There are quite a few APUGers in the New England region. We get together on occasion and a couple are coming up:
Cape Cod later this month;
A day at the beach at the end of June hosted by the infamous WhiteyMorange!

I can't make the Cape Cod event because of commitments to the VPC and NELFPC on both days... but I will definitely make it to the beach at the end of June.

I do hope to organize some kind of gathering at the Valley Photo Center next fall, and maybe a day of shooting up in north-central Mass.

As far as your proposed gathering the end of August, I will be out west in Rocky Mtn National Park area visiting in-laws.

It would be great to meet you at some NE-APUG gathering sometime!!