Successful Annual Show
in November 2018
The 43rd Annual Worcester Mineral Club show was a great success, with over 1600 attendees! We were so happy to be back at the National Guard Armory in Worcester, and reliable Chuck was there to oversee things and troubleshoot as needed. Huge thanks to you, Chuck, and to the Armory for allowing us to be back in Worcester!
On both Saturday and Sunday, our hourly door prize drawing was exciting for all. The winners could choose from items donated by our vendors. Here are some of the lucky winners with their prizes:
Our 16 vendors reported good sales throughout the weekend. Holiday shopping was brisk as was spontaneous spending on some truly unusual and beautiful specimens. For those who wonder what the show is like, here are some pictures of the various booths:
This year we were very pleased to have two demonstration tables. The first, run by WMC member Grant Jones, was on silver wire wrapping. Grant brought several beautifully cut stones, and he showed how he wraps them securely and artistically with silver wire to create lovely jewelry. As he worked, he described the process, and was eager to introduce others to this craft. The second demonstration booth was run by David Ireland of the metals department at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Dave, an instructor at the center, demonstrated several lapidary skills, including how to cut stones for jewelry using a cabochon machine.
Each year our club booth offers free grab bags for children. This year, we ran out! The WMC will be sure to have plenty on hand for 2019. We were very happy to talk with interested people about our club and what it is we do. Several families and individuals joined the club on the spot.
At the end of the show on Sunday afternoon, we had two drawings for grand prizes. One was for the door prize which was on display at the ticket booth. Donovan was the lucky winner of that beautiful tower.
The raffle for the grand prize, an incredible amethyst specimen which was on display at our club booth, was won by Paul of Auburn.
Thanks to the many club members who volunteered their time to make this such a successful event, and thanks to the many people who came out to the show and brought their good humor, stories, and love for rocks and minerals. See you next year!
2018 Annual Show
November 17th & 18th, 2018
On Saturday the show is open 9:30AM to 5PM and Sunday 10AM to 4:30PM and is at the National Guard Armory, 701 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
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The centerpiece of the club’s year is our annual show held in November. Dates and times can be found above. The show provides members and the general public an opportunity to purchase gems, jewelry, fossils, minerals, lapidary, and related publications and equipment. The show features dealers with a wide range of material from children’s and beginner level items to advanced collector’s items. Prices range from less than a dollar to hundreds of dollars. Be sure to stop by our club table for a free grab bag for each child!
Photos From Our Past Annual Shows
We encourage club members to assist in the planning and operation of this event. This is the club’s largest source of operating funds. November 17th & 18th – 2018 will be Worcester Mineral Club’s Annual Show. Saturday 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4:30pm at the National Guard Armory, 701 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for students (must present student ID) and seniors. Children 12 and under are free.