My Show and Event Schedule
Thanks to all of you who visited our Tucson venues and made it another successfulyear in America's mineral collecting center.
Our exciting new event was our private room at the brand new in 2022 Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery, located in thecompletely remodeled building (formerly the Tucson Chamber of Commerce building) at the corner of Granada and St. Marys, in front of the former show site at the Inn Suites or Hotel Tucson City Center. The grand opening on Feb 4 was attended with about 200 invited guests. Ian Bruce is the show creator and wanted to deal with the big shortcoming of Mineral City, namely the lack of a comfortable place for collectors to relax, eat and drink. The landscaped courtyard provided that, with a catered cafe and bar for everyone's enjoyment. This venue is destined to become the meeting place for serious mineral collectors during the Tucson Showcase. In addition to being fully open during the Tucson Showcase each February, the building will be open year-round by appointment beginning in May. The Crystal Classics room is huge and will be attended on normal business hours, currently by appoint. Our room has been stocked with a range of affordable specimens, particularly US and Southwest specimens, and will be open for shoppers. To make an appointment to see our room and Crystal Classics, call Stu at 928 308 6340. We expect to other dealers to follow us in that arrangement. Purchases will be handled by the Crystal Classics staff in our absence. However, special events throughout the year are being planned and Cal and/or I will attend them along with the likes of Collectors Edge. The hope is to make the Gallery a full-time Tucson Destination site, particularly in conjunction with the Alfie Norville, University of Arizona Mineral Museum only a few blocks away.
Next Up for us is the Plano Texas (Dallas) show May 20-22.
This major national calibre show is in an excellent event center just north of downtown Dallas off US 75 (the Central Connecter). There is a lot of free parking and many nearby hotels for overnight attendees. Nearby, Old Downtown Plano has lots of good restaurants. The layout the building allows a huge ballroom for retail, separate wholesale rooms, and just down the hall from general retail is a the beautiful Windhaven room with natural light, where a selection of top quality dealers are grouped. I'll be in there as Leonard Himes, along with Kristalle, Stonetrust, GeoKrazy/IC, The Focal Crystal, Sunnywood, and Ejaz Enterprises. Be sure to drop in and say hello. There are other major dealers in the main ballroom, too. I will be featuring Silver specimens from worldwide localities and Alexandrite crystals for Brazil and Zimbabwe along with my best inventory and choice hard to find classic pieces from the Robert and Nan Smith collection from the 1970 & 80s.
The modern Plano Event Center from the air.
Be sure to join us for the Grand Opening Celebration on from 4-6 Friday afternoon
and don't miss Gail Spann's fun exhibit of Teapots and Minerals.
After we return from Plano, we will get busy preparing for our next show.
The 58th Annual Pikes Peak Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show,
is back at its usual date in June, following last years temporary November date. The show is in theNorris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road in beautiful Colorado Springs,CO. The dates are Friday June 10 from 12-7 PM and June 11, 10-5, June 12, 10-4. This show is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, one of the oldest and best in the US. The show features many Colorado dealers showing their field collected minerals along with other national dealers like us. June is a perfect time to visit Colorado and try your hand at field collecting, maybe for a Hartsel, CO baryte like the one shown below. Many members of the Society will be happy to give you collecting advice. The Leonard Himes booth will have worldwide fine minerals and a large selection of quality specimens at half price. It will be our first offering of hundreds of nice inexpensive thumbnail minerals from the private collection of Bill Stone (founder of The Sunnywood Collection).
After the Pikes Peak show, we get a nice summer break. Mostly, we will enjoy being at home, so feel free to make an appointment to visit if you are in the Colorado Springs area. We'll take some short trips to fish or enjoy the mountains and collecting sites, too.
I'll probably spend a good bit of time in the lab preparing specimens or in the garden trying to grow some flowers and vegetables during our short growing season. And, as always, is thinking about our next shows, which will be in Denver in September at both the Hardrock Summit and Just Minerals & Crystals Event. It is difficult the year because they have overlapping dates, but we are promised that won't happen again. Be sure to visit both venues and the Crowne Plaza, too.
Speaking of our annual Just Minerals & Crystals Event - DENVER, it will be our fourth year in Denver and due to the difficulty of booking a hall in a hotel (they really don't like shows that don't bring in a lot of room rentals and banquets) we will be in our fourth location. The first three have all been near (or in) the Crowne Plaza and that will not change, but we think we have found a permanent home at the Summit Event Center in Aurora, CO, a nice venue that is not part of a hotel. The brand new Courtyard by Marriott next door is our official hotel and we are working on discount prices there for our customers. I know it is early to talk about a September show, so I'll save Hardrock for later, but to help spread the word, here are some details about JM&CE. It grew out of our Elks Lodge show in Tucson (after starting in a Tucson garage) and became a very popular event featuring high quality specimens most of which are at real wholesale prices but offered to the public as well as dealers. It helps to get there early, but there is usually plenty to go around because we have such variety and really choice dealers. There will also be some retail, available at many of the dealers who are not participating elsewhere. I'll post more details later and we are already featured at XpoPress's Denver Showcase.
Our Show is 2 traffic lights east of I-225 at exit 9, Sixth Avenue
or CO 30, and one block south. It is easy to find at the south end
of a repurposed shopping center. Parking and admission are
free and there are good restaurants in the complex. The drive from
the Crowne Plaza take 5-10 minutes depending on traffic.
We have listings on the XpoPress website for details of all of our shows. It is the best guide to all that is mineral show in America
Please get vaccinated if you plan to attend shows. COVID will probably still be around all year. Properly worn real face masks will be appreciated, in fact Remember, no vaccine is 100% effective. Booster shotswill make your older vaccination back to full strength. We will provide hand sanitizer and gloves and clean our facilities and cases often. Please cooperate and maintain safe physical distance from other shoppers. Care for one another.
Events won't "just happen", they will be planned so they will be safe!
Fortunately, internet activity is busy. I am working on Instagram with Anna Merritt (@Mineral_Nature) who has a well-established site. Please check it out. My own Instagram address is @LeonardHimes2019, but I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm also posting occasionally on both the TSUMEB and THUMBNAIL MINERALS groups on Facebook. You can find announcements from me on Facebook too, at www.facebook/leonardhimes.1.
We host healthy customers in our showroom in Monument during the Summer and Fall. Visits must be scheduled in advance by phone or email. We require face masks if you are not vaccinated and recommend them if you are. No vaccine is 100% effective! We are happy to show you specimens for sale, accept specimens for lab work, or have a pleasant visit on the deck. We always accept special order requests by phone or email.
Enjoy your collection and being able to socialize again.
Leonard Himes Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens
Gallery entrance gate from Granada. The Courtyard cafe & social area. The Gallery building entrance.