Upcoming Events


Scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, include meetings, field trips, and other events. Regular meetings are held on the third Saturday of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November, and generally comprise a business session followed by a lecture. FOMS meetings are open to the public and are held at 1:30 PM, usually in Kraissl Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum, 30 Evans St., Franklin NJ (check listings for exceptions).

Most FOMS field trips are open only to FOMS members aged 13 or older.
Proper field trip gear required: hard hat, protective eyewear, gloves, sturdy shoes.
For a complete set of rules and regulations follow this link FOMS Field Trip Safety Rules and Regulations

**Activities so marked are not FOMS functions, but may be of interest to its members. Fees, and memberships in other organizations, may be required. Any information in this schedule, including fees, is subject to change without notice.



Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018

  62nd ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum and the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society.
NEW LOCATION
Littell Community Center (formerly the ‘Armory’),
10 Munsonhurst Road #12, Franklin, New Jersey.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday (indoors).
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday (indoors).
The ticket price covers the show, The Pond outdoor swap,
and admission to the Franklin Mineral Museum:
$7.00 per day for adults, $4.00 per day for children (6-16).

The Pond Swap-and-Sell
takes place outdoors on the Littell Community Center grounds
9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Show admission required.




Saturday, September 29, 2018

  The FOMS Annual Banquet starts at 6:30 pm on Saturday at the Lyceum Hall of the Immaculate Conception Church,
located at the south end of Franklin’s Main Street.
Tickets may be obtained at the FOMS show table for $20.00.
The meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet; soda, tea, and coffee are included.
• BYOB •
After the banquet there will be an auction for the benefit of the FOMS.
Please plan on donating a good specimen, artifact, book, etc.!




Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018    **

  Events at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
For more information, please call: (973) 209-7212.
Or you can visit the website at
www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org




Saturday, October 13, 2018    **

  6:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Nighttime Mineral Collecting, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump
and in the Passaic Pit and "saddle" areas.
For museum members only. $5.00 admission fee
plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken.
For more information, call 973-209-7212.




Saturday, October 13, 2018    **

  9:00 am - 5:00 pm - NORTH JERSEY MINERALOGICAL SOCIETY SWAP
Sterling Hill Mining Museum.




Saturday, October 20, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Limecrest-Braen Stone Quarry, Limecrest Road, Sparta, NJ.
Meet 15 minutes before starting time at the gate.
We will enter as a group and the gates will be closed.
No one under 12 years of age will be admitted.
Safety equipment such as hard hats, leather steel-tipped shoes, gloves and glasses will be rigidly enforced.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Mining at Sterling Hill, by Doug Francisco.




Saturday, October 27, 2018    **

  29TH Annual ULTRAVIOLATION, a Show-Swap-Sell Session featuring fluorescent minerals only.
First United Methodist Church, 840 Trenton Road,
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, $2 donation - Kids 12 & under free.
“If your rocks don’t glow, you’re at the wrong show.”
Table space available. For information call, 215-713-8020
or e-mail uvgeologist@yahoo.com.




Saturday, November 3, 2018    **

  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump, for the benefit of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Doors open at 6:00 pm for check-in and mineral sales.
Dig begins at 6:30 pm.
Admission $10.00 adult, $8.00 children 3-12 years of age.
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481




Saturday, November 17, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Taylor Road site.
Collecting at the Taylor Road site.
Meet and park at the Franklin Mineral Museum, and walk from there.
Do not park on Taylor Road!
 Fee charged.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Railroading with NJ Zinc, by John Bazelewich.




Saturday, December 1, 2018    **

  9:00 am - 4:00 pm - FLUORESCENT MINERAL SOCIETY MEETING
GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Lunch will be served ($10.00 contribution).
• BYOB •
Reservations necessary! Please contact Howie Green: royalp53@verizon.net