This past weekend, we attended the Official Star Trek Convention in Cherry Hill, NJ. This was our second year going and, once again, we met up with our amazing friends. It went by far too quickly.
We arrived in Cherry Hill on Thursday evening and spent the majority of the weekend hanging out in our suite. (At a different hotel then the con was at–we need a full kitchen, damnit!) Mostly we talked, made food, ate said food, played video games, and put stupid labels on everything. The Label Mader has become a cornerstone of our con experience.
On Friday, adorpheus, Ian (Vynni’s brother), and I trekked to Philadelphia to pick up some Wink. We grabbed seven pints once we found it and headed to the con, where we saw Terry Farrell speak.
She was a hot shit, but we were put off when she made a gross rape joke. When we saw her at Dragon Con, she was a lot more candid about her experience leaving DS9. At any rate, I’m glad she stood up for herself and is telling her story. She is proud to be a stay at home mom now and seems like a great one at that.
We briefly met up with Elijah and Jayce from Priority One Podcast. We only met Elijah last year at TrekNJ; now we’re guest bloggers there, and I’ve assumed the role of Static Content Manager. If you haven’t listened to Priority One yet, do it now!
Elijah, Ell, Vynni, adorpheus, and Jayce. Photo courtesy of Priority One Podcast.
We did the Andorian thing on Saturday, and arrived in time to see Kate Mulgrew. I missed the first part of her panel, but apparently the first thing she said was that she would not field any questions about The Principle, the documentary about geocentrism (lol) she did some voice work for. Fair enough. I loved seeing her again–she was great with kids’ questions. She was a bit judgmental about relationships though, geez.
adorpheus and Pogo entered the Costume Contest, which they weren’t chosen for–I would use the term “win” loosely when the judging process seemed completely arbitrary–but they did get some sweet shot glasses for entering.
TONS of people wanted pictures with/of us, which was awesome. Another Andorian was there, too! She had a really neat TOS-style outfit. (Hey if you’re out there, you should totally join our Andorian group.)
Vynni, adorpheus as Lissan, and Ell. Photo by Pix|elation Photography.
We also met Lauren of Auberg Designs; we’re big fans of her work. She was wearing Trill makeup and was wearing a rad DS9 necklace she made. Check out her store!
We took some photos in the park behind the Crowne Plaza once again this year:
Ell, Vynni, adorpheus as Lissan, and Pogo in the park.
There was a big Klingon presence at the con thanks to the warriors of the Imperial Klingon Forces. They performed on stage before Robert O’Reilly and JG Hertzler (in character as Gowron and Martok!) on Sunday. They were hilarious. As far as the guests we saw at TrekNJ, I thought they were by far the funniest and most engaging.
We also saw Robert Beltran for the first time. I’m neutral on Chakotay–weird cultural appropriation on the writers’ parts aside–but I wasn’t really impressed with him, particularly the way he talked about the women he worked with on Voyager. It sounds like I keep trashing the guests, but yeah… not cool.
We had a long drive ahead of us, but wanted to stay to see Nichelle Nichols. I think it was our third time seeing her? She shared the stage with Richard Arnold and talked about working with Gene, meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, and answered questions about her historic role as Uhura. Always wonderful to see her.
Vegan Philly Cheese Steak at Blackbird Pizzeria
After Nichelle, we said our goodbyes to our New York friends and headed to Philadelphia in search of vegan cheese steak. We went to Blackbird Pizzeria, a totally vegan pizza place. Unfortunately they didn’t have a gluten-free option for pizza or sandwich rolls, but I got the “Picnic” sandwich on greens and it was so good I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. I went back and got a side of potato salad. Vynni and adorpheus got pizza slices and the cheese steak. It looked REALLY good, but as far as I’m concerned, the road to hell is paved with delicious gluten sandwiches. Afterwards we walked around a bit, and said goodbye to Cecil.
Our Con Family: Ian, Ell, Cecil, Vynni, adorpheus, Pogo, Kim, and Cindy.
All in all, it was a great weekend and while I’m a bit disappointed there won’t be a Star Trek con in Cherry Hill next year, we are planning on getting together regardless and taking more time to explore Philadelphia. Meanwhile, our next adventure is at the Boston convention in June.
Were you at TrekNJ? Share your stories and pictures in the comments!