A tour on the rocks

In 1948 a group of rock collectors sat down in  a Rumford house and created the Oxford County Mineral & Gem Association. Sixty-five years later there are well over 100 members of the club.
Every year we hold a show in July featuring gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry.  We award two annual scholarships to local high school graduates and we conduct an annual auction, donating the proceeds to Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Families.  This year, we gave $650.  Next year we hope for $1,000.
This past year we sponsored 18 field trips to local mines.
One thing we have never done is have an open house for the public.  So, thanks to the Franklin Grange in Bryant Pond, we are doing so.  The event will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. onSaturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
All interested people are welcome.  Club members will be on hand to identify and appraise rocks and minerals.  There will undoubtedly be stuff for sale, including crystals and jewelry.  There will also be a silent auction and a chance to buy raffle tickets for three tourmaline rings.  The two pink rings have been donated to help the Grange; a green one to help the club.  Each chance only costs $1, and tickets are selling/
So, if you kinda like rocks, collected when you were a kid, have kids who want to collect or have a stash of things your great uncle dug out of a ledge 70 years ago, come and see us.
For more information call me at 665-2607 or our Treasurer, Dennis Gross, at 665-2759.
Ken Briggs
Woodstock

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