General Meeting (7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday)

The monthly General Meeting brings all the Sections together each month with a program of special interest. The business meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.. Following that, members are encouraged to exhibit and discuss their Show and Tell items to highlight their current activities. Following a brief break, a guest speaker presents the program topic for the evening. Snacks provided by volunteer members are available during the break.

Take an informal tour of the Clubhouse, view interesting items brought by members, enjoy a social snack break, and see interesting presentations. Every month a door prize drawing is held, and a member or visitor in attendance wins.

Send suggestions for General Meeting Programs to programs@hgms.org.

 

Date: January 23, 2017
Program: Chase Jennings  will give a rare, in-depth presentation on his mine in Chiapas, Mexico. He will display pictures, video, and hands-on samples from the mine including amber in-matrix and finished products made from amber. The presentation will include a preview of his upcoming article detailing his exciting trip to the mines of Chiapas that you won’t want to miss.

Date: February 27
Program: To be announced

Date: March 27
Program: To be announced

 

HGMS Shop Days and Hours

The shop is usually open four days of the week. An important note is that the Youth Section meets the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. If the Youth are using the shop, adults must wait to use the shop machines until the Youth either are finished working in the shop, or they are not using the equipment that morning.

Days Shop is open:   (December exceptions in 2018–Saturday, December 22, Sunday December 23, Tuesday, December 25, Sunday December 30)

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

HGMS Board Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.

 

HGMS Holiday Party: December 8, 2018

Due to the crowding during past Holiday Parties, the HGMS Board decided to look for a larger venue. Last year, they decided on the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston Church,  1504 Wirt Road, located north of I-10. That location worked quite well. We will let you know where the 2018 party will be held.

Archaeology Section (7:30 p.m. on the 1st Thursday)

Date: February 3, 2018
Program:  No meeting on Thursday, February 1. Instead of the regular meeting, Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology, will give a personal guided tour of the Special Exhibit “Knights” on Saturday, February 3 in the early afternoon at the Museum (time to be announced later). If you missed Dirk’s talk about the exhibit on October 5, this will be an opportunity to see the exhibit with Dirk as your tour guide! On loan from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, the exhibit opened November 17. It focuses on Medieval and Renaissance age arms and armor from Europe. Included are full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and other weaponry. The exhibit explores the themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the historical context in which the objects were made and used. This will be a unique opportunity to see original armor and other related artifacts. If you would like to be part of this event, please contact Nancy Engelhardt-Moore at nengelhardt_moore@yahoo.com or call 281-507-3326 to make a reservation. Space is limited! There will be a group discount available.

Date: March 1, 2018

Program: Our guest speaker will be Jorge Garcia-Herreros, President and Cultural Director of the Gulf Coast Archaeology Group. He will present “Cartagena de Indias: Spanish Port, an English Prize.” The city of Cartagena, Colombia, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias, was one of the most important Spanish ports in the Caribbean. Due to its significance, great effort and monies were spent on building its defenses. When the War of Jenkins Ear broke out between Spain and England, the English saw this city as a great prize and made an attempt to capture its port. In 1741, one of the largest naval invasion fleets prior to D-Day, was assembled. This fleet was led by Admiral Edward Vernon. The English attack failed miserably. Jorge will discuss recent archaeological findings to demonstrate how the efforts of the Spanish and Don Blas de Lezo, known as the half man, to fortify and defend the city were the cause for the failed English attack. Don’t miss this fascinating and informative talk!

Date: April 5, 2018
Program: To be announced

Beading Section (1:30 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday)

 

Date: February 17, 2018
Program: Lover’s Knot Bracelet       Click here to see the instructions.

Hello, Bead Weavers,

Hope everyone is happy and healthy today. Hope to see all your smiling faces this month on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM in the Club House Meeting room. This month, we will be creating a beautiful Lover’s Knot Bracelet. Tools and supplies needed are:

Beading Needle Size 12, Fireline 6lb., scissors or clippers, Flat Nose Pliers, (2) colors of 8/0 dead beads or 2mm round beads, and a 14x9mm 2 strand box clasp ( I used a Shank Button) 

I have not found this 8/0 at a Hobby Lobby or Michaels you will have to look at your local bead stores or on line at places like Fire Mountain GemsPanda www.firemountaingems.com   Beadaholique bead store in NW Houston; www.shipwreckbeads.com; www.beadaholique.com ; www.pandahall.com

Thanks,
Kim Fuselier
832-434-6145

Date: March 17
Program: To be announced

Date: April 21, 2018
Program: To be announced

Day Light Section 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday)

Date: February 7, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 7, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: April 4, 2018
Program: To be announced

Gemstones and Faceting Section (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday)

Date: February 15, 2018
Program: Featured Stone – Iolite, Gem Identification – Specific Gravity.

Date: March 14, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: April 11, 2018
Program: To be announced

Lapidary and Silversmithing Section (7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday)

Date: February 19, 2018
Program: Dave Janus: Mounting stones on wood for slabbing. Removing stones from the wood.
Demo and practice: cutting stones by hand on the 6” and 10 “ saws.

Date: March 19, 2018
Program: Karen Burns, Mary Ann Mitscherling, and Margaret Hardman-Muye: Using the jump ring maker: Make enough jump rings for Byzantine earrings or a bracelet.

Date: April 16, 2018
Program: Karen Burns: Byzantine chain maille practice. Make earrings or a bracelet with the jump rings made in March.

Date: May 21, 2018
Program: Ron Talhelm: Making doublets–and why you might want to.

Date: June 18, 2018
Program: Mary Ann Mitscherling: Cutting stones into hearts. Techniques to create and polish a good groove.

Date: July 16, 2018
Program: Karen Burns and John Mitscherling: Twisting wire for later use.  Hammered braided copper bracelets.

Date: August 20, 2018
Program: Steve Wilkerson: Use of the spool polisher: Demo and practice on our shop polishers.

Date: September 17, 2018
Program: Nancy English, Karen Burns, Steve Wilkerson: Beginning wire wrap.

Date: October 15, 2018
Program: Margaret Hardman-Muye: Precious metal clay demo.

Date: November 19, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: December 17, 2018   NO MEETING: MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Program: No meeting

Mineral Section (7:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays--September into June)

 

Date: February 7, 2018
Program: NO MEETING–Many members at Tucson shows!

Date: February 21, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 7, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 21, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: April 4
Program: To be announced

Date: April 18

Paleo Section (7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday)

Date: February 20, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 20, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: April 17
Program: To be announced

Youth Section (10:00 a.m.-12 noon on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays)

 

Date: February 3, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: February 17, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 3, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: March 17, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: April 7, 2018
Program:
: To be announced

Date: April 21
Program: To be announced