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!


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!

Axe Throwing Was Fun!

We had a great time throwing axes at Bad Axe Throwing after our last membership meeting. It was great to have our own coach, and he was very friendly and a great teacher. They really do a lot to focus on safety!

We brought in our own potluck meal and were given a nice area with our own seating. At first, the whole crew was throwing, but it wasn't long until some of us dropped out (oh, that was just me). We learned that we have some pretty good lumberjacks and lumberjills in the crew!

We all agreed that it was a fun time and would recommend it to others. If you're interested, check it out at

Valentine Dinner Number 11 is in the History Books!


Thanks to Emma, Shannon, Harrison and Joey, a group of 14 crew members enjoyed a spectacular evening on February 16th. Check out the remarkable menu!

The evening also featured a murder mystery, in which everyone had a part. Each person received their character and background before the event, so they could plan a costume, and the get-ups for Old King Cole, the King and Queen of Hearts, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, and nine other fairy tale characters were creative and fun. Joey led us through the investigation and nobody knew the killer's identity until the last minute. It turns out that Wicked Queen Grimhilde - the Fairest of Them All - was the culprit! Nobody was more surprised than I was to find out that I'd pushed Humpty Dumpty to his demise!

Thanks to everyone for their parts in this wonderful evening!


TC Trek Trivia

TC Trek Trivia is the only pub trivia in the Twin Cities that dedicated exclusively to Star Trek!!! Trek Trivia Minneapolis takes place at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Driftwood CharBar, located at 44th and Nicollet Ave in south Minneapolis.  Each month, dozens of Twin City Trekkies, Trekkers and Trek-newbies gather at the Driftwood in South Minneapolis to test their knowledge of all things Trek! Every  TC Trek Trivia features questions about the seven Star Trek television series (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT) and all twelve feature films (yes, including the latest from JJ Abrams).

A group from the USS Nokomis has been attending this fun event. We'd love to have you join us. If you're interested, contact Captain Mary.

Food Shelf Donations at Membership Meetings

We have a new recipient program for our monthly food shelf donations: Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. It's a program associated with the Mounds View school district, whose mission is "to provide emergency and supplemental food assistance to individuals and families who are food insecure and to connect them to other helpful resources in a manner that preserves their dignity, while they work towards stabilization."

We'd like to re-energize our long-standing food shelf donations in order to maximize our impact. Please bring non-perishable food items to each membership meeting. They'll be collected and dropped off to the food shelf by Emma and Joey, as they live nearby.

Thanks in advance for helping those in need!

Free Green Beer Tomorrow!

Not really. There will be no green beer (that I know of). However, dressing in green is definitely on the menu!

The 16th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on March 9th, starting at 4:00 pm. You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy the St Patrick's Day fun.

If you are competing, please arrive by 4:30pm and bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. The tasting will begin at 5:00 pm. 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 also a potluck and the buffet will open at 5:00 pm. People who are tasting beer should eat a lot, so please bring a dish to share. Jack and I will provide soda and there is always beer left over, but if you want anything else to drink please bring it along.

Remember, the party moves back to its point of origin this year - our home in St Anthony. Drop me a line at if you need directions or want to discuss your food or beverage offerings.


It’s Finally Here!!! Axe Throwing on February 9th after our meeting!

Yes, it's true. We are excited to do something truly different after our meeting in February. We'll be at Bad Axe Throwing at 2505 Kennedy Street NE, Suite A, Minneapolis from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Check it out at It really looks like bowling, but with axes!

Axe throwing costs $39.25 per person. You can pay on site by credit card only. If you can't throw, you can come with your throwing friend or partner to watch. Everyone should plan to bring food and beverage, as we are having a pot luck. Please sign up for throwing on the signup sheet on the website so we know how many are coming. Also,

A few rules: no alcohol is allowed, although we will likely go out afterwards at a nearby Pub, and you must wear closed-toed shoes if you are throwing. We'll touch base at the meeting on Saturday, and then head over later.