Ninth Annual Regional Gathering, 2012
Ragtime, Pizza, Antiquing, Picnic, Canoe Rides, and Fireworks!
Our 9th Annual Regional Gathering will be at the beautifully restored Presidentís House Guest Inn at Valley City State University. This former residence of the college president has been restored to its 1910 splendor, but with modern amenities complete with wi-fi. We will have a short ExComm meeting on Friday, followed by a musical evening with the houseís antique player piano, which has literally dozens of original rolls of music from the 1920s, and live music by talented Mensans if some are willing to play. There are lovely rooms upstairs at the Presidentís House where you can spend the night.
On Saturday we will have a pizza lunch on the screened porch, followed by an antiquing expedition for those so inclined and games and conversation for the other. Saturday evening will start with a potluck picnic at beautiful Chautauqua Park, followed by canoe rides and - if someone wants to pilot North Dakota Mensaís inflatable boat, Moby Wan - races between Moby and Ann Knudsonís canoe. At dusk we will have fireworks (outside the city limits, in Shirley Starkeís yard a few miles from town). We have plenty of fireworks, but ask guests to bring more if they can, and hobbyists who make their own fireworks are very, very welcome!
We will finish on Sunday morning with a brunch at the Broken Spoke restaurant, which has some of the best omelets you have ever tasted!
We hope to see you there!
Dates: June 8-10, 2012
Place: Valley City, North Dakota:
The Presidentís House Guest Inn, www.presidentshouse.com
The Broken Spoke Restaurant
Activities: Musical Evening, Pizza Lunch, Potluck, Canoeing, Fireworks, Restaurant Brunch
Contacts: Shirley Starke (email)
Ann Knudson - (701)-223-2962
Who Is Invited? All Mensans, especially our neighbors in South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and Canada; their spouses, kids, friends and (if you have a place to stay overnight with them) pets.
Registration: Please email to let us know you are coming. Walk-ins wonít be turned away, but might accidentally miss us, and the sooner you let us know, the better choice you will have if you want a room at the Presidentís House. Registration and room fees can be mailed to Shirley Starke, 3408 120th Ave. SE, Valley City, ND 58072; make checks payable to North Dakota Mensa.
Friday, June 8:
1 PM: Presidentís House opens; Mensans begin to arrive and settle in.
5:30 - 6 PM: Supper: We will pick up subs at Subway, then indulge ourselves by eating them on good china and crystal in the formal dining room!
7 PM: ExComm Meeting Ė all attendees welcome; all elected or appointed officers can vote. Our first ExComm meeting was held on the screened porch and soon morphed into a beautiful wine and candlelight party, with soft breezes from the mysterious woods just beyond the screen Ė maybe we can do that again!
8 PM: Mensa conversation; a musical evening with the Presidentís House antique player piano, and all the talents/instruments youíd like to bring.
Saturday, June 9:
12 noon: Pizza lunch with lemonade, coffee, and pop
2 PM: Expedition to the Antique Mall (itís huge!) and other antique shops for those who want to go. Games and excellent conversation for those who donít.
5 PM: Potluck picnic at Chautauqua Park, followed by canoe rides and release of a flame-powered balloon
10:00 PM: Fireworks outside city limits (in Shirley Starkeís yard)
Sunday, June 10:
10 AM: Brunch at the Broken Spoke restaurant
11 AM Ė 3 PM: Church attendance optional; conversation; relaxing; cleanup at Presidentís House
3 PM: Presidentís House closes; end of RG
Registration: $30.00 (Includes pizza lunch. Pop, coffee and lemonade included throughout the RG.)
Rooms at the Presidentís House:
Double room: $60
Single room (one available): $50
The Presidentís House also has a roll-away bed; see this page for details.
Those who sign up after the Presidentís House is filled can stay at the Wagon Wheel Inn, where they will do their best to give the Mensa group adjacent rooms, or the luxurious AmericInn, both right up the hill from the Presidentís House. The Wagon Wheel also has an RV park Ė BYO RV. J
Friday dinner: Subs from Subway about $3.50 (6Ē) to $6 (12Ē).
Potluck: A dish to share. (Locally-purchased deli food is fine if you are coming far or donít cook.)
Fireworks shoot: FIREWORKS to share if you can get them! $5 (or more) donation towards the group-provided fireworks if you canít.
Restaurant brunch: Order your own from the Broken Spokeís excellent menu, which includes delicious omelets as well as pancakes, etc.
Previous Regional Gatherings:
RG 08: Click to see pictures of RG 08 in a thumbnail gallery.
Click to see Peggy Pannke-Smithís gallery of photos (4-MB pdf file).
Click here to see pictures from the 2006 RG in web page form.
Click here to see pictures from the 2006 RG in thumbnail gallery form.
Click here to see pictures from the 2004 RG.
Click here to read the LocSecís column about our 2004 RG.
Click here to read the Editorís column about our 2004 RG.
Click here to see the 2005 RG web page.
Click to read more about the Presidentís House from a Mensan viewpoint.
Mensans Canoeing on the beautiful Sheyenne River. Photo by Erin Koffler.