Captain’s Log: May 2015

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been able to update this site on everything that’s been happening.  As always, we’ve been extremely busy.

Pensacon 2015: (Yes, it has been that long).  The crew of the Continuum had a great time at this year’s Pensacon, and we’re looking forward to bigger things next year.  We’re were somewhat spread out this year though with our table with Nomad and Vulcan lute dispalys in the Crowne Plaza lobby and our Captain’s Chair and new Helm/Nav console over at the Deck Bar.  (The STARFLEET Milton chapter USS Harry Mudd was also with us in the lobby but had their NuTrek Captain’s Chair and Helm/Nav console in the Crowne Plaza’s bar).

This year’s event was busier than ever!  And I have no idea how they’re going to handle their space problems outside of building a new convention center or finding more hotels & using the trolleys as none are in walking distance.  There was a waiting line just to get into the dealer’s room on Saturday; many of those working the dealer’s room were afraid to leave in fear they would not be able to get back in.  Who knows what’s going to happen next year the con’s hotel block at the Crowne Plaza has already been sold out as well as all the VIP passes?

However, I can tell you one thing: Continuum is already making plans for 2016.  We’re going to have more displays, more costumes, and starting earlier.  (Last year, we started at the end of September, and still managed to almost lose our minds the week of the convention).  But after all, next year is the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, and we want to make sure we do this right.

Leonard Nimoy’s passing:  I remember where I was when I heard the news those months ago.  It was Friday morning, February 27.  I was about ready to lose my mind (and my temper) getting ready for the first day of Pensacon.  One of those days my computer decided to act up.  And then the phone rang.  Sure, I expected it to be one of my crewmembers… wondering where the heck I was.  I only got the first half right though.

Paul Jacobs was the one who had called and told me the news.  For the rest of the day, I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel.  Excited, because a convention we had anticipated and worked towards for months was finally here?  Sad, because someone so important to Star Trek had passed away?  I mean, this was Leonard Nimoy… Mister Spock… the actor who played the most iconic character in all of Trek-dom.  And he was gone.

I asked people if they had heard the news when I got to the convention.  Of course, everybody had already heard the news!  So I stopped asking, printed up a last-minute tribute, and made sure I bought a few Spock items that day.  Kind of a bummed way to begin a convention, but what else could another one do.

The Costume Bowl 2015:  The Continuum had started meeting with the Parjai Squad late last year to begin work on the Costume Bowl charity fundraiser to benefit Manna Food Pantries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House.  The flyers were ready in time for Pensacon, but it took another week before the website was ready.  But after it was done, we were moving full-speed ahead in getting sponsors, shipping out press releases, and buying Facebook ads.

By the time April 26 rolled around, we had bowlers on seven lanes.  Not a lot of costumes as we were hoping, but we did pretty good for our first year.  Together we had 22 different businesses involved, were featured in Pensacola Today and the Pensacola News Journal, and raised over $1,300 for our two charities.

And of course, Team Federation won!  What did you expect? 🙂

But I don’t think anybody had more fun than the people who organized this event.  Definitely something we’re looking to do next year.

Grace Lee Whitney’s passing: Sigh!  Two in a year.  Is this some kind of a joke?  I might have thought something like that when I first heard the news on this one as I was looking through Facebook.

So where do we go from here?  We’re already looking into Star Trek costuming.  And not the standard Starfleet-uniform type either.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  But we’re expanding our horizons, being a little bit creative, adding a few alien designs into the mix.

… And not to take away from that, we’ll also be looking into more Star Trek prop and display construction within the next few months.

More community service projects.  (More about this very soon).

More conventions.  Such as Paracon and possibly a few others.

More social activities.

All of this leading up to Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary happening next year.  That may seem like it’s a little ways off, and I guess it still is.  But you know, we’re Star Trek fans.  We’ve always been ones to dream ahead.


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