Shelter House 3, although many people had already left. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Jim Ray, Stephanie, Martin, Valerie, and Jeanna. Photo by David Reed
Looking at something shiny. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Despite the rain, there was a sizeable turnout at the picnic, with members from Show-Me, IGAMS, the Bead Society, and more. Bruce, Martin, and Jim Ray grilled, with plenty of umbrella helpers keeping the rain off. Every picnic table in Shelter #3 was covered with interesting items during swap time, but it was cleared off quickly to make room for food and auction action. There was a lot of good food and if anyone went away hungry they have only themselves to blame. Kara was the auctioneer and sold things like trilobites, ammonites, calcite crystals, Dr. Gentile’s book (he was at the picnic, so the winner got it signed!), a specimen of garnets on chlorite schist, necklaces, beads, and even a set of all-beef hot dogs with matching buns. The proceeds will go towards the Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded next March.
The Association Picnic will be Sunday, August 27 at Antioch Park. 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam, KS 66202. There will be a swap starting around 8 am, lunch will be around noon, and then the auction will be sometime after lunch. Please bring a side dish or dessert, stuff to swap if you want to swap, and cash so you can buy something at the auction. Proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.
The Spring 2017 Gem and Mineral Show was very successful. The parking lot was filled to capacity and we made over $3000 for the scholarship fund. I think it helped that it was so cold on Saturday, because people wanted to do something indoors. Here are some of the highlights.
My favorite exhibit: The Earth’s Rainbow by Maple Woods Community College. It shows minerals of every color and how they get their colors. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Geological features of Missouri made out of minerals by Susan Judy (Stone Quilt Design) Unfortunately, it was already sold when I saw it. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Mr. Bones was wondering what was so interesting on this person’s phone. Photo by Stephanie Reed
David and Stephanie Reed showing off the new Association banner. Photo by Bob
Cretaceous fossils from Kansas, displayed by KU. The iridescent baculite is especially nice. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Selenite crystal from Kansas. I sold it at the Association Booth. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Shea Oak slab in UMKC’s petrified wood exhibit. This specimen usually lives at the Sutton Museum at UMKC. Photo by Stephanie Reed
A blue morpho butterfly seen at Butterflies by God. Photo by Stephanie Reed
The Bead Society had a lot of great cases. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Keshi pearls (i.e. non-nucleated pearls) from Avian Oasis. Photo by Stephanie Reed
Jeanna and Jim in foreground, Chet and Bob in background. Photo by Stephanie Reed