FieldTrip Chair: Bill Chapman   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.





Points Out and Around:     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

2019 Schedule - through Febuary, 2020 (more will be added)


December 7th – Workshop

December 13th - (Reservations Required) Monthly Meeting Holiday Gathering 

January 10th monthly mtg (Best Find of 2019)

January 18th workshop

February 14th monthly mtg (Annual Winter Auction)

February 15th Tentative workshop



Jan. 12 - Saturday workshop

Feb. 8 - Meeting, Annual Club Auction

Feb. 9 -  Saturday workshop

Mar. 8 - Meeting Jim Rienhardt with "Sand Collecting"

April 1 - Opening Day at Ace of Diamonds 

May 25th – Saturday  Ilion Gorge (for travertine) with possible afternoon stop at Lord’s Corner (for horn coral)                    Details available at May meeting or contact Linda Schmidtgall 

JUNE 1 and JUNE 2: GEMFEST in Canandaigua (Friday May 31 is set-up day and we would love your help) 

    June 8th workshop is open.

June 21st to 24th - western MA sites on Saturday and Gilsum Rock Swap in Sunday, there will be Friday and Monday options for those available. Draft of trip plan is available.  Contact Fred Haynes for details. 

July 13th Jaycox Run for fossils - joint day trip with Rochester Academy of Science (RAS) Fossil Section (contact Fred Haynes for details

July 13-14SYRACUSE: Annual show;  New York State Fair, 575 State Fair Boulevard; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $7, free admission for children under 12 and scouts in uniform;more than 60 dealers, several demonstrations, contact Dick Lyons.  Website:  

July 20th -24th 4-7 day trip to the pegmatites of Maine – James Keeler ( is working to plan this trip. Let James know if you want to learn more.

July 20-21—FRANKFORT, NY: 5th Annual Herkimer Diamond, Gem, and Mineral Show & Festival,  Herkimer County Fairgrounds, 135 Cemetery Street; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5, free admission for children 12 and under; vendors offering gems, minerals, crystals, and fossils, demonstrations, and displays; contact Billie Jo; Email:; Website:    

July 31st to August 10th – Upper Michigan. This trip includes the Ishpeming Show on August 3rd and field trip locations associated with both that event and with the Keweenaw Days the following week: copper country and more  

August 17th – Club Picnic at the Weiler’s (workshop location) --- Mark your calendars: this is a highlight of our summer season (details to follow next month). 

August 24-25—CANTON, NEW YORK: Annual show; St. Lawrence County Rock and Mineral Club; Canton Recreational Pavilion, 90 Lincoln St., 9 Indian Head Trl.; Sat. 9-4:30, Sun. 9-3; $2 for adults; free admission for children 12 and under; contact William deLorraine,; Email:; Website:

 August 30th – Sept 3rd - central Kentucky with CVGMC.   Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina sites will be visited before and after the CVGMC stops over the weekend.

September 13th monthly meeting, 

September 14th – Saturday Workshop


An early October trip to Ontario is being considered. We’ll have details at the September meeting.

October 11th monthly meeting, 

October 12th and 13th – likely dates of Walworth Open House (not yet confirmed)

October 19th – Saturday Workshop

October 20th – Sunday afternoon Club Sale at Linda Schmidtgall’s. Watch for details next month.

October 26th and 27th –Rochester Lapidary Society Gem and Mineral Show, Rochester, NY (Roch.Lap Soc.)

November 8th monthly meeting, 

November 9th – Saturday 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 ( (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 3-6 (central Pennsylvania, Mt. Pleasant Mills, etc.)  (Leader – Bill Chapman or Linda Schmidtgall)   --  it is possible some of us may go down early and spend a day or two in Virginia or Maryland  


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 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).  


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  

December 14th - Our annual Christmas and Holiday Rock Bash: (6:30 PM or come earlier to help) More details in next newsletter, but it’s basically you bring a dish to pass and club will provide meats and drinks and fun and more. We are adding a table in the back for all to bring those extra rocks collected this year for others to share. A chance to clean out the garage while helping others fill theirs!

December 15th Saturday workshop    




April 20-23 (Rochester Mineralogy Symposium), contact Fred Haynes for info.


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).  :  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:   


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 


May 31 (Wednesday) – Paradise Falls for Herkimers   Leader – Linda Schmidtgall  [$100/person!]


June 2 (setup)  June 3 & 4 --  THE BIG EVENT --  GEMFEST 2017   info  

     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)


June 17 (Sat.) - EFMLS) Region IV Annual Swap and Sale, Picnic & Auction (Charlotte Hall, MD)           
Open to all Rock Club members in the Eastern Federation


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 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. 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 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 ]  


April 14-17  Rochester Mineralogical Symposiumin Rochester, NY


April 22-24 (Fri Sat.-Sun.) Super Dig Weekend in Sterling Hill, New Jersey (Leader – Linda Schmidtgall)

        Visit to register or 


 April 29-May 1 (Fri.-Sat.-Sun.) - Pennsylvania: ( Friday-Mt. Pleasant Mills for wavellite, calcite and moreSat.- Red Hill fossil site, and Sunday- Carbondale-Jerymn for plant fossils) (motel in Lewisburg)   --  Leader – Bill Chapman


May 6 (Friday) – A Fossil Day   Ridgemont Quarry,Fort Erie, Ontario for Eurypterids   Leader – Stephen Mayer                  (Comments on quarry )   (Map)


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


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 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.)


July 23  WCGMC annual picnicand workshop event (note the move from August to July) Email EvaJane (gwexterior@gmail.comif 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 or contact Fred Haynes


August 20-21 – St. Lawrence County Rock and Mineral Club Show  --- NEW LOCATION in Canton, NY   for details visit 


 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] 

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


October 22-23 – Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show and Sale, sponsored by Rochester Lapidary Society, 



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, NY 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) 

April 1 (Wednesday) – Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, NY Leader – Bill Chapman Opening day at the Herkimer diamond locale, getting them before others! Visit 

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 Cana


April 11Club 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, NY 


April 25-26 (Sat.-Sun)- Super Dig Weekend in Sterling Hill, New Jersey (fluorescent minerals) to register or 


   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: 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 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 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.  All in attendance came back sore and loaded with minerals. 


April 24-27 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium in Rochester, NY

    Check the RMS link ( 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:   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 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 , 315-365-2448, c315-651-1741

Found excellent sample material & some slightly hot items.


Aug 22-24 St. Lawrence County Club Show, Madrid, NY  

     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  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:   

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

Another great venture, 17 members (11 different families). Some beautiful specimens found.


October 11 &12 (Sat. & Sun.)  - Walworth Quarry Openhouse (Sat. 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM,  Sun. 7- Noon) Arrive early to sign and Safety Talk. Bring safety gear: glasses, hard hat, boots, & long pants.   Contact Bill Chapman 
October 25 &26 (Sat. & Sun.)  - ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: Annual show; Rochester Lapidary Society; Main Street Armory; 900 E. Main St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, students $3, children free; "Thinking Outside the Jewelry Box: Rock and Roll" exhibit, more than 23 dealers, rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, beads, kids' activities, straw draw, gem sluice, mineral bingo, door prizes, lapidary demonstrations, sphere machines, faceting, cabbing; contact James Redden, (585) 303-2695; e-mail:; Web site: 



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 Calendar for 2009