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Review: North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club
              Rock and Mineral Show
Written Mar 18, 2007


North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club
Rock and Mineral Show
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave N.E.
Seattle, WA
March 17, 18, 2006


This show is one of the first rock and mineral shows I ever went to and it is still one of my favorites. Yah, it's just a small neighborhood club show but hey, it's my neighborhood! There's just so much fun packed into such a small space ;-) a hub of activity. As I walk in the front door, there's a fellow cutting geodes directly in front of me, there's the dinosaur (yah dinosaur?!), there's several people in a room to the right showing jewelry making techniques, micromounting, bead working and wire wrapping. Through the main doorway is a room full of people and rocks.

It's clear that these people love rocks! there's maybe 30 cases showing off the collections of club members, a silent auction area, probably about 10 vendors, a display case full of raffle items, a fluorescent mineral display, educational displays, all kinds of stuff. A whole area is devoted to the kids - with jewelry making, a garnet hunt, tumblers set up, spin the wheel and win a rock, scavenger hunt, mineral bingo, grab bags. Mineral bingo !? Yah, me neither ! Lots of fun for the kid in all of us.

My favorite display of all was a collection of bocce ball sized spheres. I always love spheres but what made this particular display so cool is that it came with the sphere maker too. Lewis Wilburn is a club member and you can tell he loves to talk about rocks and I got to learn everything I wanted to know about sphere making. So cool!

Yes, it's a pretty small show but it has a lot of heart.

The club:

Annual dues:
North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club
meets at Northminster Presbyterian Church
7706 25th Ave NW.
Seattle, WA  Map
Every second Tuesday except December at 7:30 PM
single adult $10 yearly + $5 for nametag, juniors free + optional $5 nametag

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