(April 21, 2011)

Dear meteorite friends,

My recent relative silence on the mail is basically due to family health problems (through personally I am in good shape) that had required my constant presence in Belgium, far from Mulhouse (where I basically achieved teaching activities) and thus from mail contact facilities. I want to apologize to you all who sent me messages that I haven?t answered yet. I?ll try to be in contact soon by answering specifically your questions or requests.

Please find heredown the official announcement of the 12th edition of our ?ENSISHEIM SHOW? that I traditionally use to forward to all of you who are on my mailing list.

Your recent requests and questions regarding this henceforth-unavoidable event argue for your intact interest that we all meet again in the little cozy city of Ensisehim that is housing, since almost 520 years, probably the most famous meteorite of the Solar system! I am fully confident that many of us will gather again to celebrate the next Spring-Summer transition by sharing our (old, new or renewed) passions for extraterrestrial objects of asteroidal or planetary origin (meteorites) or from true terrestrial sources (tektites, impactites).

Yes, definitely, « Ensisheim 2011 » is well scheduled for next June, now 12 years in a row.

As every year, here you will find again, as a preview (only for you!), a summary of the main characteristics of this 12th edition.


Saturday June 18 (9:30-18:00) and Sunday June 19 (9:30-16:00), 2011 (the weekend preceding the famous ?Ste Marie-aux-Mines? mineral show that is held relatively nearby (~ 80 km).

SHOW MAIN THEME: ?NWA: The Saharan Meteorite Bonanza?
SIDE THEME: ?Electromagnetic properties of meteorites?


Friday 17th is the "DEALER?S DAY" devoted for tables/booth set up. As last year, the Regency Palace rooms are exclusively open to dealers (14:00 - 18:30), and NOT to the public. - Note 1: Entrance exceptionally allowed to occasional visitors for justified reasons, on request (entrance fee) - Note 2: dealers can also (continue to) set up their booths on Saturday 18th morning (7:30 ? 9:30) before the official show opening.

New: This year the Regency Palace rooms as well as the entire electrical system are significantly renovated and modernized.

The Regency Palace rooms close on Friday 18:30 and all the opening ceremonies then start on the main square: inaugural address, enthroning ceremonies, friendly drink offered to dealers & invited friends? This year, a giant cake having the rough shape of the original Ensisheim meteorite (!) will be baked. A portion is offered to anybody accepting to quench his thirst with a glass of fresh ?Pinot Gris??


The traditional Friday Dinner Party starts at 20:00 on the main square, inside the large tent, thus almost in the open air (the mini cold wave experienced in 2010 is relatively unlikely, though scattered (thunder)storms are never excluded in hot Summer days (ask Bob Haag in 2001!)

Two meals (appetizer + beef or fowl (poultry) + desert (cook?s surprise) selectively prepared by the owner of the nearby restaurant "Le Boeuf Rouge" are proposed for a friendly price, not yet specified but around 13 euro (about US $ 18-20), beverage not included (for some ?obscure? reasons?)

Beer is unlimited (you bet!).
This year the ?Meteor? beer (though famous by name) is replaced by the excellent new brand ?Storky?: white beer, amber beer, as well as a ?special meteorite vintage 2011?. And there will be also some very pleasant fruit-based lighter and very refreshing beer ?for women? (but also strongly recommended for men, especially after midnight?).

The recommended wines always include our 2 traditional specifically labeled vintages "Ensisheim-Meteorite 1492" Pinot Gris (white) and "Ensisheim-Meteorite 1492" Pinot Noir (red), with the famous meteorite fall painting on label. Other red wines that traditionally accompany meat-based menus (Bordeaux....) will be available.

Party can end any time (possibly before the "meteorite hot rush" the next morning....)

Everybody (kings, presidents, organizers, dealers, relatives, close friends, distant friends, desert explorers, unknowns, tramps, outlaws (?),... attending (or not) the dealer's day & enthroning ceremonies & the "friendly drink", is warmly welcome! Special invitation to citizens from NWA! (fleeing dictators, please inquire first?)

Please, let me know (e.g. by mail) early enough, ideally before June 12 (slightly flexible deadline), if you want to attend the dinner-party, HOW MANY GUESTS you will bring and WHICH MENU (beef or poultry) you would prefer. THIS RESERVATION IS A MUST, for obvious reasons (total number of guests, menu selection and preparation). But please reserve only if you are (almost) sure to attend so that we can fully meet all your commitments, needs and comfort (I hate heavy and unnecessary administration, so please?.)

Fun is absolutely guaranteed during the party. I will maintain the tradition that the one who can't have fun pays ME a beer! (here I am sure nobody will be ?in ruin??)


* General activities: ?Sales, trades, exchanges??of various extraterrestrial objects?(but is it really needed to repeat this one more time ?).
Please note: sales of terrestrial rocks, minerals and fossils are PROHIBITED!

* Side activities: up to your best inspiration. Here we are very flexible indeed but? please just stay under the elemental legal constraints.

* To help you having even more fun (in case?), we can offer:
- Permanent musical entertainment by the ?Ensisheim?s Accordion Association? (Saturday 18:00 ? 20:00) - Country music by the ?world famous? ?Ansa Elsass Country Jumper? group. (you could appreciate a few surprises there?.) (Sat. 20:00 ? 21:30) - ?Younger? music (?techno? & related?) by the ?Ensisheim College Orchestra? teens
(Sunday late morning ? to be confirmed)
- Don?t forget that the main square is a permanent dance floor any time, anyhow, for every age!


The Saturday dinner (not official but strongly recommended to all participants) can either take part on the main "dancing" square, or ?anywhere else?.

- On the square, either inside the big tent or around the umbrella-covered tables (6 chairs per table), you may order the current meals served during the day, thus "tarte flambée", various snacks, cakes + "selected liquids", but also special show menus (meals based on grilled meat, sausages, ?merguez??French fries, salad?and ?re-selected liquids?) as well as a special ?meteorite sandwich? (big enough to be served on a dish), all prepared by the organizers.

- For ?anywhere else?, we specifically recommend the option that had met a significant success in 2010: Go to the restaurant "Le Boeuf Rouge" located on the other side of the church, 20 m from the tents. More than 120 guests can sit inside, in case of cold weather (quite unlikely), but also in the friendly open-air courtyard. This large open resort is partly covered by a wooden roof (in improbable case of rain), partly just sun-protected by vineyard.

Meals are proposed there "à la carte" at very friendly prices (the owner is, since last year, our new Brother-Guardian of the Ensisheim meteorite): any kind of food (quality to price ratio largely positive); beverage variety unlimited!

The advantage of that option (?Boeuf Rouge?) is not only the excellent food (we had a very positive feedback in the last 2 years) but also its proximity to the main hotel "Domaine du Moulin" or to the "dancing square", whereto you could walk (or "creep"...?) any time in the deep night....


Traditional lunches + all other specific snacks, including the very popular "tarte flambée" (Alsatian pie) as well as the new options (grilled meat and the big meteorite-sandwich) are permanently served outside (umbrella-protected tables) or inside (sun and/or rain-protected tent). Lunches can be served to exhibitors in the Regency Palace on noon time, on specific request.


All the other activities on the main square (beer, wine sale, fruit-beer, tee shirts, lager, snacks, beer, meteorite smuggling, Polish vodka (?), mugs, edible meteorite, white beer, pins, merguez, wine tasting, ?Storky? amber beer, French (or true Belgian!) fries, ?Storky? vintage, discussions, Gewürztraminer, Russian brandy (?), dark beer, Columbus memories, lager-mix, Pinot Noir/Gris, tequila (?), beer, market trends, water (??)... and permanent museum visits are maintained (some highly recommended!).

EXIBITION/ACTIVITIES related to the show theme

1) Thematic display in the Regency museum: METEORITES FROM NORTHWEST AFRICA

The traditional meteorite display in the museum hosting the 53.831 kg ?Ensisheim Queen? meteorite (please note once and for all the exact weight!), will involve the various types, subtypes, sizes, shapes, colors, shock grades, main masses, breccias, weathering grades? that characterize the 5350+ NWA meteorites so far officially classified or provisional.

Folks, yes, this is a CALL FOR SAMPLES!
This time, the exhibition is open to anyone willing to display a nice NWA wonder from his private (anonymous or official) collection.
The weirdest the sample, the better.
Particularly appreciated will be samples that have a (curious, tragic, funny?.) history or anecdote to tell.
Desert hunters, this call is for you!

If you wish to bring such samples, please notify me ?asap? (mail) and specify the name and all the scientific, anecdotic or personal data that characterize your specimen(s) so that I can prepare in advance the corresponding didactic labels.
Thank you to participate!

2) Thematic display in the Spiess hall (first room on the right side when you are at the top of the Palace spiral staircase): a bunch of stuffed animals living in hot deserts.

Note: many such LIVE animals, including snakes, scorpions and?a camel, will be wandering throughout the square, for the best kid?s (and adult?s) appreciation. Hide your hamburgers!

3) Side-theme: INTRINSIC MAGNETISM OF METEORITES AND THEIR BEHAVIOR IN AN ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD An original prototype instrument home-built by one of our invited lecturers Guy VERLOOVEN, will be at your disposal to test your recognized meteorites but also your unknowns or meteorwrongs. The aim is to determine with great accuracy the type of your sample through measuring simultaneously their magnetic susceptibility (variant of Rochette?s method) and their electrical conductivity.

4) This year, we have 2 plenary lectures related to the appropriate themes:

1) Michael FARMER (USA):
(Saturday, 15:00-16:00) (in English; if needed Zelimir can ensure French translation) This lecture will warn you of the many dangers you may face when you hunt meteorites in hot deserts, in particular in the Sultanate of Oman. In particular, it is expected that Mike and Bob Ward are willing to tell us more about their incredible and horrific forced visit of Omani jails?

2) Guy VERLOOVEN (Belgium):
(Sunday, 11:00-12:00, in French + English comments if needed).
The lecture will satisfy your general curiosity about electromagnetism and its interference with matter, and answer your questions on how the new prototype works to specify meteorite types (?side theme? described above)


The well known hotel "La Couronne" is now definitely closed!

The nearest hotel is now the "Domaine du Moulin" where I?d urge you to make room reservation, should you wish to stay at a walking distance of the show.

The "Niemerich" (Pulversheim) and the "Cheval Blanc" (Baldersheim) hotels, both about 5 km distant from Ensisheim (excellent tip for those having a car) are also always welcoming you.

An equivalent accommodation as offered by the ?Domaine du Moulin? can be found 5 km away from Ensisheim, namely at the ?ECHOMUSEE? resort: Hotel Restaurant ?Les Loges de l?Ecomusée », BP 7, Chemin du Grosswald, 68190 Ungersheim (30 rooms).
All details and reservation on line on the following link:


Everybody must arrange for his own accommodation!

You will find soon all hotel data (phone, fax, e-mail, web sites) on the flyer.
If you call, they all do speak English and German (possibly French?).

Should you need hotel data right now, please mail me.

Other features, data and remarks:

- TABLE PRICES: maintained as in the past (see flyer).

* 4 euro for adults, allowing show and museums visits for 2 days (Saturday, Sunday)
* Children under 12: free
* Those (non-registered dealers) who exceptionally wish to visit the show rooms during table installment on Friday afternoon must ask for a special visit card (badge) and should pay a ?discouraging? 5 euro entrance fee.

- NUMBER OF TABLES: still limited to about 55.

Just write me! (mail is the most reliable contact, phone is more tricky as I am not always there).
My mail: ?Zelimir? <zelimir.gabel...@uha.fr>

All the former dealers have full priority to reserve their last year table.
We still have a few free tables for newcomers but I recommend you reserve right now (or ?asap?)! First come, first served.

Those who did not yet send their traditional "hello, please can you reserve my usual place?", are urgently encouraged to confirm (or cancel) their wish to keep their usual tables at their preferred place. In any case, because of some slight differences changes in table arrangements, the organizers reserve the right to possibly change the layout of certain places. So please hurry to reserve if you want to come again, as we already have newcomers on a waiting list!

Please, can all of you who already reserved, CONFIRM me (by mail) your earlier made table reservation? (Except those who already did so a few days ago). Sorry for this trouble but it will greatly facilitate my administrative task (far easier for me to handle, and safer for you). A few words can do.

Some space in the consignment room is still available, free of charge, for those, especially guests coming from far away, who wish to sell some of their meteorites (ideally about 5-15 pieces). Just write labels and prices and leave the pieces in the locked tables, with info on how you should be contacted by potential customers during the show. We will take care of your sales (all free, no commission).
Contact me personally.

For public's respect, dealers are kindly asked NOT to leave the show tables before Sunday 16:00. This is one of the rare restrictions we must impose. Priority can be given to dealers who are able to fulfill this request.
Should you have a major problem with this, please contact me.

Those who can bring proof they are still under age of 12 (?administrative? age because we ALL have a mental age below 12!) and have an ?artistic soul? (who hasn?t ?), can propose us their best drawings related to the theme: ?METEORITE HUNTING IN HOT DESERTS?. Yes, you can bring drawings from the young artists from all over the world! Just a name (signed painting) and age are needed to obtain a ?reward? (contest results & awards: Sunday 15:00)


The official flyer is now ready and will be available in a couple of days on the Ensisheim web site:
Just open the site and click to the link: ?Ensisheim-meteorite 2011?.

Those who wish to receive the flyer personally and rapidly, please e-mail me. I will be happy to send it, as attachment, in English or French version (please specify).


Needless to mention, the FUNNY (crazy ?), friendly and ever smiling show ambience, that is progressively acquiring an ever growing reputation, is absolutely guaranteed again (by YOUR simple presence) for this new 2011 ?blast?.

Should this 10th show bring to all again much meteorite passion, fun, faith and friendship!

Bring much nice stuff and/or have a happy hunting.
We hope the so called ?general crisis? and the $ versus ? random fluctuation won?t have any bad influence on your sales or purchases.

My ever growing best wishes to all,


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