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March 2017

4-5: Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc. will hold its 54th Annual Earth Science Gem and Mineral Show at a NEW SHOW LOCATION--  University of Delaware – Wilmington Campus- Arsht Conference Center; 2800 Pennsylvania Ave (Rt-52); Wilmington, Delaware 19806. Hours Saturday are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. The show features educational exhibits of mineral, lapidary and fossil specimens, displays from regional and university museums, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, door prizes, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing and a children’s table, where youngsters may purchase inexpensive mineral and fossil specimens. Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for youngsters between 12 and 16, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. The Delaware Mineralogical Society is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, and dedicated to learning and teaching about the earth sciences, rocks, minerals, fossils and the lapidary arts. Membership is open to all who are interested in these areas. Info and Coupons at or contact or Elaine Kipp (show Chair)  410-392-6826

10-12: Augusta, GA - 29th Annual Aiken-Augusta Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show Dates: March 10th through March 12th 2017 Times: Friday & Saturday 10am - 6pm; Sunday 11 am - 5pm Location:  Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad Street, Augusta GA Admission:  $3 per Adult or $5 Weekend Pass - Children under 12 Free with a paid adult Sponsored by: Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society and Augusta Gem and Mineral Society Show Chairman:  Richard McNutt 706-650-8280 Vendors, Exhibits, Lapidary Demonstrations, Education Resources, Grab Bags, Hourly Door Prizes, Treasure Dig, Geode Sales and Cutting, Mineral Panning

11: Fairless Hills, PA - 41st  Annual Micromount Symposium sponsored by the Leidy Micromount Society. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 140 Trenton Rd; Fairless Hills, PA.  Contact:  Don McAlarnen <> or 610-584-1364.

11-12: Old Bethpage, NY - Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Island Rockhounds. Old Bethpage Restoration Village (Barn), Old Bethpage, NY. Contact: Cheryl Neary <> or 516-449-5341.

18: Middleboro, MA - Auction sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Mineral Club.  Mitchell Memorial Club, 29 Elm St; Middleboro, MA 02346.  Viewing 10 am – 11 am; Auction 11 am – 3 pm.

18-19: Gaithersburg MD - 53rd Annual Show; Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County.  LOCATION:  Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg MD 20877.   Free parking. Hours:  Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm    Visit for a coupon for $1 off the $6 admission (ages 12+).  Children 11 and younger are free.   Over 40 exhibits, 20 dealers, demonstrators, fluorescent tent, many activities for children.

24-26: 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  Complete show info on web page:

25-26: Hadley, MA - CVMC 2017 Show sponsored by the Con- necticut Valley Mineral Club. Hadley Farms Meeting House, Rt. 9, 41 Russell St; Hadley, MA. Contact: Lee Champigny, 413-320-9741 or <> or <>

25-26: Wysox, PA - The 48th Annual Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club show will be held on March 25 and 26 , 2017. NEW LOCATION!!!!  Wysox Vol. Fire Co. Social Hall, 111 Lake Rd., Wysox, PA. Museum displays, kids activities, door prizes, dealers selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, lapidary. Fluorescent program. contact Bob 570-928-9238

25-26: Chambersburg, PA - 39th Annual Show-Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club, Chambersburg, PA. Jewelry-Gemstones-Minerals-Fossils-Displays. LOCATION: Hamilton Heights Elementary School, 1589 Johnson Rd., Chambersburg, PA. HOURS: Saturday 10am-5pm,                                    Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission $5.00- Children under 12 free with adult. Contact Info: Matt Elden (717) 331-0526 or  E Mail:

25-26: Plymouth Meeting, PA. - The Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society will present a joint show and sale at the Lu Lu Temple, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Saturday HOURS are 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday HOURS are 10:00am to 4:00pm.  The show will feature Fossils, Minerals, Gems, Speakers, and Exhibits!  Learning activities include a Fossil Dig and a Kid's Mineral Corner.  Also, Scouting information is available.  There will be Food and Door Prizes throughout both days.  ADMISSION is $5.00 for adults; $1.00 for kids under 12.  All uniformed Scouts are free.  PMS and DVPS are non-profit organizations dedicated to learning and teaching all aspects of rocks, minerals and fossils.  Membership information will be available at the show.  Further information can be found at

April 2017

1-2: Orange, CT - The New Haven Mineral Club - 44th Annual Show 2017 Minerals, Gems, Jewelry & Fossils Exhibits- Dealers- Door Prizes- Lectures- Demonstrations. Annual Gathering of RockHounds and Collectors April  1 & 2 Sat. 9:30-5:00  Sun. 10-4:30. Amity Regional Middle School, Sheffield Rd (off Rt 34) Orange, CT 06477 Donation $6.00 Children under 12 Free when accompanied by an adult For more info visit

1-2: Midland Park, NJ - The North Jersey Mineralogical Society The Paterson Museum 2 Market St. Paterson, NJ Home About NOJMS/Membership Meetings-Directions Annual Show North Jersey Swap N Sell More: The North Jersey Mineralogical Society's 28th Annual North Jersey Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Midland Park High School 250 Prospect Street Midland Park, NJ Sat. & Sun. April 1 & 2, 2017 10-6 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday DRIVING DIRECTIONS: (Direct and Easy! Follow these directions- GPS will get you lost for sure...) From NYC and the East - Take NJ Rt.4 WEST to Rt. 208 NORTH. Exit for GOFFLE ROAD - MIDLAND PARK. Turn Right onto Goffle Road, and drive to the 3rd traffic light (Godwin Ave. - Approx. 1.2 miles), Turn LEFT on Godwin Ave and proceed to the next traffic light. BEAR RIGHT onto Prospect St. Drive 1/2 mile. The High School will be on the right. Park in front of the school. From Rt. 17/Garden State Parkway - Exit for Rt. 4 WEST and follow the directions above. From all other areas, Take I-287 to NJ 208 South. Drive approx. 7 miles on Rt. 208 and exit for GOFFLE ROAD - MIDLAND PARK. (2nd Goffle Road Exit) Follow ramp and proceed on Goffle Road to the 3rd Traffic Light (Godwin Ave.) Turn LEFT on Godwin Ave. and drive to the next traffic light. BEAR RIGHT on Prospect St. and drive 1/2 mile. The High School is on the right side. Park in front of the building. *NOTE: Save These Directions!! Due to local sign regulations, there will be minimal signage posted.  Our show is one of the most anticipated Gem & Mineral Shows in the North East each and every year. We feature a nice variety of dealers displaying a vast assortment of Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones, Fossils, Jewelry, Lapidary Rough, and Rockhound supplies. Our dealers display specimens from all over the world, as well as numerous local spots. Our show will surely fill every rockhound's desires!! This is also an educational opportunity for students and scout troops, as our friendly members and dealers are very knowledgeable and are always willing to share information about the wonderful world of Rockhounding, Prospecting, and Geology! FREE Mineral Specimen for all kids! FREE Parking in the HUGE parking lot! ALL Indoors! Door Prizes! Grand Prize drawing at the end of the show! Food and Drinks available in the school cafeteria, to benefit the MPHS Sports programs. All show proceeds benefit The North Jersey Mineralogical Society, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Educational Organization Dealer Juan Gonzales setting up his booth before the show. DEALER INFORMATION & INQUIRIES: NOTE: Our core dealers are with us year after year. It is very rare to have a dealer opening at this show. We do maintain a long "waiting list" for dealer openings.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the show chairman by E-MAIL ONLY with your information. (Most of the dealers currently on my waiting list have been waiting over 5 years.)  **THERE ARE NO OPEN DEALER SPOTS FOR OUR 2017 SHOW.** Show Contact: JEFF WILSON, Show Chairman. ALL Show and Dealer inquiries by E-mail - E-MAIL JEFF I will not entertain phone requests by dealers for any reason.THANK YOU to the Midland Park Board of Education, and all who help make our annual show so successful!!!

1–2: Johnson City, NY - Annual Show sponsored by the New York Southern Tier Geology Club.  Johnson City Senior Center, 30 Brocton St; Johnson City, NY. Contact:  Thomas Ogden

8-9: Miami, FL - The MIAMI MINERALOGICAL AND LAPIDARY GUILD (MMLG) is holding a Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show on April 8 & 9 from 10 AM to 5 PM at EVELYN GREER PARK, 8200 SW 124 Street in the Village of Pinecrest (just south of Miami, FL) – one block off US 1 with plenty of free parking. Admission is $6 – children under 12 admitted free (with paid adult admission). There will be exhibits, displays, demonstrations, raffles, and vendors showcasing mineral & fossil specimens, gemstones, fine jewelry, and artisan-crafted collectibles. Children’s activities include jewelry-making sessions, surprise grab-bags, gem prospecting, and geode splitting. For discount admission coupons, a map, travel directions, and full information – go to our website:

8-9: Pinecrest, FL - Spring Gem, Jewelry, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Miami Mineralogical and Lapidary Guild.  Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124 St; Pinecrest, FL.  Contact:  Sandy Mielke at 305-858-6967 or

22: Severna Park MD - Patuxent Lapidary Guild, Inc. will be holding their Annual Jewelry Gem and Mineral show on April 22nd, 2017 form 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. located at Earleigh Heights VFC on Rte 2 in Severna Park MD 21146. We will be featuring many vendors with Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry, Cabochons and more. We will also have a children's corner with activities for all ages. Admission is $6.00 for ages over 10, under 10 is free. Food Available. Come join us for a great family day! Down load your discount coupon today!

28-30: Orlando, FL - Rock, Mineral, Gem, Jewelry & Fossil Show hosted by the Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society.  Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 So. Fern Creek Ave; Orlando, FL.  Contact: <>

29-30: Franklin, NJ - 45th Annual NJ Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show with Outdoor Swap April 29, 2017 Saturday 9 am -- 5:30 pm outdoor swap 8 am -- 5 pm April 30, 2017 Sunday 10 am -- 5 pm outdoor swap 9 am -- 5 pm Franklin School / 50 Washington Ave. Franklin, NJ 07416 Contact: Sterling Hill Mining Museum (973)209-7212 Dealers Contact: Russ Brarens (908)421-1045

May 2017

6-7: Topsfield, MA - New England Gem & Mineral Show Hosted by the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club Contact: Website: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm. Topsfield Fairgrounds, Fair Trade Building and Coolidge Hall. Rte. 1, North, Topsfield, MA, 01983. Over 40 retail and wholesale dealers selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, beads, and lots more. Games for kids include Spin-A-Gem, Mineral Sifting, Geode Cracking, and Gold Panning. Display Case Exhibits, Mineral and Fossil Identifications and Hourly Door Prizes! General Admission: $6.00 per person ($5.00 with discount coupon available on website) Seniors: $4.00, Children under 12: Free FREE PARKING

13: Fairless Hills, PA - The Earth Science Show & Sale, Presented by The Rock & Mineral Club of Lower Bucks County, PA.  Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Lapidary Arts, Jewelry & All Things Related to the Earth Sciences; Admission: $2.00 Donation, Children 12 & Under Free; Dealers: 6' Table $20 - 1/2 Table $10, Registration Required; Send Check to: Brian Schwab, 539 Sycamore Ave., Croydon, PA 19021,  Payable to RMCLBC. For Additional Information call: 215-788-3993 and Leave Message for Brian to return the call.

13: Towson, MD - 28th Annual Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society.  Ruhl Armory, I-695 at exit 26 south, Towson, MD.  Contact:  Bernie at <>

20-21: Leesport, PA - 49th Annual “World of Gems and Minerals” Rock, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show sponsored by the Berks Mineralogical Society. Leesport Farmers Market, Leesport, PA. Contact:  Jim Woodeshick

June 2017

3-4: Mc Calla, AL - 43rd Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show sponsored by the Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society of Birmingham, AL. at the Tannehill Ironworks State Park 12632 Confederate Parkway Mc Calla, AL. 35111 Contact: Cathy Kellogg <>

3-4: Canandaigua, NY - GemFest 2017, 24th annual Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry show sponsored by the Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club.  Location- Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd., Canandaigua,  Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4, Adults $3, Children under  12 are free.  20 vendors, exhibits, free crafts with admission, soapstone carving, wire wrapping, sluice, UVBob fluorescent mineral program, scavenger hunt for kids of ALL ages, geode cutting.  Fun for the whole family.  Info- Fred Haynes (,   WCGMC is:  Always Looking For Places to Dig.

17: La Plata, MD – Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club ( will host the 2017 EFMLS Region IV POTLUCK PICNIC AND ROCK SWAP/SALE on Saturday June 17th at Gilbert Run Recreational Park located at 13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 which is 8.8 miles east of La Plata, MD.  All Eastern Federation (EFMLS) clubs and their families/friends are invited.  In addition to minerals, fossils and lapidary for swap/sale, each attendee family is asked to bring a potluck dish to share and one (1) labeled specimen donation for an auction after lunch to help defray costs.  Ample parking for tailgate swapping/selling as well as 33 picnic tables under adjacent covered pavilion.  Onsite restrooms and handicap access.  A “Treasure Box” (donations welcome) of excess rocks and related tools for free for anyone to take.  SMRMC will provide plates/cups/plasticware/sodas/bottled water (no alcohol).  $5 per carload Park Entry Fee for all vehicles.  Park has a 60 acre lake and many recreational facilities (playgrounds, boat rentals, trails, etc.) for kids and adults. for further details.

August 2017

21: Newton, MA - Annual Mineral Auction sponsored by the Boston Mineral Club.  American Legion Post 440, 295 California St; Newton, MA.  Contact:  <> or <>.

26-27: Canton, NY - St. Lawrence County Rock & Mineral Club's 51st Annual Show August 26th & 27th, Canton, NY @ the Pavilion 90 Lincoln St., Canton, NY - FREE ADMISSION - Sat. 9-4:30   Sunday 9-3:00, Friday night at dusk, 25th we hold a fluorescent mineral hunt for kids, lights provided. Contact William deLorraine, President 315-287-4652. visit us @

September 2017

22-23: West Friendship, MD - 53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show hosted by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore. Howard Co. Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD.

October 2017

21-22:  45th Annual Gem & Mineral Show and EFMLS Annual Convention hosted by the Bristol Gem & Mineral Club.  Location and details to be announced shortly. EFMLS meeting, Friday, October 20.

from Carolyn Weinberger, Editor, EFMLS Newsletter
From EFMLS Newsletter, 10/04

In recent months I’ve had several inquiries from Eastern Federation clubs asking for a list of hobby related publications that have a calendar of events that can be used to publicize club shows and swaps.

Here’s the list which I have. Remember, most of these publications have a 3 - 4 month “lead time” so you’ll have to get your information in to them early enough to meet their deadline.

Mineral News
Send to: The Editor, Mineral News
1885 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901-1160

Send to: Matt Charsky 
2430 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207

EFMLS Website
Dan Imel

Rock & Gem

Rock & Gem Magazine has been sold & Moved to Dallas

Dear Newsletter Editors & Rockhounds, You may have heard about the sale of Rock & Gem to Beckett Media LLC at the beginning of May. It is important to note that we are no longer at the Maple Street address in Ventura. Please do not send any mail to that address, as it will not be forwarded.

I am in the process of setting up a mailing address for Rock & Gem editorial. I will get that information to you as soon as possible.

Any mail related to Rock & Gem advertising and print or digital subscriptions should be sent to Rock & Gem,  Beckett Media LLC, 4635, McEwen Rd., Dallas, TX 75244.

E-mail subscription address changes to

Back issues may be ordered from for the cover price, plus shipping.

The new Rock & Gem phone number is (972) 448-4626.

This information will not appear in the magazine until the July issue, so I would appreciate it if you could help spread the word through your newsletters. I'd like to minimize the confusion on the part of our readers.

Thank you,
Lynn Varon
Managing Editor
Rock & Gem magazine

Rocks & Minerals
E-mail only:

Include date, place, sponsoring club, name and address of show chair or contact for info. Some also allow space for listing of speakers, admission and show times.