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Fossil event pays tribute

imageFifty years ago local fossil collector Charlie Southworth passed away - In 2018, the Arkona and area pays tribute to his memory with a family fossil event.

Arkona Lions Club invites public to attend fun fossil event in tribute to memory of local fossil collector Charlie Southworth

Guided fossil hikes, fascinating fossil talks, food booth, fossil displays from private collections all part of event on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre at Rock Glen C.A.

The Arkona Lions Club is hosting a family-friendly community event to honour the memory of local fossil collector Charlie Southworth of the Thedford area. The public is invited to this fun fossil event and tribute which takes place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. Organizers call this event “one of a kind.” The event takes place at Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre at Rock Glen Conservation Area, 8680 Rock Glen Road, in Arkona, Ontario, Canada. This is home to the famous, scenic Rock Glen Falls. 

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The event features local fossils on display from private collections and other museums. There will be two scheduled fossil talks (half an hour each) by popular speaker and fossil fan Bob O’Donnell, well known as The Fossil Guy. Conservation educators will also lead fossil hikes at scheduled times. The Arkona Lioness Club and Arkona Lions Club will offer a food booth with food for sale. There is also a raffle table and much more. To find out more visit abca.ca.

Bob O’Donnell is organizer of the event and a member of the Arkona Lions Club. The organizer said now is a fitting time to honour the memory and legacy of Charlie Southworth (1880-1968), who died fifty years ago. “The Arkona Lions Club is honoured to pay tribute to Charlie for his many contributions,” O’Donnell said. “Charlie collected fossils in the Arkona and Thedford area for three quarters of a century and there are several fossils from this area that are named in his honour. Charlie had extensive knowledge of this part of Ontario and the fossils here and that knowledge drew many paleontologists to Arkona and area.”

The fossil event is a way to honour the legacy of a local fossil collector while combining nature enjoyment with fun learning activities, according to the organizer. “This entertaining, educational day is for the entire family and the whole community. People of all ages can enjoy this special event whether they are serious fossil enthusiasts or this is their first time finding out about fossils,” said O’Donnell. “This is a chance to visit a beautiful park in the summer, experience famous Rock Glen Falls, and learn about these special fossils and ancient creatures in a fun, active way while viewing amazing fossils that one doesn’t see every day.”

The event includes activities inside the Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre and outside in shelters and picnic areas. The event will proceed rain or shine.

Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre, at Rock Glen Conservation Area, has become a popular destination for international geologists, paleontology professionals, and amateur fossil enthusiasts. About 350 million years ago, the Arkona area lay beneath a warm, shallow, saltwater sea. There are fossils from those prehistoric times in the museum. Visitors are amazed to view specimens of brachiopods, trilobites, crinoids, and horned coral, among others. There are also artifacts and fluorescent minerals on display at the museum. The July 28 fun fossil event and tribute to the memory and legacy of Charlie Southworth will feature significant fossils that are not part of the museum’s regular display.

To find out more about this tribute and fun fossil event visit abca.ca or contact organizer Bob O’Donnell, Arkona Lions Club member and The Fossil Guy, at: bob-carla@rogers.com or phone 226-927-4325.

 
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