Upcoming Events


Scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, include meetings, field trips, and other events. Regular meetings are held on the third Saturday of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November, and generally comprise a business session followed by a lecture. FOMS meetings are open to the public and are held at 1:30 PM, usually in Kraissl Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum, 30 Evans St., Franklin NJ (check listings for exceptions).

Most FOMS field trips are open only to FOMS members aged 13 or older.
Proper field trip gear required: hard hat, protective eyewear, gloves, sturdy shoes.
For a complete set of rules and regulations follow this link FOMS Field Trip Safety Rules and Regulations

**Activities so marked are not FOMS functions, but may be of interest to its members. Fees, and memberships in other organizations, may be required. Any information in this schedule, including fees, is subject to change without notice.



Wednesday to Sunday, May 11 to 15, 2022    **

  NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
New Jersey Expo Center, Raritan Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, N.J.

Show Dates & Hours
May 11 (Wednesday) = Noon to 8 pm
May 12 (Thursday) = Noon to 8 pm
May 13 (Friday) = Noon to 8 pm
May 14 (Saturday) = 10am - 7pm
May 15 (Sunday) = 10am - 6pm

Parking:
Free

Ticket Prices:
Wednesday thru Friday
= $15 (unlimited re-entry all three days)
Saturday and Sunday: = $20 (unlimited reentry both days)
Family Pass, Weekdays = $30: Good for 2 adults and up to 4 children
Family Pass, Sunday = $40: Good for 2 adults and up to 4 children

More information at their website: https://nj.show/




Saturday, May 21, 2022  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Braen Stone Quarry, Cork Hill Road, Franklin, NJ.
FOMS members aged 18 or older are eligible to attend.

This is an operational commercial quarry. Safety shoes, high visibility shirt or safety vest, safety glasses, hard hat, long pants and gloves for PPE. No sneakers, crocs or other non compliant footwear is allowed. PPE is mandatory. If you show up without PPE, you will be turned away.

A reminder that Cork Hill Road now has a posted 25mph speed limit. They have active speed traps now so be forewarned.

If the gate is open, drive through and park to the left of the gate. Please do not block the roadway. Meet at the scale house to sign releases and view a safety video.

Participants MUST arrive by 8:45 am to register!

Members will then be escorted to the collecting area.

I was reminded by the quarry manager that if there are any injuries however small, we will not be invited back to the quarries including Limecrest. We must realize this is an absolute privilege to collect here. Respect this! Most commercial quarries forbid mineral collecting now.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: The Geography and Geology of Ore Sources Smelted at Palmerton, PA
(Franklin-Ogdensburg, Friedensville PA, and Austinville VA),
by Dr. Dru Germanoski




Saturday, June 4, 2022    **

  Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump,
Franklin Mineral Museum.
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, June 18, 2022  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Taylor Road site.
Meet and park at the Franklin Mineral Museum, and walk
from there. Do not park on Taylor Road! Fee charged.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: A Potpourri of Franklin/Sterling Hill Geology, by David Vonderheide




Saturday, July 9, 2022    **

  Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump,
Franklin Mineral Museum.
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, July 30, 2022    **

  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Summer Swap & Sell at the Franklin Pond, Franklin, NJ
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum.




Saturday, August 6, 2022    **

  Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump,
Franklin Mineral Museum.
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.