The Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse (GMSS) announces that Gemworld 2022 will return to the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10.

The show will run from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The suggested donation is $7 for adults each day. Scouts in uniform and children under 12 will be admitted free with an adult.

You will find minerals, geodes, fossils, and more at more than 60 retail and wholesale dealers from New York State, 12 other area states, and Canada. Dealers will include Crystal Dawn Gems from Little Falls. There will also be jewelry, trendy beads, cut stones and supplies; educational exhibits, demonstrations, speakers, and activities for the kids. There will be a Mineral Identification booth staffed by GMSS volunteers to help you with your unknown mineral finds. Hourly prize drawings and the 25 Cent Straw Draw will be at the GMSS Club Booth. Six Metaphysical practitioners will also be in attendance, located in the Annex.

Speaker topics at the Learning Center include ones on collecting sea scorpions, explaining echinoderms, rocks, and minerals needed for a green energy economy, and a kids’ presentation.

The Paleontological Research Institute (PRI) from Ithaca, NY, will be represented. The PRI runs the Museum of the Earth from their facility in Ithaca.

The Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse began in March 1951. Richard Sylvester, an employee of NY Central Railroad, was tired of taking the train to Rochester for mineral club meetings. He met with six Central New York people who were also interested in geology and rockhounding – the hobby of searching for gem and mineral specimens – and formed the Syracuse group. The first meetings were held in Lyman Hall at Syracuse University.

The GMSS Club now meets in the Ponderosa Plaza, 209 Oswego St., Suite 15, Liverpool, NY. Meetings are held on the third Monday of most months. There are monthly speakers who present topics related to the rockhounding hobby and geology. Visitors of all ages are always welcome. More information is available on the group’s website: www.syracusegemsociety.com, on its Facebook page: gemandmineralsyr, and on Instagram and Twitter at @gemmineralsyr.