Ticonderoga Beam me to Ticonderoga, Scotty!
Star Trek fans maybe making the trip to Ticonderoga next year. James Cawley, a Star Trek enthusiast, actor and movie producer, wants to bring fellow Trekkies to his hometown.
“We are all very excited about the possibilities,” Cawley said. “Almost 50 years ago, Gene Roddenberry created a phenomenon that still endures to this day and grows in popularity year after year. Star Trek has become ingrained in American pop culture and has been a lifelong passion of mine.
“We want to create an annual Star Trek convention to be held here every year, which has the potential to draw thousands,” he said. “Remember, Americade started small, and look what it has become.”
Jim Major, chairman of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, supports the planned Star Trek convention in Ticonderoga.
“A lot of interest is being generated by his (Cawley) intention to bring Trekkers to Ti,” Major said.
Major said he can envision a connection between Star Trek and Fort Ticonderoga.
“Mariann Rapple has come up with a tag line for Ti which encompasses the fort and the stars, where the peoples of the universe meet ‘The land where Time is Timeless’,” Major said. “Colonial America meets Star Trek.”
Cawley has had a logo designed for his proposed event, which he bills as “Trekonderoga — Upstate New York’s Premiere Pop Culture Event.”
“Ten years ago, I decided to try my hand at making my own little Star trek film, and what started out as a crazy little idea of my own, has blossomed into an annual event twice a year that draws many, many people to our area to share in the experience,” Cawley said. “They are doctors, lawyers, motion picture workers, laborers, postal workers, you name it. They come from all walks of life and they come from as far away as Australia, Germany, the U.K. and virtually every state. They spend money here, a substantial amount of money.