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September 2016

3-4: Augusta, ME - Rockhounders Gem and Mineral Show. Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 2016, Labor Day Weekend. 27th Annual Rockhounders Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Kennebec Rocks and Minerals Club. National Guard Armory, Western Ave., Augusta, Maine. Hours; Sat. 10AM-5PM. Sun. 10AM-4PM. Dealers and INFO. 207-873-6270. Doorprizes, daily grand door prize, demonstrations in cabbing and lapidary, mineral displays, dealers in minerals, jewelry, gems and fossils, geode slicing, mineral mine and other games for the kids. Children can win a mineral starter kit and get a free stone just for coming in. Information on rockhounding and how to join a mineral club. See “Rocky” the rockhound dog.

10-11: North Adams, MA - The Northern Berkshire Mineral Club will hold its 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #310, 515 Curran Highway, Rte. 8, North Adams, MA.  The hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.  The event will include gems, minerals, crystals, fossil, gifts, door prizes, refreshments, and activities for children.  The cost of admission is $4 and children under 15 are free with an adult.  For questions, please contact the club president, Larry Michon, at 413-663-8430.

10-11:  New Milford, CT - Annual Jewelry, Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Danbury Mineralogical Society.  New Milford High School, 388 Danbury Rd; New Milford, CT.  Contact Deb Potter <>

24-25: Franklin, NJ - 60th Annual Franklin-Sterling Gem & Mineral Show Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum When:   September 24th & 25th 2015. Times:   Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm., Where:  Franklin School, 50 Washington Ave., Franklin, NJ. Admission: $7.00 Adult, $4.00 child (6-16) Additional information about our show: We expect to have 2000 attendees over the course of 2 days. Our vendors are always great and professional with each other. We work in conjunction with the Franklin Mineral Museum to plan a successful yearly event and each year try to branch out to gain a larger more widespread audience in hopes to generate more interest into the Mineral Museum, Gems, Minerals, and beautiful pieces that our vendors showcase. Franklin Mineral Museum sponsors this show as their only large fundraising event that helps pay for the operations of the Mineral Museum.  The Museum is a non-profit organization that provides educational trips, information and a great museum that explains the history of mining. The show is held at the Franklin Elementary School,50 Washington Ave, Franklin NJ 07416. Located right down the street from the museum. Our Show Page: Our Facebook Page:

24-25: West Friendship, MD - 52nd Annual Atlantic Coast Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show hosted by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore.  Howard Co. Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. Contact:  <>

October 2016

7-8: Orlando, FL - Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society, a non-profit educational organization, is hosting a Rock, Mineral, Gem, Jewelry & Fossil Show on October 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016 at Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 South Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, FL 32806. Show time: Fri. 1 pm to 6 pm, Sat. 10am to 6pm and Sun. 10am to 5pm. Vendors offering beads, minerals, gemstones, custom jewelry, fossils, artifacts, metaphysical stones, etc. Silent Auction and Door Prizes. Demonstrations: beading, cabochons and wire wrapping. Family Activities. Contact: Admission: Adults $5, Students $2, Uniformed Scouts Free. Website:

15-16: Plant City, Fl - The Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club is hosting their 57th Annual Gem, Jewelry and Lapidary Arts show on October 15 - 16 at the Strawberry Festival Expo Center, 303 N. Lemon Street, Plant City, Florida. The show is great experience for rock hounds and jewelry crafters of all ages! Over forty 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, flint napping, 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. Hours:  Saturday, October 15 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission:  Adults $5; Military $4 with ID; Youth and Students $4; under 12 free (with parent).  Visit our website for a discount admission coupon. Parking:  FREE .Directions:  Visit our website at The Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club is a non-profit organization for the charitable and educational purposes of associating persons who are interested in natural science to work together as an organization in the gathering, displaying, and studying of rocks, shells, jewelry arts, and any kind of scientific objects of interest to the individual and the organization and to promote community interest in these subjects. We are affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

15-16: Bristol, CT - 44th Annual Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the Bristol Gem & Mineral Club.  Beals Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, CT (off Rt 6 near Stephens AutoMall).  Contact <>

15-16: Baltimore, MD - Annual Paul Desautels Micromineral Conference. Friends School, Baltimore, MD.  For info and registration <>

22–23: Rochester, NY - Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show & Sale and 66th Annual EFMLS Convention hosted by the Rochester Lapidary Society.  Main Street Armory, 900 E Main St; Rochester, NY.   Info:  <>.  EFMLS Annual Meeting, Friday, October 21.

22: Fairless Hills, PA - The Rock and Mineral Club of Lower Bucks County, PA presents our Annual “ULTRAVIOLATION” an all Fluorescent Mineral Show, at the First United Methodist Church, 840 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills, PA.,  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Cost $2.00 Donation, Children 12 years old and younger FREE, Advanced reservations for dealers is advised, a 8’ table $25. To reserve space or for more information contact Chuck O’Loughlin; Phone: 302-384-7876, Email:

29: Biglerville, PA - South Penn Rock Swap & Sale sponsored by the Franklin County Rock & Mineral Clubs.  So. Mountain Fair- grounds, 615 Narrows Rd; Biglerville, PA.

30: Bethesda, MD - Annual Sale & Auction sponsored by the Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Washington, DC. The Woman’s Club of Bethesda, Old Georgetown Rd and 5500 SonomaRd; Bethesda, MD 20817.  Info:  <>.

November 2016

5-6: Oaks, PA - Gemarama 2016, Tuscarora Lapidary Society’s 47th annual fine gem, jewelry and mineral show, will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, Nov. 6, 10am-5pm. This will be Gemarama’s second year at its new location:  HALL C at The Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks. “Down Under” is this year’s theme. More than 25 dealers will offer treasures from all over the world, including precious and semiprecious gemstones, beads, and minerals.  There will be continuous demonstrations in lapidary and jewelry arts, and special activities for children. Food is available and parking is free. The Tuscarora Lapidary Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of the lapidary hobby (the cutting and polishing of gemstones).  The proceeds from the annual Gemarama are used to operate Tuscarora’s Education Center in Brookhaven for teaching lapidary and related jewelry arts to its members and interested public. Come explore gem cutting, jewelry making, and related arts and sciences with us! We teach the journey from rocks to gems to jewelry. For more information and for show discount coupons, please visit the Society’s web site at

12: Mountville, PA - Annual Fossil and Mineral Show sponsored by the Lancaster County Fossil & Mineral Club. Trinity United Church, 450 W Main St; Mountville, PA. Contact Christopher Haefner <>

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

19-20: West Palm Beach, FL - Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Presents Our Golden Anniversary 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show November 19-20, 2016. 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.

19-20: Worcester, MA - Worcester Mineral Club 41st Annual Show, Worcester National Guard Armory, 701 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605. Saturday & Sunday, November 19 and 20, 2016, Contact: Show Coordinator Philip Papoojian, (508) 737-1711, or website:

19-20: Fairfax, VA - 25th Annual show; Northern Virginia Mineral Club, The HUB Ballroom, George Mason University Campus, Fairfax, VA, Hrs: Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $6, Seniors $4, Teens (13-17) $3, Children 12 and under FREE; Over 20 Dealers with Gems, Minerals & Fossils. Also, Demonstrations, Exhibits, Door Prizes, Kid's Activities & Mini-mines. Silent Auction on Sunday. Use parking lot A at Nottoway River Lane on campus. Contact Tom Taaffe (703)-281-3767; Club website:

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

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.

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.

19-20: Fairfax, VA - 25th  Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club.  The Hub Ballroom at George Mason University.  Braddock Rd & Rt. 123, Fairfax, VA. Contact:  <>

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 <>a

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!!!

May 2017

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.


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.