2016 Yearend report of the collecting committee

The 2016 collecting season of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club was in my opinion, one for the record books. The 10 member committee had 2 organizational meetings to plan the 2016 collecting season and the rest of the details were worked out over the phone and by email. This year's collecting season started about a month early due to an abnormally dry and short winter. The trips started in March with our first ever trip to the Blandford Kyanite location and ended in early November with the Beauregard Mine in New Hampshire. There was one trip that had to be rescheduled in April due to a late season freak snow storm and it was moved to June. There was one late season trip to the Palermo mine in NH in October that was canceled due to inclement weather where we felt it was to long of a drive to take the chance on questionable weather conditions. There was a total of 15 days of collecting trips to 14 different locations in 4 States covering a 9 month time period. While most trips only occupied 1 day, other trips occurred over consecutive days to the same locations and others were to multiple separate locations like the NY fossil trip that encompassed 2 consecutive days and 5 separate quarry locations, 2 Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

The Collecting Committee worked very hard to bring the maximum amount of trips and enjoyment possible to the Club and is always looking to find fresh new locations for its members. The collecting was excellent and the friendships and camaraderie was exceptional!! It's time go though and clean your specimens from 2016, take photos of your good finds and send them to Wayne to add to the trip reports and be sure to let him know which trip the photos go with. It's time to sharpen your chisels, get all your collecting gear checked out and in good working order then start checking off the days until we're getting dirty again!! 

I can honestly say I've never had more fun on field trips as I have this year and I'm looking forward to the 2017 season to be just as rewarding!!!

2016 Collecting trips ( 14 trips 14 locations 4 states total )
By 5 trip leaders

March 2016 3 - trips

Saturday 3/19/16 and Sunday 3/20/16 providing snow is gone (Andy)

Blandford Kyanite Location

Blandford MA

 

Saturday March 26 th 2016 - rain date, Sun. 3/27/16 (Fred)

Shaft 10

Hardwick MA

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April 2016 1-trip

Saturday April 9 th 2016 rain date, Sun 4/10/16 (Wayne)

Barrus Farm (MOVED TO JUNE bcs of late season snow and wet muddy conditions)

Goshen MA

 

Saturday April 30 th 2016 rain date Sunday 5/1/16 (Peter)

Loudville Lead Mine

Easthampton MA

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May 2016 3- trip

Sunday May 8 th 2016 This is Mothers Day (Andy)

Clay Concretions

Sharon VT

 

Saturday, May 28 th & Sunday May 29 th 2016 (Andy)

Memorial Day Weekend Fossils

NY Fossil trip, 2 days, 5 quarries

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June 2016 1- trip

Saturday June 14 th 2016 (Wayne) (First Barrus Trip)

Barrus Farm - Lithium Pegmatite location

Goshen MA

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July 2016 1- trip

Sunday July 24 th 2016 (Dynelle)

Betts Manganese Mine

Plainfield MA

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August 2016 1-trip

Saturday, August 27 th (Wayne)

The Tripp Mine - Granite Pegmatite location

Alstead NH

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September 2016 1-trip

Sunday Sept. 11 th 2016 no rain date (Wayne) (Second Barrus Trip)

Barrus Farm

Goshen MA

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October 2016 2- trips

October 22 and 23 rd , Saturday and Sunday-(Andy)

Chester Emery Mine (Old Mine )

Chester MA

 

Saturday 10/29/16 (Fred)

Palermo Mine (Cancelled because of questionable weather, heavy rain/ possible snow)

N Groton NH

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November 2016 1- trip

Saturday Nov. 5 th 2016 (Andy)

Beauregard Mine - Granite Pegmatite location

Alstead NH

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14 trips 14 locations 4 states - by 5 trip leaders

Andy led 8 trips
Wayne led 3 trips
Fred led 1 trip
Peter led 1 trip
Dynelle led 1 trip

Andrew Brodeur

Collecting Committee Co-Chairman