By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: July 2022
Ben Thomas sitting down polishing cabochons on the machine
The exploration of rocks and minerals is a fascinating one, and for those that have a curiosity about geology and aspects of earth sciences, the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society show in July is a perfect place to begin learning.
The Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society is dedicated to encouraging interest in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and artifacts, and do so by providing educational programs for schools and adult groups at any time of the year. The show has been running for over 30 years, and the society itself has been in existence since 1958.
There will be many exhibits to look at and activities to enjoy. According to Show Director Eric Hamshar, the show will feature a fluorescent room with glowing rocks, a Kids Zone with fun and educational activities, demonstrations of rock polishing and jewelry making, vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, crystals and much more.
“Every show is a little bit different,” says Hamshar. “We have a few new vendors this year and some new displays; and our fluorescent room has grown a bit.
Brittany Pepper and Peter Grice behind the big petrified wood slabs
“People will see rocks and minerals from all over the world, from lapis lazuli to Indonesian petrified wood, along with many things from all across U.S. There will be a really huge variety of things to see and buy.”
Some of the rocks and minerals on display have fossils, which adds an extra level of interest to the show. It’s not every day that one has an opportunity to view an actual, physical sample of so many years past!
When asked about the most interesting aspects of rock and mineral collecting and studying, Hamshar’s reply is enthusiastic.
“The wonderous variety of things that come out of the earth and the amazing things people do with them!” Hamshar declares. “There are so many ways to get into the hobby. Science, beauty and curiosity bring people together in the love of rocks. This show is really a gateway that allows visitors to explore their interests, and there is truly something for everyone.
“I encourage people to join the club! We are very open to new members, and the show is a great place to do just that.”
The Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society show will take place Saturday, July 16, 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., and Sunday, July 17, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Exchange Center at Expo Square, Tulsa County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Eric Hamshar at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0, or visit www.rockandmineralshows.com.
Ron Wooley, an Australian opal dealer