Columbia River Mensa hosted the only 2016 Mensa Regional Gathering for Mensa Members in the Pacific Northwest USA in April 2016 in quaint Prosser WA. It centered on the famed Washington State wine industry and included an optional side trip to the historic Manhattan Project B Reactor to illustrate the start of the area's energy research and production. Included in the event were the Spring Barrel Tasting bus wine tour on Saturday morning and a RG wine and chocolate tasting on Sat and Sun at the Inn. There were also a few Speaker presentations.
The RG event is loosely structured with Guests getting their own lunches and dinners at the many nearby no-host restaurants. There are also several wineries, and microbreweries within walking distance from the Inn. There will be a Hospitality Room with limited snacks, wine and beer and Game Room with games and puzzles.
Cost for the event is $90 now or $100 at the door. Saturday Only registration is $85 or $95 at the door. The possible optional B Reactor tour is $30 extra. Click on the Register tab above to sign up now (we can only handle checks mailed in). Each winery charges you an additional $5 tasting fee and they offer to sell freshly cooked gourmet snacks so bring extra cash along. There are a limited number of motel rooms at the Inn and nearby so register early for accommodations directly with them. Some suggestions are provided on the Motels tab above.
We had fun. The hills were still green. It wasn't too crowded at the wineries. Jessica gave us an impromptu discourse on Prosser beers. Some of SueAnn's friends flew in for the novelty of seeing Prosser one time. Three of us went on the filled up B Reactor Tour and I got to invite two more acquaintances along on their own. One traveling NY doctor told his Hermiston hospital at five o'clock that he had to go because "He needed to have some intelligent conversation." Beth's wine tasting presentation was brilliant. People commiserated under the pergola into the wee hours.
We had a second wine presentation Saturday outside around the BBQ stand that was sublime. And I got to argue about the future of the human race with some real scrappers until the stroke of midnight. Thanks to everyone that came and partook of the selections.
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