Announcing

Fluorescent Mineral Society meeting

 

April 3rd, Saturday; 10 AM - 3 PM

 

At Moakley Center (the direction on back)

Bridgwater State College

in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

 

A loose schedule for the day (come and leave at your convenience)

 

10 ~ noon

Show and Tell

 

 

Noon ~ 1 PM

Lunch Break

 

 

1 ~ 2 PM

Slide Presentation of "Franklin and Sterling Hill Fluorescent Minerals" by Mr. Richard Bostwick

2 ~ 3 PM

More Show and Tell

 

Fluorescence Spectrometer Demonstration

(in Science Building; if anyone is interested in)

 

 

All day

Trade/Swap/Sell/Buy Tables set up   in various rooms            (Fluorescent and Non-fluorescent minerals)

                       

This meeting is open to public, so if you're not a member, you're still welcomed to join us. Local mineral club members and general public are cordially invited. If you have anything to show, sell, or trade, feel free to bring in. There will be some experts on hand to identify mystery specimens!

 

If you plan to sell, we can provide tables (in semi-dark rooms). Please contact me to secure tables. There is no charge/fee to sell.

 

For more information, please contact

 

Dr. Chifuru "Chief" Noda

Dept. Chemical Sciences, Bridgewater State College

at work "cnoda@bridgew.edu"  508-531-2998,

at home "cnoda@comcast.net"  508-587-5675

 

Looking forward to meeting you!

Chief


The driving directions

 

Bridgewater is 20 miles south of Boston, an easy access from Rt. 24.  You can reach Rt. 24 from North via I-93, or from South via I-495 (or further south via I-195 in Fall River, MA). On Rt. 24, you take Exit 15 for Rt. 104 East. This exit comes up right after Service Area if you're coming north via I-495. From North, you will be on Rt. 24 for 10 miles or so before reaching Exit. 15.

 

Once you're on Rt. 104 East:

 

Rt. 104 East will come to a "T" after a few miles; go left (stay on Rt 104), and you'll come to Downtown Bridgewater

 

In downtown Bridgewater, you'll come to a Rotary.  Enter the Rotary and keep to the right lane. At the traffic light, exit the Rotary to right (i.e., staying on Rt. 104) In 1/4 mile, you'll come to a Traffic Light, where you go straight.  Go cross the railroad tracks, and after 100 feet, make a right into the first street, Burrill St.

 

The modern-looking building on left is Moakley Center. You may park in the Staff Parking Lot on left, immediately past Moakley.  You can park in front of Moakley Center for a few minutes, if you have to unload your specimen. Someone will be there after 9 AM to help you carry stuff.  There should be signs at the main entrance.

 

From East, you may use Rt. 18 to come to Downtown Bridgewater.  See above.

 

 


Field Trip to Parker Mountain, NH

 

April 4, Sunday

 

hosted by Don Ernst and the Southeastern Massachusetts Mineral Club

(you can contact Don Erst at Jr.Ernst001@students.umb.edu)

 

The Parker Mountain Mines & The Webster Prospects: The Premier Fluorescent    Mineral Collecting Deposits Of New Hampshire and Maine.

   

   "Fieldtrip To The Premier Fluorescent Mineral Collecting Sites of Maine and New Hampshire"

 

On April 4, 2004, the Southeastern Massachusetts Mineral Club invites anyone with an interest in fluorescent minerals to join its members on a fieldtrip to the Parker Mountain Mines, Center Strafford NH and the Webster Vesuvianite Prospect, Sanford ME. These sites are conveniently located 25 miles apart in Southeastern New Hampshire and Southwestern Maine. The Parker Mountain Mines are renown for the occurrence of the rare fluorescent mineral, eucryptite. The fluorescent mineral of most interest at the Webster Prospect is the tungstate mineral scheelite.

    The starting time and location for the trip will be at 7:30 Am from the front entrance of the Filenes Department store at the South Shore Plaza, Braintree MA. Directions for anyone travelling alone are as follows.

  1) From NH route 16 and US route 95 in Portsmouth NH, travel 8 miles north on route 16.

  2) At exit 6, travel 17 miles west on US route 4 to Northwoods NH.

  3) At the intersection of routes 4, 9, 202 and 202A, travel 6 miles north on route 202A.

  4) At the intersection of route 126 and route 202A in Center Strafford NH, turn left and drive 2.2 miles NW on route 126 aka Parker Mountain Rd to the Spencer hiking trail.

  6) The trail to the mine is on the opposite side of the highway. The beginning of the trail is steep and narrow, but the remainder of the route is an easy walk on level ground. At the first fork in the trail, follow the trail to the left. The trail will terminate at the mine.

   Gardening claws and spades are sufficient digging tools for penetrating the dump material at this site.

   Directions to the Webster prospect will be provided at Parker Mountain.