“Its time get your pencil and paper,” Mom would say to all us subsets when it was time for Star Trek re-runs when I was at the age where I was just learning English. She wanted us to write down words we did not understand, and you gotta know I had to have lots of paper! This is how we built our vocabulary. Then we had to give our own introspective opinions about what message the episode we were watching was trying to bring forth. This is how we also learned about morals, integrity, respect for others, being smart, and strong leadership attributes.
So, I guess you can conclude Star Trek was a major force in my upbringing, and its characters were weekly guests in my home. Its power impacted my imagination, English composition, perception of the world around me. As I grew into a young geeky trekkie adult, I so desired the companionship of other trekkers, to enhance this obsession.
So about six years ago when I took over one of New York’s longest running star trek social groups, my mission was to create real face time opportunities for trek fans to connect, discuss, share, and adventure together into all quadrants of our imagination where all things star trek exists. I became admin for the NYC Star Trek Meetup in 2015 and a few months after that, I created my own Space Station group, Starbase Centaur 42-10, in 2016. The meetup is apart of a social network called meetup.com, and everyday trekkers meetup every month for discussion, dinner and healthy exchange. My Space Station is for those who like both a civilian and Starfleet protocol cosplay flavor, where you can obtain rank and be given assignments and duties.
Creating your own Trek space!
So how can you too create real Trek fellowship? First, it starts with summoning others like you. That you can do via social media, word of mouth, posting flyers in libraries, beauty/barber shops, bars, Halloween and geek stores, etc.letting folks know you are looking for fellow Trek lovers!
Have ideas in mind for activities, and places to meet up, and don’t be concerned about starting small. Have a way for folks to connect and keep up with your events. Even if you are shy and an introvert you’d be surprised how easy it is to enjoy true Trek camaraderie, once you meet folks and start a conversation.
Now what kinds of activities would be fun? I love themed screenings, like for Valentine’s Day, (when we show hot episodes where Starfleet members pursue each other and alien love interests), Halloween (where we watch scary Trek episodes and yes, there are many), and we always decorate our joint based on whatever theme we are doing. This is something anyone can do. Just find a place that has a projector and serves food/drink and you’re doing a screening! In house quarters work too! I assure you there is nothing like watching Star Trek episodes with Star Trek fans, even if you’ve seen them a thousand times.
Other adventures can include after work meetups in bars/museums, rooftop lounges, attending cons together, movies, even space/science festivals and other nerd events! And for those who love community giving, you can involve yourselves in charity work like feeding the homeless, story reading to children, painting the elder center, or toy drives for Christmas. My cosplayers and I also visit children in hospitals, shelters, and orphanages. We’ve hosted our own movie/TV series premiere parties, such as the one we hosted for the first episode of Discovery with another group where over 100 trek drones attended!
True Trek Fam!
These are general ideas of how to start your journey toward creating your own Trek community right where you live. There are many online Trek communities, but nothing beats real face-to-face, eye-to-eye contact with another avid Star Trek fan! I have formed friendships that have spanned two decades with fans I’ve met through my gatherings and attending the yearly con in Vegas! I hope the info in this article will help you explore your own pagh, as the Bajoran priests would say. and formulate your strategy to be that communication beacon whose signal others will intercept. And together, you all will explore all the wonders your hearts and hands can hold!