Multi-Club Jamboree Planned at Sterling Hill on June 10

by Diana Tasco, North Jersey Mineralogical Society

The idea behind this jamboree is to meet people from other clubs, exchange ideas, and have a fun day of collecting, picnicking (hamburgers, hot dogs, and a potluck), and touring the old zinc mine with a former mine employee. As an added incentive, the admittance fee will be waived, but there is poundage fee for specimens you take home.

This jamboree is not sponsored by any club. This is just an idea sparked by a member of the Poughkeepsie Club. My husband Derek and I just thought it was such a great idea that we put it out there for anyone interested in what promises to be a fabulous day at Sterling Hill.


10 am: Meet and Greet

Come meet fellow rockhounds from other clubs!

10 am to 2 pm: Collecting (optional)

You can collect on the two front mine piles (Mine Run Dump and Worldwide Pile), which include fluorescents and daylight specimens so you should bring your lamp, if you have one. You also can use the light in the shed that is in the middle of the Worldwide Pile and one of the Mine Run piles.

Poundage Fee will be $2.00 / lb. (try to keep it to a max of 5 lbs.), and there will be no admittance  or entry fee aside from the per Poundage rate.

12 noon: Lunch

$5.00 per person for hot dog, hamburger, and trimmings (tickets will be provided for 1 hotdog & 1 hamburger). Payment can be made as follows: Zelle to , Diana Tasco, or you can send a check to Diana Tasco, 73 Shore Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.

Please bring your favorite potluck dish or dessert to be shared by all and whatever you like to drink. Be sure to send an email to  Diana Tasco ( saying what you will be bringing to reduce the duplication of items. Note that only picnic benches are available, so you may want to bring a chair.

1 pm: Mine Tour (optional)

Tour costs are $14.00 for adults; $13.00 for seniors 65+
$11.00 for children 4-12 years old; free for children under 4 years old
Please RSVP to if you will be going on the tour so that the mine has enough tour guides on hand.

Doug Francisco, a former Sterling miner, will be doing a high level, mine tour at the Jamboree. He will describe what it was like to work in the mine. This tour is spectacular. Members of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum will not be charged for this tour. Please see the Sterling Hill Mining Museum website if you are interested in becoming a member.

You can also bring specimens from your collection that you would like to swap with other rockhounds. We are looking forward to spending time with you all and exchanging ideas and stories.

For more information, please contact Diana Tasco at