2014 No Evil Monkey Collector’s Gathering

Mankato, Minnesota, USA

August 1 - 3, 2014



Dear No Evil Monkey Collectors,


Here is the information for the 2014 No Evil Monkey Collector’s Gathering, to be held in Mankato, Minnesota, August 1 - 3, 2014.  Mankato is a short drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota International Airport.  That airport is served by most major US airlines (listed and linked below).  The conference will be held at the Mankato Holiday Inn Express, 2051 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001 (Tel: (507) 388-1880).


Here’s the Schedule of Events:


Thursday, July 31, 2014  Arrival and dinner on your own (or in impromptu groups)


Friday, August 1 Meet in the Conference Room at the Mankato Holiday Inn Express, 2051 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001 (Tel: 507-388-1880)


Feel free to bring a CD or DVD with pictures of your No Evil collection, “orphans” to sell or trade, and No Evils to sell during a silent auction.


Dinner will be in a room reserved for us at the Whiskey River Restaurant (each person/family to pay for their own meal) in nearby St. Peter, Minnesota: http://www.katoinfo.com/addpages.php?id=210&pageid=1&linky=


Reviews at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g43503-d953313-Reviews-Whiskey_River-Saint_Peter_Minnesota.html


Saturday, August 2 - Start in the Conference Room at the Mankato Holiday Inn, then take off to enjoy any or all of the following (we will arrange car pools and have instructions):


-  A trip to Mall Over America, which is one of the world’s largest shopping malls, and includes a theme park: http://www.bloomingtonmn.org/page/1/mall-of-america.jsp#.U0QE4Y_D-M8


-  A visit to the Minnesota Vikings football training camp (going on in Mankato at that time): http://www.vikings.com/schedule/training-camp/


-  Walking around, eating and shopping at the Ribfest Festival (going on that weekend in Mankato): http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/14842/mankato-ribfest/details.aspx


-  Shopping for No Evil Monkeys at Mankato’s many antique malls and stores: http://www.antiquemalls.com/stores/MN/Mankato.aspx


Saturday evening, Tom and Connie Clark have offered to host a barbecue at their house in nearby Cleveland, Minnesota.  Not only will we get to see their No Evil Monkey collection, but we can also see the workshop where Tom restores antique trucks and toys!  Thanks, Connie and Tom!


Sunday, August 3 - Breakfast on your own and depart.


Where To Stay:  We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, Mankato East, 2051 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001; Telephone = (507) 388-1880.  The block has been reserved for the nights of July 31, August 1 & August 2.


Reservations can be made online at www.hiexpress.com/mankatomn using GROUP CODE: MKY


Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly at (507) 388-1880 and asking for the Three Monkeys group block.  The group rate is $109.99 (plus tax, which brings the total to $121.40/night) for a room with 2 Queen-sized beds or 1 King-sized bed.


Cost: Ten dollars ($10.00) per person.  You may

(1) pay when you get there,

(2) mail your check to Connie Clark, 205 Walnut Street, Cleveland, MN 56017; or

(3) mail your check to me, Gregg Ottinger, 13503 W. 47th Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66216.


The payment will be used to cover the Clark’s cost of food and beverages for the barbecue at their house.  The cost of the meeting room at the Mankato Holiday Inn Express has already been taken care of.


Will You Be There?:  Please let me know if you (and how many others in your party) will attend. This will be our 10th More-Or-Less Annual USA No Evil Monkey Collectors Gathering, so I hope you can make it.  In addition, it is held on one of the five weekends in August.  August only has 5 weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) once every 823 years!  In China, this phenomena is called “Pocketful of Money”!


How To Get There:  Mankato is 85 miles (less than one-and-a-half hours to drive) from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Here is a link to Mapquest Driving Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/directions#ad30a4624e91dd223bdad188


The airport is served by the following airlines:

I hope to see all of my old No Evil Monkey Collecting Friends and meet some new ones, too!

No evilly yours,


Gregg Ottinger

13503 W. 47th Terrace

Shawnee, KS 66216


Tel:         (913) 268-0920 (home)

                (202) 289-8400 (office)

Cell:      (240) 461-4425

E-mail: gdo@duncanallen.com