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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 <>

13-14 Canandaigua, NY - FINGER LAKES GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW ‘’FOSSIL FEST’’ Sponsored by the Finger Lakes Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club, May 13 & 14, 2017. Sat.- 10 am - 6 pm. Sun.- 10 am - 4 pm. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center 250 N. Bloomfield Rd., Canandaigua, NY. Adults $5 Children 12 and under & Scouts in uniform FREE with Adult. Fossils- Minerals- Crystals- Jewelry- Gems- Beads- Metaphysical Stones- Wire Wrapping & Lapidary Equipment. Dealers- Displays- Door Prizes- Demonstrations & Lectures. Remember to bring your mother and buy her that special gift. A FUN EVENT FOR THE WHOLWHOLE FAMILY!

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: Macungie, PA - Spring Mineralfest Show sponsored by the Pennsylvania Earth Sciences Association. 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie, PA. A family-oriented event - younger attendees encouraged. •  Adult admission only $2.00, •  Free admission and mineral specimens for children under twelve, •  Multiple door prizes awarded hourly, •  Gold panning and sluicing demonstrations are favorites with kids . Flyer via

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.

November 2017

4-5: Plant City, FL - Annual Show: Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club. Dates:   November 4-5, 2017 Time:    10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Location:  Plant City Strawberry Festival Expo Center, Address:  303 N. Lemon Street, Plant City, FL. Contact:  Jerri Heer, Dealer Chair – – (Phone) 419-344-9999. Admission:  Adults $5; Military $4 with ID; Youth & Students $4; under 12 free (with parent) Visit our web site at for a discount admission or check the Tampa Bay Times for the advertisement. Vendors will exhibit and sell rough stones, slabs, mineral specimens, gemstones and finished jewelry. Club members will showcase their talents selling handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry, gem trees, opals and cabochons. There will be live demonstrations including cabochon and opal cutting, wire wrapping, gem trees, chainmaille and more. Bid for bargains at our silent auction and win door prizes throughout the day. Kids can explore the touch table and prospect for treasure at our sluice box. The perfect opportunity shop for that special gift for the holidays.

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.