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Monday, April 25, 2016

Passing the Torch

At the beginning of 2016 the staff members of Star Base Columbus were faced with the impending closure of their beloved Sci-Fi store, which was to have taken place December 31, 2016. Having made the effort to raise funds to keep the store open,  it was going all too slowly and there didn't seem to be any hope of raising enough in the time that remained. Then in March we were contacted by The Federation, an International Star Trek Fan and Charity organization interested in purchasing Star Base.  It will soon be a reality and we're happy to report that the store will not be closing after all!  There will be an official ceremony near the end of the Out of this World Festival whereby current owner B J Mitias will pass the torch onto the new owner, Russ Haslage.  We invite all to attend this historic occasion and help us to usher in a new era for Star Base Columbus.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Confused Greenies to Perform at Festival

We're pleased to announce that the Confused Greenies: Players' Patchwork will be performing two short plays (one Star Trek and one Doctor Who themed) at the Out of this World Festival. The exact time of the performance has not yet been announced but it will happen shortly after the Sci-Fi Collectibles auction.

Stay tuned for more information.......

https://www.facebook.com/TheConfusedGreenies/

The Confused Greenies of Players' Patchwork specialize in a fusion of devised and improvisational (dev/improv) comedy originally inspired by the commedia dell'arte of the Italian Renaissance. Using masks, stock characters, slapstick, farce, bawdiness, puns, and more, they improvise comedic plays from brief outline scenarios. They are a theatre troupe that teaches actors and non-actors alike, crafting most of their productions from scratch, and tailoring shows for specific audiences, venues, and events.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Schedule of Activities

We have posted a preliminary schedule of activities for the festival....click on the tab above to view.  Please keep checking back as we may add more activities to the schedule.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dedication of the Festival 2016

Each year the Out of this World Festival is dedicated posthumously to an individual who has recently passed away who made significant contributions to the Sci-Fi community of Central Ohio and the community at large.  This year's festival is dedicated to Vice Admiral Steve Harper, past commanding officer of the USS Columbus, a local chapter of Starfleet International.

Steve was involved with Sci-Fi fandom for many years and had served more than once as CO of the USS Columbus.  He passed away very unexpectedly in October of 2015.  He was very much involved in doing community service......his favorite charity was the Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive.  The father of three and grandfather of eight, children were a very important part of his life.  Believing that the Holidays are supposed to be a happy and magical time of the year for children, he never wanted to see any child go without receiving a toy at Christmas time.  But the reality is that many families are struggling....just putting food on the table is often a challenge. 

 Every year for about 10 years a local library would allow Steve to stand outside during the month of November handing out fliers and spreading his message about collecting toys for kids in need.  No matter what the weather was like, sun, rain, sleet, snow, he was there every year fulfilling this mission.  His yearly endeavors were very successful.  The toys and money he collected, along with toys donated by members of the USS Columbus, other local Star Trek clubs and Star Base Columbus were presented to the Columbus Firefighters each year to distribute to kids in Central Ohio.  The average per year was usually between 300 - 400 toys.  

He was excitedly preparing for the 2015 Toy Drive when he was stricken unexpectedly and without warning.  He died October 23, 2015 less than two weeks before the start of the drive. The members of the USS Columbus have decided to continue the work that he started.  Henceforth, each year the club will hold the Steve Harper Memorial Toy Drive to honor his memory.  

Members of the USS Columbus will be manning a booth at this year's Out of this World Festival and of course they will be accepting donations for the 2016 Toy Drive, both monetary donations and new unwrapped toys for kids ages 2 - 15.  We applaud their efforts and wish them the best success for this year's event.

Steve Harper at the 2015 Festival


Friday, February 12, 2016

Sci-Fi Auction May 21


NEWS UPDATE:  Star Base Columbus will not be closing!

The Federation,  formerly known as the International Federation of Trekkers has entered into negotiations to purchase Star Base Columbus. This will most likely happen in early May 2016. We're happy to report that the store will not close. We were just notified in early April of this. Although this organization is purchasing the store, funds are very limited to pay for overhead costs and new merchandise until the business regains its momentum.  The store staff will still be holding the Sci-fi auction on May 21 to help raise funds for this purpose. Unique Sci-fi themed items and jewelry will also be for sale at our arts and crafts booth.  The Federation is a 501(3)(c) charity organization.

 As many of you have already heard, Star Base Columbus will be closing its doors - forever - ten months from now, December 31, 2016.  After 24 years, the current owner is planning a well-deserved retirement and we all wish her well.

For the past two years the store employees have been holding fund raising events in the hopes of raising enough money to buy the store.  This process is working, but very slowly.  Along the way, our focus has shifted - rather than try to buy the existing store, we would like to replace it with a similar store.....featuring newer, better and more updated merchandise.   Theoretically, this would happen sometime in 2017.

To that end, we plan to feature an auction of Sci-fi collectibles at the Out of this World Festival on May 21, exact time to be announced.  The items up for auction will include collectibles and apparel from our own personal collections, things purchased at conventions over the years from all over the country, as well as autographed photos purchased at conventions.   When possible we will post photos of some of the items.

There will also be an Arts & Crafts booth at the event featuring handmade items, ornaments and jewelry.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Dalek...Back by Popular Demand!

Attention Doctor Who Fans!   Star Base is pleased to report that once again this year, the Dalek will be making an appearance at the Out of this World Festival!   Its creator/owner is Ben Van de Weghe from the Dayton area.   The Dalek has been a regular attraction at our festival for the past four years and also make appearances at Sci-fi conventions around the state.  If you missed it the past four years THIS will be your chance for a great photo op!

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's All Been Done Radio Hour..




 A new attraction has been added to the Out of this World Festival and we're very excited!  It's All Been Done Radio Hour is a group in Columbus that performs short radio-serial style plays...live!  They will be doing at least one, and possibly two performances during the festival.

In March the group will be moving to MadLab Theater in Columbus, OH.

Check out their website for more information

http://www.itsallbeendoneradiohour.com/

Friday, January 29, 2016

Alienated Productions to Exhibit at Festival

We're pleased to announce that Scott Crawford of Alienated Productions will be exhibiting his costume creations at this year's event.  Below are pix of Scott at last year's festival.  For more information go to his website at http://alienatedproductions.com.


Hmmm....Looks like Scott assimilated the Borg?
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Doctor Bob to appear at Festival




Star Base Columbus is pleased to announce that Dr. Bob Tesla, host of the Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob will be appearing at the Out of this World Festival.  He and his sidekick Nurse Feratu attended last year and were a big hit. 

Dr. Bob hosts a FREE midnight monster movie every second Saturday of the month at the Gateway Film Center near South Campus of OSU.

Click Here to see Dr. Bob's Face Book Page

Friday, January 22, 2016

Local Musician to Entertain at 2016 Festival

We're very pleased to announce our first musical guest for the 2016 Out of this World Festival at Star Base Columbus.  Howlin Alan Reed will once again be entertaining us with music and song.  Alan has played at Gallery Hop and numerous clubs and restaurants around Central Ohio and Florida. 

Alan Singing at the 2015 Festival