Tucson Party 2011 - 'The Californian Gold Rush'
1 March 2011
I think Wayne and I run the most 'social' business around, beginning back in the 1970's with our famous 'pre-Tucson' parties in Laguna Beach. In those days Tucson was still a one week show experience (oh, those were the days) and just about everyone in the 'who's who' of the mineral world showed up for a full day of partying, talking minerals and buying and selling. Unlike today's mineral business where it is sometimes a cut-throat operation, we encouraged our other dealer friends to bring their best to our parties and many a deal was made in the parking lot, the garage and over dinner. One year when Perkin Sams was in attendance mention of the party was made in an article about him in the Wall Street Journal....
We still try to keep the social aspect going, and in Tucson this year we hosted yet another party with a gold rush theme. All of our team members were dressed in period costume but I never expected our guests to 'get with the program' but they did! It was a fabulous evening and it would be hard to say what the best part of it might have been, but certainly the live mules were a constant source of amusement.
The entrance to the Wild West
Some cactus to add to the desert feel
Entrance to the Suenos Saloon
Has anyone seen this man?
We once again had the fantastic catering of Albert Hall, owner and chef of the Acacia restaurant in Tucson, and two-time Iron Chef winner.
Albert and two of his staff prepare the Gold Rush food - authentic stews, chili, cornbreads and oatcake desserts.
The Kristalle and Crystal Classics Team was ready to greet the guests...
The Dream Team - Gold Rush style
The Madam of the house, and the Miner - Dona and Wayne
Ian the River Boat Gambler trying to hustle Wayne out of the prized Gold Nugget
Dave and Audrey Lloyd
Sheriff Dave and Liz Hacker
Roberta, Lois and Tana
Ed and Robin
Outside the Saloon were two Mules to greet guests on the way in, how much more authentic can you get!
Lois and the Mules (the other guys are two miners that drifted by for some fun at the Saloon)
And the guests arrived... we were so impressed by how many chose to come in costume and get into the mood of the evening.
Paul Harter, show chairman of the TGMS, and his wife Marilyn
Shields and Frances Flynn
Boots and Barbara Cureton
Lois and Tana with Brice Gobin
Peter and Cheryl Williams
Andy from Siber + Siber of Switzerland and his lovely wife
Jesse Fisher, his wife Joan, and English collector Ian Jones
Robin with Belgium collector Mario Pauwels
Cal and Kerith Graeber
Herb and Monica Obodda
Alan Hart, Curator at the Natural History Museum in London
Alan with fellow NHM curator Mike Rumsey, Terry Ottaway (curator at the GIA in Carlsbad, California), and Katherine Dunnell, curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Mike, one of the local Tucson Police who have kept a watchful eye over the mineral shows for many years.
Wes (retired Tucson Police department) and his wife
Lois and Robbie with Jim, also of the Tucson Police
Dennis Beals with Dona
Steve Behling of the Collector's Edge, and his wife Brenda
Australian collector Paul Melville and his partner Tricia
The late Dick Bideaux's sister Janet and her friend George
Dr Peter Leavens and Sharon Fitzgerald of the University of Delaware
Texan collectors Jim and Gail Spann
USA dealers Linda and Leonard Himes
Ludmilla Cheshko of Mineralogical Almanac magazine of Russia, and her assistant.
John White and his wife Merle
Australian collectors Susanne Koepke and George Stacey
Good friends Elna and Dick Hauck of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, New Jersey
Australia dealer Allen Arnold, and his lovely wife Olga struggle with the 'Welcome Stranger' nugget.
The Nugget quickly became a highlight of the night......
Jian-Rong seems taken by the Nugget - they don't find them this big in China... yet!
Christophe Gobin and Jean Claude Boulliard of the University of Paul and Marie Curie (formerly Sorbonne), France
Tony Kampf, curator of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Definitely one of the best outfits of the night - worn by Kirby Siber of Switzerland aka. the Undertaker.
Tana and Gene Meiran
George Stacey horses around with the Mules
Wiebke Sass with Allen and Olga Arnold
Steve and Brenda
Wayne and Mario
Ian with Munich Mineral Show organizer Christoph Keilmann, and Alan Hart of the NHM, London minus his moustache.
Scott Werskey of Miner's Lunchbox, Allen Arnold, and Colorado dealer Dave Bunk
John Lucking and Gene Meiran
Wayne enjoying his stew
Dave and Liz Hacker
Penny Williamson - curator of Geology at University of Wollongong, Australia with Ian and John Lucking.
Marcus Origlieri of the University of Arizona
San Francisco collector Jack Halpern and Diana
Claudette and Michel Cabrol
Richard Jackson of Collector's Edge and Safaa Yu
Barbara Cureton and Elna Hauck with Ian
Mr Gao with Penny and Tana
Kirby Siber and Kerith Graeber
Australian Collector Paul Melville, and John Veevaert of Trinity Minerals
Two powerful men - Rick Trapp TGMS Mineral Dealer Chairman and Paul Harter TGMS Show Chairman
Ian with Doug Wallace
Ian with Doug's lovely wife Terry
Wiebke Sass, Olga and Andreas Weerth
Mike Rumsey of the Natural History Museum, London
David Hacker (don't mess with the Sheriff) and David Lloyd
We once again had live music by our favourite Bad News Blues band, who get the crowd dancing in no time at all.
Lois with Mike and Alex from the Bad News Blues band
Joan and Ed on the dance floor
There was even a jail to help keep the guest under control...
will anyone bail this man out?
You know that the night has gone wrong when it is the Sheriff that ends up in Jail!
Audrey thanks Albert for the catering
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