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
Australian collector/dealer Paul Melville, and Aussie-based collectors Malcolm and Angela Southwood
Dick Hauck, “Boots” and Barbara Cureton, and Elna Hauck
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?