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 2016


Saturday, March 19, 2016  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 am - Noon --- FOMS Field Trip --- Collecting at the Taylor Road site.
Meet at the Franklin Mineral Museum. Park, and walk from there. Fee charged.
10:00 am - Noon --- FOMS Micro Group, pending --- Franklin Mineral Museum.
(Call Ralph Thomas, 215-295-9730, for more information).
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm --- FOMS Meeting --- Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Processing Ogdensburg Ore and Other Perspectives from the Past, by Peter Kern.




Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2016    **

  ANNUAL NORTH JERSEY GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW
NEW LOCATION:
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.




Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10, 2016    **

  5th Annual NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Raritan Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, N.J.
Friday: Noon - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 PM
Admission: $10.00 per adult; $5.00 for children aged 5 to 12; free admission for children under 5 years old.
More information at their website: www.NY-NJ-GemShow.com




Saturday, April 16, 2016  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 am - Noon -- FOMS Field Trip -- Collecting at the former B. Nicoll Quarry (now Technology General Corp.),
12 Cork Hill Road, Franklin, N.J. 07416.
Directions: from Franklin Avenue, take Cork Hill Road ¼ mile south to 12 Cork Hill Rd. on the right;
follow sign to Technology General Corp., and park on left as directed.
Walk to the collecting site, which is to the south along the former L&H railroad bed and just beyond the south end of the former B. Nicoll Quarry, to the right along the embankment.
Members are cautioned to stay out of the quarry and away from the quarry walls
that define the edge of the high ground of the collecting areas
.

10:00 am - Noon -- FOMS Micro Group, pending -- Franklin Mineral Museum.
(Call Ralph Thomas, 215-295-9730, for more information).

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- FOMS Meeting -- Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Synthetic Gemstones and Industrial Minerals, by John Sanfaçon.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm -- MINERAL OF THE MONTH -- RHODONITE
Bring your specimens for show-and-tell and discussion after the lecture.




Saturday, April 16, 2016    **

  6:00 pm -- Annual Museum Members-Only Mineral Sale and Auction
Franklin Mineral Museum.




Saturday, April 23, 2016

  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 23, 2016    **

  FIELD COLLECTING: SUPER DIG AT STERLING HILL
Organized by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS).
!!!!! Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM !!!!!
$21.00 per person, late registration on-site will be $25 CASH.
includes extended mine tour and registration.
FOMS members are covered by our club insurance!
$1.50 per pound for material collected.
Preregistration required; see www.superdig.com




Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 2016

  44th Annual NJESA Gem & Mineral Show
Held in conjunction with the
21st Annual FOMS Spring Swap-and-Sell.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Earth Science Association, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum,
and the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, Inc.
Franklin Middle School, Washington St., Franklin, N.J.
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.
Admission $6.00 per person, people under 14 free with paying adult.
For Swap-and-Sell information, contact Chet Lemanski after 8:00 pm at 609-893-7366.




Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 2016    **

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




Sunday, April 24, 2016    **

  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 1, 2016    **

  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 and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2016    **

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




Saturday, May 21, 2016  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 am - NOON -- FOMS Field Trip -- Collecting at the Hamburg Quarry of Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc.,
on 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.

10:00 am - Noon -- FOMS Micro Group, pending -- Franklin Mineral Museum.
Call Ralph Thomas, 215-295-9730, for more information.

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- FOMS BBQ and Swap-and-Sell
Christiansen Pavilion, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
YOU MUST RSVP BY MAY 2 to Tema Hecht: fomsnj@gmail.com.
!!! THIS BBQ IS FOR FOMS MEMBERS ONLY !!!




Saturday, June 4, 2016    **    CANCELLED

  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm --- Spring Night Dig at the Buckwheat Dump, and Mineral Sale.
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum. Open to the public - poundage fee charged.
Eye protection, flashlight, and UV lamp advised.
For more information contact the Franklin Mineral Museum: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, June 18, 2016  --  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!

10:00 am - Noon -- FOMS Micro Group, pending -- Franklin Mineral Museum.
Call Ralph Thomas, 215-295-9730, for more information.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- FOMS Meeting -- Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Collecting Minerals by Boat in Alaska, by Ted Johnson.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm -- MINERAL OF THE MONTH - ESPERITE
Bring your specimens for show-and-tell and discussion after the lecture.




Saturday, June 18, 2016    **

  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, September 10, 2016    **

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




Saturday, September 17, 2016  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

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

10:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Micro Group, Franklin Mineral Museum.
BYO microscope and minerals.
Call Ralph Thomas for information: 215-295-9730.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting - Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Geology and Mineralogy of the Inwood Marble, NYC, NY, by Charles Merguerian.




Saturday, September 24, 2016

  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 24 and 25, 2016    **

  60TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Franklin Middle School, Washington St., 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, sponsored by the FOMS,
takes place outdoors on the school grounds from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday,
and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.
Show admission required.




Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2016    **

  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 15, 2016  --  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.

10:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Micro Group, Franklin Mineral Museum.
BYO microscope and minerals.
Call Ralph Thomas for information: 215-295-9730.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting - Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: A Trip to the Blanchard Mine and Hansonburg Mining District, by Alan Benson.




Saturday, October 15, 2016    **

  6:00 PM - 10:00 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 22, 2016    **

  27TH 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.
“If your rocks don’t glow, you’re at the wrong show.”
Table space available. For information call, 856-663-1383
or e-mail ultraviolation@yahoo.com.




Saturday, November 19, 2016  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - 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.

10:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Micro Group, Franklin Mineral Museum.
BYO microscope and minerals.
Call Ralph Thomas for information: 215-295-9730.

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: Ice Crystals, by Johan Maertens

MINERAL OF THE MONTH - HARDYSTONITE
Bring your specimens of hardystonite for show-and-tell, and discussion.




Saturday, November 19, 2016    **

  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump, for the benefit of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for check-in and mineral sales.
Admission $10.00 adult, $8.00 children 3-12 years of age.
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481




Saturday, December 3, 2016    **

  9:00 am - 4:00 pm - FLUORESCENT MINERAL SOCIETY MEETING
GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Speakers include
Donna Beaton, (Determinants of Color in Natural and Treated Tanzanite),
Andrea Cavagna (Particles, Waves, and Starlings),
Howie Green (The Perception of the Fluorescent Mineral Enthusiast in the Eyes of the Great and Powerful), and
Mark Cole (Photography of Fluorescent Minerals; for the Beginner and the Expert).
Lunch will be served ($10.00 contribution).
• BYOB •
Reservations necessary! Please contact Howie Green: royalp53@verizon.net