in West Springfield, Massachusetts, August 9-11
After I return from fun in Rapid City, I’ll be repacking the RV to head east to visit the miners I deal with in Maine and for Springfield and the most important show on the east coast. As usual, I’ll be working with Michael Jacob in the Minerals America booth #3. We will have our wide variety of worldwide mineral species, including a major display of almandine garnets from Mt. Marie and maybe some new acquisitions from my visit there and other mines in the area the prior week. I always bring as much stock from northeastern localities as I can. I also hope the rest of my collection of assorted fine but affordable pieces from Dalnegorsk will have arrived for the show. Among other nice things acquired since by last eastern show will be some fine wulfenite matrix specimens from Los Lamentos Mine in Chihuahua. This show is the largest on the east coast and features a huge special exhibit from a single person or institution. This year we will be treated to a chance to see major pieces from the collection of New Mexico Tech (one of the premier geology colleges in the US) without have to go all the way to Socorro.
Gem Miners Jubilee in Lebanon, PA at the Lebanon County Fairgrounds, August 16-18.
On the return trip to Colorado, I will stop at this log-running show that I first attended last year and showed some specimens in the Pavilion with Michael Jacob as Minerals America. That turned out well, but the Pavilion can be wet and windy, so this year I will be inside the Expo Center ,while Michael holds the usual location in the Pavilion so regular customers will find him. The inside location will afford us the opportunity to have a larger display of fine minerals for your enjoyment. This show is very near the amusements and chocolate in Hershey, so, like Rapid City, it could be part of a family vacation. Come check it out.
Just Minerals Event, in the Embassy Suites, 4444 North Havana Avenue, Denver, CO, Sept. 7&8
After completing the return trip home, I will begin preparing for this NEW in 2019 show right at exit 280 on I-70 on the weekend before the Denver Main Show. This beautiful venue is located four miles west of the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show at the Crowne Plaza for your convenience (www.coloradomineralandfossilshows.com). I'll be there in the Cal Graeber and Leonard Himes booth with lots of bargain priced specimens. We invite you to stay in this excellent facility taking advantage of the low weekend room rates and excellent restaurant. We expect to be mobbed at opening like we are in Tucson, so come ready for a crowd.
If you need a place to stay we recommend the hotel. If you book online you cantata advantage of a very low weekend rate for a full suite and all of the amenities.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Just Mineral Event in Tucson, this new show is an extension of the Tucson show that we started several years ago at the Elks Lodge on Oracle Road. There were a number of high-quality dealers who participate in other shows in Tucson (such as Westward Look and the TGMS Main Show) who wanted a venue for a shorter show particularly directed at selling at wholesale prices to everyone. This past February the group, which operates as a co-op, asked me to explore expanding to Denver. Isaias Casanova and I checked out several possible venues and were happy to find the Embassy Suites with a nice facility and location. Because the ballrooms are more spacious that the Elks Lodge we were able to add new dealers, Dudley Blauwet’s Mountain Minerals International and Greg Turner’s Cornerstone Minerals. Due to logistics problems, our Tucson regular dealer Don Olson could not participate, but Ian and Diana Bruce's Crystal Classics from England will replace him with wholesale fluorite from their mines. No registration as a dealer is required for entry, but the shoppers without licenses must pay sales tax. Some of our dealers also elect to have a case or two of retail specimens as a preview for their other shows.
The Denver Gem and Mineral Show at the Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO Sept. 13-15
Like Tucson, the festivities in Denver began with a club show, actually a multi-club show, organized by a council of members from several metropolitan Denver clubs. Today the Main Show is the grand finale of a week of activities. This year the show features the Minerals of Canada. The show has grown rapidly in the past decade to become the second largest mineral event in the US. I’ll be there, as usual as Graeber & Himes on the main floor by Aisle J, in the onlyshow in town with special exhibits from a multitude of worldwide museums and many local and national collectors. As in Tucson, if you miss the Main Show you really haven’t seen the best. In addition to our finest mineral specimens, our booth also has Kerith Graeber’s jewelry and Bobbie Lang’s gemstone eggs, spheres, carvings and gemtrees. We always have things no one else displays, so be sure to drop by our booth.
I have to say that this is a bit of a strange poster, but pretty. Canada has fabulous minerals. The Manitoba gypsum crystals shown here (with the real color at the top) are very nice, but not really representative. I hear there are more promotional materials coming, so I'll update as they are available. Maybe I should get to work on a selection on my Gallery page. But I need to buy a new camera to do it. Check back.
Denver is our last event of the year and we get to have some well-earned rest until it starts all over in Tucson. I'm even looking forward to my first chance to attend the Munich show, one more off the bucket list.!
There are many changes coming in Tucson. See my blog page for an update.
When we are at home in Monument, we invite collectors to make appointments to visit our showroom. Email is best, but the phone works, too. Details are on my Home page.
We also make stops to see collectors as we travel, so let us know if you would enjoy a private showing or would like to share your collection with us. When we know your collection, we can better serve you with suggestions for specimens that would be good additions to it.
My Show and Event Schedule
Leonard Himes Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens
I conduct a major portion of my business at the most important shows across the US. Between shows and en route to them I call on individual collectors by appointment. I can also arrange to have private showings for small groups of collectors. In addition to shows, I host open house events from time to time and meet with collectors at my office-showroom by appointment.
2019 Summer Shows
The Western Dakota Gem & Mineral Society's 39th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Rapid City, SD, July 13-14.
at Best Western Ramkota Inn, 2111 N LaCrosse.
We begin our summer in Rapid City, SD at the show's in a new location, the Best Western Ramkota Inn Conference Center with lots of free parking. This is a fun show that I joined for the first time in 2018 in the heart of Black Hills tourist country. Nearby are a great collecting areas for minerals, agates, and fossils. Many club members show their amazing field-collected specimens. I will even be displaying my private collection of fine gemstone carvings for the first time ever. In addition to dealers and displays, the club has put together a worthwhile lecture program featuring well-known speakers. The club’s website is Wdgms.org and has useful details. The Leonard Himes booth will be there with a wide range of mineral specimens for beginning to advanced collectors.
If you haven’t visited Rapid City, you will enjoy its beautiful downtown with buildings from the time of the Homestake Gold Mine's heyday. Make this show a part of a fun family vacation, but book early because lots of other people will be doing the same thing: enjoying nearby Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood, Custer, Lead and the excellent museum at the SD School of Mines. If you are like me you will stay awhile and enjoy the attractions. I'm looking forward to visiting the neutrino research project museum in Lead. Oh, did I mention, the people there are lovely, too. Come and join me in the fun.