This is probably a terrible place to look for people in your area. The reason is not that there’s something wrong with the VTP forums, but that there aren’t enough people here.
I am a member of a FB group called “Adult Starters Violin/Fiddle” and we did a meetup of *everyone* in the Salt Lake City area – all six of us, and that included a fellow from Evanston! There were two more who couldn’t make it, but the point is, the metropolitan area includes at least a million people, and it’s evident that most of the fiddlers in the area are not even on FB looking for a violin meetup.
And if I’m looking to form a very local group – everyone living in walking distance – that’s definitely not the recipe.