The Joy of Rockhounding (From the American Geode archives)

rockhounding

The Joy of Rockhounding
By Charles Snider
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I read an article in the New York Times, and have seen this story played out in commercials for modern day sitcoms. We are becoming so dependent on our phones, or our laptops and the social media sites that they contain, that we can not watch a television program with another person in the room without engaging an electronic device. The experience of watching TV or a movie, or reading, or being with someone else is not enough these days. The story I read talked about the generation upon us now, being born and taught to utilize a tiny screen at all times, even while a person, a teacher is standing before them speaking. According to the article, we crave as many distractions as possible, and they are not human, nor are the natural.
This premise led me to reminisce about last year’s rockhounding trips. Leaving my phone in the car felt awkward, but someone knew where I was going, approximately, if I were to fall into a hole or something were to happen to me. It’s not like I needed my phone on me to dial 911 or call someone because I was in trouble. There were 2 fellow rockhounds with me. I just felt a little awkward at giving up that “distraction,” but when I did, and started marching into the woods, listening to my steps, and to nature, it felt like another world,,,and it always does when I go rockhounding.
Rockhounding, or amateur geology as it’s sometimes called, for me is a great retreat from all the distractions of modern life. The tools I carry, the provisions I bring, the clothing I wear, while modern, are not very different in design or purpose than what one would carry to go rockhounding 50 years ago. Back then, we did not these personal distractions on us, so rockhounding these days, turning off your phone, having your phone disable because there’s no signal, however you can get off the grid these days, rockhounding is one way to do it.
I believe we are losing the art of conversation, certainly of negotiation, and possibly sense of humor with our reliance on electronic devices. Rockhounding on the other hand requires all three of those parts of life. Conversation is a natural part of rockhounding with your crew, negotiation is required at the end of the day to figure out how to divide up the loot, and laughter and humor and fun is a common theme throughout a rockhounding trip. No devices required.
The last time I went with the Eastern Federation/NY/Long Island club group to the Herkimer Diamonds claim for instance, there were 3 of us lugging a jackhammer in a dolly, as well as towing all the other supplies like a trio of pack-mules. We met some lively characters along the way in their respective claims. There was one gentleman who goes by the name “Diamond Jim.” As we each anticipated, he told stories about how he found the largest Herkimer Diamonds ever and always finds the largest pockets. Then there was s dude named Montana at another claim. We learned later that he was living out of his van, and peddling Herkimer Diamonds to fund his gas, lodging (the van), meals, and I am not sure what the bathroom, laundry, or shower situation was, but we ended up hanging out with him for 30 minutes and helped him mine Herkimer Diamonds for gas money. Going back to the theme of this article, did I exchange numbers or anything from my phone with either gentleman? No I did not. We met along the rockhound journey, shared some banter and laughs, heard some laughable quips and tall-tales, and we engaged with each other without distraction.
So by design, rockhounding is one of the most social activities in which one can participate, and no phone or distraction can make it any better. Popular TV shows these days encourage you to watch for different content on your laptop while you are also watching the show, and Tweeting and other Social Media is encouraged and rewarded. Your multi-tasking is purely solo, and does not involve or include your friends, loved ones or good mates even if they are in the same room. Compare and contrast that to a rockhounding trip with your club, loved ones and family, good buddies and friends, and consider that any distraction on your phone would not enhance your experience, but take away from it. You need all your senses ready to lay your eyes on a giant Herkimer Diamond pocket. You don’t want to be distracted when a large garnet pops out of Connecticut schist. Walking the dried creek beds in Indiana seeking a rare geode covered with growth, or concealed underground, is not enhanced if your eyes were reading the screen on your phone, like we see commonly on the streets of Manhattan for instance.

To conclude, for me the Joy of Rockhounding is that it forces me to put down my phone, to expect no emails from the office, to be away from Social Media “friends” and among “real friends.” These days multi-tasking for work and entertainment is commonplace, and keeps us from cooperating and working together. Rockhounding demands cooperating and working together, and demands that we are more human and involved and engaged with each other.

Charles Snider is a member of the New York Mineralogical Club, Nassau Mineral Club, Island Rockhounds, and Co-Founder of . He can be reached at Charles@americangeode.com.
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Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show

Gilsum Mineral Show

Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show!
The 55th annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show features more than 65 rock and gem dealers, swappers, and collectors from around the world offering beryl, quartz crystals, fossils, meteorites, semi-precious stones, gemstone and wire-wrap jewelry, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector’s pieces and hand-crafted jewelry. This family event includes panning for minerals, a chicken barbeque, ham and bean dinner with homemade pies and more. The event takes place at the Gilsum Elementary School grounds, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum, NH. We are 8 miles north of Keene, and about 2 hours from Boston. Admission is free. Show hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday, rain or shine.

Gilsum Mineral Show
Gilsum Mineral Show

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 22-23, 2019

Gilsum, NH — The town of Gilsum, located in the scenic Monadnock Region in southwestern NH, will once again host thousands of people from all over the U.S. who will attend the Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show. Here more than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers, and collectors can buy, sell, or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector’s pieces and hand-crafted jewelry.

The event takes place at the Gilsum Elementary School grounds, Route 10 in Gilsum, just north of Keene, NH, and is about 2 hours from Boston. Show hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.

Mineral collector and geologist Nancy Swing returns again this year with an all-new presentation on Herkimer diamonds, how they form and where to find them in the Northeast. Join Nancy Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Gilsum Elementary School auditorium – and get a free specimen!

Gilsum’s many mines operated until the 1940s and yielded feldspar, mica, and beryl. Most are now abandoned, although one, the Beauregard mine, is available to mineral clubs through prior arrangement. Today collectors prize other minerals such as beryl. Maps showing locations of local mines are available during the show.

Since the show’s inception, the town of Gilsum has opened its doors for the event. Activities include a presentation on prospecting Saturday, daily pancake brunch, bake sale, book sale, a traditional Saturday night New England ham and bean supper with homemade pies and a chicken barbeque dinner Sunday afternoon.

Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

For more information please contact Robert Mitchell at the Gilsum Recreation Committee,

P.O. Box 76, Gilsum, NH, 03448; call 603-357-9636; or send e-mail to gilsumrocks@gmail.com.
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If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on the American Geode News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. American Geode updates our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow American Geode on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode. https://twitter.com/AmericanGeode

Orange County Mineral Society Show in June!

Orange county mineral society

Orange county mineral society logo patch
Orange county mineral society logo patch
Orange County Mineral Society

ANNUAL

MINERAL * JEWELRY

GEM * FOSSIL

SHOW

Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019

10 am to 4 pm – Rain or Shine

Museum Village * 1010 Route 17M * Monroe, NY 10950

Special Admission For Show and Museum

Adults – $5.00 Seniors – $3.00

Scouts in Uniform & Kids Under 12 Free

42 Vendors

Fun For The Entire Family

Featuring: Artisans, Craftsman, Collectors, Dealers and Exhibitors

On display: The Most Complete Mastodon found in NY State

Extensive Local Mineral Collections

Exhibits * Demonstrations * Educational Displays

**New Fluorescent Mineral Display**

Kids Games and Projects

Public Demonstration of panning for Gold

By the Tri-State Gold Prospectors Association of America

Food and Refreshments available for purchase * FREE PARKING *

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OCMSofNY

For more information please Contact Ron Nelson, Chairman

914-850-2486 or e-mail rn33@optimum.net

Orange county mineral society
Orange county mineral society

The Society maintains membership in the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Sciences, Inc. which is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. This affiliation provides the Society with the necessary insurances and up to date research materials.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Holy Cross Greek Church, 2250 Goshen Turnpike, Middletown 1094, In the basement meeting room. If interested in learning more about the Society or becoming a member, please contact Mr. Mike Tedford 845-542-6441.

Overview: The current Orange County Mineral Society has membership ranging from youngsters to senior citizens. All club members are encouraged to participate in all phases of club activities.

The children especially like the field trips, and gain extensive knowledge from attending meetings and participating in the club activities. Each club meeting brings us new knowledge by the education provided by our guest speakers and by hands on experience for both young and old.

Participation includes maintenance of the mineral displays for the County of Orange in the Natural History building in Museum Village, Monroe NY. Members may contribute articles for the monthly newsletter “Shale Mail”, and can cover any aspect of the earth sciences. We share knowledge and have available respected, knowledgeable individuals in our Mineral Group.


If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on the American Geode News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. American Geode updates our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow American Geode on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode. https://twitter.com/AmericanGeode

Sublette County Rockhounds Gem & Mineral Show

3rd Annual Gem & Mineral Show by the Sublette County Rockhounds.
June 14-16, 2019 at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in the Event Center.
Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Admission, Adults $2.00, children under 18 free!

2019 Rockhounds Show flyer JPEG
2019 Rockhounds Show flyer JPEG

For more information, contact subletterockhounds@wsmgs.org.
Sublette County Rockhounds Club
P.O. Box 1351
Big Piney, WY 83113
Email: subletterockhounds@wsmgs.org

http://www.sublettechamber.com/events/details/sublette-county-rock-and-gem-show-18636

If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on the American Geode News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. American Geode updates our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow American Geode on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode. https://twitter.com/AmericanGeode

Payson Rimstones Gem & Mineral Show

Payson Rimstones Annual Mineral Show

Payson Rimstones Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Rimstones Mineral Show Poster 2019

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club from Payson AZ, will be
having their 22th Annual Gem & Mineral Show September 20th
through 22nd at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center, on HWY
87 at mile marker 251, Payson AZ on the Tonto Apache Reservation.
Admission is $3.00 for adults, Children under 12 are free. Friday
hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday hours are: 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday
hours are: 10 am to 4 pm. Gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary
equipment, jewelry and jewelry findings, slabs or rough material plus
gold prospecting equipment and displays will be available from our
vendors. The club sponsors an education center for the children and
adults with a geologist to answer questions, a Spinning Wheel (where
everyone wins a rock!), a magnificent fluorescent mineral display,
with beading, a Treasure Hunt for a rock collection, and
sandstone/rock painting as well. A silent auction area for those
persons interested in obtaining beautiful minerals and rocks is
available too! All our proceeds go toward supporting scholarships for
graduating Payson High School students and students who are
residents of Northern Gila County attending a college of their choice,
as well as books and educational materials for the local elementary
schools and public libraries. The Payson Rimstones Rock Club, INC
is a 501 c (3) non-profit gem & mineral club setting aside funding for
the higher and/or better education of our local students.
If anyone has any questions they can call Becky Bagshaw at 928-476-3419.

If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on the American Geode News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. American Geode updates our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow American Geode on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode. https://twitter.com/AmericanGeode