This is the only show we do on the East Coast and it has always been a fun and relaxing one – the only questionable aspect is the weather. Some years we swelter with high temperatures and humidity; other years we have thunderstorms; some years we get lucky. This year the weather was quite nice for the first few days but on opening day torrential rains came our way.
One upside: it brings in people looking for someplace to spend the day and it is a TAX FREE!!!!! weekend. Wish California would have a tax free weekend!
The layout of the show has remained the same since the move over to the Eastern States Exposition grounds – easy to manoeuver with straight aisles. Something few shows have anymore is a large wholesale section – there are 60 dealers in this section – it is always busy and there are around 140 retail dealers. Parking is plentiful and suprisingly, for those of us who are used to convention center offerings, the food service is actually quite good. Now…if only they would add my favorite lobster rolls…..
Last year we took over the large booth space that Chris Wright occupied for years and we love the location. The layout we did this year is totally different from the last one and I expect we will come up with yet another layout for 2014.
Over the next days we will be out and about the show and I’ll post photos of some of the good, the bad and ugly (and that includes both specimens and people!)
The main attraction this year is the collection of Carolyn Manchester and it is exquisite. Carolyn has been prominent on the mineral scene for many, many years. In years past many, many excellent displays have been presented but I must say that Carolyn has done a superior job – the display techniques, the labeling, the minerals – all top notch.
Here are some of the highlights of this special exhibit:
A couple of classic Rose Quartz specimens:
The rest of the photos are of the display and some of my favorite pieces:
A fantastic show with fantastic displays – we really enjoyed this year’s East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show – the Springfield Show! and we urge anyone living on the East Coast to visit it. See you next year!