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Monday, April 26, 2010

Flint Ridge Events in 2010

Several people have ask me recently if I have contact info for Nether's far, I do not.

I did find there are a couple events happening at Flint Ridge Ohio.

From 28-30. Flint Ridge Spring Knap-in. Flint Ridge Ohio. For more information: 614-297-2300.

Field trip to Flint Ridge Ohio during Labor Day weekend September 1-3. This is a trip that should appeal to both the mineral and lapidary people since the flint beds often contain vugs lined with quartz crystals and sometimes have barite and calcite crystals. The Flint Ridge flint is well known for its lapidary qualities and is the state gem of Ohio. I have chosen Labor Day weekend for this trip because the Flint Ridge Lithographic Society is sponsoring a large flint knapping show at the Flint Ridge Park and Museum. This event attracts master flint knappers from all over the country who will be demonstrating their ancient art of making flint arrow and spear points and other tools. Admission to the flint knapping event at the park is $5.00 per vehicle and museum admission is included. The hours for this event are 10am-5pm on Sept. 1-2.


Sept. 3, 4 and 5, 2010
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Flint Ridge, near Brownsville
Flint Ridge Knap-In
Step back into history and witness accomplished crafters create implements using the same chipping methods employed by American Indians over 12,000 years ago. Watch skilled craftsmen demonstrate primitive bows and throwing darts with the atlatl. Many Native American vendors will be selling jewelry, clothes, instruments, leather goods and flint. Don't miss the auction on Saturday at 4 p.m. Food will be available. Admission: $5/car. Call 800-283-8707. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

2nd trip to Fossil Collecting at Lodi Community Park

Link to our first trip of Lodi Park

Just got back from our first fossil collecting trip of 2010. It's a warm 75'F on April 3 here in NE Ohio! Beautiful but cloudy day. Today we took a return trip to Lodi Community Park to hunt for Fossils.

Directions from Akron Ohio:

1)Take I-76 W/US-224 W toward Lodi Continue to follow US-224 W ~25 mi
2) Take the US-42/OH-421 ramp to Lodi/Medina 0.1 mi
3) Sharp left at Lafayette Rd/OH-421/US-42 Continue to follow OH-421 1.4 mi
4) Turn right at Elyria St/OH-83 0.2 mi

Today, we had two goals:
1) The kids wanted to find crayfish

2) Joanne and I wanted to find a trilobite.

Found a nice bivalve shell too.

We found the trilobites at the north end of the park across the river slightly upstream from a white utility shed at the park. The trilobites were found a cut bank. The rocks were a heavily oxided limestone layer very rust brown in color. Fresh limestone is dark maroon colored. (See shell fossil above).

This site does not disappoint. 2 hrs of collecting and we scored two nice trilobite tails.

We'll be returning later in late spring or early summer when its swimming weather.
Gary and Joanne Kindel

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