Captain’s Log – May 2019

Greetings, crew!

We are finally getting some nice weather, and it's time to enjoy it! We look forward to seeing everyone at the May 18th CONvergence task day, the June 8th 35th Anniversary Picnic, the June 23rd CONvergence planning day, CONvergence at the Hyatt Regency, the Feed My Starving Children event in July, the Drive-In Movie Night, Star Trek Bar Crawl and so much more! We hope you love the fun new summer outing we've added! Remember that we don't have membership meetings in July and August, so information will come at the June picnic meeting and then through the website. Keep your eyes open.

It was fun to see many of you at the Journey to Babble on May the Fourth (be with you). Thanks to Scott for putting together the good time. Seventeen of us visited four breweries, had great food and relaxed!!

Please see the article in this newsletter about CONvergence. Even if you've never before come to this event, please make this the year. We truly need you.

See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

CONvergence: ALL HANDS ON DECK

This is an extremely important message to everyone. I hope that you fully understand the impact our rooms at CONvergence have had since 2006. We have been celebrated, held up as an example, emulated by many, and lauded by real Star Trek veterans for our work and ingenuity. Songs have been written about us and our square food. We've been filmed for documentaries and featured in books and articles. People have told us that they've traveled from other states to see the "famous Star Trek room". Every member of the USS Nokomis should be proud of this, whether you pounded a nail or wore a costume or contributed by attending a fundraiser. Why am I stressing this? Because we need your help to continue this enterprise.

It's very important that all of us pull together this July at CONvergence. Without enough hands, we will not be able to do it. Why? Because it's a whole new situation at the new hotel, and everything will take just that much longer to accomplish. We were very comfortable and at home in rooms 107 and 108 at the DoubleTree, as we'd been there many times. I'm not just referring to the room layout. We knew every corner, every measurement, and the placement of every fixture down to the tiniest detail. Now, we have to return to the discovery phase of 2006 in the new area. To do this, we need your help.

Last weekend we had a meeting to discuss the room. We now have lists of everything that needs to be done. We need hands to do it, and the nine people who were at the meeting are not enough. We'll be mocking up the set in our yard on May 18th at 10am, and I hope many of you can come and help. We also have another day to complete any leftover construction and loading prep on June 23rd. Importantly, we need help loading and unloading and setting up the room. Here are the dates:

  • May 18th - 10am until we're done (and then we eat)
  • June 23rd - work and planning day (and then we eat again)
  • July 3rd - 5pm load and 8pm unload at the hotel
  • July 4th - 8am build and 8pm opening (after the build there is changing time and then we'll greet our guests)
  • July 5th and 6th - 7pm to midnight open room hours (we need folks to hang out and greet the guests)
  • July 7th - 9am tear-down, load and transport (then yummy lunch)

The dress code is simple - Classic Trek or costume of your choice. If you need help with this, just let me know. Keep in mind that this means hippie, gangster, Starfleet, or any other way to fit in. Basically, the sky's the limit!

I can not stress the importance of this strongly enough - we need help. We've learned over many years that when there are enough helpers, this goes very well. Otherwise, we wouldn't do it year after year!! Please sign up at the meeting on May 11th or send me an email at to let me know when you can help. Don't forget that everyone who helps has a home at the con, and you're welcome to hang out for unlimited time in the room. Don't be shy - you are all most welcome!

Let's show them that the biggest Star Trek club can also keep on trekkin' with the best room at con!

Mary

Special Summer Outing: Duluth Tall Ships 2019

Join us on the shores of Lake Superior for Festival of Sail Duluth 2019. This is the 5th installment of Tall Ships in Duluth. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse and step aboard some of the grandest ships of yore. Festival of Sail Duluth is one the largest events in Duluth’s history, featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food, beverage, craft beer garden, entertainment and fun for the entire family! You can also see the world's largest rubber ducky!

The festival runs from Sunday, August 11 to Tuesday, August 13. We will be going on Sunday. The hours are 11am to 7pm. Tickets are sold on the website (www.festofsailduluth.com), and you should order them ASAP. The sail tickets are already sold out, but the tour and festival tickets are still available ($10 for the festival alone and $14 if you want the tour).

We'll also be having a sleepover on Saturday night, thanks to Denise and Mike. They have a cabin half-way to Duluth and are welcoming us to come up on Saturday. We'll have breakfast in the morning and then caravan up to Duluth to meet those who aren't sleeping over. More details will be available in the next few months. Please use the signup sheet to let us know you are interested, so we can keep you in the loop.

2019 Beer Tasting Results – Are You Curious?

We had fun at the party on the 13th of April. We had good food and good beer tasting and there were interesting winners this year. There were only 16 entries - the fewest ever. The coveted Bad Beer Board went to Roxanne for her Beer Cotton Candy. The debate goes on as to whether it actually tasted like beer, but it definitely tasted like cotton candy! Second place was Harrison with Utepils European Style beer from the Minneapolis location. The big winner surprised us. Artie brought Anheuser-Busch's Redbridge, a gluten free, sorghum-based brew. Other entities included Make IPA Piney Again, Raspberry Blush, and the one that made everybody pucker: a citrus Gose whose name I have blocked from my memory.

The potluck was fantastic, and puzzling and games abounded. No matter what we do, we always have fun!

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Captain’s Log – April 2019

Greetings, Crew!

Guess what I saw!!!??? I saw the sun. Yup, it's true. We still have two-foot-tall piles in our yard, but still...

I hope everyone had a nice St Patrick's Day, even without our party. Emma and I were all dolled up in the Minneapolis St Patrick's Day Parade, so we got to exercise our Irish genes. If you didn't get enough of a chance to get your green on, feel free to be green at the party after the membership meeting on April 13th. Maybe we'll be able to get outside that day! I hope to see you there.

As a reminder, we're looking for input on things to do for our 35th anniversary this year. We have several great ideas for souvenirs and keepsakes. We'll also have our usual anniversary picnic in June and plans for a party in December. If there's something else you have in mind - an event or activity - please let a board member know as soon as possible. We'll entertain all options, and it helps if you have lots of detail and will help to plan the event.

See you around the galaxy!

Mary

Got Beer? Bad Poetry by Mary

OK, here's the deal.

This time it's really real.

The time is near, so grab your beer,

and food you're bringing to the meal.

 

At 4 o’clock on the big day,

jump in your car and drive our way.

If you don’t drink beer,

then never fear.

If you want to bring something else, you may.

 

A great time will be had by all

unless we get a big snowfall.

It happened before,

but won’t any more.

So come on over here, y’all!

 

See, I’m a poet, and you did not know it. What?

MarsCon: What a Success!

Congratulations to the crew that worked at MarsCon this year! It was a great success, for several reasons.

First, we saved lives!! Thanks to Jane, Roxanne, Cathy, and all the fabulous blood donors, we exceeded our MarsCon collections goal for the second time ever, and the first time since 2013! We had several fun gifts to give to donors, including armed forces emergency survival blankets and Game of Thrones Bleed for the Throne t-shirts. Plus, every donor was entered to win a trip to the Game of Thrones premier in April. Best of all, they each received the coolest - and hardest to get - badge ribbon at con! Thanks to everyone, we can touch up to 72 lives with our efforts!

Second, we had an AWESOME party room! The Spectre of the Gun theme worked out really well, and was very popular. We really fit the convention's theme of Legends in Our Own Minds!

The OK Corral, with it's flickering firelight, covered wagon, and towering cactus, was really cool. Wyatt and Virgil Earp could be found there, along with Doc Holliday. We also had a saloon with barmaids, plus well-armed Starfleet personnel. The saloon was servin' up sarsaparilla, and it was a huge hit. Each MarsCon guest of honor was honored by us, appearing on a Wanted poster, complete with mug shot and offered reward. Funny thing, though. It was always 10 minutes to five o'clock PM in our room...

Thanks go to Jim and Pam, Jack and Bob, Dawn and Roxanne, Scott and Amber, and everybody else that helped in various ways, for a wonderful and successful event!

The best news of all is that we won FIRST PLACE in the party room competition! That means we received money to put towards next year's room. What will it be?

Great job, everyone, and way to have a great time!

Trixie May (aka Mary)

2019 Spring Beer Tasting on April 13th After the Meeting

Had a good St Patrick's day? Yeah, the snow didn't help - doggone it we had to move it from March to April

The 16th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on April 13th after our membership meeting, and it's time to get prepared. You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy the fun. However, if you are competing, start thinking about your entry now! If you wish to enter the tasting, you should bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. All types of beer, hard cider, malt beverage, near beer, maltini, non-alcoholic beer or malternative are welcome. You can even enter a soda if you'd like to, as you never know what will win. Keep in mind that the Bad Beer Board is also up for grabs.

The party is moving back to its roots this year. Before we had Barn Tasting and Beer Dancing, and before we had hotels and hot tubs, we were at my home in St Anthony. We'll be back there this year. Final details will be in the March newsletter.

Mary

Captain’s Log – March 2019

Greetings, crew!

The only parts of me that are not buried in snow are my fingers, so I can still type this. It may not last for long, so here goes...

At our last meeting, we discussed fun things to do for our 35th anniversary year. We have our picnic coming up in June, at which we'll revive a sweet and fun contest activity. We are hoping to have pins and t-shirts available. We'd love to hear from you about other things you'd like to do.  Is there an activity that we used to do that you miss? As I sit here looking out the window, I realize that I live in the same house I lived in 35 years ago, and I think that sometimes the tried and true stuff is the best. Alternatively, is there something we've never done that would be fun? Bring on the ideas!

I hope to see everyone at MarsCon and the St Patrick's party. Have a great March!

See you around the galaxy!

Mary

MarsCon 2019 is HERE!

It's time to have fun at MarsCon! We have been working hard on our room, which will feature the Original Series episode Spectre of the Gun. Wear your favorite Wild West gear, come as a classic Trek character, or wear nothing at all (not really but you don't need a costume) and visit with us in room 1113 on Friday and Saturday evenings.

We really need hands to help with the set-up, so if you are available please come and help. Meet us at the hotel after noon on Friday the 1st and help us hang curtains and hold stuff up. On Sunday, please come at 9am to the room and help us rip it down.

Thanks, and see you at the con!