2014 Winter Open Day Report
16 December 2014
Crystal Classics Winter Open Day
29th November 2014
Unusually for the end of November, East Coker was blessed with glorious sunny, warm weather setting the scene for our second Open Day this year.
After setting a precedence at our Summer Open Day, it was always going to be difficult to match the lofty expectations of those who would be attending for the second time. Luckily for us, we were to unveil two exceptional collections – the Carruth and Farr collections – which had enticed customers to join us from all over the world.
With the arrival of these exceptional collections, the galleries went through a moderate make-over;
The World Wide Gallery
The British Mineral Gallery
Before the doors opened, everyone enjoyed their complimentary Bacon roll, leaving us to make final preparations and gather for a team photograph;
By 9.55, people started to gather, each clutching their line tickets to ensure that everyone got through the door at the time they arrived.
At 9.58, the tension was high. Ian had to step in to calm things down, pointing out there was still two minutes to go.
Then the doors opened and everyone flooded in, making a Bee-line for the British mineral Gallery
What they found in there certainly had mouths watering;
Chalcopyrite coated Tetrahedrite from Herodsfoot Mine
Horsetooth Siderite and Quartz, Wheal Maudlin
‘Lady’s Slipper’ Epimorph, Virtuous Lady Mine
Meta-Torbernite, Old Gunnislake Mine
Anglesite from the Type Locality, Parys Mine
Liroconite and Parnauite, Wheal Gorland.
While collectors got busy selecting specimens, Steve Posted an update to coincide with the opening of the doors at 10am. The update included mineral specimens from both the Farr and Carruth collection with specimens selected specifically for those who couldn’t make our open day
Debbie Boyer was also manning her station, along with Alison Salter
And, right on Queue, here’s David Hacker with the first lot of mineral specimens;
Time to get serious people!
Or maybe not….
Liz Hacker was also helping out but, on the advice of family members, she was told to take it easy. That didn’t stop her from trying to get involved, though
This led to strong words from Ali
And resulted in Liz being confined to a desk-bound holding area
It’s for her own good, bless her.
Meanwhile, collectors were having success finding specimens for their burgeoning collections.
Barry Pitt managed to track down an excellent and elusive East Caradon Quartz and Chalcopyrite
Steve Rust climbs past eager collectors to access one of the British Display cases
It certainly seems to help getting close to the specimens, as Ben Rigby will attest.
Cortney Smale with Roy Starkey discussing the contents of one of our display cases
Meanwhile, over in the Worldwide Gallery, Wolfie had taken time from his busy schedule to help out. Wolfie, a scholar of the finest haut couture designers Paris has to offer, decided it was the right time to unveil part of his hotly anticipated winter collection whilst fulfilling his role as Worldwide Gallery custodian
Unfortunately after an hour, his work hard, play hard attitude finally caught up with him, forcing him to doze on the job.
It’s hard being a dog and world-wide fashion Icon.
Within the worldwide gallery, a great selection of specimens were on offer
European and American Specimens
Also in the Worldwide Gallery was a selection of new Gem minerals
Aquamarine, Garnet and Quartz, Pakistan
This display was particularly popular with both the current and next generation of collectors
Ian Bruce appraising one of the displays with Keith Corrie
Rick Turner getting up close and personal with some Tsumeb Specimens
Christian and Tobias Weiss and inspecting some European Classics
Searching drawers is hungry work so we ensured everyone had plenty of food and drink to keep them going
While for some of us, it’s all a bit too much like hard work.
Once everyone had bought their fill of specimens, an evening party followed where collectors were invited to recline with a glass of wine and good food, in the company of other collectors. This is a popular part of the Crystal Classics open day as it gives everyone the opportunity to catch up and discuss things besides minerals. This time round there weren’t any photos of the evening – priorities seemed to be assigned to food, drink and friends over photos – but a big thank you to everyone who attended.
Our next big event will be Tucson and we hope to see you there!
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