I can't believe the plethora of Star Trek and space tidbits this week! In addition to the other items you'll find below, the breaking news as of this writing is the release date for Season 3 of Discovery on October 15th! You can count on Comic-Con for all the news that is news across the nation, that's fer sure!
We've found a fun thing to do during this stay at home season - State Fair food trucks!!! We have located cheese curds and mini donuts so far, and there are many more every week. Check out the State Fair Food Finder on Facebook to see the many options spread all around the Cities. There's also the official State Fair Food Parade 2020. The tickets go on sale this Friday and they will sell out instantly, so if you're interested, be ready to order at noon!
Finally, note that the 20th Annual USS Nokomis CONvergence Blood Drive on August 22nd is live online. Go to redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code CONvergence to sign up, or use your Red Cross Blood Donor app. Since all donors will be tested for antibodies to COVID-19 at least through August, if you want to choose an appointment time you should do it ASAP. There will be lots of non-con people coming from the outside this time, as parking is not going to be tough at the DoubleTree since there's no con! Alternatively, let First Officer Jane know and she'll hook you up.
Take care everybody, and see you around the Galaxy!!
Have you heard this news? There's another Star Trek show on the horizon, and it's not Picard, Discovery, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, Short Treks, or even the planned Section 31 series.
Nope, this one's for the kiddies. Announced last week at Comic-Con 2020 , the new Nickelodeon show "follows a bunch of 'lawless teens' taking a derelict Starfleet ship for a ride. Along the way they beam up adventure, meaning, and, hey, maybe even salvation." According to CNet, "Star Trek: Prodigy is developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman, two of the Emmy Award winners behind Trollhunters and Ninjago. It's aimed at a younger audience, unlike the other animated Trek series Lower Decks, which premieres [next week]" Technically, it's the third animated Trek, after The Animated Series and the two Short Treks animated episodes, but this will be the first completely computer generated Star Trek show.
Seriously, folks, if somebody had told you 10 years ago that there would be seven Trek projects in work in 2020, how many kinds of crazy would you have called them? Amazing!!
There's been a great video circling the internet recently. Before you watch it, take a quick guess as to how many times a Next Generation character used some permutation of the words "some kind of...". Then click the link below and see the video and the answer. If you're like me, you never even noticed this phenomenon, which is pretty phenomenal!! My guess was 81, by the way.
Remember earlier this year, when the Space Force (the military branch, not the comedy show) unveiled its new logo and was instantly targeted by countless people for using the Star Trek Delta Shield? Last week they unveiled a newer new logo, together with the official motto Semper Supra, which means "Always Above." It still looks like a Delta Shield, but they have made it very clear that they've been using a similar symbol since 1961!!
Check out more details, including specific details of each aspect of the logo, at the United States Space Forces twitter account @SpaceForceDoD
I got exactly ZERO guesses for the Name the USS Nokomis Member picture last week. That's the first time and we've had up to 15 guesses, so everybody must be sleepy from the hear. Just to be sassy, I'm going to extend the guessing for another week so you'll have time to consider. I'll give you a hint - it's someone that has been a member for more than 20 years. Come on, send your guess to
Are you looking forward to the new Trek this year? I know I am!! There will be much discussion about the three series online this week, starting with lots of information at Comic-Con. Check out this teaser just released by CBS (click HERE ) and see more information in this week's newsletter post (below).
The biggest news here, of course, is the imminent release of Lower Decks on August 6th. It's just not going to be right if we don't celebrate the series premier in some way, so I'd love to hear your ideas. Do you want to watch it separately and then have a Zoom chat? Is there another idea for sharing the love? Let me know!!
Here's an update on our 20th CONvergence Blood Drive on August 22nd. It's from 9:30 to 3:30 at the DoubleTree Bloomington, and we'll be Plaza 5&6 (what CONvergence-goers know as the Art Show space). I'll be posting the link on our website and Facebook very soon, so keep you eyes open. If you'd like to donate, make sure you jump in and grab an appointment, since the drive is open to the public this year and not limited to con-goers. Donors will all be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and receive a $5 Amazon gift card, so slots fill up quickly!!
As promised in last week's update, here's some information on the many Trek offerings at the virtual San Diego Comic Con. It started at 11:00 this morning!
There are several panels, including All The Starfleet Ladies, the Star Trek Universe Panel, and Picard: A Literary Retrospective. You'll find lots of other options, too. Who's more emotionally intelligent - Picard or Luke Skywalker? You might find out during Friday's presentation of The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Starting to sound like fun???
There are several great collectibles on hand, including a gorgeous prop replica cup and saucer set, from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A as featured in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This one is limited to 500 pieces, so jump quick if you want it! You can even download a copy of the souvenir program book - a once in a lifetime opportunity!
This recipe was featured at the USS Nokomis 2020 Valentine Dinner and prepared by Emma, Shannon and Harrison! YUM!!
½ cup olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
1 cup pitted prunes
½ cup pitted Spanish green olives
½ cup capers, with a bit of juice
6 bay leaves
1 head of garlic, peeled and puréed
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped, or 1/4 cup dried oregano
2 teaspoons of salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 chickens, 3 1/2 to 4 pounds each, quartered
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, prunes, olives, capers and juice, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan; spoon the marinade over it evenly. Pour in the wine and sprinkle the chicken with the brown sugar.
Bake until the thigh pieces yield clear yellow juice when pricked with a fork, 50 to 60 minutes, basting two or three times with the pan juices once the chicken begins to brown. (When basting, do not brush off the sugar. If the chicken browns too quickly, cover lightly with foil.)
Transfer the chicken pieces to a warm serving platter and top with the prunes, olives and capers; keep warm. Place the roasting pan over medium heat and bring the pan juices to a boil. Reduce to about 1/2 cup. Strain into a heatproof bowl, add the parsley and pour over the chicken.