Welcome to the Worcester Mineral Club

Announcements:

This Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM, our VP, Sara Furbush, and Rick Cernak, Betts Mine Director and WMC Newsletter Editor and Program Committee Chair, wIll be giving a presentation (repeating every half hour) at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester to help educate the public about minerals, rocks, field collecting, and useful resources, including some of the guidebooks available for purchase at the book store. The objectives include promoting membership in the Worcester Mineral Club, as well as supporting efforts to promote buying local at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA 01603. Please click on the following link for directions and more information about Annie’s: Anniesbooksworcester.com.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, The Annual WMC Auction will be held, starting at 7:00 PM, at our traditional club meeting venue at The Trinity Episcopal Church at 440 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. Yes, that’s right!! We will be holding our first in-person meeting since February, 2020. Watch your club emails for more information, including a New Diggings Extra due to be sent out by December 1; and the December newsletter due to be sent by or before December 9.

In More News:

Due to Covid restrictions, the 2021 Worcester Mineral Club Annual Show has been cancelled.

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Our next meeting: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church at 440 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA and on Zoom.

More meeting info will be emailed to members and available in member newsletter.

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WMC members have been treated to a robust field trip season in 2021! We’ve enjoyed successful mineral collecting field trips at 18 different sites, including Quabbin Aqueduct Shaft 10, the Hewitt Mine in CT, and fossil sites in upstate New York early in the season. In June, July, and early August, we had some remarkable field trips to 4 classic collecting sites in Western Massachusetts: The Betts Manganese Mine, Loudville Lead Mines, Barrus Pegmatite, and Chester Emery Mines. In mid-August, we enjoyed the Keating Quarry in Lunenburg, MA; and then in late August, many of us travelled north to Hayes Ledges and the Tamminen Quarry in Greenwood, ME, plus the Havey Quarry in Poland, ME. In early September, several members ventured out to our Herkimer claims in Fonda, NY. In the second half of the month, we went to two pegmatite mines in New Hampshire, the Beauregard and Chickering Mines. In October we had a stellar day at the Tripp and Clark Mines in Alstead, NH. On November 6, WMC had the privilege of being the first mineral club to conduct a field trip at the historic Ruggles Mine in Grafton, NH as part of an independent study of the mine dump areas. The Hewitt Mine in Haddam, CT is the site of our final field trip of the 2021 season.

We expect the 2022 field trip season to start in May, 2022. Members can sign up for upcoming field trips when it is announced in the member newsletter, or in an announcement email sent to all current members.


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