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2019

2019 Membership due now . (click here)

January 2, 2019 ~ Brag Night 2019 ~ Click here for full 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 2019 must be paid and you must have been a member in 2018 and you must be present at the JANUARY MEETING to
compete in 2019 BRAG NIGHT competition.

Wednesday, January 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.


February 2019.. No Meeting in February ..

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


March 6, 2019 ~
Speaker: Kevin Downey
Namibia talk: 
Set in Southern Africa, Namibia is sparsely populated by humans but incredibly diverse and rich in wildlife, geologic settings and especially minerals.
Many collectors consider Namibia to be the greatest mineral treasure trove in the world.
Among many great localities there, places like Tsumeb, Onganja, Erongo and many others are mineral meccas.
This talk visits these localities, and others, and looks at some of the minerals seen.
This is a visual tour of several mineral areas from the perspective of geology and mineral collecting. 


Wednesday, March 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.


April 3, 2019 ~
SPEAKER: Jim Sansalone
"Some of the Mathematics & Chemistry of Rocks & Minerals"
Wednesday, April 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.


May 1, 2019 ~
SPEAKERS: Andy Brodeur & Wayne Corwin
Upcomming Field Trips & How to connect to the Rock Web


Wednesday, May 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.


June 5, 2019 ~
SPEAKER: Peter Cristofono
Minerals of Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a surprisingly large number of mineral species for a relatively small
state and boasts a long history of mineralogical discovery which continues to the present day. “Minerals of Massachusetts” is a pictorial survey of many of the state's minerals, from common rock-forming species to a variety of gemstones; and from metallic ores to rare and unusual collector specialties. The total number of minerals in Massachusetts is now 283, up from 165 species reported in 1985 by Dr. Carl Francis of Harvard in his “Checklist of Massachusetts Minerals.” Fluorescent, type, and radioactive species will also be discussed, along with laboratory testing methods, a look at unverified and questionable species, and tips on the best localities and geological environments for searching for additional minerals to add to the state's list.

Peter is a past president of both the Boston Mineral Club and Micromounters of New
England, and is the author of the book, Rockhounding New England (Falcon Guides/Globe Pequot Press, 2014). I'll bring some books for $20 each.
I plan to have some give-away specimens and perhaps a small display of thumbnail-size MA minerals.
I will have an assistant with me to help out with books, mineral samples etc.

Below is a picture of Babingtonite on Prehnite from West Springfield, MA.

Wednesday, June 5. 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.


Gilsum Rock Swap, Gilsum, N.H. ~ June 22& 23, 2019 ~


July 2019.. No Meeting in July ..

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


August 2019.. No Meeting in August ..
Go to the:
East Coast Gem & Mineral Show
instead !

August 9 –11, 2018 ... 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FridaySaturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday
(Wholesale closes at 4 p.m. Sunday).
Link


September 4, 2019 ~ Business Meeting & Talk
SPEAKER:Fred Wilda

Natures Art hidden in stone

Wednesday, September 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.


October 2, 2019 ~
SPEAKER: Robert Schuster
Quartz Crystals and The Amazing Crystal Park, Montana

In the State of Montana there is a very well known rock hunting site famous for the great quartz crystals it provides. My discussion will cover the sometimes under appreciated characteristics of quartz as a substance, and what to look for on your quartz crystals. Included are spectacular vistas of "Big Sky Country,” the unique city of Butte, and what's on view at the Montana Tech Mineral Museum. Then a tour of famous Crystal Park with its history, the lay of the land, people doing the rockhounding thing, and photos of not-that-uncommon finds. Finally, the Quartz Scepter: defined, conjecture on it's formation, and Crystal Park examples.

Some very unique samples will be available for examination, and questions answered before & after the formal presentation.


Wednesday, October 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.


November 6, 2019 ~
SPEAKER: Jonathan Spiegel
Mother Mary Pocket
“Jonathan has mined in Maine for the past 25 years and has collected almost all his life. He will present results of mining at Hayes Ledges and the Outback mines in Greenwood, Maine over the past several years. He will provide the latest information about the fabulous Mother Mary Pocket opened by Frank Perham at the Hayes in 2017. That odyssey will be continuing this season so there will be new information to report. He will also fill us in on a most unusual discovery to the west of the Hayes in the new South Road to the Outback. Scientists are puzzled by an unusual occurrence of radioactive and fluorescent material. He will have samples and pictures to share.”

Wednesday,
November 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.


December 4, 2019 ~ 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 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.