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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2019 08:03    Post subject: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

EAST COAST GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW
Date: Aug 09 - Aug 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Better Living Center, Eastern Staes Exposition Grounds, West Springfield, MA.

HOURS: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
LOCATION: Better Living Center
ADMISSION: $10; Children under 13 are free with paid adult

PARKING: $5/Day

Discover minerals from around the globe or the disc, if you're a Flat Earther.



East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Aug 09 - Aug 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM



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PostPosted: Aug 12, 2019 15:42    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

VIC,

Now that the 2019 East Coast Show is over, I suggest giving us a review. How was the attendance, the displays, the dealer sales, etc. Was there anything new that caught your attention. What did the show goers and dealers have to say.
Anything about the general health of the collecting hobby that is worth discussing??? BOB
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PostPosted: Aug 16, 2019 13:37    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Bob Harman wrote:
VIC,

Now that the 2019 East Coast Show is over, I suggest giving us a review. How was the attendance, the displays, the dealer sales, etc. Was there anything new that caught your attention. What did the show goers and dealers have to say.
Anything about the general health of the collecting hobby that is worth discussing??? BOB


Solid attendance numbers were not available as of Sunday. The staff is going thru a change, and Regina Aumente, the absolute foundation of the staff, is retiring. You can't go wrong when the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Museum bring together fifty display cases of the finest pieces under their curation. These exhibiters go thru considerable stress to transport and handle the hundreds of specimens they do, flawlessly. As does the maestro, Dave Bunk. I hope everyone had a good show, my small, informal poll was general satisfaction with sales, average to better. I'm sure I will be schooled differently. The show layout went thru changes as well as the staff and wholesale was moved to an new building, confusing dealers and the public. Some details could have been handled differently, and we will be schooled on that as well. Always new stuff, never disappointed. See the meager coverage below. From my experience the state of collecting is strong, every level, every price range and quality is presented for your perusal, and the youth has a large presence at this show. I'm the positive type, so you'll understand that I see positive trends, even though they may be a product of a fevered mind. I'll drop it there.



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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2019 10:30    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

The exhibit, I will post it in installments, and the quality of the specimens is not represented well by the images.


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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2019 14:01    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

A continuation of the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Museum exhibit.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 02:33    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Vic, thank you for sharing the impressions, these showcases are awesome!!!
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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 05:42    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Vic: I trust that you want to mention that these photos are the work of your wife Cindy. Correct me if I am wrong.

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 05:58    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

John S. White wrote:
Vic: I trust that you want to mention that these photos are the work of your wife Cindy. Correct me if I am wrong.

Your favorite curmudgeon John.


That's true John, I was creative director. She told me to say that. Every time I use a camera, it's like the first time. I couldn't do it without her. She told me to say that, too. She's standing right behind me as I reply.



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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 09:27    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Just returned from a holiday week.

VIC and CINDY, Thanks for the pictures and update. BOB
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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 10:40    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Great photo of you lovebirds 😎
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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2019 11:57    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Nice job, Pards! By the way, Cindy is allowed to visit the rolling bar any time, Vic, but you probably already knew that. The whoop it up organization (me) is investing in new bag chairs as well for our aging group--ha! Prepping for Denver to put fun back into the social side of all things mineral, and I hope you guys come on out so I can say thanks for your hard work!
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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2019 06:32    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

I knew that Tony, thanks for the reminder. Did you roll in to the Inn Suites in 2019? Somehow I missed the wagon.


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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2019 06:45    Post subject: Re: East Coast Mineral and Fossil Show 2019  

Here are the last few from the East Coast.


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