How-do, freaks and geeks! It’s now Fall 2014, both officially and weatherly (MAN it feels good!), and the U.S.S. Lafitte staff has some interesting and fun things in store for the approaching mild weather season! But before we get into that, a quick plug for some great folks..
The U.S.S. Orleck is hosting it’s annual “Halloween Haunted Ship” every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from now until November 1st! Admission is $15.00, gates open to line up at 6 PM, ticket sales are from 7 PM until 11 PM. Call 337-214-7447 for further details.
On October 25th, our annual Halloween Party will kick off. Held at long-time members’ Kevin & Deanna Cinquermano’s home in Iowa, festivities include a barbeque, cosplay, a bon fire, special effects, games, videos, music, and other events to make for a memorable outing. Kick-off is at 7 PM, cosplay is optional but encouraged, bring your favorite beverages (alcohol allowed), and be prepared to Hallogeek out! Check out our Facebook Events page for further details!
On November 6th or 7th, USSL/CATS members will be attending the opening of “Interstellar” at either the Cinemark Theater in Lake Charles, or the IMAX theater in Baton Rouge. On November 8th, our regular meeting will be held at Paper Heroes on Ryan St. in Lake Charles, beginning at 7 PM; a screening of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” and a Next-Gen Trek ep will round out the evening (and remember, it’s BYOF&D there, folks!).
In December, USSL members will attend either the Tuesday-the-16th midnight or Wednesday-the-17th opening of “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”. We’ll also once again be hosting our annual Christmas and New Year’s Parties; logistics for these and other up-coming events have yet to be finalized, so check our Facebook page for updates.
Also in December will be our semi-annual “All Hands” planning meeting for short- and long-term 2015. Discussions will revolve around such items as meeting schedules & logistics, Mardi-Gras, Contraband Days, CyPhaCon, BayouCon, other local geek-interest conventions, out-of-town conventions, Texas Renaissance Festival, Halloween/Christmas/New Years parties, movies, volunteering, charity events, memberships, staff assignments, protocols, and so on. So if you’d like input on our activities, don’t miss out on the chance to help lay plans and participate!
Our next posting will be in January 2015, so stay tuned for the exciting “All Hands” meeting results, and remember to monitor us on Facebook!
From the entirety of the U.S.S. Lafitte staff, everyone have a safe and happy holiday season, and hope to see you at any or all of the up-coming USSL/CATS events and meetings!Read More
“Koman sava! How you are! Man, we’re glad for you to see us, we garr-ron-TEE!
Sorry about that, but man, we feel GREAT! Summer has drawn to a close (thank the gods), another awesome and fun-filled DragonCon Labor Day weekend trip has been successfully completed (we didn’t want it to EEEND!), Fall, with it’s attendant and highly welcome cooler weather, has arrived, and the U.S.S. Lafitte continues to roll forward with exciting outings and activities during the Autumn of 2013, and the beginning of Winter 2014!
But before we get to that, we’d like to welcome the advent of our area cousin group, the Southwest Louisiana Browncoats! Welcome, guys; many Lafitte members count themselves as Browncoats, so feel free to call on us any time you need anything! SWLA Browncoats Facebook Page
On the weekend of October 4th thru 6th, Lafitte members will be embarking to Dallas/Ft. Worth for another in the cycle of always-interesting “Dallas Comic Con: Fan Days” conventions. Guests include Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas of “Defiance”, Robert Patrick of “The X-Files” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, Michael Rosenbaum of “Smallville”, Ron Perlman of “Hellboy”, Giancarlo Esposito of “Revolution”, Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber of the reimagined “Battlestar Galactica”, and many, many more. SciFi Expo Website
Then on Saturday October 26th is the U.S.S. Lafitte’s Annual Halloween Party, an evening of food, fun, and frights. Games, movies, or just sitting around chewing the fat is deriguer. Alcohol is allowed, but if you’re feeling too sauced to safely navigate in a motor vehicle, don’t hesitate to ask us to call you a cab or drive you home. This is an RSVP event with a $5.00 buy-in for the food, so get your order in at our meetup page here (Must be a member of the meetup group to see event)
In November, we make our annual pilgrimage to Conroe, TX for medieval merriment at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Come and join us for great food, copious amounts of ale & mead, cosplay, browsing the fascinating and entertaining shops and shows, and just plain enjoying the captivating sights and sounds of medieval Europe! Texas Renaissance Festival Website
Following that will be the U.S.S. Lafitte’s annual Christmas Party, December 14th please go to our Meetup page or Facebook for more information. This too will be an RSVP event with a $5.00 buy-in to cover the main course (a side dish is also appreciated). The entertainment and camaraderie is, of course, free. The movie of choice will be “Star Trek: Into Darkness”.
Lastly, to begin the new 2014 year, is Space City Con in Galveston TX, a Babylon 5-themed event sure to give any B5 fan plenty of fan-boy/girl moments to remember! Space City Con Website
Along with those fall highlights will be year-round activities such as volunteering and Lazar Tag onboard the U.S.S. Orleck Naval Museum HERE, leisure nights at Petro Bowl Bowling Alley HERE and Putt-Putt Minature Golf Course HERE, our regular club meetings, and whatever else our nimble minds can cook up. Recommendations are always welcome, too!
Additionally, all members of the U.S.S. Lafitte are cordially invited and encouraged to volunteer your time and talents on April 4th through 6th at CyPhaCon 2014!
So come pass a good time wit us, cheir, at the U.S.S. Lafitte!Read More
In Southwest Louisiana, the heat and humidity heralds the advent of Summer, and boy-o-boy is it here! But any seasonal change can inspire, and Summer definitely inspires our crew to gear up for a fun-filled season of events and activities!
On June 29th and 30th, members of the U.S.S. Lafitte will have a table set up at BayouCon 2013 here in Lake Charles. We’ll be soliciting new recruits and gabbing with anyone who wants to come by and say hi.
Sometime in the next couple of months, we will be making an outing to the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX. Along with the many awe-inspiring pieces of space history and heroism on display will be a special treat: The Shuttle Craft Galileo from the Star Trek original series episode “The Galileo Seven”, recently restored to it’s original production glory of 45 years ago, and donated to the center as a permanent display fixture.
On Labor Day weekend, members of the U.S.S. Lafitte will make their annual pilgrimage to Atlanta, Georgia for Dragon*Con 2013. If you’ve never experienced D*C, you’ve been missing out on one of the most unique and fun-filled events in the country! Hundreds of Artists, Authors, Writers, Scientists, Technologists and Sci-Fi/Fantasy celebrities and production crew from film and television are solicited to mingle and hob-nob with the throngs of convention attendees during the 4 day event, held in the convention halls and nooks of FIVE downtown Atlanta hotels. We’re always looking for ‘newbies’ to ‘break in’ to the experience. If you can’t find something interesting and exciting to do at Dragon*Con, you’re dead…Or at least falling down drunk. Yes, that can happen too.
Other events and activities include our monthly meetings and movie outings, all of which will be promoted on our Facebook page. Please “Like” us for the latest up-to-date intel on what’s coming up.
So, stay cool, and stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for exciting and unique activities to attend with the crew of the U.S.S. Lafitte!Read More
Greetings fellow moviegoers!
Members of the U.S.S. Lafitte will be attending the midnight feature of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” this coming Wednesday evening at the Prien Lake Mall Cinemark Theater. Some members will also be attending the Friday evening 8:30 feature. You may be able to spot us by the black shirts we’ll be wearing, sporting the U.S.S. Lafitte logo and Starfleet International shoulder patch. Afterward, we’ll be moving to the Pitt Grill Restaurant on Prien Lake Rd. for an open discussion on the movie, and to make the acquaintance of folks interested in learning more about the U.S.S. Lafitte and/or Starfleet International.
Hope to see you there!Read More
It is that wonderful time of year where the changing of the seasons takes place. The pollen is the in the air, and the cool Louisiana weather is moving on. The sun is shining, the rain is falling, and the bees are a buzzing. But most importantly in the world of fandom, it’s the beginning of what we all refer to as prime time convention season.
That is right, April is the unofficial kickoff of the over the top, and exciting Convention season nationwide. In the South that can mean only one thing, LOTS OF EVENTS. The crew of the USS Lafitte is looking forward to attending some of these big events in the coming months. Our schedules are pretty full and we want to share them with you on our events page. To pose the question, where do we begin? Well, I guess we can start with the one thing that the USS Lafitte members are completely engrossed in year after year. That would be CyPhaCon !
Many do not know this, but a large portion of the USS Lafitte members are actually Board Members, and Volunteers for CyPhaCon. The CyPhaCon staff is not only made up of members of the USS Lafitte but many others from different walks of life. We have an amazing group of individuals who specialize in so many aspects of the convention from Gaming to Anime. In fact our XO and CO are actually in charge of CyPhaCon’s daily operations. As a cohesive group; we all work together week after week to put on an amazing event like no other in Southwest Louisiana. The goal when we formed CyPhaCon was to make a unique experience for the Anime, Gaming, and Scifi Community here in Lake Charles. We have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. This year will be no exception, and CyPhaCon website has a wealth of information on everything we have planned.
But with all this there are some downsides. As the crew of the USS Lafitte we also learned that working an event and promoting our organization was almost impossible. Trying to recruit over the last 2 years at CyPhaCon was a big problem that we intend to finally rectify at this years event. The USS Lafitte will have a fully manned and staffed fan table this year, as well as sponsoring a unique and fun game at CyPhaCon you do not want to miss. Expanding our reach is very important and with that in mind we are excited to be joining BayouCon as a fan group this year as well.
Convention season is just getting ramped up but we cannot wait to spread the word about the USS Lafitte and to have some fun. So if you are attending any of these events please stop by and say hello!Read More