Gary Warren and his friends are rock hounds and he admits sometimes they are regarded as “different”. But they have enjoyed gathering again to pursue their passion and it has led to the first Gem and Rock show in the area in seven years. Warren is President of the Cache Geological and Archeological Society and has issued an invitation to everyone to attend the show March 11-13 at Logan’s Riverwoods Convention Center. “It takes a lot of people to put something like this together,” said Warren, “and our membership had been down. Just recently we have started to bring it back up and started working together as a club. That’s when we decided to put another gem and rock show together.” Warren said the key to re-generating interest in the club has been organizing events and activities. “Right now we’re doing at least one trip a month, going out together looking for rocks. We have enough members in the club that when we go it’s not out looking for a needle in a haystack. We actually go out and find the rocks we’re looking for.” He said club members are looking for rocks that polish up nicely, that can be put into jewelry. “You can’t just go out in the back yard and pick up a rock and say this would make a nice piece of jewelry. There are just certain rocks in certain places that will polish up nicely. “We go out after fossils and after gems and we go to Topaz at least once a year,” he said. “As you know, Topaz is the state gem. We have found some nice ones and they are going to be on display at the rock show.” Show times Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Warren said there will be vendors, games, demonstrations and displays during those times. There is no admission charge.
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