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 December 2014The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 25, No. 12 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Wasn't the weather as well as the attendance great at our November hunt? I reverted to Somerset County once again and managed to find a few ideal spots for us to hunt. I contacted the owners, a pair of brothers, and got their 100% permission for us to detect. 30 plus members showed up at the old Fruitland clubhouse and we left promptly at 8:30, arriving at our destination in a matter of minutes.

The site was a huge field. I set the boundaries for everyone and asked for us to meet back at our vehicles around 11:30 so we could drive to Caesar's Pizza Palace in nearby Princess Anne for lunch.

Hunt conditions were perfect and some neat finds were made. One newer member found her first U.S. large cent in great condition. I also saw lots of Indian heads and buttons and heard about a few British coins, which I didn't see. Another Seeker found a beautiful Seated Liberty half dime.

Another spot, a quarter mile away, also owned by the same people, had been home to an old 1800's school and a church/cemetery site was across the road. An unusual object with religious motif, a few old buttons and some beat-up eating utensils were about all that came from this field.

By now, it was time for lunch and it didn't take us long to get to Caesar's. The tables were ready for us and the waitresses were waiting to take our orders. The food was delicious, as usual, and we were done and ready to return to the hunt in less than an hour.

After lunch, we started at a secondary spot owned by the same people. We had hunted here once before but now the site was cleared, flat and primed for hunting. A few nice coins and some buttons had been found on our one trip here but finds were elusive this time. After about an hour, we traveled back to our original hunt spot.

Seekers found a few more Indian heads, early wheat cents, some neat buttons and the usual cut-up aluminum.

It was a very productive and nice hunt day and everyone enjoyed themselves. I've since contacted the brothers and they told me that they have even more land we can look at in the future as they were impressed with how we left their fields. This proves that picking up trash, filling in holes and stepping on the dirt has just rewards for future outings - so keep up the good work!

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There's lots happening this time of year. Our next meeting on December 8 is not a meeting but a feast at Waterman's Seafood in Ocean City right on Rt. 50. The price is $15 each. Julie has already sent the menu out and I'm hoping that we have a good attendance. As I said before, there will be no business, just food and fun. (Don't worry, you'll still get credit for finds you make between the November and December meetings. The December and January finds will be combined at the January meeting and will be worth double points. Pick you best items since you can only enter one thing per category.)

I plan to have a hunt on Saturday, December 13 - details to follow. Members please take note: the Saturday after Thanksgiving marks the start of deer season with a high-powered rifle in Maryland. This lasts for two weeks, then there is a week-long break, after which black powder season comes in. Please make sure to wear brightly-colored clothing (the law requires this of deer hunters). Above all, be careful in the fields.

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At our January meeting we'll be selecting Local Find of the Year, Foreign Find of the Year and Treasure Hunter/Seeker of the Year. This person is not the best hunter but the one who does the most for the hobby and offers help, etc. Also, we'll vote for officers. If you're interested in running for an office (president, vice president, secretary or treasurer), nominate yourself by letting a current officer know. As of now, all current officers have agreed to stay on if their fellow members want them to.

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This has been a great year for the club with great activities, good hunts and good prizes to give away. We've made a lot of contacts and friends with people we're returned lost items to. I'd like to thank Barb and Julie for their hard work in putting our Christmas dinner together and I'd also like to thank Scott MacLane, Marty Pratt and the group from the Eastern Shore Treasure Club for their help with the tickets and our drawings.

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Here's something to consider: would members be interested in a road trip, specifically to do some Civil War relic hunting? I'd like to get an idea of the interest in the idea and then see about trying to find a place for us to go. If you know of any possible locations or have any contacts, please let us know and we'll try to put something together.

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That's all for this month. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the big feast on the 8th of December.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the 1979 U.S. dollar souvenir set raffle was Dan Spielman. (Ticket sales for this raffle brought in $42.)

Magazine raffle winners were Scott MacLane, John Rebman, Margaret Bush and Wayne Martin. Thanks to Jeff and Elaine Anderson for the donation.

Thanks to John Johnson for bringing in donuts.

CORRESPONDENCE

We received e-mail from a production company in California. They're interested in doing documentary series on the region. Bill contacted the company representative and he'll let members know what comes of it.

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

We discussed the Assateague hunt. Everyone who participated had a great time and all are looking forward to 2015.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill told about visitors from California (Jon Rowles and Art Martinez). They went detecting several times with several members and found things that they don't normally see in California. Art later joined club.

Craig would like to start taking attendance at the meetings and take note of everyone who has perfect attendance. He suggested having a raffle for all these members with the winner receiving free club membership. This motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Scott MacLane mentioned that his other club was contacted by someone from the tourism office in Queen Anne's County. They're exploring the possibility of having an open hunt in March on the 500+ historic acres at the site of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville. They'd like to make a weekend out of it (March 28-29) w/ seminars, workshops, etc. There's hope that a paid hunt would promote tourism. There is a great deal of history in this area. (There will also be a sea glass workshop here on the previous weekend.) Scott, Marty and other members of the ESTC will let us know when they hear about other details.

Barbara presented the various options available for the Christmas Party: Market Street Inn, Waterman's Seafood, The Fountains and the Shorebirds Stadium. Weighing the pros and cons, members chose to return to Waterman’s in West Ocean City. The cost will be $15 per person. We will also have a voluntary gift exchange: women bring gifts for women, men bring gifts for men. (Price limit is $10 - $15.) Appetizers will be served starting around 6:00.

Wayne suggested having an additional raffle tonight to give away a ticket for a free meal at the party. Members supported this idea. The winner of this drawing, which brought the club an additional $25, was Jerry McClymont.

CLUB HUNT

There is no hunt site for our November hunt as of yet. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Dan Spielman. He and the club split the $47 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary


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