1 Ric12string 3 weeks ago Registration for the 2017 Gold Rush Roundup Has Begun!When: September 8-10, 2016 Where: Camp Lodestar, 6135 Blue Mountain Road Wilseyville, California 95257 That time has come again – time for the 2017 California Gold Rush Roundup. We will meet up again at Camp Lodestar in the little mountain hamlet of Wilseyville in the historic and picturesque Motherlode region of California.If you haven’t been to a California Roundup like this, expect some wonderful times in a beautiful scenic location with good food, great friends, and lots of fun making music. Let me give you a sense as to how we roll at our Gold Rush Roundup.We arrive in the afternoon on Friday, set up our gear, maybe get a few songs in as people begin to arrive, and then have dinner. But, after dinner, all bets are off and the music begins in earnest. There is no particular format to this. You simply state that you want to play and we will find a place for you. If you have a couple of songs that you want to perform, and there are others who know the songs, we will back you on them. If no one knows the songs, you have to keep digging until you land on a common denominator with the rest of the band. It is all spontaneous, extemporaneous, outrageous, contemporaneous, and righteous (okay, maybe not the last one, but I had to come up with a word that ended the same as the first four!). Saturday begins with breakfast and then more musical merriment ensues. We will take a break at lunch, followed by more music. (Are you seeing a theme here?? There is a lot of music to be made.) And, when you are not making music, you can sit back and be entertained. Last year, Taffy put together a very nice concert of some of his tunes while others took a break. I bet that, if we twisted his arm, he might be willing to do that again. Or Scott Rust treated us to some solo playing as well. We may also try to find a location where some acoustic playing can take place. And, of course, you can go swimming in the Camp’s large pool. Be sure to throw in a swimsuit so that you can beat the heat while taking a few laps in the pool.Saturday early evening, we HAVE to take the group photo. We always seem to put this off until Sunday morning when some people have already left to go home. Presumably, we will have most everyone present on Saturday afternoon and evening who is going to be attending, so that is when we have to do this. Remind me of that in case I forget.Saturday night brings the board branding event where you can burn a genuine Gretsch G-brand into a board (or your Gretsch guitar if you never intend to sell it!) upon which you will affix an appropriate Roundup proclamation. Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to prevail upon Joe to once again give us one of his latest “Joe and Fred Show” presentations (obviously, minus Fred), as well as update us on what is going on with Gretsch Guitars. Who knows? Maybe another “Ask Joe Anything” session (with appropriate ground rules, as always). And we will undoubtedly play more music. And then Saturday night is always the “pick dropping contest”, a swagfest that Joe leads out in where lucky winners take home a piece of Gretsch swag such as a Gretsch T-shirt, picks, strings, or whatever it is that Joe brings to share with us. And, and, and ... some lucky attendees have even been known to go home with an ukulele, banjo, or guitar that Joe brought to the Roundup. The swagfest is always the grand finale for a wonderful evening of music and fun.Sunday morning brings us breakfast once again and more opportunity to play (if you aren’t already played out from Friday and Saturday nights). And then late morning, we break camp and head home.A better time could not be had with your clothes on!Lodging is Camp Lodestar style where you will have a bunk in a dorm room or, if the Camp Director permits us again this year, in one of the small individual-sized cabins (perfect for couples or two to four buddies who want to bunk together). Each bunk has a mattress on it and you bring your own linens or sleeping bag. You will need to bring towels, wash cloths, and your own soap / toiletries. From what I understood last year, there was an abundance of hot water for showers. It’s rustic luxury at its finest.You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to the Roundup. That being said, please be mindful of the fact that Camp Lodestar is owned and operated by a church-based organization. The Camp Director was very much okay with our imbibing in a little wine or beer last year and will certainly permit it again this year. What is not welcome is the over-consumption of alcohol which leads to loud or obnoxious behaviour. We have never had a problem with this at the Gold Rush Roundup and I am confident that there will be no such issue again this year.You will recall that we had a problem last year with the volume of the music. The Camp Director has installed sound-absorbing baffling in the main dining hall where we play so that should go a long way towards reducing some of the echo chamber effect that we experienced last year, and which contributed to ever-increasing volumes. Please be mindful at all times of your volume when you are playing. If I or others ask you to turn your amplifier down, please do so without protest as we want everyone to be able to enjoy the event and be able to return home without ringing in their ears. So, let this serve as the ringing of the registration bell as the time for registration has officially begun. Pricing for the event is as follows:1 night (lodging plus 3 meals): $110.00 2 nights (lodging plus 5 meals): $190.00 Individual meals may be had as follows: Breakfast $11.00 Lunch $13.00 Dinner $15.00 You are welcome to bring a friend, whether to play music or to just meet new friends and sit and enjoy the music.Payment should be made with PayPal. I am fairly new to PayPal, but I recall from last year that we did not have to pay any additional fees above and beyond the charges for the event. You can send me an email and I will (if I remember how to do so) send you an invoice through PayPal for which you can send your payment back. Simple as that.We will need to get started on this sooner rather than later so that I will be able to send in the payment to Camp Lodestar next month on time. I will probably begin sending out emails to those who have previously indicated that they intend to attend the Roundup. If you haven’t received an email from me and want to attend, or if you just have any questions about the event, you can post any remarks in this thread. Or you can send me an email if you are the bashful type. The Roundup email address is CaliforniaRoundup [at] Yahoo [dot] com.Okay, let’s plan on another great Gold Rush Roundup in 2017. I am really looking forward to this!