|Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society Rocks|
|Annual Show Features Rock Table|
Education is more fun than it used to be when I was in school. One quick visit to the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society's Annual Show and you would see what I mean. Talking to Bill and Lois Pattillo of Texas about their unique "Rock Table" is just one example. They have turned their love of minerals and rocks into a creative way for children and adults to learn about the different gems from nature. Bill can tell you about each unique "food item" and where it came from. All the items of on the "Rock Table" is made from natural minerals and rocks except the actual tableware.
The Annual Show features mineral enthusiasts from all over the country and special activities for the children. Participants can buy, sell and swap minerals, fossils, and gems. Next year, I plan to stay longer because this is a big three-day show with lots of interesting items to see and things to learn.
The Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit educational organization for people interested in mineralogy, geology, paleontology and lapidary arts. It was organized in 1958. Their primary purpose is to educate members and the general public in these areas. They accomplish this by giving programs, shows and lectures to school children and organizations. They also exchange rocks, minerals, artifacts and technical information with other members. In 1961, the club had 15 member; today they have over 160 members.
Regular meetings of the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society are held on the fourth Monday of each month, beginning with the pebble pups (children) at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting and program at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 2220 Drake Avenue in Huntsville. Visitors are welcome to attend any of the meetings.
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