The 2018 California Gold Rush Roundup is set to begin soon and registration has begun! When: September 7-9, 2018 Where: Camp Lodestar 6135 Blue Mountain Road Wilseyville, CA 95257 Come to the Mother Lode region of California's Sierra Nevada mountains and join us for several days of Gretsch guitars, music, and fellowship with like-minded souls. We will once again convene in the Sierra hamlet of Wilseyville (no relation to James, I presume) on the afternoon of September 7, 2018 where we will spend the weekend in the Mother Lode woods. It will be a tremendous time to play music, listen to others play, ogle Gretsch guitars (and other nice guitars are also always welcome), eat some good food, and renew your GDP friendships in real life. Oh yeah. And Joe Carducci, product specialist from FMIC/Gretsch will be on hand to pass out the Gretsch Kool-Aid and maybe you will win a Gretsch t-shirt or a set of strings. Or maybe even a guitar. All you will need will be a lucky pick that drops from the guitar at the magic moment. This year's theme is a non-musical theme: "This Goes to 11", which honors the fact that this is our 11th Roundup. Hard to believe how time has flown by, right? Music is played by whomever wants to get up and play. For those who are not accustomed to playing with others, this will provide an excellent opportunity to dip your toes in the water and play in a band setting. Your fellow GDPers are all very supportive and will help you feel right at ease. On the other hand, if you are a veteran, then you will probably fit seamlessly into an impromptu ensemble as we have many very experienced musicians who attend our Roundup Camp Lodestar is a denominational summer camp facility that we have been fortunate enough to have been able to rent the past few years. Sleeping quarters are dormitory style with bunk beds. You will bring your own sleeping bag or linens with you. However, for couples or families with children, we have some small cabins that we have been permitted to use. They will be made available on a first-come first-served basis for those who are registered. You will need to request one, however, at the time that you register. Asking for one in this thread won't reserve you anything but a smile from our Camp Manager, Jeff. Meals are a part of the program at Camp Lodestar. The kitchen staff goes way beyond the call of duty to try to accommodate any unusual dietary needs. So, when you register, please inform me that you have a special dietary need and then describe it for me so that the kitchen staff will know what they can prepare for you to eat. Registration Fees, which include lodging and all five meals (there is no registration fee per se): Friday evening to Sunday morning: $180.00 Saturday lunch through Sunday morning: $100 Where can you have three days of musical fun for such an inexpensive price? If you have an RV or trailer and wish to bring it to the Roundup, you may do so. However, there are no water/electric/sanitary hookups. You will need to be completely self-contained. You will park in a meadow about a five minute walk from the Lodge. The registration fees for bringing an RV or trailer and having meals are as follows: Friday night through Sunday morning: $105.00 Saturday lunch through Sunday morning: $60.00 If you have friends who wish to visit Camp Lodestar for the day, but not spend the night, and who wish to eat meals with us, please let me know that by sending me an email and I will let you know what the cost for them will be. We will need to know, however, that they will be visiting so that we can be sure that there will be sufficient food prepared. Please register in the following manner: Send me an email at [CaliforniaRoundup] [at] [yahoo] [dot] [com] and tell me how many of you will be in your party, everyone's names, and the days/nights which you will be attending. Also, tell me if you have any special dietary needs and if you are a family or couple who are seeking a small cabin. PayPal the registration fees to me. My PayPal address to use is [my screen name] [at] [yahoo] [dot] [com]. (Don't use the California Roundup email address for PayPal'ng funds.) You must use the Friends & Family option with PayPal for these prices. If you have any questions, please ask before registering. You can send questions to [CaliforniaRoundup] [at] [yahoo] [dot] [com]. Okay, campers, This Goes to 11! Let's get ready to party in California Gold Rush Roundup style!