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Starbase Indy

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Starbase Indy

Got the following email from Starbase Indy to pass along. The individual links don’t work as I just copied the txt for you, but you can find all of this and more on their website here
From the email,
Have you been thinking about beaming down to Starbase Indy? Well, embrace your inner geek and join us for Thanksgiving Weekend. BUY NOW and get an adult weekend membership for $30! Act fast because prices increase October 1.

Starbase Indy is not your grandma’s Star Trek Convention. We like to mix things up and do it differently. In that vein, this mailing is a tad “backwards” from all that has gone before.

The first thing we want to tell you about is our AMAZING programming! We take it very seriously. If we don’t have a guest to suit you, then there are a myriad of other things for you to do at Starbase Indy. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Main Programming will be presenting many items including the movie Galaxy Quest, appearances by our Guest Stars, the Masquerade Contest and the band Five Year Mission.

Secondary Programming will have Astronomy 101 with Dennis Ciurej, an exploration of the Cosmos by Dr. Kashyap Vasavada, a panel on the Ethics of Star Trek with professors from IUPUI, Weird Science with Dr. Rob Pyatt, a presentation on Attention to Detail by WorldCon winning costumer Joanne Brooks and a MUFON presentation on the state of UFOs in Indiana by Central Indiana Regional member David Henninger.

In our Workshop room, we will have the SBI weekend film project with Gary Wood, Green Screen techniques with Jeff Ello and Magic House Productions, and Costume make-up techniques with Alena Van Arendonk. Gregg Nowling and George Starkey have expanded their panel on props to a two-hour workshop (Don’t worry, a fire extinguisher is nearby).

Pamela Easterday will have three science-based workshops for children (Please note that children 7 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult) along with Cereal and Cartoons on Saturday morning in the Video Room. Your kids can make tribbles, wave machines and mobiles of the universe to take home.

There is a Fan Club Room for those wishing to host a meeting. All species are welcome. If you need to reserve space, please contact Judy Eudaly in programming.

Starbase Indy is holding an Art Contest for our T-shirt, badge and program book design. Last day to submit your art for judging is September 19 (TODAY) at 11:59 PM. Art will be displayed on our website for judging on September 20. The top finalist will go before the SBI Core Staff for a closed ballot. Winner receives two free tickets to the convention, one T-shirt and an autographed program book. Click here to submit your art entry.

Ready to buy that weekend membership? Click here!

We must not forget Joe Greene’s Lego robot building and competitions, Dinner with the Stars, the Masquerade, the Charity Auction, Karaoke and a panel on Paranormal Romances. You can visit the gaming room, watch movies, converse in the Con Suite, learn about some of our local filmmakers or visit our Dealer’s Room.

Because seating for Dinner with the Stars is limited, there will be a series of movies and shorts produced by Indiana filmmakers, including Woodworks, Magic House and Chris Allen in the main programming.

Watch for a semi-final programming grid to be posted in mid to late October, but continue on below for more details on certain programming.

Starbase Indy decided to bring back the FREE HD movie in main programming. Our choice this year is… GALAXY QUEST! This is a fun movie starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and many more. Whether you enjoy attending conventions or are just a sci-fi fan at heart, everyone loves this movie. The free showing begins at 12pm on Friday (seating starts at 11:45am) so get there early! You will not need a badge for this event, but it may convince you to join us for the rest of the weekend.

Gary Wood of Woodworks Production will be leading a workshop to produce a mini-documentary about Starbase Indy. Participants will collaborate to write, shoot and edit the mini-doc. Those that participate will gain valuable experience in writing, editing, filming, lighting, audio — all the skills needed to create your own projects. Gary will supply all of the equipment; however, if you have an HD miniCam you can use it during this project. The panel will meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a screening at closing ceremonies. There is limited space for this panel so those interested will need to sign up in the store. There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for this workshop, but you must have a weekend membership to participate. The finished project will be displayed on the home page of and on Click here to confirm your spot on this panel.

Back by popular demand… DINNER WITH THE STARS!! It’s been four years since we’ve held this event and since then it has been our most requested experience. If you haven’t attended before, here is a small taste of the evenings events: mix and mingle followed by a buffet dinner and then the fun starts as some of our guests entertain us for an hour. We only have enough seating for 50 people so you will want to buy your tickets soon and at $75 per person, these tickets will not last long. Click here to read more about this event. To reserve your seat, click here.

Data Dan’s Arcade Room will definitely be here. H1N1 will not stop him from bringing some of his collection of arcade games to Starbase Indy this year (We’ve even offered to pay for his flu shot.) Depending on demand, there may be a sign-up sheet available on Friday with time limits on play duration. We want to make sure all interested players get a chance to shoot down the bad guys.

With all of that and more to do… you wont wanna go home any time soon; especially since the real fun starts at night. Sounds like you need a hotel room. Well, Starbase Indy has two options available. If you are a hardcore fan and just have to be where all the action is… then you will want to stay in the convention hotel and our home away from home… the Indianapolis Marriott East. With events going on until 2:00 AM, who wants to have to drive just to go to sleep. Well, you don’t need to. The Marriott has amazing rooms at a great price. You can call Angie Neville at 317.352.1231 to make your reservation. If you would like to save a little money and don’t mind walking across a parking lot, you can stay at the LaQuinta Inn. Angie can reserve your room for both hotels. If you want more details or would like to reserve your room online, visit our hotel page.

Convinced yet?
Order your tickets TODAY!

This year we have a BAND. Better yet, we’ve got a STAR TREK style band appearing at Starbase Indy on Friday night. Five Year Mission is on a mission of their own to write and perform a song for each of the Original Series episodes. They will be performing on Friday night on our main stage and again on Saturday during our Dinner with the Stars at which they will jam with Tim Russ. Click here to read more about Five Year Mission.

Charities have always been a big part of Starbase Indy. In addition to our favorite no-kill cat shelter, Cat’s Haven, we will be collecting canned goods for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. These cans will be used to build a Borg cube in the Atrium. Please help us feed the hungry.

The Con Suite is always a huge hit every year. Dana Dougan and her staff bring a whole new meaning to the word “munchies.” We are asking everyone for a donation of two to four 2-liters of your favorite sodas. We’ve got the usual chips, crackers, cookies, Dana’s famous sloppy joes on Saturday and of course we always have PB&J on hand. We have been blessed the last couple years with a donation from Panera Bread and this year they are doubling their efforts by donating on both Saturday and Sunday. Thank you Panera!

New this year is a replica model of the Enterprise from The Riverside Community Club from the future home of James T. Kirk in Iowa. We are not talking small here. It is over 20 feet long and weighs over 2,700 lbs!

Don’t miss the opportunity to take your picture next to this amazing piece of engineering.

Watch our website for the addition of a
new guest we hope to sign any day!
He is an Indiana local who is out of this world!

He’s baaack! David Reddick once again joins Starbase Indy. David spends most of his time these days drawing webcomics like Gene’s Journal and Rod & Barry for Many fans got their first introduction to David on’s The Trek Life. David’s comics have been featured in many magazines including the Star Trek Magazine. He will be with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be a part of our Dinner with the Stars. Click here to learn more about David.

Deborah Downey is our own favorite hippie chick from the Star Trek: TOS, episode “The Way to Eden”. She really enjoys getting to know the fans and has a heart of gold pressed latinum. Deb will be with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be attending the Dinner with the Stars. Click here for more details.

Manu Intiraymi played the Borg Icheb on Star Trek: Voyager. He has been in a host of television, theater and movies and recently formed a production company called Chatch/Maverick films. There will be an exclusive screening of his first release, Zah – A Pizza Movie at Starbase Indy on Friday evening. If you want to attend there will be a $5 fee on top of your registration. Manu will be with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be attending the Dinner with the Stars. Click here to learn more about Manu.

Ethan Phillips appeared as the Talaxian Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager. Who could not love a male who can cook? He also appeared in The Next Generation, the movie First Contact, and authored the Star Trek Cookbook. Outside the world of Star Trek, Phillips has appeared in a wide variety of movies and TV shows. His play Penguin Blues has been produced more than 150 times in North America. Ethan will be with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the Dinner with the Stars. Click here to learn more about Ethan.

Tim Russ is best known among Star Trek fans as the Vulcan Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager. He also played various roles in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and the movie Generations. He will discuss his participation on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men at a special showing of this work on Sunday morning. He’s currently appearing as the Principal in the popular show iCarly. Tim will be with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will attend the Dinner with the Stars. Click here to read more about Tim.

Amazing, isn’t it? All of this for only $30? How can we do it?

Order your tickets today before prices increase on October 1!



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