Every year Kristalle and Crystal Classics hold THE party of Tucson. And each year Dona somehow manages to out do the previous year with fabulous themed decorations, music, and food, and of course the best part is the guests who get into the party atmosphere and also arrive in costume!!
The party for 2013 was set in the 1950s, poodle skirts, rockabilly, soda fountains and milkshakes, burgers and hot dogs……
The Kristalle and Crystal Classics Diner James Dean welcomes everyone to the dance floor of the diner The Soda Bar – serving classic sodas, adult milkshakes (yum!) and of course beer and wine. Soda Fountain menu The team love to get into the theme with fancy dress: Dona Leicht (photo courtesy Mark Mauthner) Wayne Leicht with James Dean Ian Bruce and Diana Schlegel aka Marilyn Monroe welcome the guests Marilyn and Marilyn Audrey and David Lloyd Dona and Lois Nelson (photo courtesy of Jolyon Ralph) Robbie McCarty, Diana, Ian and Audrey Liz and David Hacker Wayne with Audrey and Tana Daugharthy Audrey, Diana and Robin Hansen Dave Whipp, Dave Lloyd and German dealer Gunther Hoppe The girls with Ian
The food was once again created for us by award winning chef Albert Hall from Acacia. This year we delighted in Kobe beef Hamburgers, Kobe Beef Hot Dogs, Fish and Chips, Truffled Fries, Moonpies and more….
Bob (you Californians will recognise him immediately) Albert Hall (under the milkshake) and the wonderful staff from Acacia who looked after us, dressed for the party. Dona tries out a milkshake Ian welcomes the other Marilyn Monroe – Tomasz Praszkier of Spirifer Minerals German Marilyn and Polish Marilyn (photo courtesy of Joylon Ralph) Paul Harter (TGMS show chairman) and his wife Marilyn with Dona Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka Lois with Brice Gobin of Mineral Art, and Bryan Swoboda of BlueCap Productions Ian Jones and Liz Sharon Fitzgerald and Peter Leavens (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) John Veevaert of Trinity Minerals with Jaye Smith formerly of The Rocksmiths. John is wearing his own letterman jacket! Lois with Marshall and Charlotte Sussman Terri Ottaway of GIA, McKenzie Santimer of GIA, Katherine Dunnell of the Royal Ontario Museum, Jorgen Langhof of the Swedish Natural History Museum, and Alan Hart of the Natural History Museum, London Alan Hart and Mike Rumsey of the Natural History Museum, London Jolyon and Katya Ralph of www.mindat.org and www.gemdat.org Ian Jones Australian collector/dealer Paul Melville, and Aussie-based collectors Malcolm and Angela Southwood Dick Hauck, “Boots” and Barbara Cureton, and Elna Hauck Francis Flynn Rob Sielecki of Ausrox and Andy of Siber + Siber Australian dealer Allen Arnold and Olga looking resplendent in 1950s outfits Jerry Rosenthal with John Veevaert and Dave Bunk of Dave Bunk Minerals Ian with Christoph Keilmann (organiser of the Munich show Mineralientage) No, my hair is bigger! Cheerleader Lois shows off her Hula Hooping skills Rob Sielecki tries his talents at the Hula Hoop Robin with Penny Williamson of Wollongong University, Australia – Robin displaying her chocolate flavoured soda – yum! Kirby Siber of Siber + Siber, Switzerland with definitely the best suit of the night. Dona with Justin and Brandy of The Vug. Yue Tutt, David Hacker, Mayor of St. Marie Claude Abel, Liz Hacker, Christian Egeler Kirby Siber with Dona and Wayne Germans Mareike Bode (of MineralienWelt Magazine) and Tobias Weise (of Lapis Magazine) Lois with Steve Maslansky Jaye and her husband Bill Lawrence and renowned mineral photographer Jeff Scovil DJ Adonis had people grooving on the dance floor – lots of 50s hits, including of course…. ‘Oh Donna’ by Ritchie Valens Getting down on the dance floor – Ian, Kirby, Dona and Wayne photo courtesy Mark Mauthner Dona struts her stuff Robbie, Liz and Robin Chris, Kirby and Alan (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) People lining up for the delicious food Steve Maslansky gives his thumbs up for the delicious Kobe beef hamburgers Tana advertises Coke Dick Thommsen of Dickthommsenite fame with Allen Arnold Olga with Ludmilla Cheshko of Russian magazine Mineralogical Almanac Joaquim Callen and Eloise of Spanish magazine MineralUp (photo courtesy Mark Mauthner) Bill Pinch, Susan and Mark Feinglos (photo courtesy Mark Mauthner) Fine Mineral Show organiser Dave Waisman and his wife Diane (photo courtsey Mark Mauthner) Paul Melville with German dealer Armin Schoeler of eShop-minerals One of our favourite now-ex-Tucson police Jim Stoutmeyer, with Paul Melville’s partner Tricia and smiley mineral dealer John Cornish Jim Blees and John Lucking Dona with Allen Arnold and Olga Marie Huizing of Rocks and Minerals, Leila Scovil and Jamie Newman of the American Museum of Natural History (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) Terry “Skip” Szenics with Fish and Chips (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) Lancelyn Watters, Fred Wicks (retired from Royal Ontario Museum) and Terry Ottaway (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) Al and Sue Liebetrau (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) Agata Leszczuk, Dona and Mark Mauthner (photo courtesy of Mark Mauthner) People enjoying the party Audrey, Robbie and Tana snuggle up to German dealer Stephan Stolte Dona gives Jean-Claude Boulliard (of the Sorbonne, France) a Happy Birthday kiss The outfit swapping commences – the two Marilyns and Grease’s Danny Dona in the Danny/John Travolta wig Brice and Diana Dancing the night away….
A fantastic time was had by all thanks to Dona, Wayne and Ian, and the Kristalle and Crystal Classics Team; Albert Hall and his team, and of course all our friends. We look forward to next year’s party….what will be the theme?