Hard rock display
Winter is not an ideal time for taking gloves and mittens off, exposing comfortably warmhands directly to the icy cold. But trying to bore embedded crystals and rocks from a big block of ice using body heat, has proved a popular challenge at past Palmerston North Rock and Mineral Club shows.
This weekend in the Ferguson St Community Leisure Centre, the two-day show will be providing another opportunity for ‘‘refrigerata digitos’’, as children attempt to melt out frozen stones using their fingers as ice drills.
Turning digits into icicles is all part of the attraction at the club’s annual Rock Show.
There’ll also be a fluorescent room showing how certain rocks react to black light, along with displays of crystals, fossils, minerals, gemstones, jewellery and carvings.
The machinery used to cut and shape rocks will be operating, and there will be items for sale along with the chance for a ‘‘people’s choice’’ vote on the best display.
Refreshments are on hand courtesy of the Palmerston North Heartlands Lions Club, with the Rock Show open 9am to 5pm on Saturday 4 and 9am and 4pm on Sunday 5.
Entry is by gold coin.