Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The "Hidden Treasure" in Southern California!

by Loretta Ogden, NOCGMS

All of the members of North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society have been very busy planning and working on the 2010 AFMS, CFMS & NOC Show and Convention.

We are all hoping you are planning to come.

June 18-20 2010
AFMS/CFMS Show & Convention

hosted by North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society

At: So. CA Univ. of Health Sciences
16200 E. Amber Valley Dr., Whittier, CA 90604
Hours: 10-5 daily

For Info or Vendor Applications:
Ophelia Warthen Email:

The show is called Hidden Treasure and when you are here you will experience all the treasure we can find for you.

The field trips we have planned are superb and if you don’t have a vehicle we will do our best to match you with one of the locals. All of these trips are planned after the show so you won’t miss any of the other activities. There are two different trips to tourmaline mines and also our wonderful and bountiful Mojave Desert. This area is on the list to be closed to us so now may be your last chance. The exact dates and info are listed below.

We will have over 40 dealers with everything your heart desires and more.

There are world-class speakers lined up for the weekend. Bob Jones of Rock & Gem magazine and the knowledgeable Walt Wright who we are lucky enough to call a member of our club.

The competition will be fierce and the displays spectacular. The demonstrators are anxious to show you all they do and hopefully spark your interest in something new.

The social activities are measuring up to be loads of fun. I guarantee you have never had a past Presidents luncheon like this one. You are going to love it.

The Cracker Barrel on Friday night is going to be a pirate debacle. There will be a treasure hunt, food and good company galore. But be prepared someone may have to walk the plank...

The awards banquet is going to be a Mexican Fiesta complete with dancers, music and of course the traditional authentic food.

It is our hope that you will enjoy yourselves and take home priceless memories of your time at The Hidden Treasure Show.

Field Trip Schedule (please note that these are after the Show and Convention - the kids will be out of school, so plan to spend some extra time in the southland):

Two Tourmaline Mines in Two Days!
June 21st:
The Oceanview - Fee Dig $50 (this is a $25 discount per person)

Caravan to the Lake Henshaw Resort (I am working on a group rate reservation for the spaces next to the mine)

June 22nd:
The Himalaya - Fee Dig $50 (this is a $15 discount per person)

Fossil Hunters Choice!
June 23rd:

Trip One - Ant Hill - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - Jalama Beach - lead by Jon Meredith - less strenuous option

Rock Hound or Tourist?
June 24th:

Trip One - Lavic Siding - lead by Jay Valle - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - LA County Natural History Museum - lead by Dr. Larry Barnes - less strenuous option