TED at Twenty: Why Smartfolk Should Love “Ideas Worth Spreading”
Really Odd & Special 3 (videos)
Consider the Conversation (Award winning documentary)
Natural Horns - History and Demonstration
Preserving Memories with Scrapbooking
Travel to Extreme Latitudes - The North & South Geographic Poles
From the Cheyenne to the Levee: The Golden Age of Chicago Vice
Living in the Age of Complexity
Return of the Vinyl Junkie
While our Programs Chair
is hard at work planning out this year’s exciting offerings, you
can read about this year’s keynote speaker, learn about some of our
traditional events, and get a list of topics to be covered.
We find that presenters love to come to WeeM because the Mensa audience
is so receptive, engaged, and interested. Many of the 2014
program presenters have been lined up
Also don’t forget, there will be Tournaments in addition
to the programs.
We will also offer the following traditional
There will be excursions for those who arrive early.
The tournaments will begin at 3:30p.m.
Expect the program to start at 4p.m.
The Friday night costume party is one of the things that set Chicago
Area Mensa’s RG apart from all the others. Mensan grown-ups
take dressing up to a new level. Costumes range from fanciful to
funny to elaborate and elegant, but the thing for which Mensans are
best known are the pun and word-play costumes. In all of them,
Mensa-style creativity is obvious. Bring your costume, sense of
humor, and your wits, because our puns will keep you guessing and
giggling all night long. Make sure to consider this year's theme,
ripe for pun-filled humor! View our pictures
to see costumes from ’WeeMs past.
The kids costume parade will precede the adult
costumes as in past years to encourage more adults to attend and support
our youth. The keynote speaker will be featured on Saturday rather than
Friday between the kids and adults costume parade.
Haunted House - New!
There will be a Haunted House to visit. The kids can visit right after
the costume parade while the judges deliberate and afterwards.
The scarier, adult version will be set up after the kids are finished.
Iron Chef Hospitality
Come test your skills at ad hoc haute cuisine. The competitors in the fifth annual
Iron Chef Hospitality will have 1 hour to create a 3-course meal from whatever food
they can find in hospitality supplies, including leftovers from previous meals.
Some small additional ingredients may be brought in from the outside, but all
preparation must take place at the event. Judges will include our Fantasy Cake creator
and our former WeeM Hospitality Chair.
Everyone is welcome as a spectator. Allez cuisine!
Starts shortly after the adult costume parade.
Mr. Freeze —
The Mr. Freeze Demonstration shows the interesting and fun properties of cryogenics
using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). It is an exciting science based demonstration with lots
of surprises and a few explosions. Lots of different properties and effects of the
extreme cold are demonstrated and explained. This science is fun for everyone and
may encourage kids to become more interested in science in school.
Bio: Jerry Zimmerman went to college at Northern Illinois University.
He worked ten years at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, where his projects
included COBE (the Cosmic Background Explorer) and a DOD Infrared Telescope.
He has worked at Fermilab for the past 24 years on new detector research and
machine design. His current work is on the Darkside Detector, distilling liquid
Argon to be used to detect Dark Matter. Jeery has been doing Cryogenic shows for
schools for the past 23 years and been the Mr. Freeze since 1997. He does 100 shows
per year for ten to twenty thousand kids, encouraging them to get excited about
science. Fermilab has sponsored the Mr. Freeze Demonstrations since the 1970’s.
This is a voluntary activity that is financially sponsored by Fermilab.
A photo id will be required for any adult picking up Pretentious Drinking
coupons. You will not be able to get them for other adults in your party.
The ID will also be required at the Pretentious Drinking event.
Liqueurs. The fancy stuff. Polished, cosmopolitan, perhaps even a bit
snooty. The stuff you graduate to from beer and wine. You’d like
to know more but, gosh, look at that price. What if that pricey potion
isn’t quite the palate pleaser you expected? Rejoice! As in years
past, you can sample some truly amazing liqueurs, and your
money’s no good here! We will supply a wide range of weird and
wonderful concoctions from around the world. You can determine which
you’d like to own, which should be left on the shelf, and which
you should give to your arch-nemesis as a thoughtful gift. Obviously,
you must be of legal drinking age to join us. Snobbish accents and
extended pinkies optional.
For those under 21 but still awake at that late hour, in addition to the daily
version, we will offer a
special Werewolf tournament just for teens and tweens during the same
timeslot as Pretentious Drinking.
For those who are not of age or those who are of age but who
prefer not to indulge in alcohol, we will have a room set aside for
an improved version of last year’s
socializing without alcoholic lubrication event.
Come test your skills at ad hoc haute cuisine. Similar to the
Iron Chef Hospitality contest but for the younger set.
Amazing Race: WeeM Style Tournament
Join us for a repeat of the Amazing Race for Mensans! Based upon the popular TV reality show,
teams of 2-4 competitors complete a variety of tasks, some cerebral, some lighthearted,
on their way to the final “Pit Stop” and victors’ bragging rights.
Our version is designed for all ages and activity levels, and is sure to be one of the
most memorable things you’ll do this weekend!
Also, you can access our archives to download the full program
booklet for previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. (All are in PDF format.)
Registration - Discounts for advanced registration are available through October 15th. (Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for any discount).
Excursions - Register for any of the excursions offered before WeeM by October 20th.
Lodging - The hotel is offering a WeeM rate of $123 through October 10th, subject to availability. If the hotel block is full, please contact our WeeM Chairs who will try to expand the block.
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