Once again the annual Gem and Mineral Show was a huge success. As usual thevendors brought their best goods. In addition to all of the “retail therapy” attendees got to enjoy great food and music. The gold panning at the authentic gold camp and the wire wrapped jewelry activities were very popular with the kids. Even with perfect weather a large number of guests went inside to visit our amazing museum which is a somewhat hidden “Gem” located here in Mariposa which houses the Official California State Collectionof Rocks and Minerals. There are also a lot of great educational displays about Mining in California and the Gold Rush. It is always fun to see both the kids and adults enjoying the learning experience and appreciating the fantastic resources that we have here in Mariposa County.
Our annual Gem & Mineral Show is coming up fast – and April 11, 12 weekend we are the only gem show in the state. So plan now to spend at least a day in Mariposa and have fun seeing the stone cutting, gold panning, jewelry making, etc. Once again we will have volunteer musicians under the portico between the halls and the museum itself providing fun background music while you share in the delicacies from our lovely food vendors and roam the outdoor vendor booths.
Please send a message to Contacts on this site if you wish to volunteer, help or in any way can assist in getting the word out to all sorts of Central California media. If you think our museum has a lot of minerals and gems, wait until you see the full show collection.
See NEWS section here for full press release and backgrounder.
All proceeds go to helping the museum, museum association and the local gem club.
PS Vendors: Only a few booth spaces left inside. Submit your applications now to guarantee a spot.
PPS: Are you a member of the Museum Association? Your small donation gives you an inside track on what is going on, as well as a tax free deduction as you help the museum grow its great collection and provide interpretive services for state residents and visitors alike. Don’t let family members throw out Grandpa’s rock collection when he passes on – have them donate it too.
Today, Sunday Jan 25th there is an article in travel section of San Jose Mercury News about Yosemite, with a separate article on Mariposa: Not Just Yosemite. And right there with its own subhead we see in the Play section page F4, California Mining & Mineral Museum.
Calling all vendors. Last year we completely sold out, and some have already requested more space for next spring’s show. Forms are on Gem Show page of this website. Sign up today. Confirmed dates are April 11th and 12th (Sat and Sun), the weekend before Easter.
Also you can download a full size version of this flyer from the Show page and help spread the world. Needless to say we are looking for a lot of volunteer helpers too.
After security upgrades the big Fricot gold nugget is back on display in the Vault area of the museum. Seeing this gold specimen should be on everyone’s bucket list. And if you haven’t seen it in a while, it is time to return and marvel at something so magnificent only Mother Earth could produce it.
While you are visiting, see also the new display cabinets in the Vault area, including our big Neptunite and fine Benitoite samples. Remember, Benitoite is the office state mineral of California and has only ever been found near San Benito. Nowhere else in the world… at least so far.
We are on final countdown to a great new show this year on Easter weekend April 19, 20. Yes, adult admission is $3 but parking is free, kids are free, the Museum is open and free to all, music throughout the day by local bands is free as are many of the other talks and demos and Easter egg hunt for the kids.
See official news release or Gem Show Flyer and invite all your friends and family for a fine time in Mariposa at the Fairgrounds. See a great collection of gem and mineral vendors, as well as jewelry and other artisans at work. Share the news on Facebook and Twitter as well.
All indoor booths in both halls are sold out, and there are a number of outdoor vendors too. New this year is continuous music in the pergola, easter egg hunt for the kids, mini train rides for the kids
The card in this picture says it all. Thanks to Bruce Runner and the CSMMMA board the museum has a great new large specimen on show. See it in the Vault area of the museum when next you visit Mariposa, gateway to Yosemite. [Update: The gift was especially timely as Bruce passed away in early 2014]
Don’t think it is big? See how it stacks up against typical big rich samples on the Collections page. And it is really from the Benitoite Gem Mine – Benitoite being the California State Mineral.
The State Museum and its Cooperative Friends of the Museum Association is actively seeking new specimens, especially natural gold samples and California rock samples from the more well known mines or areas. Please remember us when you stumble over great rocks hiding in a box in your basement or garage. And the CSMMMA is a California non profit so all donations are tax deductible. Bequeathments much appreciated too.
Details shortly. Meanwhile you can call the museum for signup packages.
We are planning for it to be bigger and better than last year – more vendors, more
events, more publicity, more prizes…. with both an Easter theme (and egg hunt for the kids) and The Magic of Minerals stories, education and displays.