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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 *

Colburn Saturday Events & After School Clubs

Visitor services
     •We are always looking for someone to help provide visitors with scavenger hunts and check people into our museum (which may also include learning how to use the register).
     •Tour guide (many requests have been made by visitors. Must have some background in geology and a familiarity with our exhibits).

Behind the Scenes
     •Office help (faxing, calculating, copying, writing membership cards and laminating).
     •Inventory and organizing our materials (gift shop and educational).
     •Possible curating work with our Board of Directors (must have a geology background).

If you would like to do any of these tasks, please email me back at afischer@colburnmuseum.org with your name, availability, which task(s) in which you would like to participate and which day(s). I will start setting up some intro volunteer training days which will happen on a Monday, when we are closed to the public. Thank you all again for your interest. This should be a fantastic summer!

Amber Fischer
Director of Educational Services



September 30, October 1 & 2, Dallas, NC. 38th Annual Gaston Gem Mineral and Factors Club Show. It is held at Gaston County Park, Dallas, NC.
Hwy 279(Dallas Cherryville Hwy) 1/2 mile from Hwy 321. Hours- Friday and Sat 9:00-6:00 Sun 9:00-5:00. Free admission.! We have a sluice, and hourly raffles. Available are sand bags, fossils, wire wrapping, jewelry, cutting material, geodes, grab bags, makings, settings. Grand prize drawing at the end of the show on Sunday. For information about the show, or being a dealer call Connie Cole, Show Chair. 704-733-7591 or 704-864-4387.

Oct.1, 2016, Chapel Hill, NC. Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale, sponsored by the Central NC Mineral Club. Saturday Oct.1, 2016 10am- 4pm. Location: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC. Gemstones and Minerals for sale!  Demonstrations of gem carving, drilling and polishing!  Activities for kids!  A fine selection of facet grade rough,  minerals, rough for cabbing and some pre cut and pre formed gemstones available.

October 7-9, 2016, Huntsville, AL. The 48th annual Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society will be Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2016. This is the largest jewelry show in the region, the only rock, mineral and gem show in the region, and a great resource for the school earth science curriculum at all levels. Location: The Jaycee Community Center at the old airport, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35801 Dates and Hours: Friday, October 7 Saturday, October 8 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Offerings: National and International Dealers with every type and quality of gems, collector specimens, lapidary materials, fossils, finished jewelry (costume to fine), lapidary (rock and mineral) art objects, and jewelry and lapidary supplies. Lapidary and Jewelry Demonstrations and Displays. Children’s “gem dig”, “gem flume”, and presentations. Hourly drawings. Food service. Ample, convenient, FREE parking. Sunday, October 9 Donation suggested: $3 for adults. $1 for primary & secondary students. Children under 5 FREE. $5 for adult Weekend passes
We site: www.huntsvillegms.org Contact: 256-534-8803

October 14-16, 2016; Knoxville, TN. 26th Annual Gem & Mineral Show. Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave, Knoxville, TN. Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sun.11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Admission: $5 per person per day or 3 day pass for $8 per person, Children under 12 admitted FREE. The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will have many vendors that offer great products including a wide variety of jewelry; rare fossil and mineral specimens; meteorites; gems of all colors shapes & sizes; lapidary & jewelry equipment; and much more. For more information, contact Teresa Polly teresapolly@bellsouth.net www.knoxrocks.org/gemshow.html

October 14-16 Franklin, NC, Show and sale; Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC, Robert C. Carpenter Community Building; 1288 Georgia Road; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4; Adults/Seniors $2, Students $1, Children under 12 free; There will be door prizes, demonstrations, and benchwork on site. Finished jewelry (gold & silver), rough & cut gemstones, specimens, beads, minerals, and tools. ; contact Linda Harbuck, 425 Porter Street, Franklin, NC 28734, (800)-336-7829; e-mail: lindah@franklin-chamber.com; Web site: www.visitfranklinnc.com

November 11 - 13, 2016, Pascagoula, MS. The 27th Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show! The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. Friday November 11, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday November 12, 10:00 - 6:00 Sunday November 13, 10:00 - 5:00 Jackson County Fairgrounds Civic Center, 2902 Shortcut Rd., Pascagoula, MS 39567. 30 plus vendors selling gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and much more. Gold/silversmiths doing repairs, several demonstrators including flint knapping, gold panning, faceting,cutting and polishing stones, beading,and chainmaking. Meals and snacks available at our concessions. Several educational exhibits. There is a raffle as well as hourly door prizes. Admission is $3.00 for adults, children 12 & under are free with adult. 3 day ticket available for $5.00. For more information Contact Bill La Rue, (228) 229-8781, wildbill2736@gmail.com or Barbi Beatty, (228) 238-9900 mgcgms@bellsouth.net www.mgcgms.org

November 12 & 13, 2016, Melbourne, FL. Canveral Mineral & Gem Society. 43rd Annual Parade of Gems, November 12 & 13 2016, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901. 40+ dealers displaying and selling Jewelry, Gems, Minerals, Crystals, Fossils, Tools and Rocks. Admission; $5 Donation. Contact: Don McLamb, CMGS President & Acting Show Chairman

November 18 – 20, 2016, Columbia, SC. Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 2016 49th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, Fri Nov. 18, 10:00 - 6:00; Sat. Nov. 19, 10:00 - 6:00; Sun. Nov. 20, 12:00 - 5:00 Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd.. Columbia, SC 29210Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & tools for sale Geodes sold & cut. Club member’s rock collections on exhibit & lapidary demonstrations. South Carolina amethyst on display. Sponsored by The Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, $5.00 for adults, Sixteen & under free with adult. All military & their dependents free. Sue Shrader: 803-736-9317; ashrader@mindspring.com Dealers; Sharon Sterrett 803-356-1472; ssterrett@sc.rr.com www.cgams.org

November 18-20, 2016; Louisville, KY. KYANA Geological Society, Camp Crestwood ; 7206 Clore Lane; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; Free Admission; 44th Annual Mineral, Gem & Fossil Show sponsored by KYANA Geological Society. Beautiful custom jewelry, jewelry supplies, beads, gemstones, genuine Australian opals, crystals, minerals and fossils. Door Prizes, children's Activities.; contact Rick Hunter, P.O. Box 32561, Louisville, KY 40232, (502)- 298-8871; e-mail: kyanageoshowchair@gmail.com; Web site: www.kyanageo.org

November 18-20, 2016, Marietta, GA. Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society/CCGMS invites you to join them in their 31st Annual Gem and Mineral Show as we return to our newly renovated home, Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, GA. Calling all collectors, artists, educators, formal/informal students of lapidary and rock hounds alike. Come immerse yourselves in a showcase of rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils collected and sold all over the world! Free admission and Free parking provide the option of a weekend of shopping, live lapidary and artisan demonstrations, mineral identification and instruction, the chance to buy and crack open your very own geode and much more. Be sure to listen for the hourly door prizes! November 18-20, 2016. Friday and Saturday 10AM—6PM, Sunday 10AM—5PM Cobb County Civic Center 548 Marietta Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 Web Site: http://www.cobbcountymineral.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cobbcountymineral/

November 19-20, 2016, West Palm Beach, FL. Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Presents Our Golden Anniversary 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show. Expo Center East South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33411. November 19-20, 2016, Saturday 9AM—6PM, Sunday 10AM—5PM. Over 80 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more. The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few. Hourly door prizes awarded both days, a show Grand Prize and a Scholarship fundraising drawing will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Guest speakers will present a variety of educational topics.

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/

January 13-15, 2017; Largo, Fl. Pinellas Geological Society announces our 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).

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