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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 become fully operational and have their grand opening later this winter. Check them out at http://ashevillescience.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. Admission: $2 Adults, $1 Children, $5 Max Family. Scouts in uniform free. Info Jane Volk - lexgemshow@outlook.com, Allen Ferrell - kyrock2010kentucky@yahoo.com, or www.bggamc.homestead.com.

April 22 – 23, 2017; Memphis, TN. Memphis Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show “The Earth Wide Open”. Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society. Memphis International Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN Saturday, April 22 9-6:00 and Sunday, April 23 10-5, Adults $5.00, 2 day pass $8.00, Children 12 and under $2.00. Scouts in uniform free. Dealers, Exhibits, Demonstrations, Grand and Hourly door prizes. Kids Area with Rockzone featuring Gem and Fossil Dig, Geode Bowling, and Rocks Around the Clock. Includes “The MAGS Rock Banquet" a table full table of rocks that look like real food. Developed and maintained by the club since 1980. www.The EarthWideOpen.com, email: info@theearthwideopen.com. Show Chair James Butchko 901 743-0058. Dealer Chair WC McDaniel 901-274-7706, 901-490-3575

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.


We are working hard to bring you some exciting classes for the 2017 SFMS workshop for William Holland the week of June 11-17. We have brought in new classes and new instructors to William Holland just for our members. You can check out their bios, class descriptions and pictures on our Facebook page Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, just follow this link...

Course Instructor
Inlay Silver I Chuck Bruce and Micah Kirby
Silver I Pattie Appleby
Southwest Style Silver 2 Vickie Prillaman
Cabs 2 with intarsia Paul Roberts
Immersion Enameling Cold Connection Deborah Mauser
Polymer Clay Sandi Davis
Beading Gail DeLuca
Opals I Cheryl Kasper
Casting Organics Bill Harr
Faceting Linda Searcy
Wire I/Spoon Jewelry Jan Stephens


When Available

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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