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A Renaissance Affair

A Renaissance Affair: The Movie

   Let it be known throughout the realm that plans are now underway for what promises to be the greatest regional gathering (RG) in Metropolitan Washington Mensa history!

   MATRIX 4: A RENAISSANCE AFFAIR will take place May 18, 19, and 20, 2012, at the beautiful Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Virginia.  Get ready, Lords and Ladies, for a time of great merriment, fellowship, and good cheer.  MATRIX 4 will feature such classic activities as a fishbowl, a chocolate orgy, three tracks of programming, a royal game room, a royal banquet, and two royal pool parties.

   New to Mensa?  Not sure what a regional gathering is?  A regional gathering can best be described as a weekend-long party with some educational stuff thrown in for good measure.  Here's what will happen: 250 Mensans from our chapter and from others around the region will converge on the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Virginia.  The "center" of the regional gathering will be the hospitality suite.  There you will find light meals, snacks, and, as mentioned above, fellowship.  You will participate in the kinds of conversations that only Mensans can have and you might even quaff an ale or two -- or three.  The hospitality suite will be open round the clock for your pleasure and amusement!  Games of all descriptions will be located in a nearby game room.  Step out of the hospitality suite and into the game room for card games, trivia games, strategy games, board games, and strange esoterica that we can't even begin to describe here.  There will be over 75 games to choose from.

   Craving intellectual stimulation or just a bit of light entertainment?  You'll want to check out our amazing RG programming!  MATRIX 4: A RENAISSANCE AFFAIR will feature all sorts of programs on all sorts of topics -- from cosmology to comic books, from poetry to politics, from mime to mythology, from -- well, you get the idea.  Then, there are always the parties within parties -- like our royal banquet and our late night royal pool parties.  And those are just the official parties.  In short, m'Lords and Ladies, you won't want to miss out on one thrilling minute of our 2012 RG!

   Register now for our MATRIX 4: A RENAISSANCE AFFAIR RG!  Adult registration is just $79 in December, January, and February; $89 in March, April, and early May, and $99 in mid-May or at the door.  Registration is $49 for children under 12, and $59 for children 12 to 17.  You can register online at, and make your hotel reservation at  There is also a registration form in the Capital M.

   We look forward to seeing you at the RG!

   -Herb Guggenheim and Leslie Carroll
Man In Tights! Renaissance people at church Falconer
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