Newsletter: RocKester News
Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
This world-renowned event takes place each April at the
Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY
If you missed
Bob Morgan's talk at the 2003 Tucson Mineral Show or at the section meeting
in the spring of 2003 (or just wish to see it again), here is your chance!
Bob has graciously made his slides and narration notes available for viewing
on the Web. Thanks, Bob.
Pyrite Shapes of Huanzala, Peru
Exploration Days This annual event at St. John Fisher
College Gymnasium, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618. Each May
this event provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate, talk about,
and give away minerals to area Junior and Senior ) high school students.
This year's dates are Thursday
May 16 and Friday
the 17th, 2013. We will be setting up from 2-4:00 PM on
Thursday, and it will be open to the public from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Helpers
are also needed for the daytime program on Friday from 9:00 to noon, and
after lunch to take down our exhibit.
ADK Outdoor Expo put on by the Genesee Valley Chapter of
the Adirondack Mountain Club at Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area. We will
have a booth advertising our club to the public. The next event is Saturday
June 8, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM..
Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show October
19 & 20 had to canceled due to the venue suddenly becoming unavailable.
Dinner Meeting In December each year. A special
year-end get together and pot-luck dinner.
The October 2007 meeting featured Dr. David Bailey, Associate
Professor of Geology at Hamilton College, who gave an interesting talk
about the Kimberlitic Rocks of New York.
For a summary of this talk,
& Hooper Garnet Mine Field Trip
and General Information
Field Trip Coordinators
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Treasurer Paul Dudley
Recent Additions to our Library:
- Nature's Garden of Crystals
Edited by Vandall T. King, our November speaker.
- DVDs of Recent Meeting Speakers:
October 2012: David Joyce, Collecting at the Engineer Mine in British
November 2012: Vandall King, Understanding Pegmatites
so you can find Tourmaline and its Friends
Monthly Club meetings
are generally on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Brighton
Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY. Our December meeting
will be elsewhere, and occasionally we may need to change the date or
meeting locations. This site will list any such changes or updates.
There is no meeting in April
due to all the mineralogical excitement created by the Rochester
Mineralogical Symposium, and we do not meet in July or August.
Saturday December 7 HOLIDAY
DINNER MEETING. Our Annual year-end will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the
Penfield United Methodist Church, 1795 Baird Road, Penfield 14526. Our
member, Dr. Steven Chamberlain, will speak on What's New This Year
in New York State Minerals. Bring a dish to add to the buffet
table, and the Mineral Section will provide meat, rolls, place settings,
& beverages. Save the date for this wonderful family event. Help is
needed with setup and tear-down.
Please reply if you plan to attend
so we can get a head-count.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2014
MONTHLY MEETING- 7:00 - 9:00pm at Brighton Town Hall, 2300
Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Gary Solar, PhD, of Buffalo State University
will speak on Granitic Rocks in the Northern Appalachians.
2013 Field Trips
A benefit of Mineral Section membership are the club-sponsored
An advance headcount is required for field trips, and you must be a member
to receive field trip details.
You are only eligible to attend if you have renewed
your membership or joined after July 1st of last year. Use the link below
to membership form is attached in case you need to renew.
Wed., April 4th - Thurs., April 5th
- Morefield Gem Mine, Amelia, Virginia for amazonite and more. Mine is closed,
but club has permission to go in - please e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org
for more information.
Sat., April 6th, 9:00am - till --
National Limestone Quarry, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Snyder Co., PA.
Children allowed. Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets),
safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required. For strontianite,
clear calcite, massive travertine, scant embedded purple fluorite, &
green wavellite is also found around the rim. For more info, carpooling,
& to sign-up, e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org
Sun., April 7th, 11:00am - till (change
to earlier time possible)(pending weather conditions) -- Spring Creek,
Alden, NY. For pyritized fossils & nodules. Children welcome.
For more info, carpooling, & to sign-up, e-mail John Diaz at scarpete2010(at)yahoo.com
Sat., April 27th -- Sterling Mine
Fluorescent Event - Ogdensburg, NJ - Go to www.uvworld.org for more
info & to register. $20 per person, $1.50/# of material collected.
So far, we have 11 people going, and this field trip is filling up fast,
so go to website to register ASAP! After you register, you must
Nancy know at mineraltrips(at)rasny.org.
Sat., May 4th, 6:45am - noon --
Penfield Quarry Open House, 746 Whalen Rd., Penfield, NY. All ages
welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets),
safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required. Expect to
find fluorite, calcite, selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena
& fossils. For more info, mineraltrips(at)rasny.org
Sun., June23 Macomb, St.
Lawrence Co., NY. To explore a new site for milky quartz crystals,
calcite, and soapstone.
July 13th - Lockport Lafarge Quarry, Lockport, NY. We
won't be able to confirm this trip until the Wednesday before. Age
16 & over, only. Hard hat, safety glasses, sturdy boots & long
pants required. Unsure what pit we'll be in, or how much mineralized material
will be available to us. Dolomite, selenite, sphalerite, etc.
Sunday, July 21st
- Ace of Diamonds for Herkimer "diamonds" quartz crystals.
This is a public site where anyone can go, but it's more fun with friends.
www.herkimerdiamonds.com/. Fossil stromatolites can also be collected
at this site.
Saturday July 27 - Sellek Rd.
site in St. Lawrence Co. for iron tremolite, dravite tourmaline, and
Sun., July 28th - Return to the Town
of Macomb collecting site for white quartz crystals in calcite, chalcopyrite
& a secondary copper mineral--probably malachite, also mica and graphite
flakes. Also the Valentine wollastonite mine dump, which
is famous for blue calcite and epidote and pink feldspar rock known as
To sign up for field trips, or if you have an idea for a field trip, contact
If you are not currently a member here is a link to the RAS
2012 Field Trips
Sunday, June 17th, 10:00am - FIELD
TRIP to Ilion Gorge & Fayetteville, NY for travertine and ribbon selenite.
Well-supervised children OK. For more info & to sign up, scarpete2010(at)yahoo.com.
Sunday, June 24th, 10:00am - FIELD
TRIP to Spring Creek, Alden, NY for pyritized nodules & fossils, and
septarian nodules. We'll visit Dick & Jeanne Phillip's rock garden
in Tonawanda at 4:00pm. For more info & to sign up, mineralpres(at)rasny.org
Sunday, July 8th - FIELD TRIP to
Spring Creek, Alden, NY for pyritized nodules & fossils, and septarian
nodules. For more info & to sign up, mineralpres(at)rasny.org or 585-395-1713.
Saturday, August 4th - FIELD TRIP
to Lewis Mine near Willsboro, NY for wollastonite studded with diopside
and garnet. Drive on Friday, stay overnight to visit quarry 8:00am
til. Well-supervised teenagers allowed. Must have hard hat, safety
glasses, sturdy footwear, long pants. For more info & sign up to attend,
Saturday, August 18th - FIELD TRIP
to Barton Garnet Mine CANCELED. Unfortunately
the roadway up to the upper pits where we would have gone has been washed
out and no collecting will be allowed there this season.
Saturday, August 18th - FIELD TRIP
to the Lafarge Lockport Quarry.
2011 Field Trips
Saturday, April 9, National Limestone Quarry, Mt. Pleasant
Mills, PA for clear calcite crystals, strontionite, wavellite, and
fluorite veins in rock. For more information, mineraltrips(at)rasny.org.
Sunday, May 1 - Marmora Quarry Field Trip, 8:30 a.m.
- 3:00 p.m. Stirling-Marmora Rd., Marmora, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.
Late arrivals OK. Well-supervised children & power tools allowed.
Reflective orange or yellow vest or shirt required. Must have passport
or enhanced driver's license. For more info, please e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org
Saturday, May 14 Penfield Quarry Open House.
For dolomite, calcite, gypsum, sphalerite, fluorite, and galena.
7:00 a.m. to noon. Penfield quarry on Whalen Road between
Atlantic Ave. (Rt 286) and Five-mile Line Road, Penfield.
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9 Walworth
Quarry Open House. Arrive at 6:45 a.m. Off Atlantic
Avenue (Rt. 286) east of Penfield and just west of Rt. 350. Entrance
on Tiffany Road. .
Some Previous Field Trips
Penfield Quarry (Dolomite Products Co., Inc.), Minerals that may be
found here are Fluorite, Selenite, Dolomite, Calcite, Sphalerite, Celestine,
Gypsum & Fossils.
Herkimer "Diamond" Mine, Herkimer, NY for quartz crystals..
"Diamond" Acres, Fonda, NY for quartz crystals.
Crystal Grove "Diamond" Mine
& Campground, St. Johnsville, NY for quartz crystals.
Bancroft, Ontario, Canada area.
Marmora Quarry (Aecon Corp.), Stirling-Marmora
Rd., Marmora Township, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada.
Garnet Mine, North River, NY and the abandoned Hooper Garnet mine.
Garnet, gneiss, feldspar, hornblende.
Lafarge, NA at Lockport (Quarry) - Minerals
usually found there include: Pink-tinged dolomite crystals, calcite
crystals, celestine, gypsum (selenite & massive), anhydrite, and
Spring Creek, Alden,
NY depending on people's preference, for fossils, pyritized
fossils & nodules and septarian nodules.
Lewis & St. Lawrence
titanite, diopside, graphite, blue calcite, and more.
Bower Powers farm
for uvite, quartz & apatite, Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., NY.
Meckley's Limestone Products, Inc.
Quarry in Mandata, PA
Limestone Quarry, in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania for wavellite,
calcite & strontianite.
Dolomite Products Co.,
Inc., Walworth Quarry, Walworth, NY. for dolomite,
calcite, gypsum, fluorite, sphalerite, marcasite.