Archive for July, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society Picnic and Rock Swap – September 9, 2017- Williamsville, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic is September 9, 2017 at the North Forest Pavilion in Williamsville behind Tops on Main Street. It is a potluck but the club provides hot dogs, rolls and soft drinks.

It starts around 12:30, and we eat around 4pm. Bring a dish to share and your own cups, plates, silverware, table cloth. You can bring minerals and fossils to show, swap or sell and share great stories.

The Tops address is 5274 Main Street and Union in Williamsville on Forest just north of Main Street.

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry – July 29, 2017- Medina, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Shelby Crushed Stone Quarry in Medina, NY  on July 29 at 7:30am, entry at 8am. No late arrivals.

The quarry is located at 10830 Blair Road, Medina, NY south of Rte. 31 via Salt Works Rd. Please drive into the parking area in front of the office building.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, Reflective safety vest or shirt, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Must be 18 years old or older. Gasoline powered equipment is allowed.

Sledge hammers, rock hammers, chisels, pry bars, etc are recommended as this is hard rock breaking. Do not bring carpenter hammers as they can shatter. We will drive into the quarry.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite; also fossils and trace fossils have been found.

Questions, please contact Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 716-481-6438 24 hours before the dig.

Dick Phillips Rock Garden at the Ken-Ton Garden Walk – July 21-24, 2017

The Ken- Ton Garden Evening Tours are July 21 and 22 and the the Walk is July 22 and 23. Make sure you see Dick Phillips garden as it has awesome rock crystals among the flowers and fluorescent minerals at the night tour. His address is: 346 Pilgrim Road, Tonawanda


Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to West Pierrepont and Pitcairin, NY – July 21-23, 2017

Buffalo Geological Society July 21 trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for Blue Calcite followed by visit to GardenScape Quarry in Gouverneur, NY for calcite crystals in marble.

Friday July 21 AM, 2017 9:00 AM entry:  Field trip to Valentine Mine, Harrisville, NY for blue calcite, wollastonite, prehnite, etc. Has now been confirmed. Hard Hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, high visibility safety clothing required. Must be 18 years or older.  The mine address is 14009 Hermitage Rd., Harrisville, NY. I expect to leave the parking lot of the Clearview motel at 7:30 AM but folks may drive directly to the mine on their own.

Friday July 21, 2017 PM – Field trip to GardenScape Quarry, Gouverneur, NY has been cancelled and will replaced to Selleck Road instead.

Don Lapham needs to provide a list of attendees for Friday’s digs – please contact me to confirm you will be attending: or 716-481-6438 (if you haven’t already).

Sat. July 22, 2017 to Rose Road site, Pitcairn, NY. Mulitple metamorphic minerals to be found. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome. $5 fee per person.  Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Park right at digging areas.

Sun. July 23, 2017 to Powers Farm, West Pierrepont, NY for black tourmaline. No safety equipment required, but recommended; supervised children are welcome.

$5 fee per person. Meet in parking lot of Clearview Motel to leave at 8:00 AM. Hike trail to collecting site.

Clearview Motel in Gouverneur, NY for base camp. 315-287-2800

Friday and Saturday’s sites will contain fluorescent specimens – both long wave and short wave lamps are helpful (and a black tarp to shield the sunlight). All sites may require a wheeled cart or dragging sled to move specimens to your car. Sunday’s trip is a short hike to the collecting area. Saturday and Sunday’s sites could require digging in soil as well as breaking rock – shovels and picks may be helpful.