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Experience prehistoric times at Rock, Gem and Mineral show

Cave bear skeleton

The lost world of dinosaurs and fossils comes alive this Sunday at the Prince Edward County Rock, Gem and Mineral Club’s first show. Expect to see a full-sized cave bear and a sabre tooth cat skeleton among the exhibits.
The old mixes with new as 26 vendors and dealers bring fossils, gems, minerals, jewellery and lapidary arts to the Crystal Palace July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children can hunt for treasure in the kids’ mine and hourly door prizes will run all day, but two special educational sessions will also be held.
Dr. Steven Watts, of Queen’s University, will discuss local geology at 11:30 a.m. and Matt Fair will show dinosaur skeletons and talk about their restoration at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is $3 per person and children 12 and under are free of charge.

The Prince Edward County Rock, Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 2010 when John and Elaine Zandarin took the initiative to advertise a meeting for those interested in forming a local club. Until then, the closest club of its kind was in Kingston – a club with several hundred members. John and Elaine suspected there might be enough people in the area to justify creating a Prince Edward County club.

That first meeting at the Bloomfield Town Hall attracted a variety of people young and older: from those with little experience but a lot of interest, to some with a lifetime of practical knowledge to share. Some members are more interested in geology (the study of earth sciences); others are more interested in crystals, gem stones and jewelry; others still are interested in fossils – which abound in the County.

Subsequent meetings were held in which the club was made official with elected officers, a constitution and by-laws. The constitution reads: “to be a non-profit club to encourage co-operation and information exchange among members and other clubs with similar interests, and to promote the study of mineralogy, geology, other earth sciences, and the lapidary arts.”

The club shares knowledge and learning through field trips and guest speakers.

For more information about the club, its meetings and how to join call 613-476-5510.


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  1. virginia says:

    I’m sorry to miss this, as I will be away. I am interested in joining, so will call later. Will there an opportunity to learn jewellery making, for those interested?

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