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Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society invites 'rock hounds' to free show at Bays Mountain Park

Amy Millhorn Leonard • Jul 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM

What is a geode? What is cabbing? Would you like to cast your very own fossil? Ever wonder how stones are faceted? The answers to these questions will be among those answered in demonstrations and hands-on activities showcased at the 15th Annual Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society Show.

Designed to help you learn more about the exciting world of geology, this year’s show will be held at Bays Mountain Park - in the Discovery Theatre on the lower level of the nature center - and promises educational and fun activities for all ages. The free show will be held Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from noon until 5 p.m. each day. Parking is free and admission to Bays Mountain Park is free that week in conjunction with Kingsport's Fun Fest celebration.

You are invited to see these demonstrations along with several gem and mineral displays, a fluorescent mineral display and demonstrations such as wire-wrapping by jewelry artist Rowan Rose Morgan. Door prizes will be awarded at the show. Entrants must be present to win.

The kids can explore for treasures in the Mystery Mine, get a free rock and the story behind it, or make their own fossils.

Grab bags, geodes for cracking and rock and minerals specimens from club members will also be for sale.

Proceeds from these sales go to college scholarships. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one student per semester at King University, and a scholarship fund is awarded to three deserving students in geology at East Tennessee State University under the direction of Professor of Geology Michael J. Whitelaw.

About the Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society

The group was formed over 45 years ago as an Eastman employee club and then began operation on its own. Membership into the society is open to anyone interested in rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry making, silver smithing and fossils.

Society president is Rick Davidson. The society members conduct classes and visit large shows like the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase in Arizona held every winter. The Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society will also sponsor the sixth annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Nov. 9-11, at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. The show attracts many vendors from across the country. For more information about the club, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kgmsociety/.

Club members Robert and Rowan Rose Morgan just returned from two weeks of teaching at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia.

Many members like Robert Morgan became “rock hounds” when they were kids by diligently hunting, mining and digging for rocks and minerals, collecting them and learning more about them. For many members, it has become more than a hobby.

“At the July show, attendees especially kids will get to ask questions and experience many aspects of the hobby,” Robert Morgan said.

So, if you are interested in rocks, crystals, minerals, gems and fossils, make sure and attend the Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society Show at Bays Mountain Park in July and mark your calendar now for their Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in November.

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