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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 *

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.
Sara Peacock


August 29-September 1, 2014, Hendersonville, NC. The Henderson County Gem and Mineral Society presents: Gemstones of North Carolina. Times Fri-Sat- Sun 10:00am - 600pm, Mon 10:00am - 5:00pm. Location: Lily Pond Rd. Hendersonville, NC. The Gem and Mineral Spectacular will take place in conjuntion with the annual Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend. We will have vendors, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, and refreshments. Admission is $4.00; children under 12 are free. Show chairman is Landen Gailey (404)277-9000. Club President is Diane Lapp (828)775-8098

September 5-7, 2014 Orlando, FL Rock, Mineral, Gem, Jewelry & Fossil Show CENTRAL FLORIDA MINERAL & GEM SOCIETY, INC. Fri: 1pm - 6pm, Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 10am 5pm Florida National Guard Armory 2809 South Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, FLorida 32806 SILENT AUCTIONS AND HOURLY DOOR PRIZES! DEMONSTRATIONS: FACETING, WIRE WRAPPING AND CHAIN MAILLE! FAMILY ACTIVITIES: GRAB BAGS, SLUICE AND WHEEL OF CHANCE! Show Chairman: Paul Hayes, 407-816-1229Email: phayes3@cfl.rr.com http://www.cfmgs.org Gem Show page for $1 coupon off admission

September 27-28, 2014 Lexington, KY
Kentucky National Guard Armory, 4301 Airport Road, Lexington, KY 40510 Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday 1200-1700
Show includes minerals, jewelry, equipment dealers, club sales, exhibits, KY Agate, fluorescent displays, hourly prizes, and a Grand Prize drawing. Admission: $2.00 Adults; $1.00 Children ($5.00 family maximum); Scouts in uniform free
Contact: Alen Ferrell (859) 277-2469; email: kyrock2010kentucky@yahoo.com Web: www.lexingtonrockclub.com

October 3-5, 2014 Dallas, NC
Gaston Gem, Mineral and Faceters Club presents 36th Annual Gaston Gem and Mineral Show. Gaston County Park, 1303 Dallas Cherrydale Highway, Dallas, NC 28034 Friday 0900-1800, Saturday 0900-1800, Sunday 0900-1700 Free admittance and free parking. Minerals and Fossils from around the world. Cutting material, quality gemstones, wire wrapping, settings, geodes, jewelry, etc. A real working sluice, $3 and $5 sand buckets; perfect for children and adults. Amethyst, Quartz crystals, faceted stones mixed at random in the buckets. Hourly raffles for prizes.
Contact: Rick Perkins (704) 825-9456
Web: http://gastongemclub.weebly.com/our-show.html

October 10-12, 2014, Huntsville, AL
Hours: Friday and Saturday 1000 to 1800; Sunday 1200 to 1700
Jaycee Community Building, 2180 Airport Road SW, Huntsville, AL 35801 Jewelry, Stones, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, Carved Stones, Lapidary Supplies, Displays, Kids’ Activities, Demonstrations, Mining Flume, FREE PARKING! AND MORE! Check our webpage for more information: www.huntsvillegms.org

November 7,8 & 9, 2014, Pascagoula, MS 2014 Meeting for the Southeastern Federation of Mineral Societies, being held in conjunction with the 25th Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show will be presented by The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society. Jackson County Fairgrounds in Pascagoula, Mississippi 2902 Shortcut Rd, Pascagoula, MS 39567 Hours: Friday and Saturday - 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM; Sunday - 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM Admission $3.00 Adults 3 Day ticket $5.00, Children 12 and under are free.

November 8 & 9, 2014, Melbourne, FL
The Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society 41st Annual Parade of Gems, Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Featuring: Gemstones, Minerals, Jewelry, Fossils, Beads, Slabs, Books, Tools, Findings, Pearls, Live Demonstrations, Children's Activities, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Local Artisans, National Vendors, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Displays. Contact.Show Chairman: Bill Harr. Email: william.h.harr@gmail.com

November 21-23, 2014 Columbia, SC
The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 47th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, Friday November 21, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday November 22, 10:00 - 6:00 Sunday November 23, 12:00 - 5:00, Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd. Exit 106A off I -26 Columbia, South Carolina 29210
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 dependents are free. Contact information is:
Sue Shrader...Publicity...803-736-9317 Sharon Sterrett...Dealers...803- 356-1472 The society website is www.cgams.org

November 21-23, 2014 Marietta, GA
29th Annual Cobb County Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show presented by Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA Friday 1000-1800, Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday 1000- 1700 Free Admission and Free Parking. 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. Faceting and jewelry making demonstrations, hourly door prizes.Web: www.cobbcountymineral.org

November 22-23, 2014 West Palm Beach, FL
The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches presents 48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead and Fossil Show, South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411Saturday 0900-1800, Sunday 1000-1700 Admission: $7 (children under 12 free); Two day admission $10; visit website for $1 off coupon; Free parking. Over 70 dealers, Door prizes, hourly prize drawings, Scholarship Fund raffle, Fossil dig, Gem Mining, Geode cracking, Displays, DemonstrationsContact: Jeff Slutzky (561) 585-2080, email: 2014gemshow@gmail.com

November 28-30, 2014 The 20th Annual Rock, Gem, and Jewelry Show, Mobile, AL. ABBA Shrine Center 7701 Hitt Rd Mobile, AL 36695 30°40.026’N, 88°13.378’W Many Wonderful Door Prizes Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE with Adult. Raffle tickets $1.00. You do not have to be present to win. Rocks, Gems, Minerals and Jewelry from around the world. 1 door prize ticket with each paid admission. See our website: mobilerockandgem.com. FREE PARKING

December 13-14, 2014 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 american 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, (615) 714-3194
Email contact: show@MTGMS.org http://www.MTGMS.org/Show.htm



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.

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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