The Bribie Island Gem & Fossicking Club – The Gem Festival

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

Gem and fossicking clubs. Bribie Island. Brisbane. Queensland

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For those of you who were wondering why there were so many vehicles parked on the nature strip outside the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre on a recent weekend and thought, “It’s not the time for the Vibe Markets,” you were right, it wasn’t. Although it is only when the markets are on that so many vehicles are parked there, the attraction this time was the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club’s annual Gem Festival.

Held on the 8th and 9th of September, the Gem Festival offered the many who came for a look the opportunity to inspect the wares of over eighty stall holders and I’m sure that many visitors came away with one or two pieces of the beautiful handcrafted items that were on display. Many of the stallholders have been coming to the festival for a number of years and one of those is Beachmere man Bob Saunders.

He told me that he has begun to slow down as far as fossicking and gem making is concerned. ‘when I was doing it all the time, myself and a few others travelled over ten thousand kilometres in just on just one fossicking excursion,’ said Bob. Another stall which offered a great range of jewellery was that of club member Catherine Bilson and after inspecting the great range of products that Catherine had on display, it became very evident why she is also a respected teacher of her craft.

For those who worked up an appetite while checking out all the stalls, the Gem and Fossicking members had a tasty range of burgers and rolls available at their food stall. Anyone who is keen to find out more about the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club should call Colin Thorpe on 0420 917 625 for details.

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