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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 17:23    Post subject: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

This past weekend we had the great pleasure of enjoying MAD and SMU's mineral symposium with various guest speakers at the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. That evening, on the Saturday night, Rob Lavinsky of the Arkenstone hosted a "dinner" for all the guests.
Jim and I hosted the Sunday "Brunch with a Crunch" for well over a hundred guests.
Due to cooking I have no photos of the symposium as I was at home, but I do have photos of the Dinner on Saturday and the gathering at our home on Sunday.
I am hoping to have photos of the symposium when people can find the time to send a few to me.



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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 17:26    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

The dinner event on Saturday, August 27th, 2011


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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 17:30    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 17:32    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:00    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

Love the dessert Rhodochrosite, Gail.
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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:12    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:16    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:21    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:24    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:29    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:33    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

David Bernstein wrote:
Love the dessert Rhodochrosite, Gail.


I was just goofing with it and asked Jim to take a photo of me with my camera phone, well....we thought it was fun and made it the invitation and we even added a photo stamp of it on the envelope. Lunch with a Crunch was Jim's idea. Thanks David.

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:47    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 18:52    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 21:36    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 21:42    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 21:46    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2011 21:53    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2011 07:32    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

As usual, minerals and mineral enthusiasts perfectly illustrated by Gail - always a special treat, thanks!
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2011 07:40    Post subject: Re: Spann Soiree, August 28th 2011 after the Dallas Symposium  

Tobias Martin wrote:
As usual, minerals and mineral enthusiasts perfectly illustrated by Gail - always a special treat, thanks!


Thanks Tobias, lots more to come! I have good photos of minerals to add shortly.

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