Star Trek Discovery Premiere Viewing – September 24th

Star Trek Discover's first two hours will air on CBS, Sunday the 24th, and we'll be gathering as a group to view the event.

The ideal location has food, drink, and a big TV for us to see the show all the better, and we've found the place.  We'll meet at 6:30PM at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery.  You might remember that location as the first stop on our 2017 Journey to Babble.

The main dining room has 35 seats, the side room another 20 or so. The first 35 to sign up get to sit in the main dining room, so don't delay!!  Please don't arrive early in the hopes of scoring a location in the dining room, we don't have the room until 6:30.

The show airs from 7:00 to 9:00 PM over the air.

ZooBoo’s Finale Time is Here!

Celebrate Halloween without the Fright

All proceeds support the plants and animals of the Como Zoo and Conservatory.  The Nokomis has been helping out with this event since 1994 (this is our 23rd year).  We really want to help keep one of America's last free-admission zoos free.

Como Zoo will be transformed for Zoo Boo October 21st, 22nd and October 28th, 29th. Gates Open: 4:30-7:30 p.m. We're just four nights this year, so let's make them count.

Volunteering

Como Friends are starting to gear up for our annual Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo event and hope that you can join us again!  Even returning volunteers need to fill out the Zoo's signup online - it just takes a minute.  You can find it here. Sign up to let the Nokomis know you're coming - all of the dates are on one online signup sheet.

Prep

The week before the event we have a workday set to break down product and kick off the event.  Consider taking on a station leader's role and join us October 14th.

On the morning of the first event night, Saturday October 21st, we'll be in full-on work to complete setups before the event.  We start at 9AM and hopefully we'll be done before the gates open.

Event

Our folks will be heading up the new Halloween station, just inside the front gate.  We need to get there early (3PM), but we get done first.    Be sure to sign in up on the second floor of the Big Zoo Building - there are goodies for you there, and perhaps a surprise coupon.

Dinner

Be sure to check with our folks at the first station, we'll get details there about the night's repast!  Hope to see you all there, all the time!

June Meeting and Anniversary Picnic 2017

This year’s anniversary picnic (and camp out) will be held at Loren and Carol Evers’ property. We own approximately 11 acres about 10 miles north of Stillwater (about 10 miles northeast of the old Madline farm). So there is plenty of room for all the fun-filled activities people would like to participate in.

The anniversary picnic will again be a potluck. So please bring something to grill and something to share. It will also be a BYOB event. We don’t have an extra refrigerator, but we’ll have cooler(s) available with plenty of ice. If anyone has a large cooler they can loan to the cause, please bring that along as well. We’ll be providing plates, napkins, cups, and utensils (of the paper and plastic variety).

Also, feel free to bring along your toys as long as you don’t mind them getting lost in the weeds or the lake.

For those of you who want to know where you will be headed, our address is: 11357 142nd St. N, Stillwater, MN 55082. We are exactly 8.5 miles north off 36 off of Manning Ave/Trail.

Loren and Carol Evers

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The Journey was Sweet – and Hoppy – and Wonderful

Journey to Babble 3 - The Search for Snacks was our latest trip through the Twin Towns looking for good food and fun.  In the past the trip has been from brewery to brewery, but this time I planned a more varied trip.  We started after the May 13th meeting in Mounds View and made three stops.

First was Town Hall Brewpub in Minneapolis right near Seven Corners.  This place has both outdoor and indoor seating; the staff went all out to get us our table for 20 inside and take good care of us.  The beers were house-made and tasty, and the food menu will certainly send us back there.   Both our server and the chef were great people, welcoming and friendly, and I dropped a note of thanks to the managers.  I got back a personal note from one of the co-founders who was grateful for the positive feedback, and confirmed the menu is here to stay, at least for the season.

Second was Tattersall Distillery, our very first non-brewery stop on our Journeys. They distill their own liquors and aperitifs, all tasty and all very old-school classic.  The place was hoppin' busy on a nice day like we had.   I don't know about you but I could have stayed for another round.

Finally was Can Can Wonderland - a mix of drinks, ice cream, artist-designed mini golf, and a lot of classic treasures like 30-40 year old pinball machines and everything from Gramma's living room.  Hard to describe, but a nice long evening of food and fun.

The folks I've talked to afterwards liked the variety and the locations.  The Nokomis will certainly do this again on the next year's calendar.  I'm not the only one who can plan these things either - if you have ideas for a 3-4 stop tour of food, drink, and fun then please get it on the calendar!   We can even do more than one each year.

  • Phill

You might notice we have SOME photos of Nokomis folks, and some of these are stock shots from the various locations' web sites.  Send any photos you'd like to share to Phill and we'll get them into the photo gallery.   Click the photos to enlarge or start the slide show.

 

Looking for the Journey to Babble? It’s a week later.

Well, it's the weekend of the 6th of May, and you're expecting the Journey to Babble Tour.  You might have also figured that we've moved it to one week later, after the meeting on the 13th.

This is the third year of the Journey to Babble Tour.  The third installment is just a little different than the first two.  First, we’re having after the General Membership meeting, so we’re reducing it from four stops to three.   Second, Babble isn’t just for beer any more.

We’re starting with a food and brew at a brewpub, next cocktails at a local distillery, and then creative drinks and fun at an artist-drive venue with more than just food and drink.    Enjoy!

The monthly meeting is at the Mounds View Public Library, where we'll start out at around 2:00PM if all goes well.

 

Town Hall Brewery
1430 S. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 339-8696
www.townhallbrewery.com
Cozy, brick-walled brewpub & restaurant with house &
guest taps, patio seating and eclectic bar bites.
2:30 PM - 4: 00 PM
Tattersall Distilling
1620 Central Ave NE #150
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: (612) 584-4152
tattersalldistilling.com
Located in the Historic Thorp Building. Built in 1902, the Thorp Building
was originally home to Thorp Doors. During World War II, General Mills
Mechanical Division occupied the building to secretly manufacture
highly classified military equipment — namely the Norden Bomb Sight.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 925-2261
cancanwonderland.com
We offer a truly unique, 18-hole artist designed, indoor mini golf course.
We have a couple bars…we might have a secret bar! We have noshes! We even have
a few unicorns. Try cocktails named  “Old Fashioned Mastadon”,
“Wonder Mary”, ”Strip & Go Naked”, and of course, “That Carrot Drink”Mini golf is $12 for 18 really creative holes.
6:00 PM - whenever

The January Dance Returns in 2017

After taking a break for the Trek 50 year, we'll be back on January 28th for our 15th January Dance event! Save the date for this evening, which will include dinner, dancing to our favorite DJ, socializing and fun. The cost remains $35, even after all these years! You must sign up in advance for us to plan our catered food. We will begin accepting payments at the November meeting, and everyone must be signed up and paid by the January meeting. Keep your eyes open for this year's theme, which will include costumes...

Mary

ZooBoo Time!

Como Zoo's Zoo Boo is FINALLY HERE!

Celebrate Halloween without the Fright

All proceeds support the plants and animals of the Como Zoo and Conservatory.  The Nokomis has been helping out with this event since 1994 (this is our 23rd year).  We really want to help keep one of America's last free-admission zoos free.

Como Zoo will be transformed for Zoo Boo October 22nd, 23rd; and October 29th, 30th. Gates Open: 4:30-7:30 p.m. We're just four nights this year, so let's make them count.

Volunteering

Como Friends are starting to gear up for our annual Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo event and hope that you can join us again!  You can register to volunteer at the link below so the Zoo knows you're coming.  Drop Phill a line as well so we can let you know about last minute changes.

Prep

On the morning of the first event night, Saturday October 15th, we'll be in full-on work to complete setups before the event.  We start at 9AM and hopefully we'll be done before the gates open.

Event

Our folks will be heading up the new Halloween station, just inside the front gate.  We need to get there early (3PM), but we get done first.    Be sure to sign in up on the second floor of the Big Zoo Building - there are goodies for you there, and perhaps a surprise coupon.

Dinner

Be sure to check with our folks at the first station, we'll get details there about the night's repast!  Hope to see you all there, all the time!

A Klingon Christmas Carol at Mounds Theatre!

As part of our holiday festivities this year, we will be going to the play A Klingon Christmas Carol at the Historic Mounds Theatre on Sunday, December 11th, at 4:30 pm.  This is a Klingon parody version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol presented in Klingon with English narration and subtitles.  Several Nokomis members have attended this play in the past and recommend it highly.

Since the Mounds Theatre is a small venue and the play is expected to sell out, we need to move at warp speed to secure a block of seats together.   The cost of a ticket is $20 and we will need payment by October 15th.  There are a few reservation and payment options collected here.

After the play. we have a 7:00 reservation at the Dark Horse Bar & Eatery, named in 2016 by City Pages as Best New Bar!

For Location info, click on Historic Mounds Theatre or Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

Fifty Years of Trek, Thirty Two Years of USS Nokomis

Star Trek celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September, 2016.   That same year the USS Nokomis celebrated 32 years  of Trek fandom.  If you're doing the math, that means the Nokomis started just as Captain Kirk was Searching for Spock in 1984.

This slide show captures a lot of the great times since the first time the Enterprise was destroyed, Kirk lost his command, and Spock got his stuff back together.  Just like Spock's katra, this may take a few minutes to download.