2017 CCGC Programs/Events
CCGC Meetings are the second Monday of each month (no meetings in July and August), at 6:00 PM (business meetings at 6:00PM, Programs begin at 7:00PM). Our venue is the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church, 9th and Main St., Cañon City. Our meetings are free and open to the public and we encourage visitors. Classes and field trips will be held at a variety of other locations and may include a fee.
At each membership meeting we have a fun silent auction where you can bid on special geology related items such as specimens of gems, minerals and rocks; books, tools, etc. If you have extra items you would like to donate, please bring them and we will add them to the auction. Proceeds go to CCGC's new scholarship fund.
Programs for the Rest of 2017
July & August - no meetings
September 11 - Program - Show and Tell and Silent Auction
Club members are asked to bring the specimens that they have found, marked with date and place found to show to everyone. Also, for the Silent Auction, please bring a specimen, or geology type book, tool, etc., to donate. Silent Auction will run to 7:45pm. The silent auction proceeds will go to CCGC's new scholarship fund. More details to come.
October 9 – Program - Beth Simmons, President, Rocky Mountain Federation Mineralogical Society, All Roads Lead to Gem Village
Most Colorado rock hounds don’t know that we had our own Idar-Oberstein, a village totally dedicated to rocks, minerals, and lapidary arts. Founded in 1941 two miles west of Bayfield along Highway 160, Gem Village was a center for rock hounds and lapidary artists for over 40 years. There was a very active rock club, Navajo Trails Gem and Mineral Club, that hosted annual rock shows and weekly swaps. The final shop was Shipley’s Mineral Shop and its accompanying Wampum Wigwam. The rock club building still stands south of Highway 160, along with the Billy Goat Saloon which occupied the Village motel/café/rock shop 30 years ago. The original rock shop buildings are mostly gone, replaced by a Kubota dealership and a new Village antique shop. Most of the rock club members joined the Four Corners Club in Durango. Come hear the rest of the story.
November 13 - TBA
December 11 – Christmas Potluck and Geology Wrap-A-Rock gift exchange