January 28, 2008

Maine Mineral, Gem Show in Portland

Dear Sun Spots: Do you or your readers know when there will be a showing of Maine minerals and gems, such as the show held last year at USM in Portland? - D.B., No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots was in touch with Paul Hannemann of the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society who was thrilled to respond to readers. Thanks Paul!

The society's 25th silver anniversary show will be held at the University of New England's Finley Gymnasium, 716 Stevens Ave. in Portland. The show dates are April 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Their silver anniversary will include some nice celebrations. Grand door prizes will contain silver in one form or another.

He says monthly meetings are normally held on the last Saturday of the month at Payson Smith Hall, Room 1 on the USM Portland campus September through May at 7 p.m. The only exception is in April when the show and annual banquet is held.

Hannemann says if anyone wishes to speak to him about any of the society's activities he'd be happy to chat or correspond with them. He may be reached at home at 372-9641 or by e-mail at [email protected]

In the meantime, Sun Spots also notes that the 19th Maine Mineral Symposium will be held on May 9 to 11 at the Senator Inn (Best Western), Western Avenue in Augusta.

This three-day event includes talks on minerals and gems, exhibits, sales and auctions. The weekend also includes field trips to mineral collecting sites.

Participants are encouraged to preregister before April 21. Please contact Woodrow Thompson, Maine Geological Survey, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022, 287-7178, [email protected] for more information.

You and other gem and mineral fans might also be interested in checking out www.rockngem.com for listings of shows nationwide.

In addition, the following club details were noted online at www.renorockclub.com/US that also might be of interest to you and other readers.

Kennebec Rocks & Minerals Club, 37 May St., Waterville, ME 04901. Meetings: third Friday, 7 p.m., Kennebec Savings Bank, Winthrop.

Lincoln County Gem & Mineral Society, 43 Garrsion St., Brunswick, ME 04011. Meetings: second Saturday, 7 p.m., Bookland, Cooks Corner Shopping Center.

Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society, 31 Lane Ave. Portland, ME 04103, Contact: Roy Tudor 1-207-797-6139. Meetings: Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m., University Southern Maine, Room 41 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus.

Oxford County Mineral & Gem Association Inc., HCR 64, Box 10, Newry, ME 04261. Meetings: first Friday, 7 p.m., Norman Davis Home.

Water-Oak Gem & Mineral Society Inc., P.O. Box 565, Waterville, ME 04903-0565. Meetings: first Saturday, 7 p.m., Mt. Merici School, Chase Ave.

Dear Sun Spots: I work at a nursing home and we have a guinea pig which our residents simply adore. He has a 30-inch long cage which he has outgrown. If anyone has a larger one that they are looking to get rid of, I'm sure Mac (our guinea pig) would be forever grateful. Please call in the mornings. I would certainly be willing to pick it up. I may be reached at 375-8990. Thank you. - J.W., No Town.

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