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Archive for January, 2014

Tucson Gem Show

January 29th, 2014 by Betty Ross

gems The World’s Largest Treasure Hunt
February 1 – 16, 2014
The popular Gem Show Hotline, 622-GEMS(4367), will REOPEN on January 17, 2014!  In the meantime, please call our Visitor Information number at 800-638-8350. TucsonGems.

For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.

The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.

There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.

The Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast   a great place to stay while taking in the Gem and Mineral Show. You can start your day with a cup early morning cup of coffee or your favorite tea watching the birds. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast. At the end of your long day of shopping you can relax in our hydrotherapy spa with a glass of wine and take in some stargazing!


Dillinger Days

January 23rd, 2014 by Betty Ross

dillingerCome to the annual event at Downtown Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the capture of PUBLIC ENEMY No.1, John Dillinger! January 25, 2014

The Saturday event is FREE & FAMILY-FRIENDLY, as always, with re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, food, live music, and a vintage car show. To heighten the historic experience, this year’s annual on-site fire re-enactment will be supplemented with the first-ever re-enactment in the original Pima County courtroom from Dillinger’s 1934 trial! Plus, to top it all off, we’ll be offering:

…arts, crafts and carnival games

…family-friendly firetruck rides starting at Maynards Market & Kitchen

…two historical lectures – “A Nine Ring Legal Circus: 10 Eventful Days in Tucson”  by Andy Dowdle, and “The 1930′s – Tucson’s Last Quiet Decade” by Ken Scoville

…a historic Dillinger walking tour lead by Andy Dowdle including the courtroom re-enactment

…events at Tucson’s cafe, beer garden, and “artisan maker space,” Maker House

…the truck that put out the infamous 1934 Hotel Congress fire – American La France – newly restored

…and a full Downtown merchant presence featuring the Chicago Music Store, Hydra, and Buffalo Exchange!

A portion of the weekend’s proceeds benefits the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, whose mission is to assess and respond to unmet needs of the greater Tucson firefighter community by facilitating access to health and wellness resources, while recognizing the firefighting heritage and culture.

Reenactment Shows produced by HotshotPerformer.com

Saturday Schedule of Events
9:00am – Arts and Crafts and Carnival Games Open

10:00am –Lecture:  “A Nine Ring Legal Circus” -10 Eventful Days In Tucson – Andy Dowdle. Club Congress.

10:00am – Live Music – Old Time Radio Programming. Hotel Congress Plaza.

11:00am –Dillinger Re-enactment Full Show. Hotel Congress Plaza.

12:15pm – Live Music – Hotel Congress Plaza

12:30pm – Dillinger Historic Walking Tour – Andy Dowdle. Includes courtroom reenactment.

1:00pm – Old Time Radio Program – Hotel Congress Plaza

1:30pm – Live Music. Hotel Congress Plaza

2:20pm – Fashion Expo by Buffalo Exchange and Hydra. Hotel Congress Plaza

2:45pm – Brothers Macabre –Turn of the Century magic Show

3:00pm – Dillinger Re-enactment Full Show. Hotel Congress Plaza