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 2017


Saturday, March 18, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  CANCELLED - FOMS Field Trip - CANCELLED 

MEETING CANCELLED




Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017    **

  28th ANNUAL NORTH JERSEY GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW
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.
Free Parking***All Indoors***Door Prizes




Friday to Sunday, April 7 to 9, 2017    **

  6th 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: $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, April 15, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
$5.00 admission fee plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken.
Top quality willemite and calcite available for $3.00 per pound.
Mixed minerals, including hardystonite and wollastonite, $6.00 per pound.


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, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, GeoTech Center.
Lecture: Newly Restored Video of Mining Methods at Sterling Hill, by Jeff Osowski and Ron Mishkin.

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




Saturday, April 15, 2017    **

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




Saturday, April 29, 2017

  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 29, 2017    **

  9:00 AM to 11:00 PM -- Annual Super Dig
New Location: The “Mill Site Pile” and Buckwheat Dump, Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin, N.J.
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS).
This is a closed event,
because of insurance regulations you must belong to
or join a mineral club to participate.

FOMS members are covered by our club insurance!
Per pound fee for material collected.
Preregistration required; see www.superdig.com for more information, schedule, fees, and updates!
(Note: The Buckwheat Dump will be closed to collecting on Sunday.)




Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017

  45th Annual NJ Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show
Held in conjunction with the
22nd 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 5:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Franklin Middle School, 50 Washington St., Franklin, N.J, 07416.
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 29 and 30, 2017    **

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




Sunday, April 30, 2017    **

  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 7, 2017    **

  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 20, 2017  --  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!

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: The Hamburg Mine and Lang Shaft, by Phil Crabb.




Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 2017    **

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




Saturday, June 17, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Hamburg Mine/Lang Shaft (private property)
There will be an entrance fee of $10.00 per person and $2.00 per pound for material taken. All proceeds go toward preparation of the property for collecting. Meet at the Franklin Mineral Museum at 8:30 AM sharp, where participants will be escorted to the location.

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: The Old Days of Collecting at the Franklin Mill Site, by Jim Chenard.

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




Saturday, June 17, 2017    **

  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 16, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
$5.00 admission fee plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken.

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: Jasper, Chert and Flint, by John Sanfaçon.




Saturday, September 23, 2017

  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 23 and 24, 2017    **

  61st ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum.
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, sponsored by the FOMS,
takes place outdoors on the Littell Community Center grounds
9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. 
Show admission required.




Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017    **

  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 21, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 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.
Safety equipment requirements such as hard hats, leather steel-tipped shoes,
gloves and glasses will be rigidly enforced.

Future Rockhounds of America
Is cancelled this month, it will resume in November.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Raman Spectroscopy of Franklin-Sterling Hill Minerals, by Dr. Earl Verbeek.




Saturday, October 21, 2017    **

  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 and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017    **    CANCELLED

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




Saturday, October 28, 2017    **

  28TH 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 4, 2017    **

  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, November 18, 2017  --  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.

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: Reminiscences of the Mill Site, Part II, by Jim Chenard.




Saturday, December 2, 2017    **

  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