For more info, contact LocSec Anne Allen at durhamme[at]yahoo.com.
North Conway, N.H.
New England has wonderful mountains, enjoyable seashores, and lively cities. New England also has Mensa! This spring, come on up and enjoy both hiking and Mensa, at that wonderful time when the snow has (finally!) gone, the bugs have not yet arrived, the days are long, and the weather is wonderful!
We will be once again at David Heimann's ski club lodge, Skiwheelers Ski Club in North Conway, NH (please note that the date is a bit later than usual, and see www.skiwheelers.org for further information on the club). The lodge is a lovely 19th-century building, originally built as an inn. In the 1970s it was used as the location for the movie Return of the Secaucus Seven. It is close enough to the center of North Conway to be easily accessible to all the shops and activities there, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods, trees, and country roads.
The weekend is low-key and basically unstructured. The one planned activity is - you guessed it - hiking! Depending on preference, we can go to a mountain peak or other destination worthy of a good day hike, or take a couple of hours over easy terrain to reach a viewpoint, waterfall, or other point of interest. Of course, one can also do more relaxing activities such a short walk or drive, some shopping (North Conway has a few places!), or hanging around the lodge (there's a TV, pool table, piano, books, games, and videos).
The weekend includes two nights' accommodations, two full breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and snacks and soft drinks (BYOB for anything stronger), for just $70 per person. Registrations without accommodations are $35 (North Conway has various hotels and lodgings, as well as some good nightspots). We do the cooking and housekeeping cooperatively using a sign-up sheet, which definitely increases the feeling of closeness and camaraderie.
We generally pick out the hikes on Friday night, and leave right after Saturday breakfast (around 9:30 or so), stopping at a store on the way to the trail for people to buy sandwiches and the like for lunch.
To sign up and reserve a place, send a check for $70 per person to David Heimann, 65 Cornwall St. #206, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, or send an e-mail pledge for that amount (see David's e-mail below). You'll receive confirmation and directions to the lodge by return mail, e-mail, or phone call. If you have questions or need more information, contact David at e-mail heimann.david [at] gmail.com or phone (617) 524-4531, or call Bob & Brendy Horn at (781) 843-5581.
So here it is: wonderful weather, wonderful mountains and forests, invigorating countryside, great people, and of course, Mensa, all in one wonderful weekend!
Registration and hotel reservations are now open for next summer's Annual Gathering in Indianapolis, IN. The cost of registration will be increasing on March 1st.
For all the details, and to join American Mensa's big annual get-together, see https://ag.us.mensa.org/.