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Granite Gathering
20th Anniversary!

RG Program

Notes from the Chair
as of 2/10/2010

Here's some logistical info re: the NH RG:

Walk- in rates are:
$75 for the week-end
(3 pm Friday, Feb 12 until noon Sunday, Feb 14, Fri night dinner, Sat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sun breakfast are all included).
$55 for Saturday only
 (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

There will be plentiful, round-the-clock snacks and beverages of all kinds.  Click on "RG Program" above for a schedule of talks, game tournaments, music, kids' activities, and more!

Here is a map of the where the NH RG is located (the Best Western Wynwood Hotel and Suites at 580 US Hwy 1 Bypass in Portsmouth NH):

Here are directions:
From Rt 95N, take Exit 5 (US-1 Bypass/Portsmouth Circle) Continue straight until you enter the circle.

From Rt 95S, take Exit 5 (US-4/NH-16) toward Newington/Dover. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-1/Portsmouth Circle and merge onto NH-16S/Spaulding turnpike/US-4E. Enter the traffic circle.

From central NH, take Rt 101E to Rt 95N or come across Rt 4.  Merge onto NH-16S/Spaulding Tpk/US-4E via the ramp to Portsmouth. Enter the traffic circle.
Drive around the traffic circle until the hotel is on your right and take the road that turns off. The hotel entrance driveway will be on your right. The hotel phone number is (603) 436-7600.

See you there!


as of 2/9/2010

The NH RG is just days away - I hope you can join us.  There is much fun, feasting, song, and merriment planned, as well as some very interesting talks and tours.  Walk ins are welcome!   The final Program Book is now posted on this web page.. There have been some minor changes in the start time for a few events - this PDF version supersedes all previous schedules posted on this web page.  Any further scheduling changes will be posted at the RG - in Hospitality.    There is still time to register for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tour - but keep in mind that - due to security at the Shipyard - your last chance to register for this tour is  Wednesday, February 10.  We will take no more names after that date.   For the Strawbery Banke Museum Tour, you can simply show up at the Museum Visitor's Center at 10 am on Saturday, February 13 at 10 am.  Tickets for the tour are $12.   If you need info on either of these tours, call (603) 428-7267 or e-mail .  At the RG, you can also get info on the Strawbery Banke Museum Tour from the Registrar.   See you at the RG!


as of 2/1/2010

We have added a historical house tour of Strawbery Banke on Saturday, Feb 13 at 10:00 am. Visitors to Strawbery Banke will have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. There will be a cost of $12 per person. Total time will be 1 - 2 hours. Payment can be made at the beginning of tour, but pre-registration is required by February 8 - contact or (603) 428-7267. More info about Strawbery Banke is available at, well, Strawbery Banke.

There are still spots for the free tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyardstrong> on Saturday, Feb 13 at 10:00 am. The Shipyard has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. For more than 200 years Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship have been the keys to the Shipyard’s success. Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace. Through history and human interest stories, the Shipyard will come alive.

This tour will include a 1 1/2 hour tour riding on a school bus (so don't worry about the cold) and then a stop at a small museum on site. Total time will be 2 - 3 hours. Be advised that the tour will not include any submarines. Pre-registration is required by February 10 - contact or (603) 428-7267.


as of 1/25/2010

Just a reminder that January 28 is the last day to get a discounted room rate for the NH RG! Call the Best Western Wynwood Hotel:

PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY
FOR DISCOUNT ROOM RATE (603) 436-7600

Ask for "NH Mensa Regional 20th Anniversary Gathering"
Single/Double (adults) $79.95 + tax ($5.00 each add'l adult per roomt

Another reminder: On Saturday, Feb 13 at 1:30 pm - We will have a free, specially arranged tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. For more than 200 years Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship have been the keys to the Shipyard’s success. Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace. Through history and human interest stories, the Shipyard will come alive.

This tour will include a 1 1/2 hour tour riding on a school bus (so don't worry about the cold) and then a stop at a small museum on site. Total time will be 2 - 3 hours. Be advised that the tour will not include any submarines. Pre-registration is required by February 10 and is limited to 36 - so sign up early by contacting (or (603) 428-7267) or (or (603) 856-7055).

Also an update: Here is the final (although as with all event schedules subject to change) schedule:

20th in '10, the 2010 NHRG

Friday, Feb 12
3:00 p.m. Registration Opens, Hospitality

4:00 p.m. Hospitality and Games Room (Badger) Open
Hospitality and Games Room will be open round the clock until Sunday 12:00 pm - Noon.

4:00 p.m. Music Room (Cutter) Opens for Socializing

5:00 p.m. Kids' Room (Room 294) Opens
About our Kids' Room: All children should have the name of a responsible adult and cell phone number written on the back of their name tag in case of emergency.
When there are no events going on, the Kids' room will be available for kids to play, color, and have fun. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Kids' Room during the free-play times (we are not a babysitting service).

5:00 p.m. Kids' Meet 'n' Greet, Kids' Room (Room 294)
Get acquainted; make name tags, color, and general play time.

5:30 p.m. Movie Room (Room 296) Opens
About our Movies: Our movies are "drop-in"-able. Come in when you can. Stay as long as you want. Go when you have to. Our movie theme this year: Reminiscence.

5:30 p.m. 50 First Dates (2004, PG13, 1:39), Movie Room (Room 296)
Adam Sandler is a man in Hawaii who routinely dumps women before they ask for commitment. Then he meets a woman, Drew Barrymore, who can't commit at all: She loses all memory of yesterday every time she goes to sleep!

6:00 p.m. The Crock Pot Cook Off, Hospitality
Enjoy good food and vote for your favorite crock pot dish.

6:00 p.m. Family Folk Sing-a-Long, Music Room, Cutter

7:15 p.m. Whatever Works (2009, PG13, 1:32), Movie Room (Room 296)
Larry David stars as Boris, a PhD intellect who finds that life has a way of not coming out the way he fears. Life is not about your plans, but ‘whatever works’. Written & directed by Woody Allen.

8:00 p.m. Ice Cream Sodas, Hospitality
Delicious ice cream floats - stir in syrup and stir up memories.

8:00 p.m. Siroteau (A Classic Folk/Rock Duo), Music Room, Cutter

8:00 p.m. Story Time, Kids' Room (Room 294)
What could be better than a nice story or two before bed for the little ones?

9:00 p.m. Karaoke and Open Jam, Music Room, Cutter

9:00 p.m. GenX/Y Mixer, Meet 'n' Greet Room (Room 293)
Get together with other GenXers (born from 1961 to 1981) and GenYs (born from 1976 to 1988). Meet up with old friends and make new ones! This is an unstructured, drop in event.

9:00 p.m. Open Bar, Hospitality
Pete the Bartender returns by popular demand and will mix your drink to order. Adults over 21 only.

9:00 p.m. General Play Time, Kids' Room (Room 294)
When there are no events going on, the Kids' room will be available for kids to play, color, and have fun. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Kids' Room during the free-play times (we are not a babysitting service).

9:00 p.m. It Might Get Loud (2008, PG, 1:37), Movie Room (Room 296)
Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White (of Led Zeppelin, U2, and The White Stripes) talk about their music and jam together. (Whether it actually gets loud is yet to be determined). Directed by David Guggenhiem (“An Inconvenient Truth”).

10:00 p.m. Shrimp & Champagne, Hospitality
Toast the 20th anniversary of the NH Mensa RG!

10:00 p.m. Kids' Room Closes

10:45 p.m. (500) Days of Summer (2009, PG13, 1:35), Movie Room (Room 296)
A story about love, not a love story. Shown randomly, these are the 500 days Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is in love with a woman named.. Summer (Zooey Deschanel).

12:30 a.m. Movie Room Closes


Saturday, Feb 13
6:00 a.m. Breakfast - Hotel Breakfast Room
Join us for hot waffles and many other breakfast fixings provided by the Hotel. Breakfast will be served until 9:00 a.m..

7:00 a.m. General Play Time - Kids' Room (Room 294)
When there are no events going on, the Kids' room will be available for kids to play, color, and have fun. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Kids' Room during the free-play times (we are not a babysitting service).

7:30 a.m. Morning Movie - Kids' Room (Room 294)
Come watch a movie with friends. This will be something appropriate for the younger set. It's OK to bring your breakfast in there, or come after breakfast.

9:00 a.m. Self-Healing 101 - Wil Howitt, Appledore
Long before doctors and HMOs, cultures around the world developed ways for people to take care of their own health. Recent science shows that the mind can influence the body far more than we used to believe. This workshop draws on Native American shamanic lore, Indian pranayama, Chinese qigong, autohypnosis, and biofeedback to synthesize simple, effective techniques for self-healing that anyone can do. Involves visualization, breathwork, and light movement.

9:00 a.m. The Human Perspective for the Palestine Situation - Carolyn Cicciu, Cutter
The session will describe observations made as part of a delegation with the Inner-Faith Peacebuilders team last Spring. She will include some pertinent history and the work being done to addess huminatarian concerns, both by Palestinains and Israelis.

9:00 am Scavenger Hunt and General Play Time - Kids' Room (Room 294)

10:00 a.m. Bending for Beginners - Wil Howitt, Appledore
Fans of Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" love the combination of martial arts and magic in the show. This is a demonstration of the four different kinds of kung-fu that are used to manipulate the four elements in the show. No sparring, but participants are welcome to try the moves as we go. Great for cosplayers!

10:00 a.m. Sustainable Seafood: How Local Fishermen Are Doing Business Differently - Carolyn Eastman, Cutter
Some think of fishermen as pillagers of the sea, but NH commercial fishermen have operated in sustainable ways for the past 15 years. Carolyn and Ed Eastman started the first NH Community supported Fishery (CSF), Eastman’s Local Catch, in response to limited days to fish and pounds to catch in hopes of directly helping the boat and providing the freshest fish directly to local consumers while still rebuilding fish stocks.

10:00 a.m. Scrapbooking Make and Take - Sue Follansbee, Room 292
We'll be making a card - Sue will have a variety of different designs on display. She will have numerous patterns, cut-outs, stickers, etc. for you to choose from to design your own card or replicate one of my designs. Sue has been scrapbooking avidly for about 3 years and recently bought a Cricut. She will also share money saving tips and techniques she has learned using my Cricut.

10:00 a.m. Boggle Tournament, Tournament Games Room (Room 295)
Race against your fellow Mensans to find the most words. The first round will consist of 3 games which will narrow the field down to 4 finalists who will then compete for the honor of being named 2010 Boggle champ.

10:00 a.m. Up (2009, PG, 1:36), Movie Room (Room 296)
Ed Asner is the voice of Carl, an old man quietly mourning his late wife, Ellie, and the adventures they never had. But one day, he ties a huge bundle of balloons to his house, and Carl takes off for an adventure in the wilds of South America!

10:00 a.m. General Play Time - Kids' Room (Room 294)
When there are no events going on, the Kids' room will be available for kids to play, color, and have fun. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Kids' Room during the free-play times (we are not a babysitting service).

11:00 a.m. The End of Drug Prohibition? - Richard Van Wickler, Appledore
Richard Van Wickler, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) (www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com) will speak about his experience as current Superintendent for the Cheshire County Department of Corrections. Also a professor of Justice Studies and Corrections Operations, Superintendent Van Wickler will discuss the many failures associated with the “War on Drugs” and how this social problem needs to be redefined as something other than a criminal justice issue. The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.

11:00 a.m. Organic Garden Planning - Ayn Whytemare, Cutter
Vegetable gardening has many benefits for body and soul. Whether you are new and want to know where to start or have done it for years and want some new techniques this talk is for you. We will cover garden siting, types of garden beds, soil types, compost techniques, season extension and types of plants to grow.

11:00 a.m. Nachos 101 - Laurie Piper, Room 292
If you enjoy delicious food, come hear food tips from a professional chef and learn how to make tasty fresh salsa and mildly spicy guacamole to serve with nachos.

11:00 a.m. Craft - Spoon People - Kids' Room (Room 294)
We'll be making people from wooden spoons. This is a good craft for any child who is comfortable with scissors and glue. The results can also be used as puppets.

12:00 p.m. noon Lunch, Hospitality
Sandwiches on homemade bread with salad.

12:30 p.m. Ratatouille (2007, G, 1:51), Movie Room (Room 296)
Remy dreams of being a great chef in Paris. Problem is, he’s a rat (rattus norvegicus). Humans want him dead, his family just wants to eat garbage. But with the aid of his human partner, Linguini, he lives for his motto: Anyone Can Cook!

1:00 p.m. – The Aspergerian Adventure - Carol Ann Edscorn, Appledore
We will start with an overview of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. We will look at sensory integration issues, neuroscience research, and the social/cognitive language differences regarding Asperger's. The presentation will end with information about the Asperger's Association of New England. Intertwined are personal anecdotes, many humorous, about life in undiagnosed autism.

1:00 p.m. History and Foundation of Soothsaying - Tchipikaan, Cutter
Soothsaying has been practiced in many forms throughout human history. It fulfilled different roles in different cultures but as a natural, if rare, human ability, every culture has to come to terms with the phenomenon. We'll explore how various forms of soothsaying work, and how they fit into various world views.

1:00 p.m. Maine Ex Comm Meeting, Room 292

1:00 p.m. General Play Time, Kids' Room (Room 294)
When there are no events going on, the Kids' room will be available for kids to play, color, and have fun. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Kids' Room during the free-play times (we are not a babysitting service).

1:30 pm Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tour - Gary Hildreth, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (Pre-registration required)
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. For more than 200 years Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship have been the keys to the Shipyard’s success. Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace. Through history and human interest stories, the Shipyard will come alive.

2:00 p.m. Soothsaying and Developing your Psychic Abilities - Tchipikaan, Cutter
Beginning exercises for developing natural human abilities to learn about yourself, your friends, the future, and other "hidden" connections between different things in the universe. Psychometry, Dousing and some other simple soothsaying techniques.

2:00 p.m. Climategate: 162 MB of Leaked Emails, Documents, Software and Data - Ric Werme, Room 292
NH Mensa has offered a talk in each of the last several RGs on global warming and what's happening on the subject. The most interesting event of 2008 was the release of 1,000 Emails, a few fascinating documents, and a lot of software and data. Reaction to the release ranges from "It's nothing" to "It's the smoking gun." As usual, the truth is somewhere in between. Ric reports on some of the suspicions confirmed, the formal investigations it has spawned, and what it means for the future of climate research.

2:00 p.m. Sudoku Tournament, Tournament Games Room
The tournament will consist of a warm-up round to get your brains functioning followed by 3 Suduko puzzles (2 standard and 1 surprise). The first one to finish all three puzzles will be the winner.

2:30 pm TaKeTiNa - Elaine Fong, Appledore
Developed 40 years ago by Austrian musician Reinhard Flatischler, TaKeTiNa or Taketina (www.taketina.com) is a rhythmic meditative experience. Rather than “thinking about rhythm”, in Taketina, you connect directly to the rhythm using your body. Through vocalization, clapping and stepping you are guided into three separate rhythmic layers. It is a musical group process that allows participants to access their innate ability to express and embody rhythm.
Taketina reinforces a natural, at your own pace and organic way of learning that can induce a deeply relaxed state. It is a powerful process that can rapidly quiet the chatter in your head and bring you into connection with your inner core. The theme of this workshop is to take what is experienced in the workshop out into one’s daily life. Participants in a Taketina workshop describe it as “not yoga, not pure meditation, and not dance and yet it still has elements of all of these”.
Are you curious? Then come and get a taste of Taketina. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you can move in. There will be a time during class where you will lie down – feel free to bring a yoga mat or blanket for your comfort.

2:30 pm Magic the Gathering, Kids' Room (Room 294)
Come play Magic The Gathering (tm) with others. We will have some cards there, but feel free to bring your own deck.

2:30 pm Man On Wire (2008, PG13, 1:34), Movie Room (Room 296)
The Oscar-winning Best Documentary that shows the “Artistic Crime of the 20th Century”, the daring plot to create Philippe Petit’s 1974 wire walk between the towers of the just-completed World Trade Center, 1350 feet above New York. A moment of wonder. (No mention whatsoever about anything that happened years later).

3:00 p.m. Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety, and Physiology - Robert Lagos, Cutter
Anxiety may be the most prevalent obstacle for those with Asperger's Syndrome (A.S.). This talk will deal with the importance and cause of anxiety in A.S., what it actually is, first-person experiences of people with A.S. regarding anxiety and related issues, and how other symptoms may be tied in to it. Also discussed: where research is at, and brain physiology involved in Asperger's and autism.

3:00 p.m. Global Warming – It’s Real, It’s Here, and It Creates Jobs -
David Heimann, Room 292

The last ten years have been the warmest decade in a very long time. Glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic have been retreating at an ever faster pace. Weather around us has become more volatile. What is going on? It’s global warming.
David will cover four points:
· What is global warming?
· How does global warming affect me and my family?
· What can we do about global warming (the 2% solution)?
· How will dealing with global warming help the economy, create jobs, and protect our tenancy on the planet?

3:00 pm Snacks, Hospitality
Old favorites (cake, cookies, and finger sandwiches).

4:00 p.m. Physics of Miracles - Ron Oplinus, Room 292
A discussion of quantum physics as the basis for the transformation, or miracles that are performed by practitioners of Matrix Energetics and other healing modalities. These "miracles" include such things as removal of aches and pains caused by injury, arthritis, aging, etc, elimination of tumors and cancers, repair of lungs as damaged by COPD, etc. If time permits, a demonstration of transformations will be performed.

4:00 p.m. Music Room (Cutter) Opens for Socializing

4:15 p.m. Landing Robots on Another Planet - Kurt Schwehr, Appledore
This presentation will give an insider's view of landing robots on another planet. Research assistant professor has Kurt Schwehr Mars has worked on NASA mission control teams and designed computer vision, 3D visualization, and on-board driving software for NASA's Mars exploration program.

4:15 p.m. Adam (2009, PG13, 1:39) Movie Room (Room 296)
Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into a new apartment and starts a relationship with her neighbor, Adam (Hugh Dancy.) Adam is cute and brilliant, but talking to him is tricky: he has Asperger’s Syndrome. Love can be a series of missteps and uncertainty, especially for Adam, who is learning how to deal with Asperger’s while experiencing love and a newly independent life.

5:00 p.m. Poker Tournament, Games Room (Badger)

5:00 p.m. Phi Simons (Classical Piano), Music Room, Cutter

5:00 p.m. Norse Story Hour - Tchipikaan, Kids' Room (Room 294)
The Vikings and other northern Europeans had some great stories. Kids will enjoy hearing about how some of our ancestors dealt with their friends and enemies in ingenious and (to the modern mind) often bizarre ways. Some gods, heroes, ghosts, magick, "fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...", Everything a growing boy needs to hear about.

5:15 p.m. The Force - Kevin Tremblay, Room 292
The Force has been seen as a god that can be controlled. A force that can be manipulated and bent to a person’s will. When an endosperm breaks its seed-coat-shell and a plant emerges reaching to the sky, and root into the ground, the force is present. This force is the ether; an all pervading energy; without space or form. Wilhelm Reich, Nicola Tesla, Rudolph Steiner and Andrija Puharich are a few scientists that worked directly with the ether. May the electromagnetic force be with you!

5:30 p.m. RVC Rap Session - Lori Norris, Meet 'n' Greet Room (Room 293)
Lori Norris, Regional Vice Chair (representative to the American Mensa Committee) for Region 1 will lead a discussion on the latest happenings regionally, nationally and even internationally.

6:00 p.m. Steve Winicoff (Clarinet), Music Room, Cutter

6:00 p.m. The Jerk (1979, R, 1:34), Movie Room (Room 296)
Steve Martin’s first movie. The rags to riches to rags story of a perfect Densan. [R rating for use of adult language.]

6:30 p.m. Dinner, Appledore and Games Room (Badger)
Join us for a sit-down dinner and enjoy a taste of New England cuisine.

7:00 p.m. Familiar Echoes (Folk Trio), Music Room, Cutter

7:30 pm China: Not What You Might Expect - Jane Davis, Appledore
No one can truly understand another culture without having lived it but there are insights available to all of us and observations that allow us to make projections, all with a combination of known modifiers as well as wild cards. China is in flux with growth and adaptations changing everyday lives. Where is the dragon heading and how have we contributed? I can't answer all the questions but can maybe provide you with some of the modifiers that may encourage your own investigation and a visit to this amazing land of contrasts.

7:45 pm Star Trek (2009, PG13, 2:06), Movie Room (Room 296)
JJ "Lost/Alias" Abrams directed this 'reboot' of the Star Trek franchise (an "Alternate Reality", to the continuity trekkies). An extratemporal Romulan goes back to the Enterprise's maiden voyage, determined to destroy the Earth (of course.) Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime.

8:00 p.m. Acoustic Mahem (Blues Duo), Music Room, Cutter

8:00 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons, all ages, Kids' Room (Room 294)
Join the party of adventurers as they make their way through their adventure! We'll be playing by 3.5 Rules. We have some dice and books, but feel free to bring your own. If you want to make your character ahead of time, you can. 4rth level - the DM reserves the right to make changes. We'll have a few pre-made characters available as well.

9:00 p.m. Double Deck Cancellation Hearts Tournament, Tournament Games Room (Room 295)
Valentine's weekend is the most appropriate weekend to compete in breaking hearts. Come play this RG favorite card game of skill and luck. Depending on the number of contestants, we'll play 2 or 3 rounds to determine who will be the heartbreaker of 2010.

9:00 p.m. Open Bar, Hospitality
Pete the Bartender returns by popular demand and will mix your drink to order. Adults over 21 only.

9:00 p.m. Karaoke and Open Jam, Music Room, Cutter

10:00 pm Traditional Chocolate Feast
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NH RG with chocolate treats galore!

10:00 p.m. Taking Woodstock (2009, R, 2:09), Movie Room (Room 296)
Ang Lee directed this film, based loosely on a real life story. Eliot Tiber spent the early summer of 1969 helping his parents save their motel in the Catskills. Then he got a great idea, and introduced Woodstock producer Michael Lang to dairy farmer Max Yasgur. Next, 500,000 concertgoers came to little Bethel, NY. Note: not about the music concert itself (you can't really hear it except in the distant background), but about Tiber and his family’s reaction to it. A cute coming of the Age of Aquarius movie. [R rating for language, brief nudity, and drug use <shock, shock!!>]

12:00 a.m. - Midnight - Kids' Room Closes

12:15 a.m. Movie Room Closes


Sunday, Feb 14
6:00 a.m. Brunch - Hotel Breakfast Room
Join us for hot waffles and many other breakfast fixings provided by the Hotel. Breakfast will be served until 10:00 a.m..

7:30 a.m. Morning Movie, Kids' Room (Room 294)

8:30 a.m. General Play Time, Kids' Room (Room 294)

9:00 a.m. Chocolate Divination - Tchipikaan, Appledore
A new way of reading the future using chocolate. Fun, tasty, and it works. If you don't care for chocolate, other small candies can be substituted- or just give them away. (The origin of this system used seeds and beans, which were just used for soup after the soothsaying.)

10:00 a.m. Kids' Room Closes

10:00 a.m. Awards and Announcements, Appledore


as of 1/18/2010

Don't forget to register by Jan 15 to get the discounted week-end rate of $65. After Jan 15, registration goes up to $75.

Here's the latest update:

On Saturday, Feb 13 at 1:30 pm - We will have a free, specially arranged tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. For more than 200 years Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship have been the keys to the Shipyard’s success. Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace. Through history and human interest stories, the Shipyard will come alive.

This tour will include a 1 1/2 hour tour riding on a school bus (so don't worry about the cold) and then a stop at a small museum on site. Total time will be 2 - 3 hours. Be advised that the tour will not include any submarines. Pre-registration is required by February 10 and is limited to 36 - so sign up early by contacting (or (603) 428-7267) or (or (603) 856-7055).


The following workshops have been added to Saturday's program:

History and Foundation of Soothsaying
by Tchipikaan
Soothsaying has been practiced in many forms throughout human history. It fulfilled different roles in different cultures but as a natural, if rare, human ability, every culture has to come to terms with the phenomenon. We'll explore how various forms of soothsaying work, and how they fit into various world views.

Soothsaying and Developing your Psychic Abilities
by Tchipikaan
Beginning exercises for developing natural human abilities to learn about yourself, your friends, the future, and other "hidden" connections between different things in the universe. Psychometry, Dousing and some other simple soothsaying techniques.

Local Sustainable Seafood
by Carolyn Eastman, Eastman's Fish


Here is the Music Room Schedule so far:

Friday
4 PM - Music Room Opens for socializing
6-7 PM Song Circle Family Folk Sing-a-long
7-8 PM Rob Oxford
8-9 PM Dan Sirois and his musical partner Greg Decoteaux (aka Siroteaux)
9-11 PM Karaoke & Open Jam

Saturday
5-6 PM Phil Simons (Classical Piano - Tentative)
6-7 PM Steve Winikoff (Clarinet)
7-8 PM Familiar Echoes (Trio)
8-9 PM Acoustic Mahem (Duo-Arthur James & Barson)
9-11 PM Karaoke & Open

Stay tuned! - Holly Green, RG Chair


as of 1/5/2010

I am pleased to tell you that Bob Oxford will be running Music Room again this year - we may have the Music Room open for less hours than last year (hours are still to be determined) - but he puts on a good show and brings in the talent!

As of 1/5/10, here is a partial list of the programs we will be offering at the NH RG on Saturday - more are beng added, stay tuned!

China: Not What You Might Expect
by Jane Davis
No one can truly understand another culture without having lived it but there are insights available to all of us and observations that allow us to make projections, all with a combination of known modifiers as well as wild cards. China is in flux with growth and adaptations changing everyday lives. Where is the dragon heading and how have we contributed? I can't answer all the questions but can maybe provide you with some of the modifiers that may encourage your own investigation and a visit to this amazing land of contrasts.

The Human Perspective for the Palestine Situation
by Carolyn Cicciu
The session will describe observations made as part of a delegation with the Inter-Faith Peacebuilders team last spring. She will include some pertinent history and the work being done to address humanitarian concerns, both by Palestinians and Israelis.

Chocolate Divination
by Tchipikaan
A new way of reading the future using chocolate. Fun, tasty, and it works. If you don't care for chocolate, other small candies can be substituted- or just give them away. (The origin of this system used seeds and beans, which were just used for soup after the soothsaying.)

Self-Healing 101
by Wil Howitt
Long before doctors and HMOs, cultures around the world developed ways for people to take care of their own health. Recent science shows that the mind can influence the body far more than we used to believe. This workshop draws on Native American shamanic lore, Indian pranayama, Chinese qigong, autohypnosis, and biofeedback to synthesize simple, effective techniques for self-healing that anyone can do. Involves visualization, breathwork, and light movement.

Bending for Beginners
by Wil Howitt
Fans of Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" love the combination of martial arts and magic in the show. This is a demonstration of the four different kinds of kung-fu that are used to manipulate the four elements in the show. No sparring, but participants are welcome to try the moves as we go. Great for cosplayers!

Scrapbooking
by Sue Follansbee

Climate Change
by Eric Werme

How to Make Salsa and Guacamole
by Laurie Piper

Landing Robots on Another Planet
by Kurt Schwehr, UNH professor
This presentation will give an insider's view of landing robots on another planet. Research assistant professor has Kurt Schwehr Mars has worked on NASA mission control teams and designed computer vision, 3D visualization, and on-board driving software for NASA's Mars exploration program.

Biomedical Endocrinology – Are You Stressed?
by Stacia Sower, UNH professor
Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Hormones are the chemical signals that control all processes within an organism—at the cellular level (ex. gene), tissue (ex. Brain, thyroid) or organismal (ex. Growth, development, behavior). Endocrinology research focuses on the effects of hormones on behavior and well-being, emphasizing stress and reproductive studies. This presentation covers the role that a functioning or malfunctioning endocrine system – hormone balance or imbalance - can be used to diagnose, understand and treat the symptoms of stress. Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Hormones are the chemical signals that control all processes within an organism—at the cellular level (ex. gene), tissue (ex. Brain, thyroid) or organismal (ex. Growth, development, behavior). Endocrinology research focuses on the effects of hormones on behavior and well-being, emphasizing stress and reproductive studies. This presentation covers the role that a functioning or malfunctioning endocrine system – hormone balance or imbalance - can be used to diagnose, understand and treat the symptoms of stress. Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Hormones are the chemical signals that control all processes within an organism—at the cellular level (ex. gene), tissue (ex. Brain, thyroid) or organismal (ex. Growth, development, behavior). Endocrinology research focuses on the effects of hormones on behavior and well-being, emphasizing stress and reproductive studies. This presentation covers the role that a functioning or malfunctioning endocrine system – hormone balance or imbalance - can be used to diagnose, understand and treat the symptoms of stress.


as of 1/1/2010

We hope to see you at the NH RG on February 12~14. This year we have a new venue - the Best Western Wynwood Hotel and Suites in Portsmouth, NH - including a bigger Hospitality area. We'll be waiting for you, come fair weather or foul, be it 40 degrees and sunny (face it, that is warm for NH in February) or 10 degrees below zero and miserable!

If you want to stay indoors warm and toasty all week-end - do we have the RG for you! Enjoy round the clock Hospitality and Games! There will be speakers all day Saturday on all manner of topics - from hands on, roll up your sleeves workshops on scrapbooking and cooking to sit back and listen lectures (although challenging questions are always welcome!) on topics ranging from one woman's experience on a Middle East Peace delegation - to Climate Change - to "Biomedical Endocrinology - Are you Stressed?" You can also veg out at any number of "drop-in-able" movies in our "Movie Room" (although boisterous audience participation is encouraged!). Feast on abundant food and drink in our "all meals and snacks covered" Hospitality, including a Crock Pot Cook Off for Friday Dinner, Shrimp late Friday evening, a generous New England Dinner on Saturday, and a Chocolate Feast, including homemade goodies, late Saturday evening. There will be music on Friday and Saturday nights and a Children's Room featuring all kinds of fun, kid friendly activities, including crafts, "Magic: the Gathering", and a scavenger hunt.

If you want to venture out and explore Portsmouth we also have the RG for you! This coastal city is rich in history, restaurants, music, museums, and all sorts of culture. Specific tours have not yet been confirmed, but one of the tours we are trying to arrange is a historical tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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- Holly Green, 2010 NH RG Chair

 

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