FieldTrip Chair: Bill Chapman email@example.com 607-868-4649
We update as changes take place, short notice changes will be on the home page
Remember to attend a WCGMC field trip you must be a club member, or a member of an affiliated club if you do not live in our region.
SHOWS & OTHER EVENTS TO KEEP ON YOUR RADAR
Points Out and Around:
http://www.mineralfest.com/calendar.html Mid-Atlantic region (PA, MD, NJ, NY, DE)
Please call if you are planning on joining up with any of these field trips so we know who might be coming and if there is any changes you can be notified.
2018 Schedule - through Nov, 2018 (more will be added)
Items listed in bold print are pretty much set, those not in bold print are considered tentative.
October 6 & 7 WALWORTH QUARRY OPEN HOUSE The quarry is located at 1200 Atlantic Ave. in Walworth. The schedule will be the same as in past years. Saturday 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM, Sunday from 7:00 AM until noon. Arrive a bit early each day and congregate at the office. Dolomite Products Quarry Supt. Mike Bagne will hold a brief information and safety meeting at 7:00 AM promptly and then as the sun rises a few minutes later we can all caravan to the collecting level in the quarry. Hard hats, boots, safety glasses and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Kids are welcome if accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. They may use bicycle helmets in lieu of hard hats. Collectors are seeking fluorite in vugs in the hard dolostone, but dogtooth calcite, sphalerite, selenite, celestite and galena can also be found. Of course dolomite crystals are virtually ubiquitous in the vugs. And some fossils (corals, etc.) can also be found.
October 13th - Ace of Diamonds in Middleville, NY (they open at 9 AM)
October 14th Lord’s Corner, NY for horn corals (we will leave Denny’s in Auburn at 9:30 AM) (there will be opportunities to set up carpooling for both events at the mtg. on Friday night)
October 20th - Saturday monthly workshop
October 21st – 3rd Annual WCGMC Inventory Rock Sale. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Linda’s garage, 1267 Wiley Rd in Savannah, for details),
October 27-28 Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show, 435 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY
November 9th – Monthly meeting in Newark
Program: Jim Hird: (The Keweenaw: It’s Mines and Minerals, Then and Now)
November 10th - Saturday monthly workshop
March 3, 2018 (Saturday) - Workshop.
March 24, 2018 (Saturday) - Workshop.
March 24 & 25, 2018 (Sat. & Sun.) 49th Che-Hanna Gem & Mineral Show (Che-Hanna web-page)
March 24 & 25, 2018 (Sat. & Sun.) 50th Buffalo Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show (BGS.Web page) Check out their Cincinnati fossil trip, info at website)
March 31 (Saturday) - Opening Day at Ace of Diamonds for Herkimers (Club members are planning on this day) Contact Bill Chapman
April 1 Easter Sunday, opens at 9 AM (Web-site )
April 14-15 (Sat-Sun) – Franklin, NJ trip with UV Nomads Club info-Linda Schmidtgall (firstname.lastname@example.org) (NOT the SuperDig)
April 24 (Tuesday) Ilion - Contact Fred Haynes
April 27-29 (Fri-Sun) – Fossil collecting around Cincinnati (BGS trip, contact Fred Haynes for info)
May 5 - Penfield Quarry Open House
May 11-13 New England Mineral Conf. (Newry, ME) contact Fred Haynes
May 18-20 Herkimer collecting opportunities - with Niagara Peninsula Geol. Club (contact Fred Haynes)
May 25-28 (Memorial Day weekend) – collecting Herkimers, Hickory Hills should be open (This site may help)
June 1-3 GEMFEST in Canandaigua (See Show info)
June 10 (Sunday) IIion Contact Fred Haynes
June 15-17 or June 22-24 - Massachusetts, pending permission release at multiple sites (info-Fred Haynes)
June 22 (Friday) Ridgemount, Ontario, Canada for Eurypterids contact Stephen Mayer
July 14-22 (Ontario, Bancroft and Temagami, 3-4 days at each location (info- Fred Haynes)
July 28 (Sat.) – Bethany Center for Devonian fossils with RAS (get on trip list by contacting Fred before 7/17)
August 4th (Saturday)– Green’s Landing for Middle Devonian fossils (joint with RAS Fossil Section). We will meet at Deep Run parking lot at 9:00 AM and caravan/car pool to the location which is ½ mile away. This trip involves a 1200’ walk along the creek to the outcrop location. (more detail in August newsletter)
August 11 – Saturday (WCGMC PICNIC, MARK THIS DATE) (Pics2017)
August 25-26 St. Lawrence County Annual Show, visit stlawrencecountymineralclub.org/show for details
August 31-Sept 3 (Labor Day) – 3 day plus trip to Kentucky with CVGMC of NC (fluorite, geodes, etc.) Fred Haynes is the contact for more information on this trip. You would need to work your own transportation and accommodations on this one.
September 14th - First Fall club meeting. Workshop in September is not yet scheduled.
September 21-23 – Adirondack weekend (Rose Road, Benson Mines, and more).
April 20-23 (Rochester Mineralogy Symposium), contact Fred Haynes for info. http://www.rasny.org/minsymp/
April 28-29-30 (Trip to New Jersey (Sterling Hill Super Dig on 29th, Ogdensburg, NJ (9 AM-11PM), $25 fee for (Buckwheat only), collecting fee: $1.50/lb (Day) $3.00/lb (night). : http://superdiggg.com/ Leader - Linda Schmidtgall
April 29-30—FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY: Annual show; NJ Earth Science Association, Franklin School; 50 Washington Ave.; Sat. 9-5:30, Sun. 10-5; 6.00, under 14 free; Web site: http://www.njesa.org/spring-mineral-show.html
April 27-April 30 (BGS trip to Cincinnati) (Fred, Stephen and Gary are going) Leader – Jerry Bastedo
May 5-6-7 (Mt. Pleasant Mills Quarries, Carbondale, etc for coal fossils) Leader – Bill Chapman
May 6 - Penfield Quarry Open House
May 9 (Tuesday) – Ilion – for details contact Fred Haynes to get on the trip list
May 12 (Friday ) meeting in Newark WORKSHOP SATURDAY
May 23 (Tuesday) – Hooper Mine for Garnet (might add a second day) Leader – Fred Haynes
May 27-28 Penn Dixie Dig With Experts https://penndixie.org/dig-with-the-experts/
May 31 (Wednesday) – Paradise Falls for Herkimers Leader – Linda Schmidtgall [$100/person!]
At Greater Canandaigua Civic Center 250 N. Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424
June 9 (Friday) – meeting in Newark WORKSHOP DATE NOT YET SET
June 16 (Friday) - Ridgemount, Ontario (Eurpyterids) Leader – Stephen Mayer
June 17 (Sat.) -- Jaycox Creek (fossils) (joint with RAS) – limited to 12 of us (contact Fred Haynes)
17 (Sat.) - EFMLS) Region IV Annual Swap and Sale, Picnic & Auction (Charlotte
Open to all Rock Club members in the Eastern Federation http://www.smrmc.org/region-iv-rock-swap--sale.html
June 23-25 (Fri-Sun) – St. Lawrence County #1 (Rose Road, Selleck Road, Gardenscape?, etc)
July 15 (Sat.) Indian Creek followed by Potluck Picnic at Mayer’s home on Seneca Lake
July 15-16: Gemworld 2017 Hosted by Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse, SRC Arena and Events Center, 4585 W. Seneca Tpke., Syracuse, Sat. 10-6, Sun 10-5, visit this link for details
July 17-22 (Monday-Saturday) – CANADA #1 (Bancroft, etc.) Leaders – Fred and Linda
We will schedule some summer day trips to places like Deep Run, Indian Creek, etc.
August 5th - picnic at Weiler’s workshop site.
August 6 (Sunday)- Green’s Landing fossil site (with RAS) - Leader – Stephen Mayer
August 12 -20 CANADA #2 (Sudbury, Cobalt, Manitoulin Island, etc.) Led by Niagara Peninsula Geological Society, St. Catherine’s, Ontario. for info contact Fred Haynes
August 26-27 St. Lawrence County Show (Field Trip Opportunities to Powers and Bush Farm)
September 8 (Friday evening): Our first fall meeting in Newark (7:00-9:00 PM)
September 9 (Saturday workshop) -- 10:00 AM til mid-afternoon. Time to cut and polish summer finds.
September 15-17 – 3 days of collecting in the western Adirondacks. Logistics to be determined once we know who wants to go. Contact Fred Haynes for details.
September 16-17 – Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society Annual Show – Gold’s Gym and Family Sports Center – 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY Show Theme is GARNET Visit http://mhvgms.org/ for details including map
October 1 (Sunday, 1:00-4:00 PM): sale of rough rocks from club collection, lots of variety, by the pound Location: 1267 Wiley Rd. in Savannah (Linda Schimdtgall’s home, call her for details)
October 7-8 (Sat. – Sun.) – Walworth Quarry (7:00-2:00 PM Sat, 7:00-noon Sunday) Arrive early for safety briefing. Hard hats/bike helmets, safety glass, sturdy shoes are required (contact Fred Haynes for info).
October 13 (Friday evening) – Monthly Meeting in Newark -
Oct. 20-22 2017 EFMLS Annual Convention in Bristol, Connecticut. http://www.amfed.org/efmls/Feb17EFNewsweb.pdf page 9
October 21 workshop open.
October 22 (Sunday) - Ace of Diamonds for Herkimers, a final trip before they close for the season
October 28-29 – Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show and Sale (Rochester Lapidary Society), NEW LOCATION: Total Sports Experience, 435 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY Visit http://www.rochesterlapidary.org/show/index.htm for details
November 4 Workshop open.
November 11-19 – We are looking for interest in a 9 day trip to Arkansas and other southern locations. Arkansas for quartz, maybe wavellite, NC for pegmatites and more, perhaps for geodes? Logistics and sites will be determined by those who have interest.
Trips completed in 2016
April 1 (Friday) – Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, NY Leader – Bill Chapman
Opening day at the Herkimer diamond locale, getting them before others! $10/person
April 2-3: Buffalo Geological Society Gem Mineral and Fossil Show, Hamburg Fairgrounds, (Grange and Market Bldgs., $5/ person [ Focus on Crinoids ] http://bgsny.org/
April 14-17 Rochester Mineralogical Symposiumin Rochester, NY http://www.rasny.org/minsymp/
April 22-24 (Fri Sat.-Sun.)- Super Dig Weekend in Sterling Hill, New Jersey (Leader – Linda Schmidtgall)
Visit www.uvworld.org to register or http://www.sterlinghill.org/visitor/schedule.php#events
April 29-May 1 (Fri.-Sat.-Sun.) - Pennsylvania: ( Friday-Mt. Pleasant Mills for wavellite, calcite and more, Sat.- Red Hill fossil site http://www.devoniantimes.org/., and Sunday- Carbondale-Jerymn for plant fossils) (motel in Lewisburg) -- Leader – Bill Chapman
May 7 (Saturday) - Penfield Quarry Open House. (7:00 - Noon) - Be early for safety info. Quarry rules: hard hat, boots, safety glasses, etc. We drive right in. It could not be easier!
May 14 (Sat.) Club workshop is open
May 17 (Tues.) Ilion for travertine, etc. Details to be worked out at the May 13th meeting. Leader - Bill Chapman
May 21 (Sat.) – Dig with the Experts Day at Penn-Dixie, see http://penndixie.org/dig-with-the-experts/
May 21-22 Southern Vermont Mineral, Rock, and Gem Show, Grace Christian School, Bennington, VT WCGMC members free with dues card, others $5
May 25th weekend: Hickory Hills will likely be open this weekend for Herkimer picking.
June 4-5 -- THE BIG EVENT -- GEMFEST 2016 IN CANANDAIGUA
June 16-19 (Thurs-Sun) New Hampshire (on Saturday we are invited to join the Burlington Gem and Mineral Club at the Palermo Mine, North Groton, NH – stops at Moat Mtn. and other pegmatites and sites are planned on other days WCGMC Leader - Fred Haynes
June 24-26 (Fri-Sun) NYPS trip to Ridgemont and James Dick Quarry in Canada This is a New York
Paleontologic Society Trip. Trip is open to WCGMC members. Contact Fred Haynes
July 9 (Sat.) – Rickard Hill - Lower Devonian Fossil Dig – Schoharie, NY roadcut in Helderberg Group
Joint trip with the Rochester Academy of Science (they lead) (Details to follow)
July 9-10 GemWorld 2016 in Syracuse (SRC Arena, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse) for details & coupon
July 16-17 Herkimer Diamond Festival and Gem Show (Herkimer High School, 801 W. German St.) http://www.herkimergemshow.com/
July 23 WCGMC annual picnicand workshop event (note the move from August to July) Email EvaJane (email@example.com) if you will be attending so we can plan for enough chicken. Don't forget your dish to pass.
August 7th Sunday - Green’s Landing – Middle Devonian collecting East side of Canandaigua Lake
Joint trip with Rochester Academy of Science (we lead) (Leader – Stephen Mayer)
August 13-20 - Niagara Peninsular Geological Society trip to Thunder Bay Area. Several of us are planning to attend this week camping/collecting long trip to the northern shore of Lake Superior. For some information Visit
http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/trips.htm or contact Fred Haynes
August 20-21 – St. Lawrence County Rock and Mineral Club Show --- NEW LOCATION in Canton, NY for details visithttp://www.stlawrencecountymineralclub.org/Library/2016_show.pdf
Sept 16-18 (long weekend) – Star Lake for Benson Mines, Rose Road, Powers, Selleck Road and more.
Please let Fred Haynes know if you plan to attend. If enough seek overnight accommodation we can try to book a house in Star Lake.
Sept 22-25 (Buffalo Geol. Society) – To attend you must join BGS - 4 day trip to Cincinnati and 3 World Class fossil Locations (Napoleon and St. Paul Quarries in Indiana, Mt. Orab site for Isotelus, etc.) and maybe more
Oct 8-9: Walworth – Sat. 7-2, Sun. 7-noon – 1200 Atlantic Ave Walworth NY 14568 [entrance on Tiffany Rd. about 1,000 feet north of Atlantic Ave. & Canandaigua RD] http://dolomitegroup.com/
What’s to be found Minerals - dolomite, fluorite, selenite, sphalerite, celestine, gypsum Fossils - stromatolite, coral, crinoid and clam Plus- Glacial Polish
Safety Meeting Mandatory – sign in 6:45 AM PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] Needed – Hard Hat, Bicycle Helmet for young people, steel toed/sturdy shoes, safety glasses, long sleeved shirts & pants. You also need to bring a Bucket, chisel, rock hammer, sunscreen and water bottle.
Educational Note of the Day: In recent years the geological-powers-that-be ruled that the white Dolomite crystals shall be know as Dolomite and the gray hard abundant matrix material will be called Dolostone. Dolostone or dolomite rock is a sedimentary carbonate rock that contains a high percentage of the mineral dolomite. In old U.S.G.S. publications it was referred to as magnesian limestone. -Wikipedia For more information check Wikipedia’s site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolomite#Properties
October 22-23 – Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show and Sale, sponsored by Rochester Lapidary Society,http://www.rochesterlapidary.org/show/index.htm
WE WON’T STOP HERE, but for now this is what is tentatively slated for 2016
Complete 2014-15 year:
February 7: Club workshop in Wolcott (10:00 AM – mid afternoon)
February 14-15: Capital District Mineral Show, Albany, NYhttp://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/minerals/ Note, this is not the same time as the Flower Show, which is the following weekend.
March 14: Joint workshop with Rochester Lapidary Club (Rochester) http://www.rochesterlapidary.org/events.htm
April 1 (Wednesday) – Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, NY Leader – Bill Chapman Opening day at the Herkimer diamond locale, getting them before others! Visit http://www.herkimerdiamonds.com/
April 4 (Saturday) – Long Pond Road Park (Marina Drive) in Rochester Leader – Stephen Mayer Targeting Dalmanites and Trimerus trilobites in the Silurian Rochester shale along the Erie Canal
April 11: Club workshop in Wolcott (10:00 AM – mid afternoon)
April 18: Fossil collecting at two sites in the Centerfield Limestone near East Bethany, NY (Leader - Fred Haynes)
April 19: Mineral Sale at Ken. St. John's barn in Mt. Upton, NY, lots of fluorescents (Leader - Bill Chapman or contact Ken at 607-336-4706 )
April 24-27 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium in Rochester, NYhttp://www.rasny.org/minsymposium/mineralsymp.htm
April 25-26 (Sat.-Sun)- Super Dig Weekend in Sterling Hill, New Jersey (fluorescent minerals) Visitwww.uvworld.org to register or http://www.sterlinghill.org/visitor/schedule.php#events
April 30-May 1 (Thurs.-Fri.) - Pennsylvania: Pleasant Mills for wavellite, calcite and fossils, Jermyn and Carbondale for plant fossils (motel in Sunbury) -- Leader – Bill Chapman
May 2 (Sat.)– Penfield Open House, 746 Whalen Road, Penfield. Arrive 6:30 AM for safety meeting, Dig until noon. (Hard hats, steel toed boots, eye protection and long pants required).
May 16 (Sat.) - Penn-Dixie Fossil Park, Hamburg, NY Dig with the Experts, $30 fee ($25 for members) see: http://www.penndixie.org or 716-627-4560
May 23th(Saturday) Workshop open 10:00 AM til mid afternoon Where: The Weiler’s Barn / WCGMC Workshop 6676 E. Port Bay Rd, Wolcott, NY Rules: BYOR (Bring your own rocks) to saw, grind, polish, or even facet. Training on equipment is available. Eye protection. $5/visit for adult club members, children are free
May 24thweekend: Hickory Hills will likely be open this weekend for Herkimer picking. (Contact them directly).
May 30th(Saturday) – Ilion, NY for travertine (and probably an additional fossil stop)Leader – Bill Chapman
June 6-7 -- THE BIG EVENT -- GEMFEST 2015 IN CANANDAIGUA
June 12-14 (Friday-Sunday)- Some of us will accompany Dry Dredgers of Cincinnati to Ridgemount Quarry in Ontario on a Eurypterid hunt (10 miles from Buffalo) and then to Penn-Dixie or other Buffalo area sites. (Contact Stephen Mayer or Fred Haynes if interested)
une 19-20 (Friday-Saturday) Do we call this a dig! Bill Chapman is having his more or less annual “Rocks by the Pound” extravaganza at his rock pile(s) in Prattsburgh (Learn more at May mtg.or visit Bill at the show)
June 26th (Sat.) - Alden, NY for pyrite nodules and pyritized fossils. Leader - Bill Chapman
Meet at the Dollar General in Alden on Rte 20 at 10:00 AM or arrive early and walk in yourself. Pending rainfall.
July 11-12 GemWorld 2015 in Syracuse visit http://www.gmss.us/annual-show/2015-annual-show for details
July 19-26 –Bancroft, Ontario (5-6 days in/ around the “Mineral Collecting Capital of Canada”) We may add Cobalt to the agenda. Planning will continue but this will be the week Leader – Fred Haynes.
August 9th ((Sunday) - Green's Landing along east side of Canandaigua Lake Leader - Stephen Mayer
Great location for Middle Devonian Hamilton Group Fossils. Meet at Deep Run Beach Parking area at 9:00 AM. We will carpool a short distance to the site, which is on private land. 1500' walk up the creek, expect to get your shoes wet.
August 15th (Sat.) - The Club picnic at the Weiler's home in Wolcott. Don't miss this. The workshop will be open. Watch the July and August newsletters for details.
Complete 2013-14 year:
March 22 (Saturday) – Long Pond Road Park (Marina Drive) West Rochester Leader – Stephen Mayer (943-5058) Meet at Marina Drive Circle area at 10 AM
Targeting Dalmanites and Trimerus trilobites in the Silurian Rochester shale alongside the Erie Canal. Results report at April Mtg.
April 1 (Tuesday) – Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, NY Leader – Bill Chapman. Opening day at the Herkimer diamond locale, Great time had by those attending
April 12-13 (Sat-Sun) - Mt. Pleasant Mills, St. Claire, & Jermyn, PA Leader – Bill Chapman - Wavellite, calcite, etc. at National Lms. Quarry, white fern fossils in St. Claire and likely more Weather was great along with the collecting
April 26 (Sat) – Sterling Hill Super Dig, Ogdensburg, NJ (9 AM-11PM), $20 fee for event, collecting fee of $1.50/pound.
http://www.sterlinghill.org/superdig/index.php All in attendance came back sore and loaded with minerals.
April 24-27 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium in Rochester, NY
Check the RMS link (www.rasny.org) for details of the 4 day event.
From those that attended "A show not to miss"
May 3 (Sat) Penfield Quarry Open House, 7:00 AM to noon. Be there at 6:50 for sign-in/safety review
Hickory Hill together with Che-Hanna Club Leader – Bill Chapman Postpone DTBD Herkimer area dig, small added fee likely for new exposures
May 10 (Sat) – Alden, NY for pyrite nodules and pyritized fossils Park at the north end of Dollar General's parking lot. We'll be going down to the creek at 10 AM looking for pyritized nodules & ammonites. Expect mud, water and a 1/4 mile walk. It's always a good time. Leader – Bill Chapman
May 17 (Sat) - Penn-Dixie Fossil Park, Hamburg, NY Leader - Gary Thomas Dig with the Experts, $30 fee ($25 for members) for details: www.penndixie.org or 716-627-4560
May 24 (Sat) Club digging at Hickory Hills. Site open to Public: Thursday(22) - Monday(26) 8:00AM - 5PM. $8.00/person/day Free camping- no facilities. Club leader – Bill Chapman. map
May 31-June 1 - (Sat-Sun) - St. Lawrence Country Trip #1 Leader – Fred Haynes Rose Road in Pitcairn, Fine area, Benson Mines (See May Newsletter p.1 for more details) Will be meeting at 10:00 AM Sat. at the Star Lake IGA. Approx. 1 hour east of Watertown.
JUNE 7-8 OUR SHOW IN NEWARK, NY
June 21-22 (Sat-Sun) – St. Lawrence County Trip #2 Leader – Fred Haynes
Selleck Road (tremolite, fluor-uvite), Powers Farms (dravite), and probably more
July 1 (Tuesday) Ace of Diamonds Middleville, NY Leader – Bill Chapman.
July 8 (Tuesday) Alden, NY for pyrite nodules and pyritized fossils, see May 10th.
July 19 (Saturday) – Canandaigua Lake fossil collectng excursion, multiple sites, very kid friendly (meet 8 AM, dig 'til 9AM at first collecting site, which is south end of parking lot for Finger Lakes Com. College, off County road 18)
July 21-25 - Bancroft (group plans to camp) - for logistic details if interested, contact Linda Schmidtgall firstname.lastname@example.org , 315-365-2448, c315-651-1741
Found excellent sample material & some slightly hot items.
Aug 22-24 St. Lawrence County Club Show, Madrid, NY http://www.stlawrencecountymineralclub.org/
Saturday Field Trip to Powers Farm (tourmalines doubled) , Sunday Field Trip to Bush Farms, Friday Contact Bill Chapman (See above) for Details for stops & times on the way up.
September 13 (Saturday)– Another day at Ace of Diamonds in Middleville, NY Contact Bill Chapman for details email@example.com 607-868-4649 c585-472-9298
September 20 (Saturday) - We are invited to join the SUNY-Plattsburg Geology Club Fall trip. They will visit Benson Mines in the AM and Rose Road in Pitcairn in the PM. Two neat sites.
SUNY Plattsburg Leader – Dr. Mary Roden-Tice, WCGMC Leader – Fred Haynes Details contact, Fred Haynes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great weather day & excellent collecting at all locations. Very informative with the students.
September 27 (Saturday) - Fossil dig at "Deep Run", if you plan to go, Contact Stephen Mayer at 585-943-5058 or Flexy50@yahoo.com
Another great venture, 17 members (11 different families). Some beautiful specimens found.