GMSVP - Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula
The GMSVP welcomes anyone with an interest in geology, mineralogy and the lapidary arts. Weather you are a hobbyist, artist, collector or interested in Earth Science, the club has something for everyone. Our meetings are held the first Thursday of each month except June and December at 7:00 pm at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, VA. Check the Upcoming Events page for actual dates and times. The December meeting is replaced by a pot luck Christmas party/banquet at the normal meeting time. In May and September we have a Saturday cookout/workshop at Sandy Bottom Park in the Lakeside Pavilion all day long. The club furnishes the charcoal, hot dogs, drinks, ice and paper products. Members are asked to bring a covered dish and something to grill if hot dogs are not your thing. The picnics also gives members an opportunity to learn the saws and Cabochon equipment.
Directions: Take exit 261(Hampton Roads Center Parkway) off of I-64; follow to the first stop light (Big Bethel Rd.) and turn right. Entrance to the park is a short distance on the left. Follow road to the Visitor's Center. The park closes at sundown but the gate off Big Bethel Road is left open on our meeting nights so people can get to the meeting.