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2020

2020 Membership due now . (click here)

January >8th<, 2020
* * * * This is the second Wenesday,,, Not The First * * * *
* * * Note: The meeting Will NOT be held on Jan. 1st ! * * *

~ Brag Night 2020 ~ Click here for full Rules & Details
It's that time of year again!  The time to see who's been out there digging, scratching, sifting, panning or hard rock digging for new specimens or making jewelry.
There are 19 Blue Ribbons and 3 Plaques to be won ...
'Adult's Best Self Collected Plaque'
'Children's Best Self Collected Plaque'
'Judges Choice Best of Show Plaque'

Note: Dues for 2020 must be paid and you must have been a member in 2019 and you must be present at the JANUARY MEETING to
compete in 2020 BRAG NIGHT competition.

Wednesday, January 8. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


February 2020.. No Meeting in February ..

No Meeting in February. Go to the Tucson Mineral Show instead!


March 4, 2020 ~
Our guest speakers for our March meeting will be Jeff and Jan Morrison who own and operate the well known Havey Mine in Poland, Maine. The mine is famous for its outstanding tourmaline crystals as well as many other pegmatite minerals recovered in recent years. Both Jeff and Jan are also responsible for organizing the New England Mineral Conference which takes place every year in May. We are very fortunate to have both of them to speak to our Club.
This will be a meeting you don’t want to miss!


Wednesday, March 4. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


April 1, 2020 ~

Please be advised that our April 1st club meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions being taken by the museum.

Wednesday, April 1. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


May 6th Meeting Canceled at the Museum!!!
So,,, Instead, you can stay home, get comfortable, turn on your computer,
and see our first “On Line Meeting” (Just a mineral talk, no Officers)
Jeff Fast will Live Stream a Virtual Interactive Mineral Club Talk Live on YouTube!

May 6th at 7:00 PM…. Here is a summary:
"Joel Sweet was a long time member of the Meriden Mineral Club in Connecticut and field collector of Connecticut minerals. He was also Jeff Fast's collecting partner for about 20 years. Jeff will speak on Connecticut minerals in general with a focus on the Gillette Quarry.
The talk will be illustrated with pieces from Joel's collection."

Go To Members Only Section for docx WITH YOUTUBE LINK

A good idea --> To make sure this works for you, you can try it today.
It will just say the talk starts on May 6th at 7:00 PM.

I watched the one Jeff did for the Bristol Club, to see how it was,,, and it was AWESOME!
The talk was Wonderful, and “the rotating Crystals” were Beautiful, plus Jeff answered all the questions or comments rather quickly, well worth watching……. Wayne Corwin

Wednesday, May 6. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


June 3, 2020 ~
JUNE 3 rd Meeting CANCELED!

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

I hope you all are managing to get through these tough times dealing with the shutdown.
It is taking its toll on us as Club Members as well.
There will be NO JUNE MEETING.
According to our Governor’s plan, the Museum will still be closed.

Our 80th celebration will still take place even if it happens much later. Visit our Club
website regularly for updates and new information regarding meetings and club events.

This is a good time to review your collection, clean and label specimens, go to YouTube and search for mineral videos and collecting trips, do some reading and research, and plan ahead for future collecting. Most important, stay positive and look ahead to better days.

Fred Wilda

Wednesday, June 3. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


CANCELLED! go next year! Gilsum Rock Swap, Gilsum, N.H. ~ June 20& 21, 2020 ~


July 2020.. No Meeting in July ..

No Meeting in July. Go to the Gilsum Rock Swap, Third weekend of June instead !


August 2020.. No Meeting in August ..
East Coast Gem & Mineral Show

CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR , go Next year!

August 13, 14, 15, 2021 ... 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FridaySaturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday
(Wholesale closes at 4 p.m. Sunday).
Link


September 2, 2020 ~ Business Meeting & Talk
SPEAKER: TBA

Wednesday, September 2. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


October 7, 2020 ~
SPEAKER: presenter: Bob Schuster
Garnets and Emerald Creek, Idaho 

The presentation starts with some interesting views of northern Idaho. Then we get into a general discussion of the Garnet family of minerals and their members, especially a review of the garnet crystal forms and how to quickly recognize them in the field. Next, Northern Idaho's extensive garnet deposits are highlighted. The most famous of these is the Emerald Creek location it's peculiar geography (the gulches), geology, history, the current mining operation, and famous people. Then, what you should know about Star Garnets and the challenge in cutting them. Finally, many photos and tips for collecting at Emerald Creek. Must-see exceptional and rare - almost never seen back east - specimens of this large, diverse and sometimes weird garnet deposit will be available for examination. Questions are encouraged before and after the formal presentation.

typical 36'er
( combo 12 & 24 )

unusually Large
4 1/2 lb dodecahedron

rare etched Canyon dodecahedron

Cabochon with
great 6-Ray Star!

Wednesday, October 7. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


November 4, 2020 ~
SPEAKER: TBA

Wednesday,
November 4. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


December 2, 2020 ~ Elections / Holiday Party ~ short meeting & election of officers

The CVMC Holiday party is our next event at the December meeting. If you're wondering what goes on, here goes. Please bring a main dish, hot or cold dish, finger sandwiches, crock pot, dessert, cheese n crackers, veggie platter etc.

The gift swap is simple, if you want to receive a gift, you need to bring a gift. The gifts have to pertain to the hobby and must be labeled as a mineral specimen, fossil, or lapidary. If you are gifting a mineral specimen please make sure it is one you would enjoy getting yourself! The gifts must be wrapped and you do not need to put your name on the gift. If anyone has any questions about the party, please contact one of the officers and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Wednesday, December 2. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.