Dora Gonzalez and Crystal Excursion Oct. 11 at the Ron Coleman Mine in Jessieville, AR (ACS)

Register by October 4th

Dora Gonzalez brings her deep commitment to natural beauty to the Arkansas Craft School

Crystalline Beauty – Bear Paws Guided Crystal Dig

Bear Paws Guided Crystal Dig – learn about Quartz Crystal and how it can be of value. Enhance awareness of the Earth, add beauty to your garden, or make jewelry with your new found treasures! Dora will guide you throughout the entire experience. Be there to learn about proper crystal excavation techniques, the cleaning process, and the proper identification of geometric crystal formations. Discover, or rediscover, the joys of Mother Nature by enhancing your awareness and understanding of these precious stones all the while allowing your inner child to play in the dirt!

· 8 A.M. ~ Meet promptly at the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine store to fill out required paperwork for entering and excavating at Ron Coleman Mining site.
· 9 A.M. ~ Begin the morning dig, where you’ll be guided to the mounds of dark, rich dirt to look for quartz crystals for an exercise in self-reflection and meditation. Dora will be here with you for the full three hours, offering her insight and encouragement!
· 12 P.M. ~ Take our findings to the water station where you will wash off your treasures, and Dora will identify the formations that make each crystal unique!
· Free Time ~ After the excavation, and subsequent washing, everyone may do as they like with the remainder of their day! Feel free to have lunch, or enjoy the activities offered by the Ron Coleman Mine. You can peruse the mining store, or go on a guided mine tour where you can see huge crystal clusters close up, hear about the mine’s history, and board a huge army truck and go down into the mine itself! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even zip high across the mine on their zip-line to enjoy a breath-taking view of the entire mine! Or you can head back to your regular life where you can enjoy the energy of your crystals, as well as their quiet & compelling call to come dig again!

Items Required:
· Digging equipment: a simple garden trowel, gloves, kneepads or a small garden cushion, a bucket.
· Clothes/shoes to play in the dirt. If it has rained, it may be muddy. A hat of your preference to shade yourself from the sun. Please remember, You will get dirty and that’s all part of the fun!
· A towel, soap, an extra pair of clothes/shoes. This is in case you plan on using the showers after our excursion. Again, you will be getting dirty.
· Food & Water: PLEASE bring enough food and water for yourself during your entire stay! Water is available at the Ron Coleman Mining Store, and there is a convenience store in Jessieville, which is 2.2 miles away from the mining site.

Dora Gonzalez is a native born Texan who fell in love with the Ozark Mountains and settled in the town of Fox, Arkansas over 12 years ago. During her time in Texas Dora and her family owned and operated a traveling arts and crafts business, which offered a distinct Native American style of merchandise. Shortly after moving to Arkansas Dora set aside the crafting business and began a new way of working with her hands. She is a licensed massage therapist, operating Bear Paw Massage in Mountain View, Arkansas. Then, in 2015, Dora embarked on a recreational crystal digging trip in southern Arkansas, unearthing numerous quartz crystals and reawakening her passion for creating art. Since then she has dedicated most of her free time to turning the crystal finds into stunning wire wrapped jewelry for all to enjoy. These beautiful pieces of quartz crystal art incorporate a timeless simplicity while retaining Dora’s signature Native American style.

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Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.