26th Annual Mid Michigan Rock Club Show

November 2nd and 3rd, 2019
​FREE Admission
Door Prizes will be drawn throughout both days
NOTE: No food concessions are available at the show.
Saturday (11/2/2019) 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday (11/3/2019) 10 am – 5 pm
Chippawa Nature Center
400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640
MMRC Show Chair:
Contact Deb Young at (989) 245-0343 or send an email to mmrcrockclub@yahoo.com for more information.
Presentation Schedule and Descriptions:
Saturday (November 2)

11:00 AM – Fluorescent Minerals with Jim Geiger

12:00 PM – Beach Rocks with Randy Kursinsky

1:00 PM   – Fossils of the Michigan Basin with Joe (PaleoJoe) Kchodl

2:00 PM   – Rock Tumbling 101 with Ron Chmielewski

3:00 PM   – Agates with Bruce Baker

Sunday (November 3)

11:00 AM – Fluorescent Minerals with Jim Geiger

12:00 PM – Beach Rocks with Randy Kursinsky

1:00 PM   – Dinosaur CSI with Joe (PaleoJoe) Kchodl

2:00 PM   – Opals of the World with Ron Chmielewski

3:00 PM   – Copper with Bruce Baker

Fluorescent Minerals – Jim Geiger will help you understand what fluorescent minerals are and why they glow in the dark. Jim will also have examples of ultraviolet (UV) lights for finding fluorescence in rocks and minerals.  

Beach Rocks – Randy Kursinsky will present a slide show to help you identify common beach rocks in Michigan, including fossils and manmade materials. It will be oriented toward beginner and intermediate collectors. A large display of these rocks will be included in the presentation.

Fossils of the Michigan Basin – PaleoJoe will take you on a comprehensive look deep into the ancient Devonian Sea with an exploration of the richness of life that covered Michigan. During a geological period called the Devonian - over 350 Million years ago, much what is now Michigan was covered by a warm shallow tropical sea. There were numerous coral reefs and beaches. Fossils found here include Corals, brachiopods, crinoids, cephalopods, gastropods, trilobites, clams and placoderm fish.

Rock Tumbling 101 – Ron Chmielewski will cover the basics of rock tumbling, as a gateway to the rock hound hobby. He will cover safety, key points to success, types of tumblers and how they work. He will have many examples of rough and tumbled stones for hands-on review. 

Agates – Bruce Baker will provide information on agates.

Dinosaur CSI – PaleoJoe takes you on a trip back in time to learn about the victims and perpetrators; the life and death of the prehistoric creatures. Learn the techniques used in the investigation of how these creatures lived and died. See the evidence and discover the stories that are told through Dinosaur CSI.  

Opals of the World – Ron Chmielewski will cover “What is an Opal?” – their history, sources, types, value, and care. He will have many rough and polished opals for hands on review. Please bring any opals to share and/or for him to examine with comments as a hobbyist.

Copper – Bruce Baker will provide information on copper in Michigan. 


Special Children's Events:
We will have a scavenger hunt througout the rock show. This will allow kids to gather information related to rocks and rock hunting. This activity will be tailored to include items that could help Scouts earn Geology badges. There will also be a rock dig where kids will be able to dig for rocks and fossils they will be able to keep. There will be educational programs presented during the show. Currently, there are presentations planned for fossils, agates, geodes, and beach rocks. More events  and presentations are being planned. 
Children's Exhibits:
We are inviting rock collectors under the age of 16 to put together a small exhibit or display of some of the rocks and/or fossils that they have collected. Pre-registration is required before October 21st and can be completed by sending the required information in an email to mmrcrockclub@yahoo.com with "Exhibit Pre-Registation" in the subject line. All exhibiters pre-registration email must include exhibiter name, display theme, display size, and contact information (phone number or email address). We will not accept items for display that have not been pre-registered.  
  1. Rock collectors must be 16 years of age or younger to participate.
  2. Only items collected by the exhibiter should be included. Purchased items will not be accepted.
  3. The  display should have a theme ("Rocks I collected on Lake Michigan beaches", "Green Rocks", "Fossils of MI", "Quartz Rocks", "Rocks I Polished", "Funny Shaped Rocks", etc.).
  4. Base display size should be no greater that 11” x 16”. This is the size of a typical cardboard open flat for canned goods. These flats should work well as a base, but other medium can be used.
  5. Display must include collector’s name, age, collection title, and school. If possible or appropriate, label individual items.
  6. Displays must be dropped off to MMRC show volunteer staff at the Chippewa Nature Center on Friday (November 3) between 5 and 6PM or Saturday (November 4) between 8 and 10AM.
  7. Displays can be picked up after the show at the Chippewa Nature Center on Sunday (November 5) between 3 and 5pm or at the next MMRC club meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7PM.
  8. ​All participants will receive a small gift from the Mid-Michigan Rock Club.
  9. MMRC and the Chippewa Nature Center are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.