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95 Poor Man Ln., Story, AR 71970 1-870-490-1029
      • Schedule

        THIS IS MY SHOW SCHEDULE!!! PLEASE Check the following list to see when and where I am. So YOU can plan your trip to see me.

        Sorry: Some information and disclaimers first: PLEASE! DO NOT TEXT ME. IF YOU TEXT ME I WILL NOT RECEIVE IT. TEXTING IS DISABLED. And, cell service is basically non-existent in the rural area in which I live. So, I am not ignoring you, I just do not get the messages.


        People are always asking me, "Do you get these yourself?", The answer is, "Yes, of course, and, no." The detailed answer is, "Yes, of course, I do. They are NOT shipped to me, sight unseen, in barrels with sawdust from the cut-down rain forests. I pick each one. And after 12 years of digging by hand, I have found, before I nearly wore myself out, that it is much easier to buy them than to dig them, and then clean them. Especially, with such a heavy show schedule. Mining is a job in and of itself. Cleaning and processing, besides selling, is a big job and keeps me always pretty busy. But, I dig when I can." When you see me with material that "I" dug, there is a good chance that YOU will be the first person to touch it besides me, especially, at the beginning of a new series of shows. When I buy, and also when I dig, I handle them as little as possible and, always, with love, reverence, respect and great care so that you get them as perfect as Our Mother Earth let them come to us.
        ***In that same vein, and it is unfortunate that I have to even say this, but, as a disclaimer, it is my expectation that when someone is looking at MY crystals in MY booth and handling them, that whomever it is will treat them with the utmost care and respect as I do, and as I would do with theirs. Ignorance is NO excuse for bad manners. Remember they are mine until you buy them, and I will protect my property... Hopefully, one is taught as a small child, this basic show of respect. A big part of my job is to protect the crystals. Anyone found mishandling the crystals will not be scolded. That only leads to problems, arguments and posturing. The offender will simply be asked to leave. Enough said.***

        Thanks for looking. And, 'THANK YOU', and GOD BLESS YOU! to all of you have attended a show.

        To contact me directly, DO NOT TEXT ME! PLEASE, see me in person at a show, or, email me. 

        If you absolutely have to call: 870-490-1029. I DO NOT TEXT. IT IS DISABLED ON MY PHONE, due to my phone plan. Hope to see you soon!

        And, NO, I DO NOT GO TO TUCSON as a dealer. I stay in Quartzsite all winter at Tyson Wells, spaces B/C 18 - 23 until March 3rd. I begin slowly taking down after February 20th.

        **From NOW-  late FALL of 2018, into late Fall of 2019 and beyond!!

        So, now, you need to jump to the 'WE ARE HERE IN THE SCHEDULE' part of this list.


        December 14, 2018 to (~approx~) March 3, 2019
        Quartzsite, AZ Tyson Wells Show, Spaces B/C18 - 23. Most days 9 to dark. More info below I participate in the Flagg Gem and Mineral Show in Mesa, AZ. While I am in Mesa, my Quartzsite booth will be open, and Ro and Bob, will be there. I will, personally, be back, on the 7th, and expand my booth into the FULL Quartzsite set-up.

        January 4 - 6, 2019
        YES! paid. Mesa, AZ, Flagg Gem and Mineral Show, @the Mesa Community College, Dobson & Hwy 60, in the SOUTHWEST parking lot of the campus, my spot IS the NW corner of that lot! Fri, Sat & Sun, 9 - 5. Yes, Jimmy Todd,(there is, again, another box with YOUR NAME on it!) I will be featuring some rather nice smaller cabinet specimens this year. Email me, Johnbe, for details, for more info. Hi, Mary Jean!

        January 7, 2019
        I will be grocery shopping in the Phoenix Metro area for supplies for me and my friends, and then I will need a day or so, to get to get back to Quartzsite and get my booth fully set up for the rest of the show in Quartzsite, and the booth will be open. PLEASE!! DO NOT TEXT ME. I DO NOT RECEIVE TEXTS!!! No, I do not go to TUCSON. No, I do not have a mine.

        January 7th - March 3, 2019
        Quartzsite, AZ, TYSON WELLS, spaces B/C, 18 - 23. Yes! That's ME at the traffic signal, 20 spaces in, northwest, @ US 95 S and W Kuehn St, with all the twinkling purple lights and flags in Tyson Wells, spaces B/C 18 - 23. My FULL booth is set up following the Mesa show! Bring a trailer. Make room. Get here early for the good stuff. I brought more than ever last year! And SOLD OUT of nearly all the crystals that were on the tables and pallets- BEFORE the end of the show! 2018 proved to be a very successful year! Thus, my need for a larger space!!! There will be a good selection of very nice cabinet specimens, large specimens and larger points, along with even more little stuff than ever.  The 'LIGHTNING BOLT QUARTZ' is BACK!!!!  I will have an amazing selection of these! And, as usual, (just for you, Stan!) there will be some fresh from the ground, with the natural mineral deposits on them and uncleaned in oxalic acid, which I call  'NATURAL AURA' quartz. Some circles refer to it as 'SOLARIS QUARTZ', and others- 'MAYANITE'!  It's all the same thing!
        What this means is that I am ready for you in 2019! Make room! Bring your trailer! GET THERE EARLY ON DURING THE SHOW, for once it's gone.., it's gone! 9- sundown, most days, I am usually open later than most dealers around me, until well after dark, under the lights!!! Email me: or call 870-490-1029.

        January 24, 2019
        Will be JohnBe's(my) 58th Birthday!! OH MY! Life at the top of the hill! Send money, donations, prizes, presents and money and money! Prayers, cards, do-gooders and well wishers are most welcome and appreciated, too!!!! NO! I DO NOT GO TO TUCSON as a dealer! I STAY IN QUARTZSITE.

        February 23 to March 6, 2019
        I will be taking various days off to go to SPRING TRAINING games in the Phoenix Metro Area.
        Please call me if you want to see me in person. Otherwise, someone will be watching the store for me.

        March 3, or so, 2019
        will be my last selling day in Quartzsite for the season, if there is anything left. I will actively begin putting everything show related away.

        March 4, 5, 6, 2019
        Take down and put away the rest of the booth in Quartzsite until next season. Then, take some days off?

        March 8 - 10, 2019
        Victorville (Stoddard Wells), CA - 42nd Annual Tailgate. Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Stoddard Wells Road (graded dirt), 7 miles east of Dale Evans Pkwy (I - 15); Fri. 8-5, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 8-5; I will, again, be set up at the bottom of the venue near the road. Please note that I usually sell out and leave on Sunday because I have nothing left to sell! If you get there late Sunday looking for me, I just may not be there. Free admission; food booth, vendors, CRYSTALS, lapidary arts, rough material, gems, jewelry, findings, equipment, dry camping, family field trip Sat.; contact VVGMC, (760) 243-2330, or Brett Ward, (760) 954-4323; club website with more info, directions and a MAP: An amazing rockhounding and tailgate show in the middle of nowhere in the Mohave Desert in CALIFORNIA! A must-do thing!! Especially for a land-lubbin' ex-Pittsburgher((but loyal PENGUINS and PIRATES fan) like me) Bring food, water, a wagon and a chair. The weather is variable, so bring an umbrella, windbreaker, shorts, and a heavy coat, as you may use them all in one day!!!

        March 17 - 18, 2019
        Albuquerque, NM, Treasures of the Earth, sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club's 41st Annual Show. - New Mexico State Fairgrounds in the CAC Building. Fri, Sat - 10 - 6, Sun - 10 - 5. My booth is in the back near the door, so you can load out big specimens(tonnage, as, Paul, says!) easily, if you are new to the program! And, as usual, the magnanimous BONNIE, will be my assistant! And she will have her assortment of hand-made gifts for you to choose from. This is a great club show with an even greater bunch of members. Contact  Jay Penn, 505-883-4195 for more information or go to the club's

        March 19, 2019 to April 16, 2019
        I will be home from my winter Southwest (snowbird) trip and will be cleaning an entirely new batch of crystals for my upcoming group, UT, KS, and beyond, of shows. And I plan on doing a goodly amount of personal digging. At this point, my schedule is open, and will have time to take people digging during my time at home. You are most welcome to set an appointment to come and browse my crystal yard and World Famous World Class Crystal Garden, though, as so many of you do. 870-490-1029

        April 19, 20, 21, 2019
        South Jordan/ Salt Lake City, UT - Wasatch Gem Society is pleased to announce our Annual Show for 2018 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Events Center, 2100 West 11400 South,- South Jordan, Utah 84095; FRIDAY - 10 to 6, SAT- 10 to 6, Sun - 10 to 5. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact: contact Roberta Chase, PO Box 1397, Sandy, UT 84091, 801-966-0639; e-mail:; Web site:

        April 27 - 28, 2019
        Memphis, TN, Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society, Annual Show, Memphis Agricenter International 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN; My booth will be near the exit door to the parking lot, once again, for easy carry out of BIG pieces and box! Sat 9 -6, Sun 10 - 5. W C McDaniel - 901-490-3575

        May 3, 4, 5,  2019
        McPherson, KS, McPherson 4H Building, 700 W. Woodside I'll be outside, in the east parking lot, in my usual spot! Hoping the weather will, again, be perfect this year! Call me - 870-490-1029

        May 18 and 19, 2019
        Gulfport, MS- Harrison County Gem and Mineral Society Annual Show at the Joppa Shrine Temple, 13280 Shriners Blvd. Sat, 9am to 5pm. Sun, 9am to 4pm.  I will, as usual, be near the east access door for easy and discreet orders pick up. This year, I will be bringing MORE exceptionally LARGE clusters, since they were so well received last year, and sold out on the first day! Be prepared!!! Get there early, there is a finite amount and when they're gone, they're gone..  Call me, JohnBe, 870-490-1029, for any special requests...

        May 20 to 30, 2019
        Looking forward to enjoying a peaceful holiday weekend processing crystals here at the World Headquarters! Also, I will be doing some personal digging, and yes, I will have time to take people digging. The crystal yard and World Class World Famous Crystal Garden will be open! Please make an appointment, so that I know to expect you.

        June 1 and 2, 2019 
        Tannehill State Park, MC CALLA, ALABAMA: Annual show; Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society; Tannehill Historical Ironworks State Park; 12632 Conferderate Pkwy. I will be in my usual spot, near the bridge, where it is possible to drive up and pick up your order! Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; adults (12 and up) $3, seniors (62 and up) $2, children (6-11) $1, under 5 free; dealers, CRYSTALS, minerals, fossils, gems, beads, slabs, faceted jewelry, specimens, jewelry, club demonstrations, kids' area; contact the club at their website:

        June 7, 8, 9, 2019
        Park Hills, MO, Missouri Mines Rock Swap @ the Missouri Mines State Historic Site, south side of Hwy 32, 1.5mi west of Hwy 67, I'll be in my usual spaces- B-12 & 13, You can drive right up to my booth and we load it all in. or, put it on a 'mule' and drive you to your car- the staff is always glad to help!!! Fri-Sat, 9-6, Sun 9-5, Call me @870-490-1029 or email: This is a wonderful show.


        June 21, 2018
        Looking forward to having 16 years CLEAN and SOBER and celebrating at my home groups in Mt Ida and Norman this year after I get back from Bedford, Indiana! Only by the Grace of GOD. Praying for 17 in 2020.

        June 21, 22, 23, 2019
        Bedford, IN, Lawrence County Rock Club, 50th Annual Show, Lawrence County Fairgrounds, I'm in my usual INSIDE spot in Bldg 4 in the NW corner, on the black-top- close to a door for easy loading. You will see crystals lined up outside the building as you walk up, and some will be on rollers, too!!! And YES, Dr. W, as always, I will be bringing some BIG ONES for you and your friends, I will have some BIG ones picked out for the show!!! Please remember to get there early, as the big ones were sold out before noon on Saturday, and nearly everything else was sold out by Sunday afternoon.  Fri, 10 - 6:30 - Sat, 10 - 6:30, Sun 10 - 4, one of my longest running shows. Thank you and God Bless You for your support!


        June 24 - July 24, 2019
        time off from shows! I will be home cleaning crystals. It is VERY hot and humid here this time of year, and is the best time of year to clean and process crystals. However, if you want to make an appointment to come and dig or browse thru my yard and World Famous World Class Crystal Garden, here at the World Headquarters, I am open.

        July 1, 2018 Please pray for my Father, Albert, who passed away on this date. he was 89.9 yrs young. 

        July 26 to August 4, 2019
        Spruce Pine, NC - 24th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show. Same place, but- MUCH BETTER LOCATION!! Just up on the hill from the old field. I'm the one with the flags and balloons. BRING YOUR TRAILER! I will again be bringing some VERY Large clusters this year! Especially, since I, once again, sold out of them this year, and there were those of you who wanted more! Bring your trailer, Chris!! Parkway Fire Dept., Hwy 226 S., 10am - 6pm daily. 828-766-6136. Always a good time, with lots of friends! Along with possible special guest appearances by KC Dennis, the lovely RINA, the amazing SHANA, and, of course, the magnanimous, Linda, among others.


        August 5 to August 15, 2019
        Free time! Make an appointment to see me! Am looking to fill in this time with a show, or may just go home after Spruce Pine.

        August 16 - 18, 2019
        Lebanon, PA, MAGMA Gem Miner's Jubilee @ Lebanon Fairgrounds Expo Center. I will be outside, in my usual spot, straight out the back door in the tailgaters section, by the closed concession stand. I will have some EXTRA LARGE clusters this year! Just drive up and we can load the big ones right into your vehicle, if you haven't already done it. There are a LOT of people on the drive-up program!! Sold out for the 5th straight year in 2018! Fri & Sat: 10 - 6, Sun: 10 - 4, 717-838-8870. ALWAYS a GREAT show, with lots of wonderful people and friends! I am only there for the summer show now.

        August 20 to September 4, 2019
        Story, ARK Home cleaning crystals. And I will have a BUNCH! I will be home Labor Day weekend. Prior to that, I may be going to some baseball games. Besides all that, it is blisteringly hot here in Arkansas then, and I will be unavailable to take anyone digging. My crystal yard and World Famous World Class Crystal Garden, here at the World Headquarters, will open, by appointment, when I am home, though.

        September 6, 7, 8, 2019
        Greenfield, IN, 500 Earth Sciences Club, Greater Indianapolis Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, I will be set-up outside under the Pavillion on the East side, in my usual spot, which is now bigger than ever!  Look for the flags and balloons. Thank you to all of you who requested me to come back and your continued patronage! I will have some relatively LARGE clusters with me this year. Fri: 9:30-basically, dark:30; Sat: 9-7; Sun: 10-4, contact Cheryl Hamilton, 317-897-6639.

        September 14 - 16, 2018 (2019 pending)
        Mays Landing, NJ 4thrd year there! Outside, at the Clubhouse! 2642 Cologne Ave, just off the Atlantic City Expressway. 870-490-1029. Hey, you can drive up to the back of my booth for the big stuff! Special guest appearances by Rina and Shana, possibly Robyn, Sonnet, and Chuckie, if they can be persuaded..! Look for the flags and balloons. Then.., Phillies games, during the week were lots of fun, after the show.

        September 21 and 22, 2019 dates pending
        Morgantown, WV show at Mylan Park. I will be in my usual spot in the back so we have easy access to the door for the tonnage! I will also be available in the greater Pittsburgh area for private appointments during the weekdays in between shows. 870-490-1029

        September 28 & 29, 2019 dates pending
        West Friendship, MD, Gem Cutters Guild @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, Sat: 10 - 6, Sun: 10 - 5. This year I will again have a full-sized booth by the West access door where you can drive up to load in the BIG ones, where so many of you do! WOW! Oh, my! That means twice as many crystals! Always a fun time at the show!! Contact: Bernie Emery, 410-462-0492.


        October 1, 2018 to October 9, 2019
        - I will be home cleaning and processing crystals and digging as much as I can. Barely enough time to even think, between so many shows. I will be available by appointment, and the World Famous World Class Crystal Garden will be open. 870-490-1029.

        October 11 and 12, 2019
        Mount Ida, AR- Annual Quartz Crystal Digging Contest, sponsored by the mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd, Mount Ida, AR. 9am - 3pm fri and sat. I do not dig in the contest, as I am in the Quartz Crystal Business. I DO help with set up and sponsoring of the event. Prizes to be awarded on Sunday at 7pm. Call or email me 870-490-1029, or, 870-867-2723 or email: for more details. In Conjunction with:

        October 11th, 12, 13, 2019
        Mount Ida, ARK, Annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, I'll be outside, in my usual spot- I have the purple flags and balloons! I am the guy with the trailer load of crystals and pallets of crystals on the ground. Come BIG or don't come at all, they say. So I do. Seriously! BRING YOUR TRAILER THIS TIME!!! Some of you have already learnt this!! KUDOS to you !!! Shipping costs way too much, however, I always have access to, literally, HUNDREDS of large and (relatively)CHEAP landscaping rocks with crystals on them, yes! MEGA TONNAGE! right here in the Mount Ida area. WE have a BIG loader. You just need to have one when you get 'em home. I also invite you to World Headquarters, which is only 10 minutes away from the show, to see even MORE, and many of you DO come!! Because, the BIGGEST ones ARE in the World Famous World Class Crystal Garden here at the World HQ! In fact, there are several folks who DO come out- WITH their trailers!! 11th-show set-up starts at 7am till 4/5pm or so - feel free to stop by Thu, that's 7am to 5pm set-up day, but still open! the 12th to 14th is the show. Fri: 9 - 6; Sat: 10 - 6, Sun: 11-5, 870-867-2723 or, call me 870-490-1029

        October 15, 2019
        Mount Ida, AR, ANNUAL MSHA ARKANSAS SURFACE QUARTZ MINER SAFETY REFRESHER COURSE. To be held at the County Annex Building. I'll be a legal eagle again, or yet, if you prefer, since I have been safety certified since its inception in 1992. I am, again, able to take my Annual Arkansas Surface Quartz Miner refresher course, for $40-, in MT IDA this year, due to my show schedule and MSHA's being in sync.

        October 20 & 21, 2018
        SOUTH CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA: 40th annual show and sale; Kanawha Rock & Gem Club, South Charleston Lions Club; South Charleston Community Center; 601 Jefferson Rd.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults 3.50, children free; dealers, crystals, minerals, lapidary, kids' corner, door prizes, live demonstrations; contact Franko Wirewrapping, PO Box 252, Farmington, WV 26571, (304) 657-7089; e-mail: My spot is near the roll-up door in the back for easy and safe loading into your car of the BIG STUFF! Always a fun time w a great Club!

        October 26 & 27, 2019
        Cuyahoga Falls(Akron), OH, Summit Lapidary Club and Akron Mineral Society Gemboree. Sat 10 - 6, Sun 10 - 5. My booth is facing the east wall, near the door, so you can get the BIG ONES out easy. This is a GREAT club, one of the best! if you are thinking about joining a club! Emidio & Sons Expo Center, 48 Bath Rd, contact Evelyn Tryon, 2028 Tallmadge Rd., Kent, OH 44240, (330) 673-9664; e-mail:; Web site:


        November 1, 2, 3, 2019
         Kansas City, MO – Shows of Integrity. KC Expo Center, near the airport. My booth is in the back of the hall between the roll up doors for easy access, as many of you have already taken advantage of! This year, as always, I will have been processing a new selection of BIG clusters with me!!! And I now have rollers to move them around on, too, which works out GREAT for everyone!!! The big stuff sold FAST at the 2017 show. I suggest getting there on Friday to have a chance to make your selections. Fri and Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun- 10-5., 972-542-7370.


        November 5 to November 14, 2018
        Breathing room, or, in reality, barely enough, time, to catch up on the packing and processing for a couple days. PLUS, did I mention Processing, Processing, Processing at home here in Arkansas. The World Headquarters and World Famous World Class Crystal Garden will be open and there will be a nice selection from which to choose. There are already several people who have made appointments to see me during this time period. 870-490-1029.

        November 15, 16, 17, 2019
        Columbia, SC - Annual show; Columbia Gem & Mineral Society; Jamil Temple; 206 Jamil Rd.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; adults $5, children (16 and under) free with adult, military & their dependents free; dealers, crystals - my booth is near a door for easy loading, as many of you already know! CRYSTALS, jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, tools, geode sales and cutting, club member exhibits, lapidary demonstrations; contact Sue Shrader, PO Box 6333, Columbia, SC 29260, (803) 736-9317; e-mail:; Web site:


        NOVEMBER 22, 23, 24, 2019
        Salem, VA- Roanoke Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show. Salem Civic Center. Fri- 2pm - 7pm- Sat- 9am - 6pm, Sun- 11am- 4pm. I will be in my usual spot near the rear doors, for easy loading, as many of you already know. This is a great club! And, this year, the one, and only, magnanimous LINDA, is also planning to be in the booth, for sure, barring no ice storms, on Saturday! Call me, JohnBe 870-490-1029 or email:

        December 14 and 15, 2019
        Franklin, TN Mid-Tennessee Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show. I will be in my usual spot n the NE corner near the door for easy access and easy loading, as so many of you have been doing for years!!!  This year, there will be a couple BIG clusters! Get there early, as ALL the BIG clusters sold, again! And, of course, the wonderful and amazing, Rotonya, will also be here to help you. This is a great show with a GREAT CLUB as host. JohnBe 870-490-1029.

        As always, with any travelling show, there are minor, but, good, changes. Dates and times change and I may be dropping some old shows and picking up some new ones. The 2018 schedule is nearly over!!!  Lots of good shows coming in 2019!!!

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        Thank You and God Bless You in all that you do!
        Hey, don't just sit there! Get up, get out and go to a show!! Turn off the TV and the 'puter and go out and live your life instead of watching it go by. Make your own news! And enjoy life!!! Updated on 12/18/2018. Have a nice day! Sincerely, jb