Rendezvous 2018

Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club - Your Rendezvous 2018 Host Club

Rock Creek is 50km east of Osoyoos, in the Kettle River Valley.
Our venue is the Rock Creek Fairgrounds, where the buildings are surrounded by lush green grass, and there is plenty of dry camping room on site. There will be electrical hook-ups for about 30 RV's, not 30amp outlets, but enough power to keep your house batteries topped up. Coin-operated showers.

Dogs are strictly prohibited on the Fairgrounds, however there is dry camping across the road where dogs are allowed.

Our goal with this blog site is to give you as much advance information as possible on this beautiful area, services, attractions, and rich history.

When we aren't out rock hounding, we'll be adding information to this site from now until May 2018.

The May long weekend is the start of the busy tourist season in the area, so if you want a motel room, or full hook-up campground, you should book as soon as possible.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Area Businesses

More information is being added to this site, showing area businesses and attractions. Your host club stops at many when we are in the Rock Creek Area.

I do have a few favourites.........

Rags, Relics & Rutabagas - adjacent to the Saturday Farmer's Market, owner Pat is a supporter and promoter of our event, and she has an amazing collection of interesting collectibles in her store. There is also tourist information in a little building on the property.

Copper Eagle Cappuccino & Bakery - our club members do not drive through Greenwood without stopping at this bakery.

McMynn's Family Foods - Full Service Grocery/Liquor Outlet - this store in Midway is a major supplier to our event.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Field Trips

Club members were out today checking access to field trip sites. Some are good, some are under snow. Now we wait to see how mother nature chooses to melt the extraordinary snow pack, and how that will affect access.

Several of the proposed field trip locations involve permission from the claim holder, and some may be accessed through private property.

Please follow the code of ethics, and respect the terms of access with your wagonmaster.

Last time the Penticton Club hosted Rendezvous, some participants went back to sites and one claimed rhodonite site was effectively "mined" the day after a field trip was taken there.

Greenwood History

Greenwood has a rich mining history, and this landmark is a chimney dating back to when there was an active smelter in Greenwood. The claim holder for the slag pile has agreed to meet us and let us in the gate for Rendezvous field trips. There are some amazing colours in the slag and the material has been used for making jewelry.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Reminder - Bucket Raffle and Rock Auction

Please remember to bring donations for the bucket raffle - items do not have to be rock.

The Rock Auction usually contains large pieces donated the previous year. The BCLS and Host Club share the proceeds of the auction. BCLS will be accepting your rock auction donations at the event, for next year's auction. A few new donations may be added to the 90 pieces ready for this year.

Don't miss the auction - there are two large pieces of Ocean Picture rock in this year's auction.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Registration Update

As of today, we have 150 people registered for Rendezvous.

  • Rock Candy registration deadline was April 13th - we are full - 60 paid on the list, and 5 paid on the wait list. Those who are on the wait list have been notified of their status.
  • We have to commit numbers for the food order on May 1st - if you wish to sign up for the Sunday Beef Dip dinner, please do so by that date.

New to Rendezvous?

We will be posting the schedule with times soon.


  • Will post time shortly for opening of camping area 
  • registration late afternoon - sign up for Field Trips
  • potluck supper - bring a food dish to share, your own plates, and cutlery
  • Friday evening speaker, followed by gathering around propane firepits (weather permitting)
  • Saturday and Sunday - Field Trips
  • Saturday and Sunday - displays, dealer, demos in the hall - open to the public 10:00-3:00
  • Saturday night, dinner on your own, followed by the rock auction
  • Sunday - bucket raffle - BCLS members donate rock and other items for the raffle - items are grouped together with buckets where you place your raffle tickets - first person drawn from the bucket gets first pick of the items associated with it
  • Sunday 6:00pm - beef dip dinner - must book by May 1st - you may ring your own food and we can all eat together.
  • Sunday evening AGM BCLS
  • Monday morning - coffee and goodies - farewell

Monday, April 9, 2018

Field Trips

Five committee members were at the Gem Show this weekend, and the questions most often raised were about field trips. One member asked if we would post the materials that we will be looking for on the field trips.

We have many sites selected, including some spares, but for now we wait to see how mother nature decides to melt the extraordinary snow pack. We will be checking out the various sites in the coming weeks, and monitoring the effects of snow melt on access. Boundary region is 149 % of normal.