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June-July Star Trek Conventions

There will be thirteen conventions, shows or appearances in June and July that feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.

In June, ConCarolinas 2011 will take place at the Charlotte Hilton University Place, in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June 3-5. Star Trek: Enterprise‘s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) and Bonita Friedericy will be in attendance at Con Carolinas 2011.

On June 11, the Frank & Son collectible Show will be held in from 9 AM to 5 PM in Industry, California. The autograph signing event is billed as their 2nd Annual Star Trek Fan Day. Trek actors in attendance will be Marina Sirtis, Tim Russ, John De Lancie, Catherine Hicks, Richard Herd, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Tucker Smallwood, Carolyne Barry, Larry Hankin and Carel Struycken.

Next up is Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention-Vancouver to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 10-12. In attendance will be: Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer and Alan Scarfe (The Next Generation‘s Admiral Mendek from Data’s Day and Tokath from Birthright: Part 2).

For Spanish Trek fans, Weekend Trek 2011 CIFICON (site in Spanish), will be held June 17-19 in Barcelona. In attendance will be Andrew Robinson and Alexander Siddig.

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention-Parsippany will take place at the Parsippany Hilton in Parsippany, NJ from June 24-26. In attendance will be: Jonathan Frakes, Nichelle Nichols, Connor Trinneer, Barbara March, Gwynyth Walsh, Dominic Keating, Grace Lee Whitney, Nana Visitor, Bobby Clark (The Gorn) and Rene Auberjonois.

On the same weekend, Texas Comicon 2011 will be held at the San Antonio Event Center in San Antonio, Texas. Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner will be in attendance at Texas Comicon 2011.

Wrapping up June will be the Albuquerque Comic Expo. The Albuquerque Comic Expo will be held June 24-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Trek actors in attendance include: Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton.

The month of July kicks off with Shore Leave 33, which will be held July 8-10 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland has announced an additional guest of interest. In addition to the three Trek actors (John de Lancie, Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood), astronaut John Grunsfeld will be in attendance.

Grunsfeld will be giving a talk entitled “House Call in Space: Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope” during the course of the weekend, where he will detail his experiences in space, including multiple space walks. Grunsfeld has been a part of the crew of five space shuttle missions, and is also the Deputy Director of the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute.

Polaris25 will be held from July 15-17 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. In attendance will be Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Armin Shimerman and author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

On the same weekend, the Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention in Boston will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Boston. In attendance will be William Shatner, Connor Trinneer, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Dominic Keating, J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Ethan Phillips, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong.

The popular San Diego Comic Con will make its yearly appearance at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego from July 21-24.

Cyphan 2 will take place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill, from July 29-31. Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Picardo and Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson will be at Cyphan 2.

Wrapping up July will be another Creation Entertainment Official Star Trek Convention – Nashville, to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort July 29-31. In attendance, will be William Shatner, Connor Trinneer, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Dominic Keating, J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Ethan Phillips, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong.

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Con Of Wrath Documentary In Progress

Back in 1982, an ambitious Star Trek convention set to take place in Houston, Texas, ran into major problems but L.A. stars, vendors and fans did their best to make the best of a bad situation.

Star Trek author-historian Larry Nemecek has announced “The Con of Wrath,” the story of that hot weekend in June when the Ultimate Fantasy proved to be anything but.

“It was supposed to be the granddaddy of all Star Trek conventions,” explained Nemecek, “a glitzy rock concert of an event planned to truly go where none had gone before—complete with laser shows, orchestral oomph and a revolving stage in Houston’s NBA-sized arena. Instead, fans got the mother of all meltdowns—and, numbering in the hundreds, rather than thousands, gave it the nickname that itself was a takeoff on The Wrath of Khan, the hit Star Trek movie sequel released only days before.”

Advertising for the mega-con had been placed in the science-fiction related fan magazines of the day, including Starlog, and the glittering guest list included the original cast members minus Leonard Nimoy, plus The Wrath of Khan‘s Producer Harve Bennett, and The Wrath of Khan actors Merritt Butrick, Kirstie Alley and Bibi Besch.

But a low fan turnout – hundreds instead of the expected thousands, doomed the fantasy weekend, which turned from the Ultimate Fantasy to the Con of Wrath. “When turnout numbered in the hundreds, not thousands,” explained Nemecek, who was in attendance that fateful weekend, “well, like a train wreck, it was almost impossible to look away.”

But those who were to haven been the stars of the convention, as well as ordinary people, stepped up to the plate to make sure that the fans didn’t go home disappointed. Harve Bennett took charge, and convinced the Trek actors to carry on, according to fan Nancy Kippax, also in attendance at the time. Kippax’s accounting of that weekend can be read here. Actor Merritt Butrick “took money out of his own wallet,” to pay the sound and light crews who were “getting ready to walk off, because they hadn’t been paid.” William Shatner appeared both days and performed for the audience.

“These circles within circles each reacted and dealt with the fiasco in their own way, not only surviving but salvaging the experience for those who were on hand,” said Nemecek. “And along the way are a lot of great stories.”

According to the press release, “Archival film footage, artifacts and stills will help tell the story, along with visits to the scene today and the memories of everyone involved on all sides. Cameras are already rolling on the first memory sessions, including the actor celebs.”

The Con of Wrath has begun filming and Nemecek hopes to have it complete by the Ultimate Fantasy‘s 30th anniversary in June of 2012. Nemecek is looking for fan input and financial support, and details can be found on the Con of Wrath website, located here. “If you have a great story from that weekend, we want to hear from you,” said Nemecek.

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May-June 2011 Conventions

There will be twelve conventions, shows or appearances in May and June that feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.

May begins with the Motor City Comic Con 2011 which will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan (Metro Detroit) from May 13-15. In attendance will be: Brent Spiner, George Takei, Kate Mulgrew and Lee Arenberg.

Next in May will be Mobicon, which will be held at the Asbury Hotel & Suites in Mobile, Alabama from May 20-22. In attendance will be Star Trek: Voyager‘s Ethan Phillips.

Australian fans in Melbourne and Sydney can see Trek actors at OzTrek5. OzTrek5 will be held on May 21 in Melbourne and May 22 in Sydney. In attendance will be Avery Brooks and Garrett Wang.

Also on May 21-22, another convention will be held, this one in the Dallas, Texas area. Dallas Comic Con, which will take place at the Irving Convention center, will feature the original series’ Leonard Nimoy.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off with Phoenix Comicon. Held at the Phoenix Convention Center & Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Comicon will feature Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, both of whom will be appearing on Saturday the 28th.

Finally, May wraps up with ComicPalooza, which will be held May 27-29 in Houston, Texas. In attendance will be Marina Sirtis and Tony Todd.

In June, ConCarolinas 2011 will take place at the Charlotte Hilton University Place, in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June 3-5. Star Trek: Enterprise‘s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) and Bonita Friedericy will be in attendance at Con Carolinas 2011.

Next up is Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention (Vancouver) to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 10-12. In attendance will be: Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer and Alan Scarfe (The Next Generation‘s Admiral Mendek from Data’s Day and Tokath from Birthright: Part 2.)

For Spanish Trek fans, Weekend Trek 2011 CIFICON (site in Spanish), will be held June 17-19 in Barcelona. In attendance will be Andrew Robinson and Alexander Siddig.

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention (Parsippany) will take place at the Parsippany Hilton in Parsippany, NJ from June 24-26. In attendance will be: Jonathan Frakes, Nichelle Nichols, Connor Trinneer, Barbara March, Gwynyth Walsh, Dominic Keating, Grace Lee Whitney, Nana Visitor, Bobby Clark (The Gorn) and Rene Auberjonois.

On the same weekend, Texas Comicon 2011 will be held at the San Antonio Event Center in San Antonio, Texas. Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner will be in attendance.

Wrapping up June will be the Albuquerque Comic Expo. The Albuquerque Comic Expo will be held June 24-26 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Trek actors in attendance include: Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton.

In a peek ahead to July, Shore Leave 33, which will be held July 8-10 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland, has announced an additional guest of interest. In addition to the three Trek actors (John de Lancie, Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood), astronaut John Grunsfeld will be in attendance.

Grunsfeld will be giving a talk entitled “House Call in Space: Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope” during the course of the weekend, where he will detail his experiences in space, including multiple space walks. Grunsfeld has been a part of the crew of five space shuttle missions, and is also the Deputy Director of the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute.

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Convention Beat – Shore Leave In July

Shore Leave 33 will be held July 8-10, 2011 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland with Star Trek actors and Trek novelists in attendance.

Hosted by STAT (The Star Trek Association of Towson, Inc.), the fan-run Shore Leave is one of the oldest and largest fan-run science fiction conventions in the country.

“Every year, Shore Leave features 3 full days of workshops, demonstrations, and discussions with authors, scientists, artists, and media personalities. Shore Leave also prides itself on the variety of charitable activities that take place there, including an annual blood drive.

Shore Leave also features guest Q&A and autograph sessions, live performances, a Saturday night dance party, gaming tournaments, a costume contest, an art show and auction, a “Meet the Pros” party with a large number of noted authors [including Star Trek authors], children’s activities, workshops, photo opportunities, memorabilia rooms, science presentations, fan panel discussions, and video presentations of new and classic genre entertainment, including the latest fan film productions.”

This year’s Star Trek actor guests will be: John DeLancie, Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood (the latter two from the original series’ Where No Man Has Gone Before). Other guests include Stargate SG-1′s Christopher Judge and Cliff Simon, Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer and Emilie Ullerup, and Eddie McLintock (Warehouse 13 and Moonlight).

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April-May 2011 Conventions

There will be ten conventions, shows or appearances in April and May that feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from four of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.

Two Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expos will start off the month of April. Brisbane 2011 will be held from April 1-3 at the RNA Showgrounds and Melbourne 2011 will be held from April 8-10 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Guests of interests to Trek fans include Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg, and Christopher Lloyd.

On April 9, the two-day The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. In attendance will be: J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Armin Shimerman, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong.

Events include an optional Star Trek “Rat Pack” performance by Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman; Breakfast with the Klingons, an on-stage makeup workshop, and a costume parade.

Starfest will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from April 15-17. In attendance will be actors Jonathan Frakes, Jeffrey Combs and Casey Biggs, as well as authors Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore and Christie Golden.

Next up is Icon 30, which will take place on April 15-17 at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. In attendance will be actress Denise Crosby and Trek authors Bob Greenberger, Keith DeCandido and Peter David.

Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con will be held April 29-May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In attendance will be Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Denise Crosby, Sally Kellerman, John de Lancie, Catherine Hicks, and Lee Arenberg.

Wrapping up April will be William Shatner‘s Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California.

May begins with the Motor City Comic Con 2011 which will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan (Metro Detroit) from May 13-15. In attendance will be: Brent Spiner, George Takei, Kate Mulgrew and Lee Arenberg.

Next in May will be Mobicon, which will be held at the Asbury Hotel & Suites in Mobile, Alabama from May 20-22. In attendance will be Star Trek: Voyager’s Ethan Phillips.

Australian fans in Melbourne and Sydney can see Trek actors at OzTrek5. OzTrek5 will be held on May 21 in Melbourne and May 22 in Sydney. In attendance will be Jonathan Frakes, Garrett Wang and Richard Herd.

Finally, May wraps up with ComicPalooza, which will be held May 27-29 in Houston, Texas. In attendance will be Marina Sirtis and Tony Todd.

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March-April 2011 Star Trek Conventions

There will be six conventions, shows or appearances in March and April that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.

March kicks off with The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary. This convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport from March 11-13, and features plenty of guests of interest to Trek fans. In attendance will be: Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Connor Trinneer, Nana Visitor, Dominic Keating, Grace Lee Whitney, Rene Auberjonois, Eric Menyuk (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s The Traveler) and Richard Arnold.

There will be plenty of events at the Official Star Trek Convention, including an optional photography seminar with Leonard Nimoy, and a special performance by Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor in a play.

Also in March will be MegaCon 2011 which will be held March 25-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon 2011 will be: William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Robin Curtis and Marina Sirtis.

Two Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expos will start off the month of April. Brisbane 2011 will be held from April 1-3 at the RNA Showgrounds and Melbourne 2011 will be held from April 8-10 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Guests of interests to Trek fans include Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg, and Christopher Lloyd.

On April 9, the two-day The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. In attendance will be: J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Armin Shimerman, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong.

Events include an optional Star Trek “Rat Pack” performance by Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman; Breakfast with the Klingons, an on-stage makeup workshop, and a costume parade.

Wrapping up the month of April will be the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con will be held April 29-May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In attendance will be Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Catherine Hicks, and Lee Arenberg.

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February-March Star Trek Conventions

There will be five conventions, shows or appearances in February and March that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series.

Three conventions of note will take place in February. First up is TrekTrax Atlanta, which bills itself as the “new Star Trek convention in Atlanta.” TrekTrax will take place during President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter.

In attendance at TrekTrax Atlanta will be: Tim Russ, Klingon sisters Lursa and B’Etor (Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh), Starship Farragut actors, and several Star Trek authors, including Larry Nemecek, Diana Botsford, Brad Strickland and Dr. Ina Rae Hark.

On the same weekend, Farpoint will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Maryland. In attendance at Farpoint will be Bonita Friedericy (Star Trek: Enterprise, Regeneration), over a dozen Star Trek authors, and actors from Starship Farragut.

Finishing up the month of February will be Vulcan Events, which will take place in Tampa on February 25-27. Vulcan has a new pricing structure with two different price levels. The $195.00 weekend price includes autographs, reserved seating and other perks. A more economical weekend price, $40.00, will make this convention affordable in these tough economical times.

Guests of interest to Star Trek fans include J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly, who will also appear briefly in full makeup and costume, Stephen Culp (Star Trek: Enterprise’s Major Hayes), Lee Arenberg (who appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise), Lee Meriwether (Original Series, That Which Survives), Lolita Fatjo and Star Trek author Peter David.

March kicks off with The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary. This convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport and features plenty of guests of interest to Trek fans. In attendance will be: Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Connor Trinneer, Nana Visitor, Dominic Keating, Rene Auberjonois, Eric Menyuk (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s The Traveler), and Richard Arnold.

There will be plenty of events at The Official Star Trek Convention, including a photography seminar with Leonard Nimoy, and Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor performing a play together.

The final convention in March will be MegaCon 2011 which will be held March 25-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon 2011 will be: William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Robin Curtis and Marina Sirtis.

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Shatner Charity Show Guest Announced

The musical guest for the 2011 Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show has been announced.

For the past two decades, William Shatner has donated his time and fame to Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which has raised money for various children’s charities. This year’s show will be held on April 30.

The Hollywood Charity Horse Show attracts world-class reining horses and riders, who entertain those in attendance with “breathtaking slides and spins as they compete for top honors in their respective classes.” When the riding part of the show is over, the musical part of the evening begins.

This year’s musical guest will be Sheryl Crow. Tickets for the Western dinner party and concert can be ordered here.

Seeing severely handicapped students performing intricate exercises on horseback back in the 1980s at an exhibition by AHEAD With Horses, a therapeutic riding group for handicapped children, affected Shatner to the point where he wanted to lend his time and fame to helping handicapped children. “You can’t watch these kids without knowing you have to help, somehow,” he said.

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January-February Star Trek Conventions

There will be three conventions, shows or appearances in January and February that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five of the televised series.

WizardWorld’s New Orleans Comic Con starts out the year. Held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from January 29-30, one Star Trek guest of interest will be in attendance, Walter Koenig from the original series.

Two conventions of note will take place in February. First up is TrekTrax Atlanta, which bills itself as the “new Star Trek convention in Atlanta.” TrekTrax will take place during President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter.

In attendance at TrekTrax Atlanta will be: Star Trek: Voyager‘s Tim Russ,  “Lursa and B’Etor” (Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh), several actors associated with the Starship Farragut fan production, and several Star Trek authors.

Finishing up the month will be Vulcan Events, which will take place in Tampa on February 25-27. Vulcan has a new pricing structure with two different price levels. The $195.00 weekend price includes autographs, reserved seating and other perks. A more economical weekend price, $40.00, will make this convention affordable in these tough economical times.

Guests of interest to Star Trek fans include J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly, who will also appear briefly in full makeup and costume, Stephen Culp (Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Major Hayes), Lee Arenberg (who appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise) and Star Trek author Peter David.

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November-December Star Trek Conventions

There will be six conventions, shows or appearances in November and December that feature Trek actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all five televised series, plus from the Star Trek movies, including guest actors.

In November, first there is a postponement to announce. Warp 10, due to be held Nov 5-7 in Northampton, U.K., will not be held until next September. The postponement is due to the unavailability of specific guests for the original date.

The first of three conventions to be held in November is Wizard World Austin Comic Con, which will be held November 12-14 in Austin, Texas. Star Trek‘s Walter Koenig will be one of the featured guests.

Next up is Starbase Indy: The 15th Generation, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-28. In attendance will be: Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips, David Reddick, Manu Intiraymi (Icheb) and Crystal Allen (Orion slave girl D’Nesh from Star Trek: Enterprise: Bound). In addition, astronaut Dr. David Wolf will also be in attendance.

Fans of Armin Shimerman can see him at The Entertainment Media Show & Collectormania London which will be held in London on Nov 27-28.

In December, there will be three conventions. For Star Trek fans living in Hawaii or looking for a good excuse to visit Hawaii, Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Hawaii will take place December 4-5 in Honolulu. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, celebrity guests will include: Armin Shimerman, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong and Jeffrey Combs. Entertainment will include the Star Trek “Rat Pack” Performance with Grodenchik, Armstrong, Combs, Biggs and Shimerman, and “Breakfast with the Klingons,” where “Martok and Gowron have agreed to sit down at the table with humans for a ‘blood brunch.’”

Another convention will take place on December 4-5, the Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con. Held in Atlanta, Georgia, Star Trek‘s Chekov, Walter Koenig, will be in attendance at this convention.

Finally, wrapping up December and 2010, a Star Trek cruise, Star Trek Tribute Cruise 2010, will be departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5 for a seven-day cruise, with four ports of call including Fort Lauderdale; San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Philipsburg, St. Maarten aboard the Celebrity Solstice.

Trek celebrities on the Star Trek Tribute Cruise 2010 will include Robert Picardo, Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Chase Masterson, and Rod Roddenberry. Events include a Star Trek-themed Murder Mystery show, in which fans may see some of the Trek celebrities “make a brief appearance in this event.”