Gem Storm is over for another year. As attendance was down, the weather remained hot and dealer sales were poor, we are making yet another change to the Gem Storm location and date and hours for 2019. This will be our 50th annual show and as such a special one. We have made arrangements to have the show in the Ballroom at the Ambassador hotel, Friday October 18th 10-9pm and Saturday October 19 10-6pm. Notice that the show will be a Friday and a Saturday, not the usual Saturday/Sunday weekend. For shopper convenience we extended the Friday evening hours to 9pm. The hotel is on a bus route, is easily accessible and has a large parking lot. And the room is air controlled, so this will make a huge improvement to the air quality of the last two show. As the venue is smaller than the arena, our dealer numbers are cut back to 29 dealers. The Ambassador will do our table set-up and take down, another big bonus to this new venue. Admission prices will remain the same at $5 per person. Please do help to spread the word and promote our Show in 2019.
Summer camp went very well. Thanks to Heather Kushum Sheedy, our very talented instructor and her two capable volunteers, Jordi and Owen.
We are gearing up for Fall activities at the shop. Beginner silversmithing courses, wire wrapping courses, and a variety of experienced courses all start in September. If you would like to register for any courses, just call Eileen at 613-384-4439
Culture days this year is Sunday September 30, 12-4pm at the Tett. Heather Kushum Sheedy will be offering two courses on Gem Tree Creations, open to all. Class times are noon-145pm and 2-4pm. As class size is limited to 8 students per session, if you would like to sign up, please call Eileen at 613-384-4439. Open to all skill levels.
This Fall we will be participating again in our third annual Metal Rocks sale and show. It’s the last weekend of November and will coincide with the Potter’s show and sale in the Malting Tower. Show dates and times are Thursday Nov 22 5-9pm, Friday Nov 23 10-9pm, Saturday Nov 24 10-5pm, and Sunday Nov 25 10-3pm. We will be in the Rehearsal room on the second floor (same floor as our shop) and will have ~20 members selling their creations. If you have the opportunity, do please stop by. It’s a great opportunity to buy those special gifts for Christmas or other occasions.
In September our shop will be back to full scheduling. For full details, please check the calendar at our website at www.mineralclub.ca. We have increased our open shop times. We currently have open shop Sunday’s 1-4pm, Tuesday’s 1030-130pm & 630-830pm, Wednesday’s 10-1pm and 630-830pm, and Thursday’s 1145-130pm. A bit later on, we will extend the Tuesday open shop times to 4-830pm.