Mea Culpa – Latin for Oops

Last week I said something about a backyard movie night in August - and I was wrong. A lot of things stacked up in the summer this year, and we couldn't find a date to host it.  Well, not 'we', apparently everyone but Phill.  Sorry to get your hopes up, but we won't be having a movie night this summer.

I beg your pardon.  Please pick an excuse for me from the list below, and I will try not to do it again.

  • The Bersallen FireStorm cut off my Internet
  • A Gumato ate my homework
  • The timewarp I tried to fix it didn't work, and I spent 7 months cleaning Edith Keeler's kitchen
  • A bought a red shirt - dumb idea.  Turned all the colors pinkish before hemoglobin shortage wrecked my memory.
  • Couldn't find my notes in Cogley's office
  • Tom Paris stole the projector for his movie nights
  • I missed a meeting.

Sorry - Phill

Lower Decks to Start Again on August 25th

Paramount+ announced that season three of its hit original half-hour animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks will premiere on Thursday, August 25, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. Following the premiere, the remaining nine episodes of the 10-episode long season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays.

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’: Paramount+ Reveals Premiere Date And Key Art For Season 3

2022 Anniversary Picnic and Membership Meeting – June 11th in Bloomington

The 37th Anniversary Picnic takes place this Saturday the 11th at Noon.   We've booked the West Bush Lake Park Shelter 1, the two-roofed shelter in the woods in West Bush Lake Park, Bloomington.

We have the shelter from 11AM to 4PM, along with access to grills and the bathrooms.   As of now the weather forecast is quite good, no difficulties.

Phill has electronics good to go for background music and Zoom-ing the meeting.  We have a large bag of charcoal for grills for you to cook whatever grillable or roastable goodies you bring.  Halloween style treats (packaged) are ok to bring and share, but not yet homemade treats out of an abundance of caution. Drinking is ok if we avoid D&D (drunk and OK disorderly).  Sorry, No bouncy Galileo or Inflatable Trelane's Castle.

Speaking of Zoom, we'll have the meeting up and running a little ahead of time and keep it up until there's nobody on.  If you're at the meeting in person, stop by the Zoom PC to say hi to those who can't make it this time.

See you all there!


Hallmark Keepsake is Enterprise, Strangely

Have you been collecting Hallmark's Keepsake ornaments since 1991?  Did you have to buy another tree to hold them all?  Fear not, we were not left in the cold this year.  Hallmark and Paramount waited until after the premiere of Strange New Worlds to announce this year's starship.  It's Chris Pike's Enterprise.

The ship is a little over 3" long, and the bridge, nacelles, and lights work. There is no connection to tree lights or power.

The ornament will be available October 8th.  For full details, click through to Hallmark's Ornament Page


Did You Know..

When someone says "Get A Life", consider this:

  • All 13 Star Trek films have a combined total of 25 hours and 17 minutes, or just over a full day.
  • Every single television series, both currently airing and retired, total up to 626 hours and 31 minutes, or just over 26 days.
  • Every series and movie combined totals to 651 hours and 48 minutes, meaning it will take over 27 days to watch them all uninterrupted.

We've watched at least 39,000 minutes of Star Trek (not counting repeats).

Picard Fans – Here’s One of those Thousand Ships…

Yes, the October Hallmark Premiere Day includes the La Sirena from Star Trek Picard.

Warp to the year 2399 with this Christmas tree ornament featuring La Sirena, the non-Federation cargo freighter hired by Jean-Luc Picard and owned by former Starfleet Commander Cristóbal Ríos. The highly detailed decoration plays audio of some of Picard's quotes from "Star Trek: Picard" (battery-operated). Engage!

Buy a dozen and a very large orchid and re-enact the ultimate fight scene.

Details at the Hallmark website.

2021-2022 Calendar is Available on the Website

In September we set our calendar for the coming year.  It's now available online in the Nokomis Website.  Click on the EVENTS tab to see the upcoming events.  You'll find preliminary details, links to new articles or signup sheets (if any) and the times associated.

Where an event is shown as Penciled In, we've loosely scheduled it - be aware it can move as the event plan forms up. Want to try your hand at running an event?  These are tailor made for practice.

It's gonna be a fun year, and hopefully the world remains healthy enough for all of this to happen.

Happy New Club Year!!

Anniversary Picnic 2021 – New Month, New Day, New Location

Greetings, and Good News - the Pandemic is receding from view each and every day.  That means we get to meet in person for the first time since February of 2020.  What better way to kick off some semblance of OK than to have our Anniversary Picnic!

Back in March we decided to leave a little more time for recovery, so we postponed the meeting from June to July.  Since Saturdays in summer get busy, we put the picnic on Sunday, July 11th.  And we are still meeting at West Bush Lake Park but we have a different shelter this time.  It's the same park, just one shelter to the South.  Click on the map image for a larger view.

What to look forward to:

  • A very short business meeting
  • Actual People in 3-D
  • The smells of good grilling
  • And a few games, perhaps involving PEEPS

We'll also be setting up a virtual camera and speaker so you can visit if you just can't make it to Bloomington.

NLC “Light Dawns”

Mark Uecker is a good friend and supporter of the Nokomis, in addition to being a member.  The National Lutheran Choir is very important to Mark, and you can imagine how hard this COVID year has been on the entire organization.

Here is the information from the NLC about "Light Dawns", their spring celebration and replacement for the Benefit Gala.

Beer over Zoom? Here’s the result

After the last meeting we had our first (and hopefully final) Zoom-Remote Journey to Nowhere Beer Tasting.   Seven households provided 14 different brews, with quite the variety.  The gallery shows you what we had on hand.

The adventure began with collecting all the beer and figuring a way to conceal it from view.  Contact brand Shelf Liner worked well, in case you ever need to cover your can. (wait, that sounds wrong somehow).  Hand them all back out in a box of 14, and the contest was on.  There were 5 rounds with 2 or three beers, two semi-finals and a champion choice.

After about 45 minutes of tasting, the winners were

First Place New Glarus Spotted Cow Ale, provided by the Patzmans
Second Place Lupulin Javatized Coffee Stout, provided by Phill Goldman and Lynne Tauer
Bad Beer Board, for the drink with the lowest score Brew Dr Blood Orange and Ginger Kombucha, provided by Emma Frazee

Thanks to everyone who purchased and provided drinks for tasting.  I had a lot of fun figuring how to do something we've done more than a dozen times before while still being safe and healthy.  That's the first time healthy has been used in association with drinking 14 beers.   It was fun, and I hope we don't have to do the remote tasting again - it's more fun in person.

  • Phill


The entire tasting list:

1 Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, from Jim and Pam
2 New Glarus Spotted Cow Ale, from the Patzmans
3 Indeed Pistachio Cream Ale, from the Hills
4 Summit Extra Pale Ale, from Jack L
5 Central Waters Laid Back New England IPA, from Ben S
6 New Glarus Moon Man Pale Ale, from the Patzmans
7 Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA, from Rich P
8 Heineken Alcohol Free, from the Hills
9 Indeed Mexican Honey Imperial Lager, from Phill and Lynne
10 Sam Adams Sam '76 Lager,  from Karen and Mark
11 Miller High Life, from Mary P
12 Brew Dr Blood Orange and Ginger Kombucha, from Emma Frazee
13 Lupulin Javatized Coffee Stout, from Phill and Lynne
14 New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA, from Mark and Karen



Kona Big Wave Golden Ale