Michelle Santos, Marketing Coordinator & Social Media Strategist
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October 22, 2018
Northeast Trek Con Hits Albany at Warp Speed
Convention at Albany Capital Center celebrates the worlds of science & science fiction
Albany, NY – Northeast Trek Con, a “Star Trek” and sci-fi convention, is blasting off at the Albany Capital Center on October 26 – 28, 2018. The convention aims to merge the worlds of science and science fiction with scientists, astronauts, authors, media personalities, FX artists and “Star Trek” actors.
Downtown Albany resident Jerry Silber spearheads Northeast Trek Con along with his convention partner Stephanie Frias of Boston, MA. Silber was inspired by similar fan-run conventions such as Dragon Con in Atlanta, Shore Leave in Hunt Valley, MD and Farpoint in Baltimore, MD.
“If Dragon Con, Shore Leave and Farpoint can be successful fan-run conventions in other parts of the country, I thought why can't we have a conference like this in the Capital Region for the Northeast fandom?” said Jerry Silber, organizer of Northeast Trek Con. “We have the academic institutions, research, technology, Dudley Observatory at miSci, and more to create a successful event.”
The first Northeast Trek Con was held in 2016 with 500 attendees. 2018 will be the second time Silber has planned the convention and moved the event to the Albany Capital Center.
Silber said, “Following the 2016 convention, my committee and I felt we wanted to do things more efficiently in 2018. We checked out other venues, but we decided that the Capital Center in downtown Albany was going to work the best for us.”
This year the convention will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The schedule includes panel discussions, cosplay gaming, Klingon opera, hobby kit making workshops and vendors. Additional convention events include a Meet & Greet – Klingon Style, Dinner with the Stars, Gaaays in Spaace After Party.
Celebrities and convention guests attending Northeast Trek Con include Garrett Wang, Nicole De Boer, Chase Masterson, Jeffrey Combs, Robert O’Reilly, J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, Tim McCormack, Andre Bormanis, Marc Scott Zicree, Larry Nemecek, Doug Drexler, Rick Sternbach, Marc Okrand, Dr. Willie Yee, Nicole Stott, Prof. Kevin H. Knuth, Professor Donald Spector, Prof. Matthew Szydagis, Leslie Hoffman, Dr. Mohaed Noor, John Paladin, Christopher D. Abbott, Michael Jan Friedman, Dr. George Berg, Sue Kisenwether, Tyler Green, Hannah Hoyt, Alison Kenyon, Carl Sheldon, Trek Geeks, Dr. Valerie Rapson, Dr. Jennifer L. Carter, Capital Foley, and Midnight Rogue & Lady Bridget Cosplay.
“I’m excited to see this event come to fruition after over one year of planning,” said Jerry Sibler. “I’m excited to see it bring in people from all over the Capital Region and beyond, help promote STEM and STEAM, boost the local economy, and put the area on the map for this type of event.”
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.northeasttrekcon.com/tickets/ or at the door. $50 for regular adult weekend pass, $40 for teens/college students weekend pass and $10 for children (10-13) weekend pass. Children under 10 are free with an adult memberships. Single day admission passes are also available.
ABOUT Discover Albany
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. Today, the organization is known as Discover Albany. Discover Albany currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetngs. Discover Albany also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Foundation was established in 1993 to provide educational opportunities and work with other organizations to secure grants and funding to advance regional travel and tourism projects. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.