We run a handful of USCF-rated scholastic ladder tournaments throughout the year, typically Sunday mornings. Search at http://masschess.org for “Concord-Carlisle…” tournaments.
We can teach newcomers about recording moves and how to work the clock (so be sure to come early). The format is ladder-based, G/30 which means each player will have 30 minutes total for all their moves. This means that each game could take as long as an hour. If you’d just like to try it, you can just come for the first game or two. At the end, you will have a nationally recognized USCF rating! To play, you will need a USCF membership (yearly $17), and pay a small entry fee.
USCF membership: Click here