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Rochester Symposium 2010!

Posted by Robert Simonoff  
Robert Simonoff February 23, 2010 03:35AM
Yea The Rochester Mineral Symposium is coming up! Who is going?

We will be there this year. We will have most of Thursday free however, does anyone know of any mineral field colecting that can be done out there?

Alfredo Petrov February 23, 2010 03:45AM
Wouldn't miss it for anything!

Not exactly mineralogy, but a quite scientifically entertaining and educational place to visit is the Corning glass museum, not too far from Rochester, with displays ranging from the ancient to the high tech, some hands-on activities too, and even a room with natural glasses - obsidian, tektites, etc. Fun!
Chris Stefano February 23, 2010 04:33AM
I'm thinking to go this year for the first time. Looked at the website though, and the registration link seems to be broken. How do I register?
Donald Lapham February 23, 2010 01:21PM
Jessica and Robert,

There is a "public" site in the town of Alden, about a half hour east on Route 20 where pyrite balls and pyritized fossils can be collected. The site is behind a Dollar Store on Route 20 on the east side of Alden. Across the street is a John and Mary's pizza restaurant, 13485 Broadway St, Alden, NY. Park in the Dollar Store's parking lot, walk behind to the trail in the woods and down to Spring Creek. Pyrite and fossils are collected in the shale at or below the water level in the creek. This time of year the water may be a little high, so not sure how successful you will be. Watch out the mud is very slippery. Good Luck.

Robert Simonoff February 23, 2010 01:51PM
Yes their google web URL is to their secure version of the forms. I played a little and found it - you can use this link:

Robert Rothenberg February 23, 2010 02:03PM
Hi Jessica & Robert,

I collected there many years ago and it was the dirtiest place I ever collected. Wear clothes you can throw away later - the silt and mud cannot be washed out. Hope to see you in Rochester.

Woodrow Thompson February 23, 2010 02:33PM
I wouldn't miss the Rochester Symposium (have gone every year since about 1980), so will see you there!

The Walworth Quarry is near Rochester and has produced excellent fluorite etc. I've never been there, but hopefully somebody here on Mindat will tell you whether and when collecting is possible.


Woody Thompson
Henry Minot February 23, 2010 03:30PM
Although I have a conflict and won't be able to make it this year, the Rochester symposium is my favorite mineral event of them all.

If you are thinking about it - go! Even if you can just go to one event a year, go!

Henry Minot
Donald Doell February 23, 2010 04:34PM
I wouldn't miss it. In fact the Canadian Geriatrics Society meeting is the same weekend. RMS wins.
Joseph Polityka February 23, 2010 06:12PM

I finally made it to Tucson this year and hope to get back to Rochester this year.

Best wishes,

Jasun D. McAvoy February 23, 2010 07:19PM
The Symposium is AWESOME! Mandy and I finally went last year and we had a blast! We are very much looking forward to this year's symposium. There is no other mineral experience like it!
larry venezia February 24, 2010 01:21AM
Anyone want to share a dealer room?
Paul Brandes February 26, 2010 02:07AM
I had planned on going to RMS this year, but my wife got invited to speak at Oxford University in England next month and we thought that was more important than going to Rochester this year. Oh well, there's always next year...... B)
Gail Spann February 26, 2010 03:31AM
I was a guest speaker last year and I loved going to Rochester, what a blast. And Woody makes a mean capecodder!

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
David K. Joyce February 26, 2010 03:36AM
I'll be there. One of my favourite weekends.

David K. J.
Fred E. Davis February 26, 2010 11:31PM
This will be my first time, and I'm *definitely* looking forward to it!
Robert Simonoff March 14, 2010 05:21PM
We received the following email Steve Chamberlain

Ward’s Natural Science Establishment warmly welcomes you to the 37th Annual
Rochester Mineral Symposium with a unique invitation to visit our warehouse and
production facility for a behind-the-scenes look at a truly special science education
company. Founded in 1862 by renowned geologist and collector, Henry Ward, this
Rochester-based company has supplied schools, universities, museums, and collector’s
the world over with the finest rock, mineral, and fossil specimens for nearly 150 years.
We’d like to share that unique history and passion for geological specimens with you at a
special pre-Symposium Open House. Please join us on Thursday, April 15th between the
hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00pm at our warehouse on West Henrietta Road. You’ll get an
opportunity to tour our production operation and browse through hundreds of mineral
specimens specially priced for Symposium participants. It’s an opportunity you won’t
want to miss, with hidden treasures around every corner.

So please join us, and welcome to Rochester!

Albert Mura March 14, 2010 08:17PM
Unfortunately the two major quarries in Rochester, Walworth as mentioned above and the Penfield quarry are now only open once or twice a year during their open houses. Ward's is worth attending just for its historical background. In any case, the symposium will keep you busy. Al
Woodrow Thompson March 15, 2010 11:54AM
Here's a link to the Rochester Mineral Symposium website, with more info on the Symposium program, Wards open house, etc.:

Woody Thompson
Albert Mura March 15, 2010 06:00PM
By the way, early and therefore cheaper registration, is up on March 15 so if you are planning to attend register on line if possible.
Sam Cordero, Jr. April 21, 2010 07:23AM
GREAT TIME ! A definite must for those who haven't experienced it. The talks were very interesting. To pick a favorite wouldn't be fair. I learned a bit more about a few things, and heck even a little is better than nothing. The problem of course is that at this rate I'll be "smart" when I'm 100 yrs. old, LOL. Seriously though, there was some knowledge to be gained, and I hope I can retain it all.
I also made some friends and that was even better. It's great to know that not everything is so serious, it's ok to let loose once in a while and have some fun. The Saturday night dinner was very memorable. I won a silent and live auction, woohoo !!!
Specimens were plentifull, and I found a new home for a select few. I figured I wouldn't find these any time soon, so why not. It's strange anyhow, I almost felt drawn to specimens from my area. It's as if I'm "bringin em' back home".
Well, hope to go again next year.
Fred E. Davis April 21, 2010 12:06PM
Sam's right - the RMS was a lot of fun! It was also my first time, and I wasn't expecting such a relaxed, informal atmosphere. But that made it a friendly & welcoming environment, like coming home. It was such a delight to finally meet & talk with so many folks I had only met through their papers. The auction was a hoot - minerals *and* humor! Who'd have thunk it! (Justin - you're a wild & crazy guy!)

It was also an honor to present a program at the RMS (another first for me) about my investigations of the last couple of years. I really enjoyed myself, and the warm & gracious audience made it all that much easier.
Woodrow Thompson April 21, 2010 01:53PM
Many thanks to Steve Chamberlain and all the committee for hosting another great Rochester Symposium! It was a most enjoyable and informative event from start to finish, and this year we didn't have floods, snow storms, or other past calamities during the road trip out there and back (though the Iceland volcano eruption may have affected travel plans for the speaker from Gemany). I also had a chance to meet some regular Mindat contributors for the first time. See you next year!! :)-D

Woody Thompson
Chris Stefano April 21, 2010 02:00PM
A blast for me too! It was great to meet all of you! I will definitely return next year.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph April 21, 2010 02:18PM
Sorry I couldn't be there this year - but I'll be back in 2011
Mark Gottlieb April 21, 2010 02:49PM
Was a great time for sure. Caught up with some old friends and made some news ones. Talks were informative, learned a lot. Sold some specimens and bought some as well. An excellent way to spend an extended weekend. I am already looking forward to next year.
Joseph Polityka April 21, 2010 04:12PM

I had a great time, picked up several good rocks, met lots of old friends and made some new ones. The lectures were great, the dinners were excellent and humor was rampant. The traditional auction of a cake was a lot of fun with Frank Melanson buying the cake for $400.00. I was at Frank's table and was able to have a small slice. The remainder of the cake was auctioned off three more times. The displays were top notch and educational. Hopefully, I can make it back in 2011. The Chamberlains are great people as are the folks who helped set up this great event.

Best wishes,

Jeff Nagy April 22, 2010 12:49AM

What did you think about the presentation on Friday morning concerning Maryland minerals?

Joseph Polityka April 24, 2010 10:35AM

I think Fred Parker did a great job with his lecture; I learned a lot about past and present Maryland mineralogy and mining. If you can still find good minerals in an urbanized area like Baltimore, then there is hope for all of us who go field collecting in less congested parts of the world.


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