Category Archives: NOVA mineral club

GMU Gem and Mineral show

November 23 & 24, 2013:  Fairfax, Virginia
22nd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

 Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club

  & and the GMU Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences

Show site:

George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia

At The HUB ( Student Union Building II )

GMU Campus is located at the intersection of Rte 123 & Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia

Hours:

Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM,     Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Features:

20 plus Dealers selling Minerals, Fossils, Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Carvings, Meteorites & more!

Also, Demonstrations, Hands-On, Exhibits, Door Prizes &            Kid’s Activities including FREE Kid’s Mini-mines & Fossil Dig.

Silent Auction on Sunday afternoon.

Admission:

Adults $5, Seniors $3, Teens (13-17) $3.  

FREE – Children (12 & under), Scouts in uniform, GMU Students w/valid ID.

Parking:

On campus use GMU’s parking Lot A  

Enter parking Lot A from Nottaway River Lane off Braddock Road

  Courtesy shuttle provided from Parking Lot A to the Mineral show.

Handicapped parking is available near venue – however you must have a DMV handicapped sign/sticker – to locate The HUB just follow our van back from parking Lot A

GMU Campus map:   http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

For an overview of the GMU Mineral Show, see the video here:   on youtube search    “COMM 353 Mineral Show”    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq-EsM1w74A

http://www.novamineralclub.org

2013 NVMC GMU Show Card

Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Show

Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society
24th Annual Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Show
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Ruhl Armory – Towson Maryland 
1035 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21204
Free Admission & plenty of free parking
Top Mineral Dealers, Original Jewelry, Silent Auctions, Door Prizes, Kids Area.
Directions to Ruhl Armory

From Glen Burnie:
Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to exit 26B – York Road
Turn left onto York Rd. The entrance to the Armory is on the right at the first traffic light (West Rd). There is a car dealer on the corner opposite the entrance.


From White Marsh:
Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to exit 26B – York Road South

At the end of the ramp, turn onto York Road South.

The entrance to the Armory is on the left hand side at the first traffic light (West Rd.) There is a car dealer on the corner opposite the entrance.
 
The Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society is a Baltimore, Maryland based non-profit organization whose members share an interest in gems, minerals, fossils, rocks, lapidary and jewelry making.
Meetings are usually held at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month (except August) at the Woman’s Club of Catonsville (new location being announced soon).  July and December’s meetings are socials, starting at 6:30.   March, June and October meetings are club auctions.

Volunteers needed for 2012 GMU Gem & Mineral Show

Northern Virginia Mineral Club show will be November 17 and 18 at George Mason University. They are looking for volunteers to help with the show. If you can do so, please give Jim Kostka a call – 202-207-5437.

Mineral club meetings in the DC area

GLMSMC - meets 2nd Monday of the month at the Rockville Senior Center.

NOVA Mineral – meets 4th Monday  Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.

MicroMounters of national capital area – meets the 4th Wednesday  Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.

DC club (2nd Wednesday of the month) meets at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

GMU mineral show

November 17 & 18, 2012: Fairfax, Virginia 21th Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club. http://www.novamineralclub.org Show site: George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia Student Union Bldg II (The Hub) GMU Campus is located at the intersection of Rte 123 & Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA Hours: Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Features: 20 plus Dealers selling Minerals, Fossils, Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Carvings, Meteorites & more! Also, Demonstrations, Exhibits, Door Prizes & Kid’s Activities including Mini-mines & Fossil Dig. Silent Auction on Sunday afternoon. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Teens (13-17) $3. FREE – Children (12 & under), Scouts in uniform, GMU Students w/valid ID. Parking: On campus use GMU’s parking Lot A Enter Lot A from Nottaway River Lane off Braddock Road Courtesy shuttle provided from Parking Lot A to the Mineral show. GMU Campus map: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

NOVA Mineral Club Gem, Mineral, & Fossil show at GMU

November 17 & 18, 2012: Fairfax, Virginia
21th Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club.
http://www.novamineralclub.org
Show site:
George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia
Student Union Bldg II (The Hub)
GMU Campus is located at the intersection of Rte 123 & Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA
Hours:
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Features:
20 plus Dealers selling Minerals, Fossils, Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Carvings, Meteorites & more!
Also, Demonstrations, Exhibits, Door Prizes & Kid’s Activities including Mini-mines & Fossil Dig.
Silent Auction on Sunday afternoon.
Admission:
Adults $5, Seniors $3, Teens (13-17) $3.
FREE – Children (12 & under), Scouts in uniform, GMU Students w/valid ID.
Parking:
On campus use GMU’s parking Lot A
Enter Lot A from Nottaway River Lane off Braddock Road
Courtesy shuttle provided from Parking Lot A to the Mineral show.
GMU Campus map: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php
Contact:
Jim Kostka (Operations Coordinator) jkostka at juno.com or
Tom Taaffe (Dealer Coordinator) rockcllctr at aol.com
___________________________________________________________________________
If you need anything else, please email me and I will respond promptly.
Cheers,
Tom Taaffe (703) 281-3767 Jim Kostka (202) 207-5437

Mineral club meetings

MINERAL CLUB #1    -     Minerals and Fossils

Northern Virginia Mineral Club        http://www.novamineralclub.org/

The Northern Virginia Mineral Club promotes, educates and encourages interest in geology, mineralogy, lapidary arts and related sciences.

Meetings 4th Monday of each month (except July and August – and December is a joint Holiday Party)   7:45 pm   at Long Branch Nature Center

April 23 2012 | 7:45 PM

May 28 2012 | 7:45 PM

June 25 2012 | 7:45 PM

September 24 2012 | 7:45 PM    (meeting and club auction night)

October 22 2012 | 7:45 PM

Club sponsored mineral show at GMU November 17th and 18th

November 26 2012 | 7:45 PM

December TBD – joint Holiday party with Micro club

Attendance / visiting the meetings  is FREE

MINERAL CLUB #2    -     Micromounting = small minerals

Micromounters of the National Capital Area (MNCA)

Having a microscope is helpful – but you really only need a magnifying glass or loupe to start off – and your whole collection can fit under your bed !

Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month (except July and August – and December is a joint Holiday Party)   7:45 pm    at Long Branch Nature Center

April 25, 2012 | 7:45 PM

May 23, 2012 | 7:45 PM

June 27, 2012 | 7:45 PM

September 26 2012 | 7:45 PM

October 24 2012 | 7:45 PM

November 28 2012 | 7:45 PM

December TBD – joint Holiday party with NOVA Mineral club

Attendance / visiting the meetings  is FREE

Your help is appreciated – to get these two ROCK clubs listed in your Northern Virginia publications.

Jim Kostka   -    Leesburg VA    202-207-5437

NOVA Mineral Club: Kaas on Silver Mine

Meeting: January 23 Time: 7:30‐10 p.m.

Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204

Program: Silver Hill, Presented by
Michael Kaas, Geologist U.S Bureau of
Mines

Micheal Kaas will start our year off with a
presentation on Silver Hill. Michael was a geologist
with the U.S. Bureau of Mines for many years, then
joined the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the
Mineral Economics group. He now volunteers at the
Smithsonian as “Miner Mike” to teach visitors about
the uses of minerals. He reprised this role at our
last club show. He also has an active interest in
mining history.

Michael is retired now but also had an
involvement in mineral land assessments during
part of his 20 years with the US Bureau of Mines
(until the lights were turned out).

Biography of Michael Kaas:
Michael Kaas’s interest in mining history started
when he was a kid in NJ. They have a lot of mining
history there, but no operating mines these days!
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the old NJ Zinc
Company operation in Ogdensburg (just south of
the more famous Franklin mining area). He worked
as a mining engineer at Sterling Hill briefly, before
heading to grad school. A real hidden treasure, only
about 5 miles away, is the remains of Thomas
Edison’s magnetite mining operations where he
nearly lost his fortune trying to perfect magnetic
separation. The extensive foundations in the woods
attest to the huge scale of the effort, decades
before Minnesota taconite mining really took off. It
also worth visiting before the urban sprawl takes
over the place.

You probably know about the Mining History
Association. It has a website,
http://www.mininghistoryassociation.org (Michael is the
so‐called webmeister). It is currently being
revamped to add more content about old mining
areas, especially those at which the group has held
past meetings. They are always looking for new
members. It was started by several western history
profs but now includes lots of miners, geologists,
amateur history buffs, etc. Take a look at the
website and see what you think. Next MHA
meeting is in June 2012 in Prescott, AZ.

NOVA Mineral Club field trip to JMU mineralogy lab

Field Trip ‐ Mineralogy Laboratories and
Museum at James Madison University
February 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Tom Tucker
Dr. Lance Kearns has again invited MSDC, along
with the MNCA Micromounters and the Northern
Virginia Mineral Club to visit the mineralogy labs
and the fabulous mineral museum at James
Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We’ll
“pass the hat” so everyone will have an opportunity
to make a small donation to the mineralogy
department for the furtherance of their activities
and acquisitions, and to pay for the hot coffee and
breakfast buns or donuts that Lance will have
awaiting our arrival.
The Museum alone is worthy of a trip to
Harrisonburg, being the finest collection of minerals
in the State. There are a dozen or so large wall
cabinets filled with minerals from around the world,
but with an obvious emphasis on Virginia
specimens, like the turquois from Lynch Station, or
apophyllite from Centreville or aragonite from
Buchanan. After your visit I’m sure you will have
selected your own favorites. There is also a small
room with a stunning fluorescent mineral display.
During the morning Lance will be available to
identify those unknown specimens you have
accumulated over the years. I’m sure he will
demonstrate the use of the x‐ray diffractometer for
crystal determinations and the Ramen
spectrometer. The lab has enough stereo
microscopes for all those interested to examine
their specimens, or perhaps those that others have
brought to share on a “freebie” table. Bring
anything you have to share.
There will be various mineral specimens in all
size ranges from micro to cabinet sized, and
numerous books available for purchase at unusually
reasonable prices or free will donations ‐ acquired
from various donations to the labs. Arrive early for
the best selections.
We will probably go out for pizza at lunch, and
return in the afternoon to visit the “micro probe”
and scanning electron microscope laboratory on the
other side of the campus. We might use it to
determine the chemical make‐up of our unknowns,
or to see close‐up the crystals at hand.
The mineralogy labs are in the Geology
Department which is in Memorial Hall (the former
Harrisonburg High School building), on South High
Street. For a map of the campus, go to the
University website: http://www.jmu.edu/map/. On the
index map, the Memorial Area is an inset at the
upper right. Click the small map, and a detailed area
map will appear.
Driving directions: It takes approximately two
and a quarter hours to reach JMU from the DC
Beltway. From the Beltway, go west on I‐66
approximately 65 miles to its intersection with I‐81.
Take the left fork, and go south on I‐ 81
approximately 54 miles to Harrisonburg. Take Exit
245, Port Republic Road, and go right about a mile
to High Street. Turn right, and proceed north about
a half mile to a light at Cantrell Avenue. Memorial
Hall will be to the left, with abundant parking. Being
a weekend, parking passes will not be needed, but if
you do have a problem, Lance can probably take
care of it.
If you plan to attend, please let Tom Tucker know the
number in your party, so that we can let Lance know
how many to expect for coffee and buns. Email:
threedogtom@earthlink.net, or phone: 540‐347‐9098.

GMU Gem & Mineral show: details