The Empire State boasts a myriad of vacation and recreational destinations.

 

A couple of obvious ones – Niagara Falls, a true wonder of the world, and, closer to the Mohawk Valley, Old Forge’s Water Safari Resort, a wonder of fun especially for families.

 

New York boasts historic sites – from Fort Stanwix in Rome to Fort Ticonderoga on the southern tip of Lake Champlain. Both played prominent roles in the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, and feature, from spring to fall, “living history” with reenactments and demonstrations of 18th century life.

 

Ticonderoga, NY, I discovered, has something else not found anywhere in the state. It started when I spotted a license plate sporting the name, “JIMTKIRK”. James Tiberius Kirk, of course, is the captain of the Starship Enterprise. And, of course, you don’t need a license plate boasting your fandom to appreciate what one might call a glimpse into the visionary future imagined by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

 

It’s called Trekonderoga, a weekend convention in August centered around meticulously recreated sets of the original series. Imagine yourself sitting in the captain’s chair on the bridge, or on the transporter platform ready to beam out. Ticonderoga is the only place in the country to earn a CBS license for “Star Trek – the Original Series Set Tour.”

 

The convention this year is set for Aug. 25-27. The site is open at other times, too, but check its website and Facebook page for times and dates.

 

As its slogan proclaims, “Boldly go where no fan has gone before.”

 

 

 

 

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