I travel quite a bit for work and don't know if the 27th will work out but possibly. As an aside I do alternative process in sizes from 10 x 12 up through 16 x 20 and 20 x 24. David is clearly more experienced but if he can't make it down from the northeast I am over in Asheville which is an easy jaunt over and if you are interested I would gladly help people get started in Platinum/Palladium and/or Wet Plate Collodion. I would be interested in meeting everyone regardless. Sounds like a good group.
All the best however it works out.
ps if David comes down don't let him get away without doing some albumen printing--the examples I have seen of his here on APUG are outstanding.