Do you feel the lethargy that winter weather can bring on us all and, maybe, do you have that feeling of being pent up indoors? Can you see a weird change in the way that people – including yourself – function while getting along with something of a daily routine? Is winter’s colder, more inclement weather making your daily life (& moods) more difficult than when being on a beach vacation? If so, then, consider joining us by registering early for and coming to Mid-America Mensa’s Cabin Fever Winter Retreat Event scheduled for next month.
Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS
Cabin Fever this year will offer board game tournaments, a crochet demonstration, puzzles, a soup tasting contest, candy tasting, cheese tasting, beer tasting, a genealogy presentation, charades, karaoke, Werewolf (a social deduction game), and more!
|10 AM – prep
|11 AM – opening
Board games and puzzles
||Lunch and Soup judging
Volunteer provided soups in Crock pots, salad bar, bread and peanut butter/ jelly
||Ticket to Ride Tournament
||Candy tasting event
Pizza, hot dogs, salad bar, and Indian food
|Indian Culture presentation
||General game play
||General game play
||General game play
|11 PM – Close
Admission is for Mensans and their guests and children: Adults are $30 and youngsters to 18 years-old are free. Check out the Mension for more of the heart-warming details as they become available. Please keep an eye on MAM’s Facebook events page for more information as well. Registration will be handled through Eventbrite: <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mam-cabin-fever-tickets-86292764983>. Admission at the door will be $35.
In addition, volunteers are always welcome and needed – sign up here: <https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4badaa28abf49-cabin>. Do you want to show off your soup-cooking skills and get a discount on the event tickets? If so, please contact Susannah Sulsar. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real ‘diagnosis’, not unlike hibernation, and it is not automatically or easily remedied. So, think of MAM’s Cabin Fever 2020 as your invitation to beat the winter blues, to get away and out of the funk you’re in, and to let your seasonal hormones know that you are thinking about them too!
January, not unlike the entire calendar that we know, resulted from a great amount of political juggling (and work) by Romans including the highest priest(s) of Roman religion, political rulers of the age like Julius Caesar, and astronomers of the time. It was/is more than a whim. January is the first month of the year – and, thus, it gives each of us a fresh page on which to propagate some of the many new opportunities and interesting challenges which lie ahead. Here’s a look at a few of the happenings going on in Mid-America Mensa during January.
Mid-America Mensa will be having its third-ever Cabin Fever event on Saturday, February 22nd at Meadowbrook Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. Cabin Fever this year will offer board game tournaments, a crochet demonstration, puzzles, a soup tasting contest, candy tasting, cheese tasting, beer tasting, a genealogy presentation, charades, karaoke, Werewolf (a social deduction game), and more!
Admission is for Mensans and their guests and children: Adults are $30 and youngsters to 18 years-old are free. Other volunteer discounts are available. So, check out the Mension for more of the heart-warming details as they become available. Please keep an eye on MAM’s Facebook events page for more information as well. Registration will be handled through Eventbrite <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mam-cabin-fever-tickets-86292764983>. Admission at the door will be $35.
Cabin Fever is still very much being planned before its Saturday, February 22nd date. If you are wanting to get involved in helping out with this event, then head on over to the Cabin Fever planning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at 5:30 pm in Tabard’s Ale House, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS. RSVPs can be left on MAM’s Facebook events page or at [email protected].
Also, Ethnic Eats resumes in January because we all want and need something to warm us up – like Korean fried chicken. We’ll be going to Koko Dak, 14856 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS on Saturday, January 11th at 1:00 pm. An RSVP would be appreciated if you are interested in being there and to ensure that the proper seating arrangements are made. See MAM’s Facebook events page or the Mension for more of the details and who to contact.
Symbolic trapping or shopping fun, whichever way you approach the month of December it can be a much appreciated, beautiful time of the year. Decorative lights and ornaments go up on celebrated trees. Children prepare their wish lists for the approaching visit by that jolly, old elf, Santa Claus. Gifts are exchanged by the rest of us as this is the season for tying up loose ends and putting a bow on things. So, here’s what’s going on around Mid-America Mensa.
First of all, there is a holiday fun two-for-one. Join up with the LUSH SwIG group for a filled flask ‘white elephant’ exchange at the Parlor, 1707 Locust St., KCMO, on Tuesday, December 17th, 7:00 pm. Then, stick around and join in with our Millennial/GenX/Trivia group when we play trivial pursuit with the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Parlor is a new food hall concept in KC with two bars and seven restaurants on three floors. Check out the MAM Facebook group page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mamensa/.
Next, MAM’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Party is scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 21st at 5:30 pm. Supper will begin at about 6:15 pm. This year’s Christmas Dinner Party will again be a pot luck style supper to go along with the usual good conversation and a gift grab. Whether new or long-time member, all are welcome. Check out your copy of the Mension for more of the details and for how you need to RSVP — to ensure we prepare enough for the main course.
KC Annual Gathering 2020 Note: Kansas City is a revolution of creativity, music, food, art, and spirit… and we get to enjoy it all week long! The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center will serve as the main event hotel, with a limited number of additional rooms available at the adjoining Westin Kansas City. Programming will be split between both hotels. Attendees will need to travel between them daily via an indoor skywalk. Event and room reservations began on November 1st.
Mensans from Topeka, Lawrence, and the Kansas City area met at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU Lawrence campus on October 27th to visit the exhibit knowledges, rethinking the roles university research and art play in our collective consciousness.
Four installation artists created art consisting of holograms of faculty committee members arguing issues while projected above elementary school desks, stacks of textbooks sculpted as geological formations, the elements of a human being distilled in containers and categorized and an electronic LED tapestry representing spoken words of immigrants recorded and digitized for volume. The artists were Assaf Evron, Danielle Roney, Fatimah Tuggar and Andrew S. Yang.
We then visited Stephen Johnson’s exhibit of 81 small mono-prints called Ninth Street Rhythms at the Lawrence Art Center. Stephen’s exhibit showed everyday objects from ground level near Ninth Street and a nine-block square. Vines, power meters, trash, painted fences, trees, sidewalk designs and church architecture were portrayed in color and each framed in black. Red dots by the frame meant the print was already sold. Mary Johnson joined us there and then we toured Stephen’s art studio where we saw some of his art previously displayed at the Spencer.
We retired across the street to the Lawrence Beer Company for a dinner and lots of beer varieties to savor. Professor Ted Johnson and Mary Johnson dined with Brad Lucht, Karin Miller, John Scheirman and David and Coleen Routh. David and Coleen first met in Professor Johnson’s French Stylistics course in 1977. ~ David Routh
Editor’s note: This article has been reprinted from the Mension December 2019 (pg. 23).
Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 pm
Lenexa Senior Center
13425 Walnut Street, Lenexa, KS
Turkey, ham, and soft drinks will be provided. (No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.) Bring a dish to share and a donation for Harvesters.
The doors will open at 1:00 pm for set-up and decorating. If you can come early – and it will be appreciated – then be prepared to help with the prep activities.
We’d be happy to set up an extra table for kids’ games if we know ahead of time that Young Ms and their young sibs and friends will be there.
For questions and to RSVP, contact:
Diana and Shawn Dyer
(816) 765-8407 or [email protected]
November is another rock-solid month which can be full of traditional activities. Starting with what remains left of Halloween night – candy, costumes, and All Saints’ Day – then Election Day, Veterans Day, ending with Thanksgiving weekend and St. Andrew’s Day, Mensans of Mid-America Mensa have much for which to be grateful and to feel happy and blessed. We have accomplished much throughout most of 2019, so far, besides all that which is ahead of us. Now, let’s take a look at what else is happening across MAM.
Paul completes his brief stint at hosting Ethnic Eats, in November, when we head to Zona Rosa’s Swagat (7407 NW 87th Street, KCMO) and their daily lunch buffet. You’ve got to help wrap up Ethnic Eats with this event if – in Paul’s words – you’ve “been wanting to do Indian food”. And if that’s you, see the November Mension for details and RSVP with Paul.
Editor’s note: Thanks for a job well done, Paul!
Some of us are familiar with Kansas City’s fascinating and rich history of barbecue, jazz, and baseball. Well, did you know that engineering (which is another one of Kansas City’s claims to fame) has deep roots in the brewing process of beer – in other words, the distillation process of alcoholic libations has given KC another claim to its international fame? In October, the Lush SwIG (MAM’s Special Interest Group) took a tour of Tom’s Town Distillery. Those who attended were able to see the spirit-making process and ask numerous questions about bourbon, gin, and vodka. The chemistry of their setup was interesting and so was hearing an interpretation of the flavors and aromas of each beverage as they were sampled in the tasting room. If you like checking out various distilleries, brew pubs, and wineries then please consider joining us at one of the Lush SwIG meetups!
Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Oak and Steel, 120 W 17th Street, Kansas City, MO