At Sue Shrader’s House. Call Sue for any questions 803-736-9317
7719 Wessex Lane
Columbia, SC 29223
Bring yellow street signs to be updated
Bring rocks, fossils, shark’s teeth, and crystals to the Show for grab bags.
Pass out show flyers and post on social media.
Volunteer Sign-up Sheets will be online and in the newsletter.
TheGem Stone Connectionby Louis Dezeran (first President of the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society), published in South Carolina Wildlife Magazine January/February 1978
Workshop IS CURRENTLY under Construction!!!!
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!
To use the rock saws or cabochon machines...call Gary Hert 794-9362. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Gary’s work schedule varies from week to week. Plus the equipment is being held temporarily at a Club members home and we will need to coordinate a time for the work!
Refer to the checklist prior to using the equipment. The checklist has reminders about important aspects of equipment operation in order to keep them in good operating condition.
$ To Be Determined per hour workshop user fee for all use of the workshop including classes. You must have paid your 2016 dues in order to use the workshop.
For more information call Fred Meetze at 803 -360-7114
Meetings the second Monday of the month at Fred Meetze's workshop, please call Fred if you plan to attend.
GravesMountain "Rock Swap and Dig"
"You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!"
8 am to 6 pm, Sunday, October 9, 2016
8 am to 6 pm, Friday, October 7, 2016
8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 8, 2016
The caretaker in charge of Graves Mountain, Clarence Norman Jr., has announced plans to hold a three day dig and rock swap on the Mountain during April and October. He will have the mountain open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day. All participants must stop at the welcome table in the Hospitality tent to sign a liability release and make a small contribution to defray the cost of opening the mountain and providing port-o-lets. There will be several golf cart type, four wheeled vehicles available to transport those participants who have trouble walking long distances. The dig will cease and everyone is expected to be off the mountain by around 6 pm each day. Participants will be allowed to park in a designated area on the mountain.
Rock Swap and Hot Food/Drinks: Junior will set aside an area in the upper parking lot for tables to be setup for daily rock swaps. Anyone who would like to setup a table(s), please contact Junior at the phone numbers listed below. Hot food cooked on the grill, cold drinks and chips will be available for purchase on the mountain during all three days of these events.
Contact Information: Clarence Norman Jr. (Junior) - 706-359-1544 (his business) or 706-401-3173 (his cell)
THESE DIGS ARE OPEN TO ALL NO NEED TO SIGN-UP, JUST SHOW UP FOR ALL "ROCK SWAP AND DIGS"! Mark your calendar and tell all your friends about these two great events!
DIRECTIONS: From Atlanta's I-285, take I-20 east to the exit for Washington, GA SR 78 (SR 10, SR 17) and turn left.
Travel north to Washington, turn right onto SR 378 and drive 11 miles to the Graves Mountain area. The entrance to Graves Mountain is on your right about 8/10 mile past the Lincoln county line sign. -OR- Just after you exit onto SR 78, turn right onto GA 43 and drive towards Lincolnton about 13 miles. Take a left onto GA 220 going Northwest for about 3 miles to SR 378. Take a left on SR 378 and go about 2 miles. The entrance will be on your left.
The entrance is a paved road that goes through a gate and up a hill. Please park along the access road and then proceed to the "Welcome Tent" at the end of the pavement to obtain a liability release form and to make a donation for the portable bathrooms, etc.
Graves mountain is accessible and open for mineral collecting by colleges, universities, and gem and mineral societies. Groups as small as two INDIVIDUAL mineral collectors can now reserve the mountain!
In order to gain access, (except for the two yearly "Rock Swaps and Digs") you will need to contact the caretaker, Clarence Norman, Jr (Junior) at 706-401-3173 (his business) or 706-401-3173 (his cell). Give him a call and he can reserve the mountain exclusively for your group. All of the mineral societies that come here to collect, offer the caretaker a donation for his trouble and effort in keeping the mountain open and assessable to them. Please consider what it is worth to your mineral society to be able to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!
Graves Mountain code of conduct!
Park your vehicle in the designated area(at the end of the paved access road but not much beyond the woods to the right of this road).
NO child under the age of 12 years old is to be allowed on the mountain because of all the dangers involved. ALL CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE"Rock Swap and Digs"IF EACH CHILD IS UNDER STRICT ADULT SUPERVISION!
ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash.
The caretaker, Junior Norman, has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work.
Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!)
STAY AWAY FROM ALL HIGH WALLS!!
NO RAPELLING OFF OF ANYTHING!
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLE ON ANY PART OF GRAVES MOUNTAIN BEYOND THE PARKING AREA! (The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!)
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY DUSK. (Absolutely no one is allowed on Graves Mountain after dark.)
Please protect our ability to field collect at Graves Mountain! Report violations to:
Clarence Norman, Jr Norman C E Wrecking Co 3333 C E Norman Rd Lincolnton, GA 30817-3110 706-359-1544 (his business) or 706-401-3173 (his cell)
All reported violations will be held in strict confidence.