On June 24-26, 2011, the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society (CSMS) will celebrate its 75th anniversary by hosting the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (RMFMS) Annual Show and Convention (70th anniversary), the 48th annual Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show, and the 3rd annual Rock Fair at WMMI (Western Museum of Mining and Industry). The Best Western Academy Hotel at 8110 N. Academy Blvd. will host the activities of the Federation and the indoor Pikes Peak Show. The WMMI at 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs (across from the US Air Force Academy) will play host to the outdoor Rock Fair. The two localities are very close to each other at the north end of Colorado Springs and are near Interstate 25. The events are under the leadership of Show Chair Ron “Yam” Yaminokoski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme for the events is Colorado’s Mining Heritage and several speakers will have presentations at the Federation activities. In addition, CSMS members will be presenting several talks throughout the period at the outdoor show (actually there are a few rooms inside for such activities as the talks). The WMMI is a natural location for events associated with our mining heritage as the 27 acre museum includes both indoor displays and outdoor exhibits such as an operating stream shovel. See the museum web site at: http://wmmi.org/home.
CSMS will utilize both the WMMI and the hotel to display submitted cases. The competitive cases will be displayed at the convention hotel where all judging will take place. The non-competitive cases will be featured at the WMMI. CSMS cases will be available for those making prior arrangements.
CSMS has strong programs with both Pebble Pups and Juniors so there will be numerous activities for children (of all ages). Perhaps most interesting will be the gold panning area operated by the local Gold Prospectors of Colorado club. Always a big hit, beginners may learn to “pan gold” and actually keep what they find!
A vibrant Silent Auction will be running at WMMI and all proceeds will benefit our scholarship program (geology/earth science majors in a collegiate environment). Numerous vendors at both localities will have a wide variety specimens and equipment for sale. Pre-meeting field trips start June 19 while post-meeting trips conclude June 29 so plan accordingly.
This outstanding summer event promises to offer ‘something for everyone” and so CSMS invites participants to the great city of Colorado Springs where you will be able to observe Pikes Peak (14,115’) every day! Check the Federation web site at www.rmfms.org for continuing details or contact the Show Chair (yamofthewest.yahoo.com).