Friday, September 24, 2010

Local Gem Shows...This Weekend!

24-26--JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: Show; Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society; Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society; Morocco Temple, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S; Fri. 1-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; displays; contact Tom Frame, 3133 Chapelwood Ln., Jacksonville, FL 32216, (940) 737-9867; e-mail:

24-26--JOPLIN, MISSOURI: 12th annual show, "Rock-a-thon"; TriState Gem & Mineral Society; Joplin Museum Complex, 504 Schifferdecker Ave.; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-6; free admission; demonstrations, door prizes, dealers; contact Chris Wiseman, P.O. Box 555, Joplin, MO 64802; e-mail:

24-26--SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Show, "OBMS Tail Gate Gem & Mineral Show"; Orange Belt Mineralogical Society; Western Regional Little League Ball Park, 6707 Little League Dr.; Fri. 9-dusk, Sat. 9-dusk, Sun. 9-dusk; free admission; rocks, jewelry, tools, lapidary display, education, kids' event, kids' club, silent auction, raffle, workshop; contact Shane Ripley, 205 W. Benedict #8, San Bernardino, CA 92408, (909) 557-3605; e-mail:; Web site:

25-26--FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY: 54th annual show; Franklin Mineral Museum; Franklin School, Washington Ave.; contact Lee Lowell, (973) 827-6671

25-26--MISSOULA, MONTANA: Show, "Big Sky Rocks"; Hellgate Mineral Society; Ruby's Reserve Street Inn, 4825 N. Reserve St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; contact Bob Riggs, 14 Holiday Ln., Missoula, MT 59801, (406) 543-3667

25-26--MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA: 51st show; Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $3.50, senior $2.50, children free with adult; exhibits, kids' stuff, grab bags, door prizes, wheel of fortune, demonstrations (fossil impressions, sphere making, silver jewelry making, grinding and polishing gemstones); contact Janis Rovetti, 1047 Roosevelt St., Monterey, CA 93940, (831) 657-1933; e-mail:; Web site:

25-26--OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN: 39th annual show; Oshkosh Earth Science Club; Sunnyview Expo Center, 500 E. County Rd. Y; Winnebago County Fair Grounds; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, students with ID $1, children under 12 free; rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary arts, jewelry, more than 80 vendors, private collections, Weis Earth Science Museum exhibits, kids' rock polishing and painting, take-home specimen kits, grab bags; contact Bob Fox, (920) 235-4669; e-mail:; Web site:

25-26---SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NEBRASKA: 45th annual show; Siouxland Gem & Mineral Society; South Sioux City Senior Center, 1501 W. 29th St.; Sat. 9-6, Sun.10-4; adults $1.50, students (12 and older) 50 cents, children under 12 free; exhibits, four dealers, agates, rough and polished specimens, gems, beads, geodes, minerals, superb faceted jewelry, fossils, door prizes, spin the wheel, silent auction, displays, Siouxland dinosaur hunters' exhibits; contact Bob Powell, (712) 378-2775

25-26--TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: Annual show; Grand Traverse Area Rock & Mineral Club; Grand Traverse Heritage Center, 322 Sixth St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4; adults $2, children free with adult; dealers, rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry, demonstrations, jewelry making, rock cutting and polishing, kids' area; contact Cynthia Vaughn, (231) 276-6150; e-mail: