and displays; contact Linda Harbuck, 98 Hyatt Road, Franklin, NC 28734, 8285243161; Email: lindah@franklin-chamber.com; Website: www.visitfranklinnc.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

WILLIAM HOLLAND June 7-13, 2020 2020sfms.wh@gmail.com Cindy Reed Registrar

Fly Tying
Seed Beading with Broken China
Loop-n-loop chain Electro-etching
Flame Painting on metal
Silverware Jewelry Silver 1
Silver 2
Hydraulic Press making your own die

WILDACRES August 17-13, 2020 registrarwildacres@gmail.com Claudia Erwin Registrar

Special Projects Adv. Silver Wire
Silver 1
Colored Pencil
Southwest Jewelry
Seed Beading
Bench Making

WILDACRES September 14-20, 2020

Silver 1
Southwest Jewelry
Begin Chain
Metal Clay
Gem ID 1

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