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! Take note: cell service is basically non-existent in the rural area in which I live. So, I simply just do not get the calls or messages.
NO! I DO NOT HAVE A CRYSTAL MINE! And I do not want one.
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 packed with sawdust from the cut-down rain forests from some other country. I pick each one here in Arkansas. 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. And it usually sells very quickly. When I buy, and also when I dig, I handle the crystals as little as possible- never touching the tips; 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, call or text, see me in person at a show, or, email me.
**EMAIL IS THE BEST WAY AND MY PREFERRED WAY TO CONTACT ME!!**@: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
**EMAIL IS THE BEST WAY AND MY PREFERRED WAY TO CONTACT ME!!**.
If you absolutely have to call: 870-490-1029. 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 approximately February, 26th. I begin slowly taking down after February 20th.
**THIS IS MY CURRENT SHOW SCHEDULE**
**From NOW- late Summer of 2019, into Fall of 2020 and beyond!!**
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December 18, 2019 to approximately February 26, 2020.
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 6th, and expand my booth into the FULL Quartzsite set-up. And, I think you will all like my fun and inviting ‘new look’ this coming season!!!
January 3 – 5, 2020
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, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Hi, Mary Jean!
January 6, 2020
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. No, I do not go to TUCSON. No, I do not have a mine.
January 7th to approximately February 26, 2020
Quartzsite, AZ, TYSON WELLS, spaces B/C, 18 – 23. Yes! That’s ME at the traffic signal, 20 spaces in, north by northwest of the signal, @ US 95 S and W Kuehn St, with all the twinkling purple lights, balloons 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, again, SOLD OUT of nearly all the crystals that were on the tables and pallets- BEFORE the end of the show! 2019 proved to be a very successful year! Thus, my need for more crystals!!! 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 have an amazing selection of these, which have been selling very well! And, as usual, (just for you, Stan, et al.!) 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 2020! 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: email@example.com or call 870-490-1029.
January 24, 2020
Will be JohnBe’s(my) 59th 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, and money are most welcome and appreciated, too!!!! NO! I DO NOT GO TO TUCSON as a dealer! I STAY SET UP IN QUARTZSITE for the whole season.
Approximately, February 26 to March 3, 2020, will be my last days in Quartzsite for the 2020 season.
Again, I will be taking various days off to go to SPRING TRAINING games in the Phoenix Metro Area, prior to closing for the season.
Please call me if you want to see me in person. Otherwise, there may be someone watching the store for me.
February 23, 2019
Was my last selling day in Quartzsite for the season. I actively began putting everything show related that was left away.
After February 26, 2019 nothing at all was left.
Take down and put away the rest of the booth in Quartzsite until the 2019/2020 season commences. Then, I took some well deserved days off.
March 13, 14, 15, 2020
Victorville (Stoddard Wells), CA – 43nd 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: www.vvgmc.org. 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!!! Please don’t steal my tables, again!
March 20, 21, 22, 2020
Albuquerque, NM, Treasures of the Earth, sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club’s 42nd 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! Contact Jay Penn, 505-883-4195 for more information or go to the club’s website:www.AGMC.info.
March 19, 20 21, 2021 BIG CHANGES COMING!!! More on this later…
March 23, 2020 to April 13, 2020
I will be home from my winter Southwest (snowbird) trip and will be cleaning an entirely new batch of crystals for my upcoming group of shows to UT, Memphis, KS and beyond. And I plan on doing a goodly amount of personal digging. At this point, my schedule is open, and will have a limited amount of 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 17, 18, 19, 2020
South Jordan/ Salt Lake City, UT – Wasatch Gem Society is pleased to announce their Annual Show for 2020 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Events Center, 2100 West 11400 South,- South Jordan, Utah 84095. I will be in my usual spot on the back row in the NE corner. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.wasatchgemsociety.com. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
April 25 – 26, 2020
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! Thanks to everyone for your continued supprt! Sat 9 -6, Sun 10 – 5. W C McDaniel – 901-490-3575
May 1, 2, and 3, 2020
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! Bring an umbrella and a windbreaker this year! Call me – 870-490-1029
May 16 and 17, 2020
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 18 to June 4, 2020
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 6 and 7, 2020(NEW LOCATION)
Oak Hill State Park, Birmingham, ALABAMA: Annual show; Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society; Oak Hill State Park; NEW LOCATION, but, I will be in a spot, where it IS OK 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: www.lapidaryclub.com
June 14, 15, 16, 2019 (2020 dates pending..)
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: email@example.com. This is a wonderful show.
June 26, 27, 28, 2020
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. Wendy, 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 22, 2020
Looking forward to having 17 years clean and sober!
GRATEFUL for having 16 years CLEAN and SOBER and celebrated 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 29 – July 23, 2020
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 24 to August 2, 2020
Spruce Pine, NC – 24th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show. Same venue, 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 in 2018, before the last weekend of the show, and there were many of those of you who wanted more! Bring your trailer, Gary!! 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 14 – 16, 2020
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. Sold out for the 7th straight year in 2019! 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!! Come’ n’ get ’em!!! 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 18 to September 2, 2020
Story, ARK Home cleaning crystals. And I 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 Universal Headquarters, will open, by appointment only, when I am home, though- yes, in the air conditioning.
September 4, 5, 6 2020
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 Pavilion 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 for your continued patronage! I will have at least 2 relatively LARGE clusters with me this year. Get there EARLY, as all the largest pieces sold out by Saturday afternoon! Fri: 9:30 to basically, dark:30; Sat: 9-7; Sun: 10-4, contact Cheryl Hamilton, 317-897-6639.
September 9 to 18, 2019
I have decided NOT to do the Mays Landing show this year, and the calendar for the next few years looks like I will have other shows coinciding with this show. So, it will be a few years before the calendar falls the right way for me to be able to consider this show.
So, during this time, I will be home cleaning crystals, n’nat…
September 21 and 22, 2019 (YES for 2020! DATES PENDING)
Morgantown, WV show at a new location: the National Guard Readiness Center at 90 Army Band Way. I will be in a spot near an access door so we are able to load stuff in and out safely and discreetly! I will also be available in the greater Pittsburgh area for private appointments during the weekdays in between shows. 870-490-1029
September 26 & 27, 2020
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, whilst preparing for shows. Barely enough time to even think, between so many shows, let alone dig. I will be available by appointment, and the World Famous World Class Crystal Garden will be open. 870-490-1029.
October 6, 2020
Little Rock, AR, ANNUAL MSHA ARKANSAS SURFACE QUARTZ MINER SAFETY REFRESHER COURSE. To be held at the MSHA in LR. I’ll be a legal eagle again, or yet, if you prefer, since I have been safety certified since its inception in 1992. I, again, have to take my Annual Arkansas Surface Quartz Miner refresher course, for $40-, in Little Rock this year, due to my show schedule and MSHA’s NOT being in sync. Bummer!
October 9 and 10, 2020
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 anymore, as I am in the Quartz Crystal Business. I won in 1993 and 1994, and look where it got me!? 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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. In Conjunction with:
October 9th, 10th, 11th, 2020
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 JohnBeCrystals.com 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 www.mtidachamber.com, 870-867-2723 or, call me 870-490-1029
October 17 and 18, 2020>
SOUTH CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA: 41st 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 (yes, that > FRANKO!) Wirewrapping, PO Box 252, Farmington, WV 26571, (304) 657-7089; e-mail: email@example.com. 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 (2020 pending)
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 boxes and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.SummitLapidaryClub.org
November 6, 7, 8 2020
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!!! OUT THE BACK DOOR to your waiting vehicle they go!!!! The big stuff sold FAST at the 2019 show, and, sold out. I suggest getting there early on Friday to have a chance to make your selections, as I can only bring so many… Fri and Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun- 10-5. www.kcgemshow.org, 972-542-7370.
WE ARE HERE IN THE SCHEDULE!!
November 4 to November 20, 2019
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 NOT be open. I will be closed to the public during this time, and will not be available. 870-490-1029.
November 22, 23, 24, 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: email@example.com; Web site: www.cgams.org.
NOVEMBER 29, 30 & Dec 1, 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 making a guest appearance in the booth, for sure, barring no ice storms, on Saturday! Call me, JohnBe 870-490-1029 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 14 and 15, 2019
Franklin, TN Mid-Tennessee Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show. I will be in my usual spot in 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, BEFORE Sunday afternoon! 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.