1 Proteus 1 year ago (Wherein we consider a proposed location for a 2017 midwest/midsouth Roundup - heir to Nashville & Crossroads tradition. There will be a definitive announcement on the 2016 French Lick event later today or tomorrow.To be abundantly clear: this thread is about a possible event over a year from now.) As y'all who pay attention to such things know, the loss of the Nashville Roundup's 7-year happy home at Hachland Hills outside Nashville TN has left our Roundup either looking for a new permanent home or wandering from location to location. Unless things fall apart badly in the next day or two, we'll be trying the amazing resort in French Lick/West Baden, IN this year.But we're thinking ahead to 2017. No doubt we'll consider other venues (and follow up on suggestions), but I've had a good conversation with Vanessa Kaukonen at the Fur Peace Ranch in southeastern Ohio, and it's a definite possibility.I encourage you to read all about the Ranch HERE, but here's the bulleted summary: • rural, isolated, very green location in the hills of southern Ohio • dual-occupancy cabin accommodations for 30 people (max) • 200-seat fully equipped performance space for our big room jamming • smaller classroom/workshop spaces for other playing and visits • dining facilities with full catering • staff fully in tune with musical events; noise no issue • ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL PERIOD FULL STOP Pricing is very attractive: 3 days of fun and music (2 overnights) with all facilities, lodging and meals would cost less than 200.00 per person (based on 30 attendees).The location is not far from interstates; airplanes land in Columbus (about 100 miles away). Most roads in southern Ohio are paved. (I jest. US 33 from Columbus is 4-lane most of the way there.)We always aim to have more than 30 people, and most Roundups get 40-50. I'm guessing (haven't confirmed) that the Ranch will have no problem with folks staying elsewhere and dining (and rounding up) at the Ranch. The Ranch is located between Athens (home of Ohio University) and Pomeroy (a river town). 15-25 minute drive either way. Both have plenty of chain hotels.BUT (and you all will have to determine how big a but this is) the Ranch is dry. It's the way it is, period. I doubt they inspect bags and boxes, but I was pleasantly - though specifically - advised that blind eyes are not turned to sneaked-in liquor. No nods or winks. People are, of course, welcome to go off campus to drink, then come back - but the staff doesn't want to deal with obvious and troublesome inebriation.To avoid trouble, it's probably best to consider it a dry weekend. So. Cool venue with everything we need, great musical connections (I'd hazard the guess that Jorma might nose around to see what we're up to), self-contained for most lodging and meals, more than reasonable pricing, good people.No alcohol.The venue is already finalizing its 2017 schedule, and for the moment a weekend in early October is available. But the schedule will close soon; if we could thumb it up or down in the next couple of weeks, we could get'er booked.Look it over carefully, see what you think. Discuss here.