Regional Digs & Shows

Below are some digs or shows that may be of interest

 

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An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society (Asheville, NC)(HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the (enter your associated club’s name here!)

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. Eastern
McKinney Mine
Near Spruce Pine, NC

Fee: $20
TRIP: The Southern Appalachian Mineral Society is sponsoring the July field trip to the McKinney Mine at Emerald Village, near Spruce Pine, NC.  The trip will begin at 9:30 am with a guided tour of the Bon Ami feldspar mine and Museum. At approximately 10:15 we will cross the road to the dump piles of the McKinney Mine.  Digging is allowed all day.

COLLECTING: Nice Mica specimens as well as Smoky Quartz, Feldspar, and Garnets. Aquamarine & Green and Yellow Beryl can occasionally be found on the dumps but they are scarce. Many other rare and unusual rocks & minerals, including Columbite, Samarskite, Torbernite, Uranophane, Hyalite Opal, Malachite, Tourmaline, Thulite, Amazonite, Pyrite and Dendrites. One of our members will have a Geiger counter for checking Samarskite or Unaninite.

BRING: This is definitely a digging site. The surface will yield fewer specimens. People should bring hammers, chisel, shovel, safety glasses, gloves, collecting bucket, etc.  Tools are availble to rent for $25 per day (+ $50 deposit; tools can be shared & include shovel, rock hammer, crack hammer, safety goggles, trowel, small screen, 5 gallon bucket). Water and snacks are a good idea, but food is also available in the complex.
FEE: $20 per person / $10 for children 12 and under. Admission is by permit only! EVERY person going onto the dump area must pay the fee, whether collecting or not. There is also a flume where, for an additional fee, buckets can be purchased and searched.
REGISTRATION: Members should gather between 9:00 to 9:15 to register, pay the fee, and sign the release. For anyone under the age of 18, the form must also be signed by a parent or legal guardian. You must keep a copy of the permit and show it to any staff person upon request. Failure to present a permit upon request will result in your eviction from the site and confiscation of any collected materials.

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