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Mineral ShowsMaine Mineralogical and Geological Society's 29th Annual Show

30th Mar 2012 01:04 BSTChad Cramer

My name is Chad Cramer and I'm the Show Chairman for the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society. I normally would not write an article to promote a show, but feel I need to explain some new details for this year. We have always had our show in Portland Maine, but due to some difficulties with our past venue,we decided to move our show. We found a great place with Saint Joseph's College of Maine. They have been more than helpful and very accommodating. This year with the Maine Mineral Symposium being canceled, we decided to add four speakers. Our first one is Frank Perham. He will be talking about his adventures of mining in Maine. If you never heard Frank speak you won't want to miss this. Frank is a great story teller. He will be speaking at 10:30 am on Saturday 21st. Harry Blake with Central Maine Gold Prospectors will be talking about "how to find gold in Maine". Harry will be speaking at 2:00 pm on Saturday 21st. Karen Pride of Cross Jewelers will be speaking on Sunday 22nd. She will be discussing Maine tourmaline. Cross Jewelers has one of the biggest hoard of Maine tourmaline. I'm sure the new Sparhawk teal tourmaline will be mentioned. Also we have Derek Katzenbach who will be giving demonstrations on faceting and cabbing. We are not trying to take the place of the symposium, but felt we could offer something special for our customers. The show will be April 21st 10am to 5pm and 22nd 10am to 4pm. Located at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, Maine. We will have 26 dealers offering everything from minerals, crystals, gems, jewelry, fossils and one of kinds. There will be plenty for the kids to do mini-mine, spin wheel, touch table and our own Young Rockhounds of America will be there to discuss there program. The silent auction will be going both days with plenty of great minerals to add to your collection. We will also have displays from the Havey Quarry and Mary Groves will be bringing some of her displays from Poland Mining Camp. Saint Joseph's College will be display mineral, fluorescent minerals and faceted stones including a special centennial stone cut by Steve Bridge. Door prizes will be awarded every hour and our grand prize will be a cut tourmaline mounted from the Havey Quarry. I hope to see you all there in April. If there are any questions you can PM me for answers. Our website is You can download a discount coupon at our site.

Chad Cramer

Update Cross Jewelers of Portland Maine is donating a Sparhawk teal tourmaline pendant for our Grand Prize!!!

30th Mar 2012 04:45 BSTHenry Minot Expert

Unfortunately, that is the same weekend as the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium.

30th Mar 2012 13:52 BSTVan King Manager

I would have gone, also, but for the same reason. Actually this is a return to the stage by the Maine Mineralogical Society for hosting a symposium. Looking forward to next year's symposium!

30th Mar 2012 14:36 BSTDavid DeCourcey

Any chance next years show can be on a weekend other than the same weekend as The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium?

I would like to go to the Maine show, but I will never miss The Rochester Symposium

30th Mar 2012 18:51 BSTWoodrow Thompson

I have the same conflict. I've gone to Rochester every year since 1980 and will be giving a talk there, but I would also very much like to attend the show in Maine on the same weekend.

30th Mar 2012 22:22 BSTChad Cramer

I will try really really hard next year not to conflict with the RMS. Trust me I would LOVE to go to Rochester myself.

31st Mar 2012 14:11 BSTVan King Manager

Every year, I see many of Maine's top mineral collectors at Rochester, I think about 12 years ago, it seemed more like a Maine show with perhaps the 15-20 in attendance far from the pale of the Pine Tree Curtain. It would seem that the dealers at the Portland Show would welcome the buying power back to their tables?

31st Mar 2012 15:03 BSTChad Cramer

Yes we would. Would also like back a couple of our dealers.
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