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Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (kenf) » Wed May 27, 2009 6:53 pm

I'm not finding any recent threads, so - anybody interested in doing a confluence or minicon?

I'd be happy to get the ball rolling...
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (jps) » Wed May 27, 2009 7:32 pm

I was just discussing this over dim sum yesterday with Paul Boyer. :shock:
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (bassduke49) » Wed May 27, 2009 10:43 pm

Sure, I'd be interested, but I think the Chicago guys need to chime in here. Seems Ted has submerged, and doing a confluence in Chicagoland without him would be folly.

I pretty much single-handedly arranged a Milwaukee confluence three years ago, and it was a great time, but lightly attended. The two major collectors, Ted Staberow and Jeff Thomas, brought their huge fleets of Rick basses on Saturday. I think we had maybe 50 instruments and maybe a dozen attendees. The reality is that to book a conference room at a hotel costs money, but some of that could be mitigated by overnight room bookings. In the Milwaukee case, I don't think anyone but my wife and I overnighted.

Another thought is to possibly find a suitable space through one's local community center, church, school, or bank.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (kenf) » Wed May 27, 2009 10:54 pm

I'm certainly willing to ringlead if no one else wants to do it. I'm in Aurora, which would be a bit of a haul for the WI crowd. What about someplace between MKE and ORD - say Gurnee?
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (jps) » Wed May 27, 2009 11:58 pm

Gurnee? I suppose that'll do! :wink:
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (dr_bob) » Thu May 28, 2009 3:00 pm

Maybe some St. Louis or Central Illinois folks would come as well. I keep trying to make one of these regional gatherings -- one of these days my back issues may actually let me travel. I certainly would be interested. I'd prefer Aurora over Gurnee, but obviously go with whatever works for the majority.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (kenf) » Thu May 28, 2009 3:09 pm

Aurora/Naperville would be a heck of a lot easier for me to organize...
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (chuck_king) » Thu May 28, 2009 7:28 pm

Sounds good to me!
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (byu) » Fri May 29, 2009 1:12 am

I'm in.
I talked to Ted about this about a month ago but I don't think either one of us had the time nor inclination to get the ball rolling. I'm sure he'd attend though.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (kenf) » Fri May 29, 2009 10:34 am

OK, let's survey those that have replied so far:

* Would you be more likely to attend a confluence held someplace between Chicago and Milwaukee (like Gurnee) or in Aurora, 40 miles SW of Chicago on I-88?

* Would either location make it less likely for you to attend?

As I mentioned, Aurora/Naperville would be much easier for me to plan...
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (bassduke49) » Fri May 29, 2009 11:41 pm

Any location would be OK with me. Timing would be the only thing that could intervene.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (johnallg) » Sat May 30, 2009 1:38 am

bassduke49 wrote:Any location would be OK with me. Timing would be the only thing that could intervene.

+1 - closer to Chicago would be better for us east and south though. Hey, same weekend as the SoCal one then we could Skype and have one BIG confluence! :lol:
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (krick) » Sun May 31, 2009 8:39 am

Chicago area would be better for me.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (chuck_king) » Sun May 31, 2009 10:36 am

Gurnee or Aurora would be equally (in)convenient for me.
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Re: Any interest in a Chicago - Milwaukee area confluence?

Postby (byu) » Sun May 31, 2009 1:05 pm

I'm in the middle so either location is good for me.
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