Jay has been the Commanding Officer of the USS Continuum since January 2010.

Star Trek Day Celebration tonight!
Star Trek Day Celebration tonight! avatar

trek50-3Only 47 more years until the Vulcans arrive.

Star Trek Day” is tomorrow, but we’ve decided to celebrate a day early.

Typically, on the first Monday of the month, we get together for “Dinner at Ten Forward” to eat a meal together. But this year, this month we’re doing it slightly different. This is “Star Trek Day” on the 50th Anniversary, after all.

The Continuum will be at McGuire’s Irish Pub, located at 600 E Gregory St, downtown Pensacola, with our crew in uniform or other Star Trek costume.  (Most of them, anyway).  And we’re inviting you to come join us.  Uniforms or costumes are not required.  Our main goal is always to enjoy each other’s company while celebrating the great sci-fi phenomenon that brings us all together.

The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead avatar

Just a quick note… 2016 is already gearing up to a amazing (yet very busy) year! We’ve just finished up with Pensacon where we were excited to meet people who stopped by our fan table at the Crowne Plaza.  We are also very excited to be a part of the “Costume Cosplay Day” at the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.  (Check out the photos from the event here).  Also, many thank to Atlas Oyster House for hosting the TOS Bridge Set — Captain’s Chair & Helm/Navigation console — during the weekend; always a great staff, great location, and great food!

With last weekend’s Region 2 Summit finished, the Continuum is turning its focus first to our yard sale a week from this Saturday and to the Costume Bowl.  Last year’s Bowl was a huge success, raising over $1,300 for Manna Food Pantries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and we hope to raise even more this year.

And plenty more things are coming:

  • Display workshops.  The next one is set for Saturday, April 2 as we do some touchups for the Helm/Nav console and then transport our attention to… ahem, the Transporter Console & Pad.
  • “Star Trek Day” to be celebrated a day early on Monday, April 4 in uniform/costume as part of April’s “Dinner at Ten Forward”
  • Costuming workshops
  • Star Trek Viewings
  • Star Trek Gaming
  • More public appearances, including future conventions and the Star Trek Beyond weekend premiere.
To encourage even more participation, our group has started giving out latinum to our members for being at meetings, community service events, recruiting events, fundraisers, and workshops.  Those members can then trade in their bars to have the Continuum help pay for uniforms/costumes, trips to conventions, items in the Continuum store, and more.  Just a way we’re giving back to our group for all the hard work in supporting us.  To get your fair share, make sure you join, keep your membership up-to-date, and be involved.

And finally, maybe you’ve been thinking about checking our group out in-person but have been a little hesitant because you’re not sure as to what you’ll be getting into.  We ask you to come to our Saturday, March 19th meeting where we’ll be giving more details about the Continuum; our parent organization, STARFLEET; and all the many things we have planned.  It’s a meeting geared more to newcomers.  Check us out.  There’s never any obligation to officially become a member. Casual attire, relaxed atmosphere.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a fan for 50 years or 50 minutes or what you’re favorite series is.  I’ve found that the best way to further Trek fandom is for people to be involved with groups like the USS Continuum.  Sure, you can enjoy Star Trek privately with your friends and family, but official groups stand out in the public eye whether it be in conventions, through community service, or at our events.  And you’re able to have fun sharing your passion for everything sci-fi with people that share that passion.  This is truly a great time for you to check us out!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!!! avatar

We’re finally here!  And we’ve got big things in store Star Trek 50th anniversary delta-bto celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  Be checking back to the Continuum website for more information coming soon.  And don’t forget to be a part of the action by joining us at our meetings and other scheduled events.

Captain’s Log: November 2015
Captain’s Log: November 2015 avatar

A few changes in our upcoming events:

First, the Continuum is now starting to meet twice a month to keep up with its busy schedule.  The first meeting will be on the first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  The second will be on the third Saturday at 3 p.m.  Both will be at Village Inn outside of Cordova Mall.  However…

We will not be meeting in the month of December.  The holiday season is a very busy time for everyone, so we have traditionally cancelled our meetings during that month.  Our next meeting this Saturday will be the last of 2015.  We will resume our meetings on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

We will also not be having our “Dinner at Ten Forward” monthly social in December as it will be very to our Anniversary Dinner/Christmas Party on the 1st.  We do plan to have some costuming and display construction workshops  during the month.  More information coming soon.

Schedule changes
Schedule changes avatar

Starting next month, we’re changing up our schedule of events.  Our Dinner at Ten Forward monthly dinners will now take place on the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., and our Monthly Meetings will take place on the 3rd Saturday at 3 p.m.

September Events
September Events avatar

The Continuum plans to kick it into high-gear this September!

First, at the conclusion of our meeting this Sunday, we’ll continue our discussion of Star Trek uniforms and other costumes.  If you’re interested in costume-making (with or without a pattern) or if you’d like to get one made, you’re more than welcome to join us.  This is NOT limited to just Starfleet uniforms but also includes anything throughout Star Trek’s 49-year history.  Just bring us some pictures, and we’ll go from there.

Second, at 7 pm on Thursday the 10th we’ll be meeting at Books-a-Million to begin discussing plans to build a TOS transporter room.  As with all our displays, we like to keep them portable, so we’ll be looking at blueprints, pictures, and other tips to come up with a plan as to how to best do that.

And third, we’ll be at BRACE’s Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP) Expo at Washington High School on Saturday the 12th from 10 am to 2 pm.  BRACE is the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, and they’ll be having “‘Survivor Land’  to prepare children,youth and families for disasters through the region’s largest “Youth Emergency Preparedness” (YEP!) expo.”  Continuum members will be there in costume with other sci-fi characters.  For more information, check out their website.

As always, all members and visitors are welcome to attend any event we have listed here.  For more information, contact me at co@usscontinuum.com.

Captain’s Log: August 2015
Captain’s Log: August 2015 avatar

It’s been a busy summer, Jay_CaptChair_TOScrew
and there have been a few changes here at the Continuum that I’d like to make everyone aware of.

For the past several months, our members have been discussing fundraising efforts.  We have a lot of necessary expenses and have long-since been wanting to spend more of what we raise on our member, such as helping our members get Star Trek uniforms and other costumes, helping them with travel expenses to conventions, and building and maintaining our displays.  Those things highlight our creativity and talents and encourage others to be involved.

And so, just this last month, we voted to raise our dues to $5 a month, plus $1 for each additional member of the same household.  Other fundraisers used (i.e., donations from conventions) will be spent on these special projects for our members. Now, we realize that’s quite a jump from our previous dues of $12 a year.  Anytime we raise prices, there’s a chance people could decide to leave.  But not having goals or not providing something a bit unique people that they can’t find anywhere else can also discourage people from joining and sticking around.  So we feel this right decision for us to do. We have a vision to make the Continuum the best it can possibly be. However, those that joined when the dues were only $12 plus $2 for each additional member of the same house
hold are “grandfathered in” until their membership comes up for renewal.

Also earlier this month: the Continuum had a great time at the Pensacola Comic Convention, August 8-9.  Many thanks to the members who helped me run our table: Peggy Moshell, Mark Wright, Christina Tuttle, and Paul Jacobs.  We made a few changes there that we hope many of you will find of interest.  The most obvious being the addition of the green screen behind our Captain’s Chair that’ll allow us to have bridge pics photoshopped in.  Check out the finished products found here.

We’ve also upgraded our speakers to the Chair, thanks to Chris Cazalet, which take up less room and have better quality sound.  And our display boards have been replaced with moving Prezi display, featuring photos and text about the Continuum.  All changes seem to have worked very well, and we hope to be using them in the future.

And finally, now that the convention is behind us, we’re looking forward to doing more costume and display-creation workshops.  Keep checking back at our website for future dates. I’ve also been talking with the Parjai Squad about Costume Bowl II, which we’re planning for April 2016. We’ll be doing our first meeting very shortly; look for more information to be coming soon.