Gem of a show is coming to new Ancaster fairgrounds

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Betty and Robert Hall Parry invite residents to experience the glitter of the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show.

The event will combine the worlds of rock-hounding and jewelry design into an educational experience for all ages. The show runs at the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a. m. to 6 p. m., and Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Mr. Parry, one of only a few master pewter-smiths in Ontario, said hosting a show has been the couple’s dream for many years.

“We’ve been trying for a long time to start a show, but finding the right venue was an issue,” said Mr. Parry, “The (new Ancaster fairgrounds) is an amazing building and worthy of the quality of show we want to put in it.”

“There’s an amazing amount of parking, easy access and gorgeous grounds.”

Visitors to the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show will see unique rocks, mineral specimens, crystals, fossils and gemstones from around the world. Amethyst geodes, quartz crystals, petrified wood, ancient trilobite fossils will be available for purchase, and there will be huge displays of fabulous specimens dug from the earth.

For the jewelry lover, the show is a chance to see and buy one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and meet well-known and up-and-coming Canadian jewelry designers.

“We hope to raise the profile of the Canadian designer and let people know the wonderful work that is available in the area,” said Mrs. Parry.

Representatives from the Canadian Gemological Association will offer stone identification and members of the Alpine Gems will demonstrate cutting and polishing techniques. Lampwork artists will feature intricate hand-blown glass beads, and crystal healing and wellness will be explored.

Students from Mohawk College, along with show exhibitors from across Ontario and Quebec, will display and model their best pieces, while local rock, mineral and gem clubs will set up booths to help create awareness of their groups.

Rounding out the experience for visitors will be seminars, workshops and classes.

“There will be something for every member of the family,” said Mrs. Parry. “There are events for children and free seminars daily included with the price of admission.”

Since rocks, minerals and earth sciences are part of the Grade 4 and 11 curriculum, respectively, the show will also appeal to teachers and students, said the Parrys.

“We’ve been encouraging elementary and secondary school teachers to attend to help teach Grade 4 students about rocks and minerals,” said Mr. Parry. “The show will offer all kinds of resources and all kinds of things that are not easily accessible.”

More than 30 years ago, the Parrys both left teaching professions to follow their passion for Mother Nature’s natural creations. They have since developed a showroom and studio in St. George called Robert Hall Originals that combines an eclectic mix of rocks, minerals, crystals, lapidary equipment, grits, a large variety of pewter giftware and natural gemstone beads and supplies.

Mr. Parry said the Ancaster show will definitely be the first in what the couple hopes will be a long and much-anticipated tradition in the area. The couple already has plans to make the 2010 version “bigger and better,” with three days of operation instead of the two for 2009. The Friday will feature an education component for students.

For more information see www.roberthalloriginals.com , or call 1-800-360-2813.

Gem of a show is coming to new Ancaster fairgrounds

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Betty and Robert Hall Parry invite residents to experience the glitter of the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show.

The event will combine the worlds of rock-hounding and jewelry design into an educational experience for all ages. The show runs at the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a. m. to 6 p. m., and Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Mr. Parry, one of only a few master pewter-smiths in Ontario, said hosting a show has been the couple’s dream for many years.

“We’ve been trying for a long time to start a show, but finding the right venue was an issue,” said Mr. Parry, “The (new Ancaster fairgrounds) is an amazing building and worthy of the quality of show we want to put in it.”

“There’s an amazing amount of parking, easy access and gorgeous grounds.”

Visitors to the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show will see unique rocks, mineral specimens, crystals, fossils and gemstones from around the world. Amethyst geodes, quartz crystals, petrified wood, ancient trilobite fossils will be available for purchase, and there will be huge displays of fabulous specimens dug from the earth.

For the jewelry lover, the show is a chance to see and buy one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and meet well-known and up-and-coming Canadian jewelry designers.

“We hope to raise the profile of the Canadian designer and let people know the wonderful work that is available in the area,” said Mrs. Parry.

Representatives from the Canadian Gemological Association will offer stone identification and members of the Alpine Gems will demonstrate cutting and polishing techniques. Lampwork artists will feature intricate hand-blown glass beads, and crystal healing and wellness will be explored.

Students from Mohawk College, along with show exhibitors from across Ontario and Quebec, will display and model their best pieces, while local rock, mineral and gem clubs will set up booths to help create awareness of their groups.

Rounding out the experience for visitors will be seminars, workshops and classes.

“There will be something for every member of the family,” said Mrs. Parry. “There are events for children and free seminars daily included with the price of admission.”

Since rocks, minerals and earth sciences are part of the Grade 4 and 11 curriculum, respectively, the show will also appeal to teachers and students, said the Parrys.

“We’ve been encouraging elementary and secondary school teachers to attend to help teach Grade 4 students about rocks and minerals,” said Mr. Parry. “The show will offer all kinds of resources and all kinds of things that are not easily accessible.”

More than 30 years ago, the Parrys both left teaching professions to follow their passion for Mother Nature’s natural creations. They have since developed a showroom and studio in St. George called Robert Hall Originals that combines an eclectic mix of rocks, minerals, crystals, lapidary equipment, grits, a large variety of pewter giftware and natural gemstone beads and supplies.

Mr. Parry said the Ancaster show will definitely be the first in what the couple hopes will be a long and much-anticipated tradition in the area. The couple already has plans to make the 2010 version “bigger and better,” with three days of operation instead of the two for 2009. The Friday will feature an education component for students.

For more information see www.roberthalloriginals.com , or call 1-800-360-2813.

Gem of a show is coming to new Ancaster fairgrounds

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Betty and Robert Hall Parry invite residents to experience the glitter of the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show.

The event will combine the worlds of rock-hounding and jewelry design into an educational experience for all ages. The show runs at the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd., Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a. m. to 6 p. m., and Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Mr. Parry, one of only a few master pewter-smiths in Ontario, said hosting a show has been the couple’s dream for many years.

“We’ve been trying for a long time to start a show, but finding the right venue was an issue,” said Mr. Parry, “The (new Ancaster fairgrounds) is an amazing building and worthy of the quality of show we want to put in it.”

“There’s an amazing amount of parking, easy access and gorgeous grounds.”

Visitors to the first Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show will see unique rocks, mineral specimens, crystals, fossils and gemstones from around the world. Amethyst geodes, quartz crystals, petrified wood, ancient trilobite fossils will be available for purchase, and there will be huge displays of fabulous specimens dug from the earth.

For the jewelry lover, the show is a chance to see and buy one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and meet well-known and up-and-coming Canadian jewelry designers.

“We hope to raise the profile of the Canadian designer and let people know the wonderful work that is available in the area,” said Mrs. Parry.

Representatives from the Canadian Gemological Association will offer stone identification and members of the Alpine Gems will demonstrate cutting and polishing techniques. Lampwork artists will feature intricate hand-blown glass beads, and crystal healing and wellness will be explored.

Students from Mohawk College, along with show exhibitors from across Ontario and Quebec, will display and model their best pieces, while local rock, mineral and gem clubs will set up booths to help create awareness of their groups.

Rounding out the experience for visitors will be seminars, workshops and classes.

“There will be something for every member of the family,” said Mrs. Parry. “There are events for children and free seminars daily included with the price of admission.”

Since rocks, minerals and earth sciences are part of the Grade 4 and 11 curriculum, respectively, the show will also appeal to teachers and students, said the Parrys.

“We’ve been encouraging elementary and secondary school teachers to attend to help teach Grade 4 students about rocks and minerals,” said Mr. Parry. “The show will offer all kinds of resources and all kinds of things that are not easily accessible.”

More than 30 years ago, the Parrys both left teaching professions to follow their passion for Mother Nature’s natural creations. They have since developed a showroom and studio in St. George called Robert Hall Originals that combines an eclectic mix of rocks, minerals, crystals, lapidary equipment, grits, a large variety of pewter giftware and natural gemstone beads and supplies.

Mr. Parry said the Ancaster show will definitely be the first in what the couple hopes will be a long and much-anticipated tradition in the area. The couple already has plans to make the 2010 version “bigger and better,” with three days of operation instead of the two for 2009. The Friday will feature an education component for students.

For more information see www.roberthalloriginals.com , or call 1-800-360-2813.