HGMS Fundraising Auction, Tuesday April 29

Mark your calendars for the 2014 fundraising auction! Every year, the HGMS sponsors a fundraising auction that allows our members and our guests to bid on a wide variety of gems, minerals, jewelry, lapidary tools, books, magazines, and much more!

The Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and helps us purchase supplies and equipment to maintain our lapidary shop and also provides funds for our other outreach and educational projects throughout the year. Everyone is invited to join us!

Here’s a flier that we’re distributing to help get the word out about the auction. Please print out a few copies and hang them up at your church, favorite restaurant, or local stores. Thanks for your help!

And here are details about the auction:

Where:  Huntsville Senior Center Cafeteria (come in the front door)

Who: Everyone is welcome! You do NOT need to be a senior citizen to attend or to participate!

How Much: Admission is FREE!

Date:  April 29, 2014

Time: You can register and start looking at items at 5:30 p.m.

 The auction starts at 6:30 pm


Field Trip to Hogg Mine, March 22

Chris Painter with the Hogg Mine is hosting an open gem dig on Saturday March 22. Several club members are planning to go! The mine’s web site is http://hoggmine.com/index.html Meet well prior to 9:00am at the McDonalds at the Interstate 85 exit 13 and Hwy 219 (Whitesville Rd) in LaGrange. Remember that is Eastern Time Zone, so allow that extra hour. It is 180 miles, three and a half hours driving time, from Huntsville to LaGrange, so you may want to go the night before and find a motel.

Q: What kinds of Gems are at the mine?
A: Beryl, Star Rose Quartz, Black Tourmaline, and Aquamarine.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: $35 Per person over 16 years of age.  Children 16 and under dig for free.

For map, directions, or questions, contact Brian Burgess bburgess771 (at) gmail.com or Bill Friday bill.friday (at) earthlink.net. If you can’t make this trip, other club members are planning to go back later in the year.

Here are some photos from our last club field trip to the mine in the fall of 2013:

Large quartz rock on the trail through the mine:

Gorgeous piece of beryl someone found (the stone was about the size of the palm of your hand):

People digging in the mine:

A club member sitting on a giant boulder of rose quartz: