Raise Your Stein

October 12th marks the 8th year of Oktoberfest in Buckeye! Originally, Oktoberfest was started in Bavaria, Germany more than 200 years ago. Who knows, maybe they had Sangria there? Traditional beer steins were part of the celebration. Over time steins became more ornate. A contest for the coolest beer stein is brewing at the 6th Street Plaza Sangria & Shopping Biergarten October 12th at 9 a.m. in Historic Downtown Buckeye, Arizona!

Look At My Stein Contest!

Jay Broadbent of the Powers-Leavitt Insurance, Rotary Club of Buckeye, Buckeye Elks and Buckeye Main Street Coalition gave us a peek at a few of his Anheuser-Busch steins. Jay started his collecting in 1979 which has grown to about 120 steins.

Anheuser Busch Stein

When I asked Jay why he started collecting steins he said, “I just enjoyed it and I was working for Budweiser at the time.”

Anheuser Busch Stein – Brewery Scene

Anheuser Busch Winchester Rodeo Series Stein

Anheuser Busch Stein set

Your stein should have a handle and a lid with a hinge.

Anheuser Busch At Point…English Setter Stein

The Anheuser-Busch Collectors Club 1995 5th Anniversary Stein

Budweiser Clydesdale Horse Stein

Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Truck Stein

Budweiser Dalmatian Stein – 1999

Anheuser Busch Penguin Stein – 1996

Budweiser Beer Frog Stein – before 2000

Budweiser Lizard Stein

Of course the Budweiser Frogs and the Budweiser Lizards from the swamp are a set.

Horton Holds Up Helzarockin’

Bill and Lin Horton made a big splash at Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show last year! Misty Mountain is the name of their company and they arrived with a huge RV. I never thought I would ever care so much about EZUP tent anchor techniques. The Hortons are the masters of not only making beautiful jewelry with rocks and minerals but they know a lot about how to REALLY stake down a tent. Bill pulled out a stake that you could anchor a cruise ship with. I like that they are from Litchfield Park, practically neighbors for our West Valley Show coming up soon, October 11-13 of 2019.

What attracted you to live here in Litchfield Park, Arizona? Lin Horton:We wanted to move out of town with less traffic and crowds yet be relatively close to downtown.


When did you first start making jewelry? LH: Bill’s first rock show was the Pow wow in Quartzsite and ever since then he knew he wanted to be part of that world.  

What are your thoughts on jewelry made from rocks and gems? LH: You can still find the traditional styles but if you want something truly unique that you don’t see at the mall stores or that is manufactured in mass quantities overseas then this is the place to shop. Promise you will find something with just the right bling and guaranteed to cause a flood of compliments.

Misty Mountain Gem & Mineral

Who inspires you the most in the rock and gem world? LH: We both think the jewelry made by local craftsmen and jewelry found at the club shows are unique in both style and material

Sta Rite There

Redd Stanberry Antique Engine Shop

Donnie gave me a tour of some of the antique engines that will show at the Antique Engine Show for Buckeye Oktoberfest Saturday, October 12th at the Buckeye, Arena, 802 North First Street or Miller Road in Buckeye, Arizona. Redd Stanberry and Donnie Gideon not only work together at Arizona Gin Supply but are extremely knowledgeable and passionate collectors and mechanics of antique engines. Donnie Gideon says Redd’s been collecting anything that could spit at you since the late 1960’s. They even restored a 1914 Dempster windmill. Like any collector, Redd and Donnie not only like to get old engines running but also see how slow they can run, it is a THING with antique engine collectors.

Since cast metal engines weigh several tons, Redd and Donnie make custom steel carts with wheels on the bottom with a handle to pull.

Currently on the lift are Sta Rite’s twin engines, one from 1908 and the other from 1926 both 3 horse power. 110 years ago they were in the factory together coming out at the same time which is pretty rare to find. These Sta Rites are highly sought after because they are really well built engines. Racine was a company around in 1906. The company moved from Racine to Lacrosse so they only made a few engines. They folded under soon after moving to Lacrosse. There is a registry that collectors refer to that confirms they were in business and made only 100 engines. “When we got the engine, we tore it apart and have been rebuilding some things that were a little messed up”, says Donnie.

Sta Rite Engine built in Racine, Wisconsin

Gertrude is the nick name for a rare Sta Rite from 1910. Many collectors seek this cast metal rarity. Donnie says she has a clutch pulley used to engage a belt and run a corn grinder, water pump, drill or whatever early pioneers needed to use.

Red and Donnie call this Sta Rite “Gertrude”

Gertrude runs off a magneto which means it has it’s own box that creates a spark, kind of like an alternator in your car. This is one of the first magnetos ever made. Originally it wasn’t built right. “It took us about 2 years to go through it with some help from other mechanics to figure out how to make it work right”, said Donnie. Redd found ways to improve it without messing with the engine. There is only one other like Gertrude and it is in Oregon. They are so rare, there is no paper work on these.

1909 Waterloo Boy

Redd has an engine that is pre John Deere. John Deere bought out the Waterloo Boy Tractor Company in 1918 in Waterloo, Iowa. Alot of these companies didn’t necessarily make their own engines. One company would make the engine and sell it to other companies which would slap their own label on the engine and sell it. These photos just don’t do these engines justice. You must go to the Antique Engine Show October 12th at the Buckeye Arena. Gates open at 9:00 a.m.

2018 Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show

Lee Gonzales Buckeye Jewelry Artist

James and Lee Gonzales will be vendors at the upcoming 2018 Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show October 12-14 in Historic Downtown Buckeye, Arizona.  I spoke with Lee recently to learn where her inspiration for wrapping copper and threading gemstones to make her sought after jewelry and art.

Tree of Life

Lara: Do you cut and polish stones?

Lee: My Dad who was a rock hound, taught me lapidary and silversmithing at age 10. For 5-6 years, I did do my own lapidary and silversmithing work. When I was a teenager, we had a house fire just before the big January Rock and Gem show in Phoenix.  Our house burnt to the ground on Christmas and we lost everything, including our lapidary equipment and supplies.  We never got back into lapidary because of the cost.  It’s something I would like to get back into. I just buy my cabs now.

Lara: Your father was a rock hound, tell me about him.

Lee: He was from New Jersey and moved out to Arizona in 1963. He loved the desert. He bought himself a jeep and every weekend we as a family would pick a new place and go rock hounding.

Lara: Did you always live out here in the West Valley?

Lee: I was born in New Jersey, my parents moved out here when I was 3.  We originally moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona and then my parents bought a piece of property in Rainbow Valley. I have lived in Rainbow Valley, Arizona since 1968.

Lara: Did your family ever go rock hounding with the Koning family from Morristown?

Lee: My Godfather moved out here a few years after we did, and he had bought a small claim that was part of the Vulture Mine. We would go out in the Wickenburg area all the time for rock hounding.  There used to be a rock shop in Glendale, AZ where we always went.

Lara: Did your family belong to a rock hounding club then?

Lee: Yes, but I don’t remember the name of it.   The club came out of the Glendale Rock Show. We’d get together on weekends, much like your West Valley Rock & Mineral Club.

Lara: Talk abut your Pale Tail Visions work.

Lee: I have all different types of earrings, necklaces, beaded bugs and trees of life that can set in a window, hang on a wall or your person.

Copper Wire Wrapped Stone Cab

Copper Wire Wrapped Stone Cab

Lara: What’s your biggest seller?

Lee: The beaded spiders are most popular. The trees of life come in second.  The spiders draw attention.  Customers may not always buy depending on funds or time of year, but they always stop and look.  My prices are pretty reasonable. Everybody can afford a spider whether they like them or not.

Wire and Gem Stone Spiders

Wire and Gem Stone Spiders

Lara: What started you making beaded spiders?

Lee: For the last 25 years, my husband and I make Christmas gifts for each other.  We had gone somewhere and seen these spiders displayed as Christmas ornaments.  That year we made spider Christmas ornaments. We just continued making them and they kinda morphed over time. About 4 years ago, I was making a tree of life and I was wrapping the tiny skulls in the tree branches and my husband said, “Put a skull on the spider!”, and they EXPLODED! We can’t make them fast enough.  I bet I make 500-700 handmade spiders per year. We sell in 3 retail shops. Tanga’s Natural Magick, Peoria, Arizona, Stone Goddess Designs, San Antonio, Texas, and The Jewelry Spot in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

My work is priced from $25 to $100. The sweet spot is $25  to $45.  My work should be affordable for everyone.  I make these little glass bottle charms. I fill them with rock chips. They can be worn on a necklace. I sell them for 3 dollars or two charms for 5 dollars.  The family that comes by that has two little girls that doesn’t have a lot of money, they can buy both of them a necklace.

Come to the 2018 Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show to visit Lee Gonzales and lots of other talented artists!

Buckeye Oktoberfest 2018

Buckeye Oktoberfest 2018

Written by: Lara Serbin, Buckeye Main Street Coalition