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July 2017

It is the middle of summer and the tourism season is in full swing. I must admit that this summer been a bit easier than the previous eighteen seasons. Since I finished my latest book in March, I had a couple of months to make mineral art. I started the museum’s season with 100 different mineral art items completed. Thus, for the first time I am able to have a more normal life during the summer and not have to work 14-18 hours a day. Plus on Tuesdays this summer, I changed the Tuesday hours to be from 6-8 in the evening. This allows me to have time during the day to schedule car repairs, doctor appointments, and play golf. My goal is to try to shoot a score less than 100 (for 18 holes). I’m not sure if I’ll get there since only 10 percent of golfers ever do – but I am giving it my best shot!

The new book, Rocks Through Time, Book One – Geologic Stories of Nine Stones is now in stock. To supplement the book, I have also assembled collections of the nine specimens. The retail price on the book is $17.95. The collection bag is $4.00. If you are interested in both, please give me a call or send an email. I will not be including the collection bag in the online gift shop, but I will accept orders via a phone call or email.

I spoke with the person organizing the Rock On agate show held in September at Muskallonge Lake State Park. As many of you know, the show did not take place last year due to major electrical issues. From what I’m being told, the show WILL take place this year the weekend of September 9th and 10th. I will not have a booth this year (since I am working the museum), but I will give talks on both Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Gitche Gumee Museum Hours

Note: Beginning in 2017 the museum will be open seven days a week from the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend until the end of September, but on Tuesdays it will only be open in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

Month Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
End of May* 2-5pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm
June 12-5pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 2-5pm
July 11am-5pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
August 11am-5pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
September 11am-5pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm

* At the end of May the museum opens the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

I will plan on having the museum ready for appointments by mid-May each year, so if you would like to set up an appointment please email me at, or call me at 906-494-2590. It is best to set up appointments in advance in case I am busy or out of town. I try to accommodate impromptu appointments, but this is not always possible. For private appointments, I ask for a donation or purchase that is commensurate with the time required for the museum visit.

Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule

As many of you know, I have decided to simplify my life. One way of doing this is to significantly reduce the number of shows and talks. The top year I exhibited my art at 22 different events. In 2017 I plan on having a booth at only two events. If the Muskallonge Rock On agate show happens in Deer Park (located 20 miles east of Grand Marais), I will give at least one talk, but I will not have a booth. I may also schedule other talks, but they will not take place during the summer (June-September). My show/talk schedule as of this update is below.

  • September 9-10, 2017 – Muskallonge Lake State Park, Rock-on Agate Show AGATELADY TALKS
    • Since I will be working the museum I will not have a booth, but I will be giving a talk on both days. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – How to Think Like an Agate; Sunday, 12:00 Noon – Beach Rock Identification. Located at 30042 County Road 407 in Deer Park, MI half way between Newberry and Grand Marais,. For more information please call 906-658-3338. Information about previous year’s shows is available at:
  • October 20-22, 2017 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 52nd Annual Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Show
    • Main Arena, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. Event hours are Friday 6:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. Show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, rock identification, kids’ activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and more, For more information (once it is available) please go to
  • November 1, 2017, 5:30 p.m. AGATELADY TALK – Agates Inside Out Munising School Public Library, 810 State Hwy M-28 W, Suite A, Munising, MI  49862
    • For information please call 906-387-2125. Gitche Gumee Museum books will be available for sale. Feel free to bring up to three rocks each for identification/information.

March 2017 Update

Mineral of the Month
Kona Dolomite
History’s Gem of the Month
Early 1900s letters from my Grandfather, Jonas Hill
(Grand Marais resident)
On-line Gift Shop
New book: Rocks through Time, Book One
--Geologic Stories of Nine Stones
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Media Coverage
Petoskey News
Agate Photo
New testimonial from Rockhounding/Agate Class participants
Beach Rocks


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