Calendar and Meetings

MSDC Calendar

    Nearby Club Meetings


    • Annual Spring and Fall week-long learning vacations
    • Great experiences at a great price
    • Daily hands-on workshops led by experts
    • Daily lectures by accomplished speakers
    • Modern lodging and plenty of good food
    • On the Blue Ridge Parkway 40 miles north of Asheville, NC
    • Wide covered porch and patio overlooking Grandfather Mountain, full of rocking chairs and camaraderie
    • Sponsored by the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)
    • $435 per person for room, board, classes, lectures in 2020
      • Possible additional fees for materials, depending on the class. These fees reflect only the instructor's direct costs.
      • Approximately 2/3 of the cost of attending Wildacres is generously underwritten by the Blumenthal Foundation.
    • Example:  Spring 2020: May 18-24
      • Hands-on classes in faceting, cabochons, chainmaille, micromounting, silversmithing, soapstone carving, wire wrapping, precious metal clay
        Speaker in residence:  Bob Jones, luminary of the world of minerals and gems, editor of Rock & Gem magazine
    • Example:  Fall 2020:  August 24-30
      • Speaker in residence: TBA
      • Hands-on classes in low-tech casting, Viking knit, wireworks, intarsia, silversmithing,UV and fluorescent minerals
    • Registration starts Jan. 1, 2020.  Wildacres is a great experience.


    Shows and Events of Special Interest

    February - Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Tucson Convention Center and many other sites in the city

    March - Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies annual convention, hosted by the  Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club at its annual show, Hickory, NC.

    March - Delaware Mineral Society, Doubletree by Hilton, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, NC.

    April – Atlantic Micromounters Conference, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria,
    ​6055 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22303

    April – Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623, hosted by the Rochester Academy of Science

    April - Annual Super Dig and mine tours at Sterling Hill Museum and Mine, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensberg, NJ

    May – Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society, Ruhl Armory, Towson, MD

    Sept -- Denver Gem and Mineral Show, Expo Hall of the Denver Mart, Denver, CO

    November - Northern Virginia Mineral Club, George Mason University Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, Braddock Rd & Rte 123; Fairfax, VA.

    Full list of Eastern Federation shows