Friday, June 16, 2006

Asheville Gem Fest at Pack Place This Weekend

It's time for you to spend some money on rocks. Yes. You need more rocks, you know you do, and you probably also need a fossilized trilobite and some sharks teeth and some ultra fabulous surprisingly cheap jewelry and, while you're at it, you totally need to gawk at the huge and incredible chunks o' shiny stone that are spread all over Pack Place this weekend. The Colburn Earth Science Museum, probably Asheville's best kept secret, located conveniently in the dark lower level of Pack Place, sponsors this annual weekend long event and it is SO much fun. Not only can you stare happily at rocks, learn about minerals and buy some almost frighteningly cool stuff, there are even kids' activities (and who says you have to be a kid to crack a geode or pan for gold?) The whole shebang helps out the Colburn Museum and it only happens once a year.

Where: Pack Place
When: 10 - 8 Friday (coinciding nicely with Downtown After Five)
10 - 5 Saturday (coinciding nicely with the Chili Cookoff in Pack Square)
1 - 5 Sunday (coinciding nicely with possible on street parking)
Cost: FREE! Except a nominal fee for activities, and, of course, whatever you buy. Because you will buy.

Disclaimer: Okay, I've been working there for the past couple of days but nobody's paying me to shill for it - I just genuinely love the museum AND the chance to spend my paycheck on jewelry. Not to mention that I brought along an old ring that had lost its stone, and one of the dealers found me a piece of gorgeous labradorite that fit it perfectly AND he popped it into the setting AND it cost me $6, as in SIX DOLLARS. So you see why I am so enthused.

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