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March 2002 Forum Event At PRS

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       The PRS Forum will be holding its annual get-together at PRS on March 8th and 9th, 2002. The events include three tours of the factory, a clinic for Forum members with Paul Smith, a  get-together after the clinic for members to meet Paul Reed Smith, show off their guitars, get autographs from Paul,  have a chance to chat with PRS personnel,  a catered meal for members and PRS employees, a concert on Friday night, and a member jam session on the following day, with a catered meal.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR FRIDAY!!

THE TOURS:  PRS is allowing 3 tours of up to 10 people per tour. The tours will be held on Friday morning March 8th at 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30. You must be at the factory 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time or you may get left out! Be aware that there is construction on the bridge crossing the Bay, so you should plan on at least 1/2 hour (just in case) to get to the factory. You MUST register to take one of the tours. PLEASE NOTE that as of December 16th, all tour slots are filled. At this time, tour slots are reserved for Forum members only and will not include family or friends of members due to the limited number of slots available. This may change if fewer members register than is expected. Everyone else can register, but will be placed on a waiting list. In past years, many people who register early end up cancelling, so being on the waiting list is not a "death" sentence! If you find that you cannot make the event, PLEASE email Brian Scherzer to cancel so that someone else can attend in your spot! YOU MUST CONTACT BRIAN SCHERZER BETWEEN FEBRUARY 15TH AND MARCH 1ST TO CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE STILL GOING TO BE COMING FOR THE TOUR. IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS, ON MARCH 2ND YOUR SPOT WILL BE GIVEN TO SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE WE WILL ASSUME THAT YOU ARE NOT COMING!!!!!! Please don't forget to do this.......it's your responsibility!

DIRECTIONS FROM THE HOTEL TO THE FACTORY:

Directions                                                                 Miles        Minutes

Depart 210 Holiday Ct, Annapolis, MD, 21401 on Holiday Ct (South-East) 0.1 0:01
1: Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Riva Rd 0.3 0:01
2: Continue (North) on Ramp 0.1 0:01
3: Bear RIGHT (East) onto US-50 [US-301] 8.2 0:08
4: *Toll road* Stay on US-50 [US-301] (East) 0.3 < 1min
5: *Toll road* *Tollbooth* Stay on US-50 [US-301] (East) (going onto bridge) 0.1 < 1min
6: *Toll road* Stay on US-50 [US-301] (East) 5.5 0:06
7: At US-50 Exit 37, turn LEFT (North) onto Business Pky 0.6 0:01
8: Bear LEFT (North) onto Schoner Pky 0.1 0:01
9: Turn LEFT (South-West) onto Log Canoe Cir (you will see the PRS building with sign) 0.2 < 1min
End: Arrive 107 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville, MD, 21666 < 0.1 < 1min
Total Route 15.4 mi   20 mins

Directions from the Factory to the Sunset Ballroom:

From the factory, turn right on Route 8 and cross over Route 50. Take the next right and follow the signs to the Beach Club. Park in the large parking area and on the right of what used to be called the Beach Club (now apparently called the Chowder Club Restaurant) is the Sunset Ballroom.

REGISTRATION:  To register for any part of the event, please email Brian Scherzer with the following information: Name of member and number of guests; whether you are registering for Friday, Saturday, or both days; Whether you want to go on a tour of the factory, whether you have been to the factory before, and the city/state you will be coming from. This information will then be placed on the registration lists below so that everyone can know if they have been successfully registered.

REGISTRATION FEES:  The fee for Friday's portion of the event is $20 per person (meaning member and each guest). The fee for the Saturday portion of the event is $15 per person. This will go toward paying the facility rental cost, the bartender, and to pay for a drummer and bass player to back up our members at the jam session. With the change in venues, extra money from Friday will be used to shift the catered meal to Saturday. Registration fees should be paid in advance! To pay by credit card, please use the PayPal buttons below this paragraph. People wanting to pay by check should make the check out to "Aspen Music" and should mail it to the address listed below the PayPal buttons.

PayPal Button To Pay For Friday March 8th PayPal Button To Pay For Saturday March 9th

            Checks can be mailed to:
                Aspen Music
                2427 S. Oakland Circle
                Aurora, CO  80014

 

THE VENUES

Please note that on February 26th, PRS made a change and that the Friday portion of the Event will now be held at the Sunset Ballroom, which is right next to the place that used to be called the Beach Club! Directions from the hotel to the factory, and from the factory to the Sunset Ballroom are listed above.

Friday March 8th:

You should arrive at the Sunset Ballroom by 1:00 p.m. (directions from the factory are listed above). NO SMOKING IN THE BALLROOM!

THE CLINIC:  Paul Smith will conduct a clinic for all Forum members and their guests who wish to attend. You do not have to go on a tour to attend the clinic.  Paul will be covering a lot of territory in this clinic, including giving demonstrations of the different models and pickups, talking about how to get a great tone from your guitar on recordings, and answering questions. He also plans on asking questions and giving away items to those who answer the questions correctly!

THE GET-TOGETHER:  Following the clinic with Paul, there will be time set aside for members to meet Paul, have pictures taken with him, and have items signed by him. Forum members are free to bring their PRS instruments to show off to Paul and the Forum members. Members also have a chance to meet with PRS officials and factory employees to ask questions and to get to know the folks who actually made their instruments.  Food will be served for everyone.

THE CONCERT:  Paul Reed Smith will be performing with an all-star band (he won't tell me who the musicians are!) Friday night March 8th. I was told by one PRS official that the musicians Paul will be performing with are not The Dragons and that the guys are "dynamite players". 

 

Saturday March 9th:

You should arrive at the Annapolis Moose Lodge by noon for the amp demo, followed by the jam session and catered meal.

THE AMP DEMO:  Prior to the start of the jam session, THD, Fuchs Audio,  and ToneKing will be giving demos of their products. This will start at Noon on Saturday, March 9th and will continue until 1:30 p.m.

THE MEMBER'S JAM:  The Forum member's jam session will be held at The Moose Lodge on March 9th (Saturday) from 1:45 p.m. (right after the amp demo) until the Moose Lodge tell us to get out sometime that night.  The jam session is open to all Forum members and to PRS employees. The setting is cozy (although bigger than last year), and there will not be a lot of room for multiple amplifiers, so DO NOT bring amps without contacting Ed Blackstock, this year's Stage Manager....they will not be used! Food will be served from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

THE ANNAPOLIS MOOSE LODGE #296:  The Member's Jam Session and catered meal will all be held at the Annapolis Moose Lodge #296, which is located at 2570 Housley Road. Just a reminder that there will be NO SMOKING inside the Lodge! Directions on how to get to the Moose Lodge from the Annapolis Radisson Hotel are listed below. Please print this page to bring with you so that you don't get lost! Directions from the hotel are as follows:

From the driveway of the Radisson:
    Turn Left onto Riva Rd. go 3/10ths of a mile,
    Bear Left onto SR-450 (West St) go 4/10ths of a mile,
    Bear Left onto SR-450 (Defense Hwy) go 1/2 mile,
    Turn Right onto Housley Rd. go 2/10ths of a mile,
    at roundabout take first exit onto Housley Rd. go 1/10th mile,
    Turn left into Moose Lodge parking lot.

THE HOTEL:  The Radisson in Annapolis will again be our hotel. We will have a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $89 per night, plus tax. In order to get that special rate, you must make your reservation via the toll free number listed below by February 7, 2002 and you need to tell them that you are part of the PRS Forum group. The toll free phone number for the Radisson is:

(800) 333-3333

AIRPORTS:  The closest airport to Annapolis is the Baltimore Airport. Other airports within reasonable distance are Dulles Airport and Reagan Airport in the Washington, D.C. area. 

SHUTTLE SERVICE:  There is a shuttle service available from the Baltimore airport to the Radisson in Annapolis and I will post the phone number for those who wish to use this service. You need to call the toll free number in advance to reserve a ride on the shuttle......(800) 258-3826. Directions from the airports (if you are driving) are given below.


DIRECTIONS FROM AIRPORTS

FROM DULLES AIRPORT:
1. From the airport exit onto the Dulles Access toll road toward Washington.
2. From the access road exit onto 495 West, which will become Route 95/495 North.
3. From 95/495 North exit onto Route 50 East - Annapolis
4. Follow Route 50 East for approximately 22 miles to Exit 22 (Rt. 665, Aris T. Allen Blvd. To Riva Road).
5. Follow signs for Riva Road and make a left onto Riva Road at the traffic light.
6. At the 2nd traffic light make a left onto Holiday Court....The Radisson Hotel is straight ahead.

FROM REAGAN AIRPORT:
1. Exit airport and follow signs for Route 1 South.
2. Take Route 1 for a couple of miles and look for the exit to 495 North towards Baltimore.
3. Take 495 North and cross over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
4. Follow 495 North until you see signs for Route 50 East.
5. Take exit for Route 50 East and go about 20 minutes to Annapolis.
6. Take Exit 22
(Rt. 665, Aris T. Allen Blvd. To Riva Road).
7. Follow signs for Riva Road and make a left onto Riva Road at the traffic light.
8. At the 2nd traffic light make a left onto Holiday Court....The Radisson Hotel is straight ahead.

FROM BALTIMORE AIRPORT:
1. Exit Airport following signs to Elm Road.
2. Take Elm Road 1/2 mile to Aviation Blvd. and turn left.
3. Take I-97 South......it will be a left turn.
4. Take Rout 50 East - Toward Annapolis.
5. Take first exit off of Route 50 - Exit 22 (Rt. 665, Aris T. Allen Blvd. To Riva Road).
6. Turn left at light at end of Exit ramp onto Riva Road. The hotel is on the left at the 2nd light.


Registration For Event Days
(In the order they were received)

Member Name & number of guests

Friday Event

Saturday Event

Paid

Alec and Melissa Lee

yes

yes

YES

Mark Diehl and Duane Sipe

yes

no

YES

John Crouch

yes

yes

YES

Doug Miscovey +1

yes

yes

YES

Steve and Joy Koltenuk

yes

yes

YES

Leon Chalnick

yes

yes

YES

Carl and Deenie Werkmeister

yes

yes

YES

Kevin and Colleen Perkins

yes

yes

YES

James Mintzer

yes

yes

YES

Brian and David Scherzer

yes

yes

YES

Gary Farmer

yes

no

YES

Mike Roberts +1

yes

yes

YES

Mark Ray

yes

yes

YES

Tom and Karen Gross

yes

yes

YES

Kevin Fowler +1

yes

yes

YES

Darren Brode +2

yes

yes

YES

Tony Ferguson +1

yes

yes

 

Leon Droby

yes

no

YES

Ron Litz yes yes  

Gary Luparello+1

yes

no

YES

Dave Lundren

yes

no

YES

Steve Cavanaugh +1

yes

no

YES

Ivan Sosa

yes

no

YES

Richard Ducci + 1 1/2

yes

no

YES

Don Laut yes yes YES
Ed Blackstock yes yes YES
Bob Collins yes yes confirmed
Colin Padley yes yes YES
Gavin Inson yes no YES
John Early yes yes YES
Scott Peterson yes yes YES
P.J. Clement +1 yes yes YES
Aaron Lassiter yes no confirmed
Ildefonso Colon +1 yes yes  
Mick Youmans yes yes Confirmed
Shreve Waxter yes yes YES
George Waldmann yes yes YES
Jon Silberman partial yes YES
Jim and Cathy Fisher yes yes YES
Dan Garson yes no YES
Paul Freno yes yes YES
Tim Gee +2 yes no YES
Barry McCarthy yes yes YES
Larry Davey yes yes YES
Raniel Saludo yes yes YES
Jr. and Terry McCarthy yes yes YES
Steve Whaley yes yes YES
Nate Nicholson +1 yes yes YES
Eddie K yes yes confirmed
Robin Feathers yes yes YES
Glenn Sorrentino yes yes YES
Jim Kitterman yes yes YES
Donnie and Melissa Kepley yes yes YES
John and Christina Planck yes yes YES
Neil Ammons yes yes YES
Jack Gretz yes yes YES
Andy Fuchs +1 yes yes YES
Eric Seffinga yes no YES
Jonathan Graham yes no YES
David Anderson yes no YES
Jonathan Broga yes no YES
James Triplett +1 yes no YES
Mark Vermette yes yes YES
John and Carol Spears yes yes YES
Ariel Pozzo yes yes YES
Conor Dowling yes yes YES
Augie and Mia Bono yes yes YES
Jeff Higley yes yes YES
Mark Ingino and Sunny Bryan yes yes YES
Patrick Ginnaty yes yes YES
Brian Meader yes no YES
Bill Holter+1 yes yes YES
Andrew Monserrate +1 yes yes  
Peter and Phyllis Cotsis yes yes  
Eric Martin+1 yes yes YES
Lucas Zisis +1 yes no YES
Brian Hicks no yes YES
Kevin Miller yes yes YES
Peter Morey yes no YES
Martin Fuhrmann yes yes YES
Carl Floyd yes yes YES
Neil Holcomb yes yes YES
Robert Fiester yes yes YES
Doug Simms yes yes YES
Sean Curtin no yes YES
Jon Cole no yes YES
Wayne Medoff +2 yes yes YES



FACTORY TOURS

Tour Times, Reserved Slots, and Waiting List (March 8th, 2002)

PLEASE NOTE:  If you find that you cannot come, but are registered, PLEASE let me know so that your reserved spot(s) can be given to someone else! You MUST confirm by email between February 15th and March 1st to Scherzerb@aol.com that you are actually attending  or your spot(s) will be given to someone on the waiting list!

NOTE:  An asterisk by a person's name means that they have confirmed attending within 30 days of the event via payment of registration fees.

9:30 a.m.

Peter Morey*
Jonathan Broga *
Nate Nicholson*
Glenn Sorrentino*
Gary Farmer*
Steve Cavanaugh*
Don Laut*
Aaron Lassiter
Larry Davey*
Jr. McCarthy*
10:00 a.m.

Alec Lee*
John Crouch*
Doug Miscovey*
Kevin Fowler*
Darren Brode*
Leon Droby*
Jim Kitterman*
Gary Luparello*
David Lundgren*
Richard Ducci*
10:30 a.m.

Dan Garson*
Lucas Zisis*
Colin Padley*
Leon Chalnick*
Kevin Perkins*
Mick Youmans*
Conor Dowling*
Mark Vermette*
Barry McCarthy*
Raniel Saludo*


Wait List For Factory Tours
(Note) An asterisk by a name denotes that the person has never been on a factory tour. A second asterisk indicates that the person is travelling more than 250 miles to the event. People from further away will be given preference when slots become available.


Melissa Lee**(paid)
Steve & Joy Koltenuk (paid)