From attending, volunteering, and being members of gem and mineral clubs in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and attending camps, seminars and intra-club retreats with people from all over the United States, we consider ourselves gem, mineral, and fossil club aficionados. So whether you are considering joining a gem and mineral show for the first time that perhaps you found on our Events page, or you are a veteran of gem and mineral clubs, these newsletters will prove to be a valuable resource on what to expect from a gem and mineral club and how to have more fun. Continue reading “Gem and Mineral Club Nov and Dec Newsletters”
The New York Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show was Nov 8-9 at the Holiday Inn, Midtown Manhattan. Hosted by Excalibur Mineral and the New York Mineralogical Club, we visited both days, and from our first-hand reports, anecdotal reports from the dealers, and the fact that the New York Mineralogical Club had 9 new members at the half-way point of day one, the show was a success.
Upon entering the first table is the New York Mineralogical Club and a friendly group on hand to help identify minerals and gems, promote the club’s membership and educational programs, and entice new members to join. As we have written about before, belonging to more than one gem and mineral club, diversifying your passion and hobby between more than one club, is in our opinion the most fulfilling way to pursue rockhounding, gemology, geology, and paleontology. Continue reading “Review of NYC Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show”
Our New York Mineralogical Club held its annual gala dinner in early October, and once again it was in our opinion the “must-attend” event of the year. Joe and I invited some friends to the gala, the theme was Ruby, and we assembled beforehand at the hotel lobby bar of the Holiday Inn Midtown, which has hosted the event the past three years.
Then, as in years prior, the silent auction begins at 6pm, and for 45 minutes you have 40-75 members and their guests hovering over an assembly of museum quality gem and mineral specimens, gem and mineral artwork, and geology and paleontology books and out-of-print journals until… Continue reading “New York Mineralogical Club Gala Dinner Review”
A fossil site open to the public can be elusive to find. You may be at the fossil site per all accounts, but should no fossils turn up, then your consolation is a nice day outdoors and getting some sun. My experience with a fossil site stems back to the ten years I lived in Texas. A site north of Galveston, on the Bolivar Peninsula was a crude, undeveloped, and open beach called McFaddin Beach. The coast had extended much further out into the Gulf of Mexico, and after a storm, or if you were lucky after a tide cycle, Pleistocene bones (bison, ancient horse, giant beaver, prehistoric fish) would wash up along with the rare Clovis Point. I had the pleasure of walking the beach 3 times, and every time swore I would go about it better the next time I went fossil hunting. Continue reading “Fossil Site at Blue Beach”
My lady friend’s sister’s husband, got that, is a big supporter of American Geode. Their 2 kids were the first youngsters with American Geode t-shirts. When he mentioned in passing however over Christmas that his grandfather was a geologist, and he kept a journal of all the rockhound sites he rockhounded and mined, I interrupted Christmas supper with an “Excuse me, we are going to run an errand,” proceeded to go back to their home, rifled through an upstairs closet, found the journal, and while the rest of the family was watching “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I was studying and reviewing this geologist’s journal. Continue reading “Rockhound Sites in North Carolina”