The Sarasota Shell Show will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Manatee County Convention Center in Palmetto. This was a new venue for us last year and proved to be a great place for a show. Setup is Friday Feb 17 in the morning, and we are open to the public in the afternoon until 5:00, when judging will commence.

If you need a place to stay we may be able to find you one with one of our members, or there are several hotels near I75 and on the road to the Convention Center you may choose from.

Rules and entry forms are available on the clubs web.


Peggy Williams, Scientific chairman


Just wanted to let you all know that the 2012 Rules, Entry Forms, and all information about the 75th Sanibel Shell Show are now ready and available on our web site which is: Sanibelcaptivashellclub.com

Our show is celebrating this major milestone, and we would love for you all to come see what makes our show so great. Plan your vacation for March 1 ,2, and 3, 2012 and come join in our festivities.

Look forward to seeing you all there. Anne Joffe, Show Chair.



2012 Marco Island Shell Show – March 8, 9, 10, 2012 – Times: 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
United Church of Marco
320 N. Barfield Dr.
Marco Island, FL 34145

Show Entry Forms on Website – www.marcoshellclub.com


Only two weeks have passed and already forlorn souls are casting sidelong glances at their 2012 calendars. “When”, they say, “when oh when will the next Philadelphia Shell Show be? Our lives are a meaningless travesty without it”. Well, now it can be told – the 2012 show will be on October 20 and 21, 2012. Prime red-leaf season here in America’s finest city, and nicely timed for all your seasonal shopping. More news to come, but for now mark your calendars and get busy on baroque new exhibits that will stagger humanity.

Paul Callomon Chairman, 2012 Philadelphia Shell Show


Now that the North Carolina and Philadelphia Shell Shows are pleasant memories, we look forward to the first U.S. show of the 2012 year.  The Astronaut Trail Shell Club invites you to participate in our 32nd annual shell Festival themed “Shelling Memories” Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15, 2012.  Set up and judging on lucky Friday, January 13th.

The location is the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E.  Hibiscus Ave, Melbourne, FL, which is a large and well lit facility.  We have one of the largest number of shell dealer and shell related products of any U.S. club shell show.

We offer the Conchologists of America (COA), DuPont, and Masters Trophies. Also an award in memory for our long time resident and member Dr. R. Tucker will be presented. We also have club trophies including  the Abbott for self collected; Fossil Trophy; Junior Trophy; Shell of Show; Self Collected Shell of Show; Florida Self-Collected Shell of Show; and many specialized artistic awards including a Premium Arts and Craft Trophy for exhibits that have already won a major award.

An awards banquet and program will be on Friday evening, January 13 (details to be provided later). There are several recommended hotels close by and many, many restaurants including a “Shells”. So for those up north, plan to spend part of January away from the snow and enjoy the Space Coast of Florida.

Please contact me for any questions at lychee@cfl.rr.com or (321) 536-2896.

Entry forms, rules are also available on our website:

http://home.netcom.com/~ejpower/ruleindex.html.  Information will be sent to the Florida shell clubs for which I had addresses.

Alan Gettleman, Show Chairman

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