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Upcoming Regional Events
by Andrew Heffernan

In the last couple of days you have received your Mensa Bulletin in the mail. Inside this issue there were several pictures of Mensans in Boston, MA as they attended the Annual Gathering. Many of you were among the 2400+ attendees. Today I wanted to share some information about some Regional Gatherings in the area. Smaller in scale, and still loaded with interesting speakers, intellectual conversation, games and food. Regional Gatherings get their name because generally, for a weekend event people will drive to the event. But this is not always the case. We have had members from Canada, Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, Europe and more attend these wonderful events. They are open to all Mensa members and their guests. No matter where you might call home.

This fall there are three such Regional Gatherings. RechaRGe in Albany, NY. Wicked Good in Boston, MA and Mensautumn in Mystic, CT. You can find the information below.


Mensa of Northeastern New York presents our fourth annual Regional Gathering (RG) in Albany, NY at the Holiday Inn Express Albany-Downtown over Labor Day weekend (Friday, 8/29 -Monday,9/1)!

RechaRGe on Facebook:

Join us for the best three-night RG in the northeast:

*Mind Games 2011 Chair John Hornberger’s awesome 24-hour games room with current and many past Mind Games winners as well as other favorites.
*Colloquium 2006 Co-Chair Harry Ringermacher's engaging and entertaining speaker programs. This is a not-even-close-to-complete-nor-finalized program:
*Annual Gathering 2014 Hospitality Chair Lori Norris's hospitality with lunch and dinner included in registration in addition to 24-hour snacks and beverages as well as Ron Norris's potent potables suite.
*RechaRGe Founding Chair Rob Salkin's downtown Albany pub crawl, adults-only suite, late-morning walking/biking along the Albany waterfront, and evening parties. Themes: Friday = Las Vegas, Saturday = pub crawl, Sunday = Glow.

*A new location with a pool & hot tub, 24-hour steam/sauna/exercise facilities, free breakfast for overnight guests, parking ($5 fee waived), wifi, and shuttle service to/from the train/bus/airport:

Holiday Inn Express, 300 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
518-434-4111 - ask for the Mensa rate ($89 s/d/t/q through August 14) - use group code MA1 for the Mensa rate

Register now for the best rate:

$89 through the end of the July 4th holiday Annual Gathering (SOLD OUT)
$109 through July 31st (EXTENDED to 8/14 - same date as our hotel block expires)
$129 through August 27th
$139 walk-in rate

Under age 12 free
Age 12 through 20 half the adult rate
Day rate (dependent on when registered):
Friday $30/$40/$50/$55
Sat/Sun $40/$50/$60/$75
Monday Free

Refundable through August 14th; transferable always.


Mensautumn Welcome To The Renaissance
Oct 3-5, 2014

Quality Inn, Mystic, CT
$69 per night, call the hotel directly (860)536-4281

Registration $80, $50 for Saturday.

We return to our same location as last year, but this year we will be running programs well into Sunday.

Legendary hospitality by Lori & Ron Norris.

We will have a costume workshop on Friday night and hope to see many of you in costume. If you have historic or ethnic garments that you love, please feel free to wear them.

This weekend is also Mystic's Pirate Invasion, which looks to be fun.


Boston Mensa hosts Wicked Good! 2014, Oct 31st - Nov 2nd, Dedham, MA

Celebrate Halloween at Boston Mensa's Wicked Good RG! Haunted Hospitality, Spooky Speakers, a Petrifying Pizza Party, and the Zombie Apocadance "Night of the Living Densans" are just some of the frightening fun that awaits.

For the latest details join our Facebook page:

Online registration:

Adults: $75 until 10/1, $85 after.
Kids: under 6 free, 6-20 $2/year of age.
Day rates available.

NOTE: Boston Mensans who joined Mensa or moved into Boston’s territory since 10/2013 are entitled to a FREE full registration. Contact the registrar,, for details.

Hotel information:
Dedham Hilton, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026, 781-329-7900.
Single/Double $109, Triple $119, Quad $129; Reservation code: BMC.
Rates guaranteed until 10/14/2014.


Andrew Heffernan, of Mensa of Northeastern New York (MoNNY), is the Region 1 RVC (Regional Vice Chairman)
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