FOMS Archive of Events


This is an archive page of scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, including meetings, field trips, and other events. The event archive has events since 2014, including future events, if the current year is selected.

For the list of upcoming events, please follow the link to Upcoming FOMS Events.



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Events for the year 2018


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

  Cancelled - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Taylor Road site - Cancelled

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: The Great Chain and Sterling Forest Iron Mines, by Doc Bayne.




Wednesday to Sunday, April 4 to 8, 2018    **

  Annual NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Raritan Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, N.J.
Wednesday thru Friday: Noon - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 PM
Admission:
Wednesday thru Friday:
$10.00 for age 4 and up; free admission for children under 4 years old.
Saturday and Sunday:
$15.00 per adult; $10.00 for children aged 4 to 11; free admission for children under 4 years old.
More information at their website: www.NYNJ.Show




Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018    **

  29th Annual North Jersey Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Midland Park High School,
250 Prospect St., Midland Park, N.J.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person; $4.00 per senior adult; free admission for children under 12 and uniformed scouts.




Saturday, April 21, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Hamburg Mine/Lang Shaft (private property)
Meet at the Franklin Mineral Museum at 8:30 am sharp, where participants will be escorted to the location.

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: Fluorescent Minerals Under the Microscope, by Thomas Pogash.




Saturday, April 28, 2018

  Banquet and Auction
Saturday evening at the GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Admission limited to 60 people. Social hour from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm,
followed by an all-you-can-eat buffet from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Banquet Tickets are $20.00 each and include all food, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. BYOB!!
Silent Auction from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Live Auction begins at 7:45 pm.
Both auctions are for the benefit of all three show sponsors: NJESA, FOMS, and SHMM.




Saturday, April 28, 2018    **

  Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin, N.J.
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS).
Preregistration required; see www.superdig.com for more information, schedule, fees, and updates!




Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018

  46th Annual NJ Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show
Held in conjunction with the
23nd Annual FOMS Spring Swap-and-Sell.

NJESA Show hours:
Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Swap-and-Sell hours:
Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

NEW LOCATION
Littell Community Center (formerly the ‘Armory’),
10 Munsonhurst Road #12, Franklin, New Jersey.
Donation $6.00 per person, people under 14 FREE with paying adult.

A collaborate effort by the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society,
New Jersey Earth Science Association and
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, all non-profit organizations.
For more information: njesa.org




Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018    **

  Sterling Hill Garage Sale
Christiansen Pavilion, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm




Sunday, April 29, 2018    **

  Collecting on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Sunday only.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Open to the public!)
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken.




Sunday, May 6, 2018    **

  Noon -- Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Miners Day Tribute
Franklin Mineral Museum.
Including special program and a concert by the famous Franklin Band.
!!! Attendance by invitation only. !!!




Saturday, May 19, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  8:45 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Braen Franklin Quarry
Cork Hill Road, Franklin, N.J.
If gate is open, drive through and park to the left of the gate. Please don’t block the roadway.
Meet at the scale house to sign releases.
Hard hats, leather shoes (preferably steel tipped), gloves, and safety glasses required.
Participants MUST arrive by 8:45 am to register!
Members will then be escorted to the collecting site. Latecomers prohibited!

Today’s Future Rockhounds of America meeting and FOMS meeting have been cancelled in favor of the Pete J. Dunn Memorial Service, which will be held at 12:30 pm in the Christiansen Pavilion of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. FOMS members are welcome to attend this service but must contact Maureen Verbeek in advance by e-mail, at
moellen57@gmail.com
Lunch will follow the service.




Saturday, May 26, 2018    **

  9:00 am - 5:00 pm - North Jersey Mineralogical Society Swap & Sell
Sterling Hill Mining Museum.




Saturday, June 16, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Hamburg Quarry of Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc.
Route 23 just north of Hamburg.
Meet at the scale house to sign releases.
Hard hats, leather shoes (preferably steel tipped), gloves, and safety glasses required.
Weight of individual specimens is limited to 25 lbs.
Bulk collecting/loading of specimens is strictly prohibited.

Noon - 1:15pm - 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: Interesting Tidbits About NJ Zinc Company, by Peter Kern.

MINERAL OF THE MONTH - MARGAROSANITE
Bring your specimens for show-and-tell, and discussion.




Saturday, June 16, 2018    **

  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm -- Night Collecting on the Mine Run Dump and in the Passaic Pit and “saddle” areas.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $1.50/lb. for all material taken.
Eye protection, flashlight, hammer (carpenter’s claw hammers not allowed), and UV lamp advised.
!!! Open to Sterling Hill Mining Museum members only. !!!




Saturday, July 21, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 am - 4:00 pm - FOMS Day at the Franklin Mineral Museum

9:00 am - Noon - Field trip to the Taylor Road site.
Meet at the Franklin Mineral Museum. Park, and walk from there.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm. - Field trip to the Buckwheat Dump.
Collecting fee waived for FOMS members; pay poundage fee.

Swap-and-Sell Activity Encouraged.
FOMS volunteers will provide lunch and refreshments: BYOB.
This event is only for FOMS members and their families.
RSVP to Gary Moldovany, gsmoldovany@gmail.com.




Saturday, September 15, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Balls Hill iron mines
(owned by Technology General Corporation)
Directions: From Franklin Avenue, take Cork Hill Road
500 ft. south to its junction with Maple Road on the right,
then park as directed and walk to collecting site.
Members are cautioned to beware of old mine openings
and stay out of them; some are quite narrow and deep.


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: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - A Franklin Potpourri, by Bernard Kozykowski.




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

  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 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

  Cancelled - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Taylor Road site - Cancelled

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