Will, I'm in a very rural part of Virginia. My wife and I moved here almost 2 years ago due to my retirement and her ability to get a good job here. Now that we're basically settled, I've started investigating the possibilities and as I said, I've started practicing since I took 40 years off for a "Normal" life. As a child of the 50's/60's, during the brief American folk period, pre-Beatles, I played and sang but never professionally. I'm out of practice but working on it. I have a recorder on my Christmas list so in a couple of weeks I hope to be able to tell whether I'm winning or losing. If I get to a point where I can take constructive criticism, I'll try out your Front Porch. Right now, I'm just getting usable callouses back on my fingers and getting some range back in my voice. My old 12-string hasn't been out of the case yet.
I'm glad to hear that you have the venue and the website. For a minute there, I thought you were being unduly harsh to beginners but I guess I was wrong. I have several relatives who are professional musicians and they seem to put up with a lot of bad music in the effort to encourage others. Apparently you do the same. I appologize for the misunderstanding.