When the KW Gem and Mineral Club asked if I’d share some of what I’m up to at their 50th anniversary celebration at Kitchener City Hall, I was happy to come out. Way back when the idea of local colour was just a dream, the members of this club were so supportive—Helping me identify what I was crushing into pigment, letting me tag along to look for rocks, and even bringing me samples when they stumbled across them. I consider myself so fortunate that I’ve been supported by an amazing club like this!
The day turned out to be a great chance to talk with a wide range of people who were interested in the icon of Saint Peter I brought along, as well as the maps and minerals I brought to share. The conversations were varied (from children asking about making crayons to a ninety-nine year old woman sharing stories of her own painted portraits) … I enjoyed every one of them!
If you’re interested in learning more about the club, there’s a great article in the KW Record about their tour of the Waterloo County Jail: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5589988-local-geology-enthusiasts-celebrate-50-years. And, there’s even more events planned this week celebrating this event, and I’d encourage you to enjoy them. You can read about them on the club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KWGMC