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johnnyrichards
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DakotaDIY 2014

Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:03 pm

Gentlemen,

I am in early planning stages of DDIY 2014, but the venue I plan on using really likes some solid advance notice.

I am shooting for May/June (between InDIYana and MWAF), so am now soliciting preferences for any weekend during those months.

The venue I have is not large, but should seat 10-15 people with ease, maybe more if elbow-to-elbow is not an issue.

It has a full kitchen on-site, so lunch could be made considerably easier.

So far, plans are for anyone coming in Friday evening to meet up at my local favorite watering hole for dinner and drinks. Meeting at the venue Saturday AM ~8 or 9 for a day of listening and nerding out.

Saturday night, I'll have one of the wife's bands book a gig and I will reserve a table for us - she has just recently been hired to sing for a rock-a-billy band in addition to her blues rock/pop band so there will be a couple options there.

So if you are interested in attending and have ideas on the weekend(s) that will work for you, feel free to send me email:

gonecatfishin @ sio dot midco dot net subject: DakotaDIY 2014

Thanks!

Additional thoughts:

I can arrange for group transportation to the wife's show, if necessary.

I could have lunch catered in from my favorite watering hole, as well, if we do not feel like cooking.

I will create and update an official Facebook page in the near future, and link it in my signature.
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:55 am

 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:46 am

Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th are the scheduled dates. Still waffling on a venue, but I have some activities planned including a live performance from my wife's band Saturday night.

This will be an entirely informal, run what you brung event with a possible appearance from Herb Singleton of Cross Spectrum labs. He has a friend that lives in Sioux Falls and claims to be looking for another excuse to visit so he may be stopping by to say howdy.

As I zero in a venue in the next couple of weeks, I will post some hotel/dining suggestions.

Have a great day!
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:36 pm

Venue is basically secured, they do not allow bookings until 90 days out so the first Monday after March 14th, JR will be at the office door waiting.

It is very nice, medium sized with seating room for at least 20 people with lots of wiggle room beyond that. Flat screen television on the wall, couple of leather couches, plenty of padded chairs (not the folding type), a bathroom, a full kitchen, and direct parking lot access.

I would like again to ask that anyone planning to attend give me an official notice of some sort so I can start putting together the attendee list and notifying the sponsors I plan on contacting.

Thanks!
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:44 pm

Just a heads up - one of the exhibitor spots will taken by my daughter.
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:45 pm

Bad news, apparently when I reserved the venue they failed to inform me that it was already reserved. This is very disappointing and unacceptable - and I am very, very angry right now at that level of incompetence.

So a couple of options, I can try to secure another venue for that weekend - which will be difficult given the amount of wedding receptions booked around that time - when I started inquiring a couple months ago, most were already booked.

I can move it to the weekend after, which of course means people will have to make major travel plan changes. However, it means this venue can be used which is my preference for a lot of reasons.

I can cancel and try again next year.

The move it a week is the most viable, in terms of actually getting a venue. It also means a lot of people will be unable to attend due to tight summer schedules in the first place.

So let me know ASAP what you guys want to do.
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:41 pm

I have a last chance venue for the scheduled weekend, not ideal but it will work just fine.
 
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:07 am

Booked my flight and my hotel. Guesthouse Suites ( http://www.guesthouseintl.com/hotels/siouxfalls ) has deluxe king rooms for $80/night (that includes tax). Being from Chicago, you don't often see rates like that.

Now I have to figure out how to get a couple pair of bookshelf speakers on the plane with me without paying an arm/leg or being subjected to a full cavity search before boarding. :eek:
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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:42 pm

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Re: DakotaDIY 2014

Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:58 pm

I am at 21 people who are definite or tentative, including Amanda and Willow - so call it 19 since little bear won't make a day out of it, and Amanda will probably be in and out throughout the day. Until a bigger venue turns up (or if), I am afraid I am going to have to limit it to the total already interested. The 21 count does contain eight tentatives, so there is nothing set in concrete - but the forms are in and the truck is on the way.

I will keep you updated, and I am still accepting tentatives, but within two weeks I will hear back from The Chamber of Commerce about venue options. If nothing turns up, I will stop all registrations and start seeking commitments from the current tentatives at that point. It will be first come - first served, however.

Looking forward to seeing you guys!

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