Mensa of Northeastern New York

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events for
October 2009

All members and their guests are welcome at all  activities.  When events are scheduled at private homes, please let the host/ess know that you will be there.  Consider bringing a beverage or snack to share.  If a listing requests reservation, please do so  to ensure that there will be adequate seating for us at the event venue.   We try to have all activities in a No-Smoking  environment, but there are some exceptions.  When in doubt, and if it's important to you, get in touch with either the contact person or one of the chapter officers listed on the Officers Page.

Tuesday, September 29  --  Dinner & Trivia
Friday, October 2  --  First Friday Lunch
Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4  --  LDW
Tuesday, October 6  --  Dinner & Trivia
Tuesday, October 15  --  Dinner & Trivia
  Thursday, October 15th  NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
   Saturday, October 17  --  Mensa Testing Day
Monday, October 19  --  Newcomers Dinner
Tuesday, October 20  --  Dinner & Trivia
Saturday, October 24  --  Games Night
Tuesday, October 27  --  Dinner & Trivia
Wednesday, October 28  --  Folding Frenzy & Excomm
Friday, November 6  --  First Friday Lunch

Book Discussion Group - Book Discussion this is now an ad hoc event hosted by Dean and Jane Howard, 153 Colonial Ave. in Albany. (518) 729-4387. Follow the yahoo group or contact Dean for the next meeting. Bulletin deadline for items to be included in the next bulletin!!! Always on the 15th unless special dispensation is granted by yours truly.

First Friday Lunch Bunch – Returning by popular demand, with a brand new host! Starting at 12:00 noon at the Food Court area on the second level at Colonie Center on Wolf Road, Albany. Contact Willard Hoyt for information and encouragement at (518) 732-2390. Look for the newsletter on the table.

Folding Frenzy / Label Lunacy followed by libations. Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue Guilderland, NY 12084 at 6:00 p.m. The reference desk can point you to whichever of the study rooms they’ve given us. We spend about an hour stapling and sticking labels on these delightful bulletins you enjoy each month. After this labor of love we head off to a local restaurant, decided by the labeling participants. It’s a lot of fun, really. Call Judy 895-2513 or Andrew for info and encouragement. Dinner follows at Chico’s (2490 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY) for excellent BBQ.

Games Night  When: Saturday, July 25th, 6 pmWhere: My house! 3 Cyndi Ct, Niskayuna  So there it is - games on Saturday, July 25th! My house in Niskayuna. And let me say it is great to have new people come onboard and have fun and stick around, like so many flies on flypaper!The theme this month will be RANDOM GAMES! And I'm a stickler for randomness, which by definition means that every game will have an equal chance of being played, as opposed to haphazard selection or dart-throwing or blindfolded selection, all of which favor certain selections over others. So after disqualifying certain games as "nonplayable" (antiques, kid's games, solitaire games, etc) I'll do my best to come up with a randomization scheme and that ought to be fun. I do welcome other ideas, but might have to fall back on cataloguing my collection and using a random number generator...but I've wanted to catalog it for a while anyway so that's okay. I will let you all know if my scheme will be able to include other games that you bring, or not, so stay tuned on that. That's it! See you all soon! If you have not been here before, all I ask is that you let me know you're planning on coming and how many will be with you so I can anticipate it. Thanks! 372-2444 / 391-3799

Mini-Golf @ Latham Greens:  Come Join Mensa for some Medieval Themed Mini Golf at the Latham Greens Family Fun Center ( at 618 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110 at 6:00PM Saturday, July 11th. Where else can you need to calculate complex incident angles, moduli of elasticity and account for that darn windmill. All that fun and afterward we can have a bite to eat and some ice cream. Families are Welcome! But there is always a possibility that the adults will move along to the nearest watering hole as the evening winds down. Contact the host, Andrew Heffernan for more information: 518-788-0019

Newcomers Dinner  Third Monday. Third Monday. What is old is new again.  Harry & Judy scoped out the re-opened Van Dyck and liked what we saw and tasted. Good, interesting fare at reasonable prices with excellent service and atmosphere. There is a wonderful patio out back where we will be weather permitting. If the weather is inclement check in the side room, to the right as you enter. The main dining room seemed to have received some acoustical improvements so it may work as well. It will be our first group revisit so we’ll have to play it by ear. Harry, our host looks an awful lot like Albert Einstein which this makes us easier to find. Call Harry at 895-2513 or email for information or encouragement. New and old members are welcome. Van Dyck Restaurant 237 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12305 - (518) 348-7999.

Professor Java's Sip and Chew 6:00 p.m. Professor Java's Sip and Chew 6:00 p.m. Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary is located at 217 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. From Wolf Road, turn onto Ulenski Drive, which is the same access that the Wolf Road Diner uses; Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary is on the right side and the Wolf Road Diner is on the left side; both have their signs directly on Wolf Road. This is near the end of Wolf Road that is closest to the
airport. Professor Java's is a great place for an informal gathering to discuss new ideas...and for something on which to sip and chew! Contact Willard Hoyt for information at (518) 732-2390. Restaurant’s info (518) 435-0843.

Saratoga Springs Dinner - By popular demand the frequency of this event is being ramped up, tentatively to every other month. Next meeting set for September, probably the third Thursday, at Longfellow’s, 500 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, (518) 587-0108. 6 pm. RSVP requested to our hosts Joan & Herman Okhuysen at (518) 587-9173. If you know of any potential speakers, members or not, please call Herman

Tuesday Pub Night - Tuesday Dinner and Trivia at NEW LOCATION (beginning July 7) - 6:00 pm weekly at O'Toole's Restaurant Pub located at 1814 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205 (on Route 5 just west of 87, exit 2). Come meet us for food, conversation, and NTN Buzztime Trivia. There is a good food and drink selection; see for menu. Hosted by David and Amy MacGregor, who can be reached at 518-275- 5534 and dmac dot mensa at gmail dot com. We look forward to seeing you!

Vermont Monthly Event - Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT  Young Mensans of All Ages Saturday, August 15th, 10:00 am  This time we are combining with our friends in New Hampshire and encouraging kids. The Montshire Museum of  Science in Norwich has amazing hands on exhibits. Pack for the day, and wear clothes that can get wet, the water pressure exhibit is just as interactive as the rest of the museum. If we want to get further a field there are miles of nature trails around the Fish and Wildlife Refuge that runs around the Montshire. For any further information see Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and expect to use all of them. Meet up in the parking lot to plan the day. Please bring food for a picnic lunch, and then we may go to a restaurant for dinner if that is agreeable to all present. Admission fees are: adults $10; children 2 to 17 $8. Members and children under 2 are admitted free. If I get a substantial number of RSVPs I will inquire about group rates, which are slightly cheaper. (Please RSVP to Mark and Elizabeth Becker 603-744-3757, or Here are the directions lifted mostly from the website. Montshire is located off exit 13 of I-91. Turn towards NH on VT 10A. The turn to the Museum is a very short distance on the right. Follow signs onto Montshire Rd. You will turn right and then left onto the Museum’s driveway. Museum will be obvious when you get there. If you wish to Mapquest the address is One Montshire Road.

Recurring Mensa Event Notes

If you are willing to host an event that is or is not on this list, anywhere in the territory of Mensa of Northeastern New York…please contact your Mensa Area Coordinator, editor, or the
President! We discourage events with no host.

First Friday Lunch Bunch For some reason, the first Friday of the Month
Professor Java’s Sip and Chew on second Friday, monthly.
Deadline for newsletter submissions always the 15th.
Newcomers Dinner third Monday, monthly.
Folding Frenzy & ExComm meeting during last week, monthly.
Games Event, third Saturday, subject to change.
Book Discussion Group - ad hoc, check alphabetical listing.
Saratoga Springs Dinner - Quarterly, check alphabetical listing.
Tuesday Pub Night - Weekly event. New place, now with trivia.

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Tuesday, November 0
Trivia Night

6:00 PM
O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub
1814 Central Avenue
Host:   Rich Felak
Trivia Night – 6:00 p.m. at O’Toole’s Restaurant & Pub, 1814 Central Avenue (i.e., Route 5 just east of Rt. 155), Colonie …in Kohl’s Plaza. Plenty of free parking near the door. These events are lots of fun! Help our team answer the trivia questions which pop up in real time on the big screen. Battle other teams on a national basis and get instant gratification by seeing our team announced as the winner -- as we have done many times before. The telephone number at O’Toole’s is 518-464-1200. Contact Rich Felak 518-374-3855 or Leo Kellogg 518-279-5401 for encouragement and information.

Saratoga Springs Dinner
 6:00 PM
Longfellows Restaurant
500 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs
From Interstate 87 (the Northway), get off at Exit 14; turn left (to go away from Saratoga Springs) on NY Route 9P, which is also Union Avenue, and travel about 1¼ miles to the restaurant. The Longfellows’ wonderful web site at includes menus, prices and directions.  Although reservations are not required, we ask that you call Herman and Joan Okhuysen well in advance at (518) 587-9173 to inform Herman and Joan that you are coming so an appropriate-size room can be set up.

Monday, February 23
Book Discussion

7:00 PM
Host:  Dean Howard

Wednesday, April 18
Opera SimulCast

7:00 PM
Crossgates Mall Regal 18 Cinema
Hosts:  David MacGregor / Andrew Hefferman

Friday, June 8
Sip and Chew

6:00 PM
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary
Host:  Willard Hoyt

Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary is located at 217 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. From Wolf Road, turn onto Ulenski Drive, which is the same
access that the Wolf Road Diner uses; Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary is on the right side and the Wolf Road Diner is on the left side; both have their signs directly on Wolf Road. This is near the end of Wolf Road that is closest to the airport. Professor Java's is a great place for an informal gathering to discuss new ideas...and for something on which to sip and chew! Contact Willard Hoyt for information at (518) 732-2390. Restaurant’s info, (518) 435-0843 and from you can link to a 50% off a pound of coffee coupon.