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Tucson Dinner


#1

Hi Gang,

       You will have to Contact Dave Arens
<@David_D_Arens2> He is the one who organized it last
year.

It sounds like there’s interest for a 4th annual Orchid dinner during
the 2001 Tucson show.

If there’s enough interest, I’ll be glad to see about organizing the
affair. Unless there are objections or other suggestions the format
would follow last year’s as much as possible.

For those not there, here’s how it went. We had a private dinning
room at the Holiday Inn Downtown. We started gathering about 6:30 PM,
dinner was served about 7 PM. Everyone ordered from the menu with
separate checks. A 15% gratuity was added to each check. Cocktails
were available. Prices were in the $10-15 range. Special dietary
requirements can be arranged with prior notification. The Holiday Inn
Downtown is a stop on the show shuttle route. You can use the
shuttles to get to the dinner, but they stop running before the dinner
is over.

I don’t know if the Holiday Inn Downtown will be available this year,
but I’m sure some suitable location can be found. Before trying to
find a suitable location I need to have some idea of how many plan to
attend. The shows run from Jan. 27 thru Feb. 11.

The AGTA, GLDA, GJX & Rio Grande shows run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5.
Other shows start earlier or end later. I’d suggest 6:30 PM, Saturday
Feb. 3 as a date. If you are interested in attending or have any other
suggestions please contact me offline at: @David_D_Arens2. I
need a rough idea how many will be attending to arrange a suitable
location.

Thanks,

Dave


#2

Hi Gang,

The location for the the 4th annual (2001) Orchid dinner during the
Tucson show is the COYOTE CAFE in the Holiday Inn Downtown. The date
is Friday, Feb. 2 (this is a change from the proposed date of Feb.
3). Space is reserved from 6:30 PM onward.

We can start gathering at 6:30 PM. Cocktails will be available
before, during and after dinner. Dinner orders will be taken starting
about 7:00 PM. We’ll be ordering from the menu & there’ll be
individual checks. A 15% gratuity will be added to each check.

The hotel is in the process of changing ownership so it may have a
different name by show time, but the location won’t change.

I do have to give the hotel a count of the number of attendees by
Wed., Jan. 24, so let me know if you’ll be attending. So far 22 folks
have signed up.

Dave @David_D_Arens2


#3

Dave,

Sign me up and thanks for taking the lead.

Alan

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market Street - Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: 415-391-4179 fax: 415-391-7570
web: http://www.revereacademy.com
email: alan@revereacademy.com


#4

Hi Dave,

I’d like to attend the Tucson dinner on Friday, Feb. 2 - could you
count me in please? Thanks for taking this project on. I’m sure
everyone attending appreciates your efforts. I’ll look forward to
seeing everyone there.

Cynthia Downs
@Cynthia_Downs


#5

I find that I will arrive in Tucson on Feb 2 at 3:30 in the
afternoon. = Is there still room at the Orchid Dinner? If so, where
will it be held = and at what time? Living in the banana belt of
southcentral Alaska where all our snow is = melting!!!

Lori Kincaid


#6

Dear All, I am setting the cut off date for donations and
reservations for January 18 in order to be able to post a per plate
price for the dinner. Of course you are welcome to reserve space or
donate after that but, I need to be able to coordinate with the
restaurant. I’m shooting for less than $20 a plate depending on
amount of reservations and donations up to the 187th. The dinner is
scheduled for February 8. Cocktails start at 6 pm and dinner buffet
at 7pm. No host bar and live salsa music starts at 9:30. We will
have our own room so that the music can be danced to just in the
back ground. I hope you can ALL attend. Please send donations to me
at;

Sam Patania
3000 E. Broadway
Tucson , AZ 85716
520-795-0086 voice
fax 795-0341
THIS WILL BE A BLAST!!!


#7

Dear Patania, Forgive me this lack of basic info but when exactly is
the show in Tuscon? I would like to attend for info gathering as I
have a line I will be producing this year. But alas/alack I don’t
know where exactly it is and when. Can you please help. I would like
to attend the dinner if I can find accomodations etc. for the correct
dates. Thank you Cynthia


#8

Wow, Cynthia, you are in for a treat. Tucson show is HUGE. Go to
www.tucsongemshow.com Lots of info there. This year will be weird
due to Sept. 11th but, usually reservations need to be made a year at
least in advance. Orchid dinner Feb. 8th. Stop into my shop if you
make it and pleas attend the dinner. Let me know if you want
reservations. Sam


#9

I’m sorry I sent a message yesterday but the return adress was
incorrect it is @Cynthia_Madsen1. I was looking for info on the
dates, accomodations etc on the Tuscon Gem show-any info you have
would be helpful-I’m a newbe, Thank you very much Cynthia


#10
Tucson Dinner: I was looking for info on the dates, accomodations
>etc. on the Tuscon Gem show - any info you have would be
helpful... 

The November/December 2001 issue of Colored Stone Magazine shows 34
separate “Tucson Shows” in 31 different locations in the city. Some
starting on 31 January and some ending on 17 February.

The mains three shows for loose Colored stones are "wholesale only"
and start February 6th and end February 12th and are the AGTA, GJX
and GLDA shows which are all downtown and all within a very short
walking distance from each other.

Check out < www.tucsonshowguide.com > which is a web site operated
by The Tucson Show Guide which is the January/February edition of
Colored Stone Magazine. The Tucson Show Guide is given out for free
at almost all of the show locations. On the website you can get
about the show dates and locations and hotel
accommodations.

You can research a dealer name to see in what show he is, or you can
research a material and find out what dealers, in what shows, will
be carrying that material (this feature is a paid one, so only the
dealers who paid to have their product list published will appear in
a search).

Best regards
Robert Lowe
Lowe Associates - Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens
Tucson February 7 - 12, 2002 - GJX # 205
e-mail <@Robert>


#11

Dear All, I have Pat Glover from Tucson who has volunteered to be
the treasurer for the auction at the Feb Dinner. Thank you VERY much
Pat! Sam Patania, Tucson


#12

We have a special treat for the Orchid dinner Feb. 8th here in
Tucson! Spectrum Award slide presentation Alan Revere will show slides
of the winners of the 2002 AGTA Spectrum awards. Alan was one of the
judges this year and he has agreed to talk about the

competition, about being on the jury and his personal observations.
Alan will start his talk at 8PM and has a half hour presentation.
This is fantastic! Be there. Sam


#13

Dear All, The buffet dinner during the Tucson Gem Show will be held
at John Jacobs “ElParador” restaurant February 8th, Friday.
Cocktails start at PAM and buffet available starting at PAM. Live
music starts at 9:30, they have a GREAT band playing salsa music.
Vegetarian and non spicy foods will be available. Reservations are
recommended but the final cost of the buffet won’t be posted until
after the 18 of January because I am collecting donations to help
defray the cost of the dinner ( not as a payment for the dinner and
not to Hanuman, just for all Orchid attendees to lower the price per
plate).The numbers of reservations also effect the final cost per
plate SO GET THE RESERVATIONS IN. I will have a silent auction for
fund raising for Hanuman during the dinner where donations from
generous Orchid members of tools and materials for jewelry making
will be auctioned. I will post donation list of those from whom I
have received checks a couple times a week. For reservations,
donations, help, comments, observations ,recommendations, stupid
comments ANYTHING I can be reached at; Sam Patania 3000 I. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85716 @Patania_s 520-795-0086 For lodging or show
requirements refer to www.tucsongemshowguide.com Thank you, I will
see you there, Sam


#14

Here is my list of donors for the Orchid February dinner as of
today, Jan. 17th. All of us Orchidians thank these generous people
and organizations for helping us to eat

Joan Dulla
Jeff Graham www.cabbers.com & www.faceters.com
Patricia Wood
Dave Arens of Gemstones Etc.
Loren Damewood
Karen Christians
Rio Grande Supply Co.
Indian Jewelers Supply
Sam Patania of Patania’s


#15

Dear All, The buffet dinner during the Tucson Gem Show will be held
at John Jacobs “ElParador” restaurant February 8th, Friday.
Cocktails start at 6 pm and buffet available starting at 7 pm. Live
music starts at 9:30, they have a GREAT band playing salsa music.
Vegetarian and non spicy foods will be available. Reservations are
recommended but the final cost of the buffet won’t be posted until
after the 18 of January because I am collecting donations to help
defray the cost of the dinner ( not as a payment for the dinner and
not to Hanuman, just for all Orchid attendees to lower the price per
plate).The numbers of reservations also effect the final cost per
plate SO GET THE RESERVATIONS IN. I will have a silent auction for
fund raising for Hanuman during the dinner where donations from
generous Orchid members of tools and materials for jewelry making
will be auctioned. I will post donation list of those from whom I
have received checks a couple times a week. For reservations,
donations, help, comments, observations ,recommendations, stupid
comments ANYTHING I can be reached at;

Sam Patania
3000 I. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85716
@Patania_s
520-795-0086

For lodging or show requirements refer to www.tucsongemshowguide.com
Thank you, I will see you there, Sam


#16

I need clarification on donors to the tuscon dinner. I was under
the impression these donations were to go to Orchid to keep it free.
Not for feeding people going to Tuscon. Can someone help me?.
Louise


#17
  I need clarification on donors to the Tucson dinner.  I was
under the impression these donations were to go to Orchid to keep
it free. Not for feeding people going to Tucson.  Can someone help
me? Louise

Louise about Donations & dinner

During the Show prices in Tucson are crazy and Restaurants are
packed. Dinner reservations are tough to get specially in the
evening. Most of the shows close at about the same time. Most of
the restaurants avoid meetings they want you out and I have waited
for 45 min to an hour at some restaurants that are worth it. This
is the back drop of the scene.

Tucson happens to be one event at which a large number of Orchidians
attend. I have heard that they have 70 members so far and this can
only increase. When we meet we talk about how we could as a group
channel our efforts to help one another and make this Orchid family
bigger. They have managed to raise additional funds and commitments
at these gatherings.

We go there not for the food or for the venue. We go there to meet
the family. It is like going home for Thanksgiving. As for the
donations for the dinner

I guess they should have said we need funds to 'SPONSOR THE DINER.'
Funds to pay the Restaurant to let our group have a meeting there
and not chase us out. To make the dinner affordable for all of us
to attend. No body gets a free dinner everybody pays for their
dinner. The funds pay for the place which we would not be able to
afford.

The members of the Orchid group working for the Tucson Dinner are a
devoted a lot. They have put many hours and responded to many
messages. We look forward to them again.

Kenneth Singh


#18

Dear Louise, I tried to keep it clear that the donations I was
collecting were for feeding Orchid members in Tucson. I hit up large
and small companies and organizations for this and have had great
response from RioGrande/Neutec, Indian Jewelers supply, SNAG,
Gemstones Etc., Sheltech www.ringtools.com, www.cabbers.com,
www.faceters.com ( I hope I’m not forgetting anyone) This was my
only aim. In return these companies endeared themselves to all of us
Orchidians and became more aware of what Orchid is. I thought this
would strengthen Orchid. These companies will represent themselves at
the dinner in person to an audience who utilizes their services and
products. I thought that was the perfect match up. I am having a
silent auction specifically for Hanuman and Orchid and have had a
fantastic response to that as well. The dinner will not be free
either, there is still a per plate charge payable at the door or by
mail, this is above and beyond the donations. I have my self donated
time and money to this effort. I hope you can come to the dinner and
see how well I did or how miserably I failed. Sam Patania, Tucson


#19

Sam and others. Thanks for planning and fund raising to make the
Orchid Tucson Dinner happen. Events like these, for a group as
independent and diverse as Orchid, are nearly impossible to carry
off smoothly. This is a great time to meet, reunite and renew
friendships. I hope to see you all there.

Alan Revere


#20

I think that it would be wonderful to meet the “names” that I have
been reading for years. It’s unlikely that I will ever make it to the
Tucson show. I don’t produce a lot and have more stones than I will
ever do anything with. It would be nice if we could somehow have some
regional get togethers. I have attended some Snag conferences but at
that time, didn’t know people (probably still don’t) but again, it
would be nice to have smaller regional meetings. I don’t need to pay
a lot of money to hear a big name talk. It’s nice, it can be
informative but what I think I would like the most, would be the
opportunity, just to meet and talk, like the Tucson dinner.

Marilyn smith