Hops N’ Rocks 2021 Virtual Gala

Our virtual gala was such a success last year that we’ve decided to do it again! We look forward to the time when we can be together safely, but until then, we welcome you to join us for our 2021 Hops N’ Rocks virtual gala. You can partake in some or all of the festivities leading up to our big virtual event on November 11th!

Dinner For Two

Celebrate Hops N’ Rocks at home with a delicious dinner package from Resurgence Brewing Company! Each dinner package includes two entrées, an order of cinnamon sugar pretzel sticks with sponge candy stout chocolate sauce AND an assorted 4 pack of beer, for only $50! How can it get better than that? Well, each dinner package also comes with two commemorative Hops N’ Rocks koozies!

Dinner pick up will be available on Thursday, November 11th, from 3 pm to 7pm, at Resurgence Brewing Company. Resurgence Brewing Company is located at 55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204. All dinner packages come with reheating instructions. A valid I.D. showing that you are 21+ years old will be needed to pick up your order.

Entrée Options

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Served with French fries.

Veggie Burger
Served with sweet potato fries.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
Served with coleslaw.

Virtual Auction

From guided hikes to home décor, our virtual auction has something for everyone! Thanks to our community supporters, we have a ton of awesome auction items again this year. Follow us on social media for sneak peaks at auction items before bidding begins. In addition to our virtual auction, we will also be holding the Ultimate Bar Cart raffle! Tickets are $25, and go on sale on November 7th.

Questions?

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Hops N’ Rocks 2021

Blasdell Rod & Gun Club
Evans Bank
Merchants Insurance Group

Science Talk Doubleheader

Monday August 23, 7 pm

Get ready for Dig With The Experts with two science talks on one night!

First, Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes presents Britain to Buffalo: The Fossil Connection. His talk will provide an overview of the local rocks and Devonian Period marine fossils found at Penn Dixie. For context, he will discuss the history of geology, Mary Anning, William ‘Strata’ Smith, and their stories connect to the rocks and fossils found in Western New York.

Our second and keynote speaker is Paleontologist Joe ‘PaleoJoe’ Kchodl of Midland, Michigan. PaleoJoe’s talk, Trilobites: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas, will highlight Penn Dixie’s famous fossil — the trilobite — and its cousins from around the world. Learn about the life and death of trilobites and how the Cambrian period became known as the Age of Trilobites.

This is a FREE virtual program thanks to the support of Erie County and the Town of Hamburg. Register here by 6:30 pm on the day of the talk to receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.

Fossil Hunting for Beginners

New to fossil hunting?

Learn the tricks of the trade from Director of Education & Paleontologist, Dr. Holly Schreiber and/or Director of Science, Catherine Konieczny, M.S. Tour the site and learn all the best spots to hunt for fossils. During this two hour tour we’ll teach you how to find, dig, and preserve all the fossil treasures you find. Bring your own tools or borrow from our limited supply.

No experience necessary. All ages welcome — this program will run rain or shine, dress for the weather.

Dates and times:
Saturdays throughout the season starting at 10 am and lasting until 12 pm.

  • May 15th, 10 am-12  pm
  • June 5th, 10 am-12 pm
  • June 19th, 10 am-12 pm
  • July 3rd, 10 am-12 pm
  • July 17th, 10 am-12 pm
  • August 7th, 10 am-12 pm
  • August 21st, 10 am-12 pm
  • September 4th, 10 am-12 pm
  • October 9th, 10 am-12 pm

Included with admission or FREE for Penn Dixie members.
Select “Fossil Hunting for Beginners” tour-time option when registering online, for no additional charge.

Member Appreciation

Penn Dixie members: Join us from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday April 24 to kick off the season! Our staff will be on-site to show you what we’ve been up during the offseason. Remember to bring your membership card and ID to show upon check in.

  • Unlimited fossil collecting for all members
  • 1 free (non-member) guest is allowed per cardholder as a thank you for your support
  • Free tool rentals while supplies last
  • Free take home container for your fossils
  • Individually wrapped snacks and light refreshments
  • Complimentary educational tours are available upon request
  • No reservations needed

RSVP Here

Additional non-member guests may pay our normal rate of admission upon arrival with credit card. Guests must be accompanied by a card holding member at all times.

If you would like to stay past 1 pm, please visit out Member Guide at https://penndixie.org/member-guide/

Paleo Pals

Join Ms. Catherine and your other friends, once a month, as we read an earth science story together. Will there be singing? Crafts? Show-and-tell? Yes, yes, yes, and more! Can’t wait to see you there. Storybook titles and authors, as well as weekly topics, can be found below if you wish to check them out from the library or order them yourself to follow along more closely at home. Sign Up Here!

Saturday, April 10th @ 10 am – Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth
A call back to our 1st month’s paleontological feature but this time with song — and hand motions! Join us as we learn and sing a little song to help us remember all of the important steps used in dino bone finding, collecting, and prepping. Wear your gear to collect dino bones – hats and vests encouraged!

Sign Up Here! We’ll contact you with a Zoom link prior to each program.