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August 2017


September 2017


6-8: Orlando, FL - Annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Central Florida Mineral & Gem Society. Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S Fern Creek Ave; Orlando, FL 32806. Info:

7: Macungie, PA - 2017 Autumn Mineralfest Show sponsored by the Pennsylvania Earth Sciences Association. Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie, PA.

13-15: Baltimore, MD - Annual Desautels Micromount Symposium hosted by the Baltimore Mineral Society. Info and Registration

21-22: Bristol, CT - 45th Annual Gem & Mineral Show and 67th Eastern Federation Convention. Beals Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, Connecticut. Info: EFMLS Annual Meeting: Friday, October 20.

21-22: So. Charleston, WV. - 44th Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show and Sale sponsored by the Kanawha Rock & Gem Club. So. Charleston Community Center, 601 Jefferson Rd; So. Charleston, WV.

21: New Haven, CT. - The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will host the 2017 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium on Saturday, October 21, featuring a diverse lineup of experts in the field. Bruce Oreck, former U.S. ambassador to Finland, is the keynote speaker. He will discuss what mineral collecting reflects about how we see and how we do not see the world around us. Having a mineral symposium in 2017 here at Yale,” notes Stefan Nicolescu, collections manager in the Museum’s Division of Mineralogy and Meteoritics, “is more than appropriate, because American meteoritics was born at Yale College 210 years ago.” Nicolescu will kick off the Saturday morning session with a presentation on the topic, and on the history of the division. Also fitting is the setting for the symposium in David Friend Hall, the exquisite new gem and mineral hall at the Peabody that opened in October of 2016. Named for serial entrepreneur David Friend (YC ’69) of, among other, ARP Instruments and Carbonite fame, it features more than 150 of the world’s premier mineral and gem specimens drawn from some of the most significant private collections in the United States. According to Cap Beesley, internationally known gem consultant and gem sciences specialist, and chairman of Yale’s Gem and Mineral Advisory Group, “This year’s gem and mineral program promises to provide an exceptional range of topics that merge both science and technology into a single event. In keeping with the tradition established at Yale by James Dwight Dana, the content will cover a broad range of topics from the minerals of Afghanistan and the gems of Burma to the importance of proximity detectors to disseminate information in a museum environment.” Beesley added, “This year’s program will follow the phenomenal success of Yale’s first symposium last year that celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Yale Peabody Museum. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share and interact with the creative leaders of Yale’s Geosciences Community.” Beesley is also a symposium presenter. In addition to Beesley, whose talk is on the gems of Burma, other morning speakers include mineral collector Herb Obodda with a presentation on Pakistan's gem and mineral markets, and Alexander G. Schauss, of AIBMR Life Sciences, who will discuss the unique qualities of thumbnail-sized minerals. In addition to Oreck, the afternoon session includes San Francisco State University’s David Mustart who will talk on mineral deposits that produce world-class native gold and native silver specimens, and Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, University of Granada, Spain, whose presentation is on Dallol, Ethiopia, the hottest place on earth, and the mineral beauty of its hydrothermal system. Also presenting in the afternoon session will be Yale students Duncan Keller and Leo Shimonaka with talks respectively on mineralogical curiosities from Connecticut’s deep crustal rocks and an iOS app created for David Friend Hall. The speaker program runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 pm on Saturday. A $100 registration fee covers the lectures along with breakfast and lunch Saturday and a reception on Friday evening, October 20. Also included is a special brunch on Sunday, October 22, at a private home. Support for the 2017 Yale mineral and Gem Symposium was generously provided by David Friend, YC ’69. Complete symposium schedule and registration information can be found at

28-29: Rochester, NY - NEW LOCATION! Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10am to 6pm Sunday October 29, 2017 from 10am to 5pm  2017 Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show & Sale. At our NEW Location: Total Sports Experience, 435 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY 14445. Kids Activities, Educational Displays, Demonstrations, Raffle, Beads, Crystals, Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry, Carvings, Spheres, Straw Draw, Hourly Door Prizes, & Much More! Admission $6 for Adults, Kids 12 & Under free with an Adult. Students receive a half price daily admission with valid student ID. There is also a 2-day pass available for $9.00. Tickets sold at the door only. Visit our Facebook page ( for more updates as they become available!!

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 talentbe live demonstrations including cabochon and opal cutting, wire wrapping, gem trees, chainmaills selling handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry, gem trees, opals and cabochons. There will e 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.

4-5: Eastern Greenwich, CT - Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd., Old Greenwich, CT 06870,,

11-12: New York, NY - Fall New York City Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the New York Mineralogical Club. Watson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn at 57th St), 440 West 57th St; New York, NY. Contact: Tony Nikischer: www.

18-19: West Palm Beach FL - 51st Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show sponsored by the Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches. So. Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, 9067 Southern Blvd; West Palm Beach FL. Info: Walt Triche, 561-628-1031 or

18-19: Fairfax, VA - 26th Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club. NEW LOCATION: George Mason University Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, Braddock Rd & Rte 123; Fairfax, VA. Contact:

18-19: Worcester, MA - 42nd Annual Jewelry, Gem, Fossil & Mineral Show sponsored by the Worcester Mineral Club. Worcester Mass. National Guard Armory, 701 Lincoln St; Worcester, MA. Info: Dave at <>

25-26: Morristown, NJ - Rock and Mineral Weekend sponsored by the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society. Morris Museum, 6 Normany Heights Rd; Morristown, NJ. Info:

February 2018

16-18: Indianapolis, IN - GeoFest, the 16th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show. February 16, 17 and 18 2018. Friday and Saturday 10 - 5, and Sunday 11 - 4. Retail show will include dealers, regional clubs, and adult and kid's activities in a beautiful museum building. Contact Peggy Fisherkeller, 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-232-7172;; Website:   GeoFest is included with museum admission: $14.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors, $12.95 for Indiana college students and $9.95 for children. Group rates are available.

 March 2018  

3-4: Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc. will hold its 55th  Annual Earth Science Gem and Mineral Show at a Same Show Location as 2017--  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, a fossil/mineral symposium, 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 and scouts in uniform when 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

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.