Ontonagon Township Library's first-ever Rock & Mineral Swap was a great success!





 About a half-dozen collectors filled tables with hundreds of pounds worth of fantastic specimens. The event brought together a nice mix of local rockhounds and out-of-town collectors from the Keweenaw and Northern Wisconsin. Everyone did a good job of keeping the mood fun and informal, and we all had a great time checking out one another's prized gems and metals, as did the many members of the general public who crowded into the first-floor meeting room to check it all out.


At the end of the night, while everyone got to work packing away their treasures, we enthusiastically discussed doing it again next year.


Some suggestions for future versions of the event included moving it outdoors (for more space and natural lighting), and to consider scheduling it in conjunction with Labor Day festivities. 




 I'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to ROCK OUT with us, and an extra-big THANK YOU to Ken Raisanen for donating the time and materials to produce souvenir buttons for the event.


Looking forward to seeing you all in 2015!




Interested in learning more? Check out these websites...


http://www.copperagates.com - "Dale's Diggings" website. Dale came all the way from Eagle River to participate in our rock swap, and he brought a large and varied collection of specimens to show off. His website features some great close-up photos of his datolite and other specimens.


http://www.agateaddict.com - Contact website for Jim Collins, a local collector specializing in agates. Jim brought a huge and diverse collection of agates to our rock swap.


http://www.museum.mtu.edu/ - The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at MTU in Houghton is the perfect first stop if you want to start learning about geology as a hobby.