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.

Enjoy!

 


The entrance to the Wild West

Cactus
Some cactus to add to the desert feel


Entrance to the Suenos Saloon


Has anyone seen this man?


The tariffs

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!


Mules


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


Robin


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...


Shields


John White


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

 

Author: Dona
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