48th annual Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show one of the most successful ever
© Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record
Doug Wilson holds an amethyst geode from Brazil at the 48th annual Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show this past Saturday in Parrsboro. Doug Wilson and his wife Jacquie, who relocated from Lower Sackville to Parrsboro about a year-and-a-half ago, own operate the Amethyst Boutique in Parrsboro.
PARRSBORO-While the 48th annual Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show may be over for another year, it is one that will not soon be forgotten by all those involved.
Nearly 30 vendors filled the Parrsboro Lions arena this past weekend for the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show, an event sponsored by the Fundy Geological Museum.
“95 % of our vendors are returning ones,” stated Karen Dickinson, chair of the 2013 Gem & Mineral Show and the Cumberland Geological Society on Saturday.
“It is sponsored by the museum, organized by staff and a few volunteers like myself,” stated Dickinson. “Even though our budget has been cut, we tried not to let it affect the show too much,” she added. “The beach walks have been popular.”
One of show’s new vendors was Malagash’s Gay Young-Roberts, the proprietor of Caledon Jewels, who makes her own jewelry (silver chain mail) and glass beads.
“Overall, this will be a good weekend,” stated Young-Roberts. “It’s a show I’ll do again. I found the staff very helpful, offering us complimentary tea, coffee, water and offering to spell us off if we need a break from our table.” she added. “I had the blueberry cake topped with hot caramel sauce on it; it was to die for,” she exclaimed. “I don’t normally do dessert, but, I was hungry, so I had it each day.”
Another vendor was Amethyst Boutique, a local business owned and operated by Doug and Jacquie Wilson who relocated from Lower Sackville to Parrsboro about a year-and-a-half ago. Doug Wilson has been a vendor at 16 of the last 17 shows.
“If we were going to have a rock and mineral shop, we might as well be in Parrsboro,” stated Doug Wilson on Saturday. “Along with Tysons’ Fine Minerals and Eldon’s shop, we’d really like to see it turn into a real mecca for rocks and minerals,” he added. We’ve had visitors from New England, California, Arizona and Italy in addition to Ontario and Quebec,” said Wilson. “If you appreciate rocks and minerals, this is the Smithsonian,” said Wilson of Tysons’ Fine Minerals Ltd.
“I’m having a lot of fun just showing people the treasures that can be found in nature,” stated Rod Tyson, who, along with his wife Helen, operates the business.
“Thank you to all of the vendors, both new and returning, all staff and volunteers, and visitors from far and wide. With an arena full of vendors and visitors, this was one of the most successful shows we have hosted,” stated Dickinson on Sunday.
The 2013 Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show wrapped up at 5:00 pm Sunday.
Looking ahead, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show will be held on August 15, 16 and 17 next year; August 14, 15 and 16 in 2015, its 50th anniversary year; August 19, 20 and 21 in the year 2016 and August 18, 19 and 20 in the year 2017.