AWAY MISSION Conventions (formerly Vulcan Events)

USS Haven NCC-55459

THE AWAY MISSION:  Fan Friendly Florida Sci-Fi Fun

Destination Orlando: Oct 5, 6, 7, 2012

For details click here: http://www.away-mission.com/

Vulcan Events co-owner, Fernando Martinez has been running fan-friendly conventions since 1987. With activities for fans of all ages, Vulcan Events, soon to be know as THE AWAY MISSION, strives to become the premier fan-produced conventions in the United States.

There is something for everyone at a Vulcan Events fan-produced convention.

Vulcan Events…it’s the logical choice!   We'll see ya out there!

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Orlando, FL - Oct 5-7, 2012

Orlando Florida

Celebrity Guests

Avery Brooks

 

This January will mark the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Join us as we kick off the celebration early with our featured guest, Avery Brooks!

Avery Brooks is an accomplished stage, television, and film actor best known for his role as Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (of which he is the only actor to appear in all 173 episodes of the series); as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk; and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American History X. Mr. Brooks is also an accomplished television director having directed several episodes of Deep Space Nine. As a jazz musician and opera singer, Brooks can be heard on the soundtrack for Anthony Davis's opera Tania singing the role of Cinque. He is currently a tenured professor of theater arts at Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts, and in 1993, he was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. After Deep Space Nine ended its run in 1999, Brooks continued to act on stage and narrated documentaries such as Jesus: The Complete Story, The Ballad of Big Al, Land of the Mammoth, and Walking with Dinosaurs. He also hosted the Discovery Channel show Unsolved History. We are very excited to have Mr. Brooks on our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! He will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session. Look for details of Mr. Brooks’ musical performance on Saturday night. Details to follow soon!

Dwight Schultz

Dwight Schultz is the actor known to Star Trek fans for portraying Reginald Barclay. His appearances as Barclay range over an 11-year period from 1990 to 2001 having appeared in 5 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and 6 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as well as the film Star Trek: First Contact. A veteran television actor, Schultz has made several television appearances most notably Hill Street Blues; CHiPs; Jake and the Fatman; Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; Walker, Texas Ranger; and the 1990s version of Fantasy Island. He also appeared on a number of other science fiction series including Babylon 5 playing a crazed lurker in the episode "The Long Dark" and Stargate SG-1 playing The Keeper in the episode "The Gamekeeper". Let’s not forget his most popular role on classic television: H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock on The A-Team opposite one of our other guests Dirk Benedict. Mr. Schultz will be joining our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! He will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session.

Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict’s career break came in 1978 when he appeared as Lieutenant Starbuck in the original movie and television series Battlestar Galactica. Four years later, Dirk gained further popularity as con-man Lieutenant Templeton "Face" Peck in 1980s action television series The A-Team. He played "Faceman" from 1982 to 1986 opposite Dwight Schultz. Since working on The A-Team, Benedict has written and directed for theater; appeared in supporting roles on television such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Baywatch, The Commish, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Murder, She Wrote; and has authored two books: “A True Story of Acting, Health, Illness, Recovery, and Life” and “A Story Of Fatherhood, Fate, And Forgiveness". Mr. Benedict will be joining our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! He will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session.

Robert Duncan McNeill

Robert Duncan McNeill is the actor best known for portraying Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager. McNeill's first true break came when he won the role of Charlie Brent on All My Children in 1986. Soon after he was cast in a critically praised episode of the 1980s edition of The Twilight Zone: A Message from Charity. He went on to co-star in the 1987 science fiction/fantasy film Masters of the Universe. In 1988, after winning a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Young Actor, McNeill left All My Children to join the cast of the Broadway hit Six Degrees of Separation, winning praise for his portrayal of the character Rick. He would go on to appear in the television mini-series Lucky/Chances in 1990. That same year, McNeill made a guest appearance on the hit TV series Quantum Leap. The following year, he appeared on L.A. Law and in 1992, he would make his first Star Trek appearance, playing Nick Locarno in the Next Generation episode "The First Duty." He was a featured guest star in an episode of Murder, She Wrote and in the TV movie One More Mountain. He joined the cast of the short-lived television series Going to Extremes and performed again on Broadway before landing the role of Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager. It was during his time on Voyager that McNeill began a career behind the camera. Beginning with the Voyager episode "Sacred Ground" in 1996, McNeill has made an impressive turn as a director for episodic television. He would go on to direct three more episodes of Voyager. Since then, he has directed episodes of shows such as Dawson's Creek, Dead Like Me, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, and, of course, Star Trek: Enterprise. He also directed the pilot episode for Samantha Who?, starring his Voyager cast mate Tim Russ and served as an executive producer and director on the NBC series Chuck which just concluded its run. Mr. McNeill will be joining our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! He will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session.

Robin Curtis

Robin Curtis is best known for playing Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She later portrayed Tallera/T'Paal in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Gambit, Part I" and "Gambit, Part II". Curtis also appeared on Babylon 5 playing Ambassador Kalika in the show's ninth episode, "Deathwalker". During the 1980s, Curtis co-starred or guest-starred on such television series as The Equalizer, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Airwolf. She also appeared as photographer Kate Connelly in two episodes of MacGyver, In addition to an episode of Night Court. Curtis made her last television appearance on the drama series 7th Heaven. Ms. Curtis will be joining our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! She will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session.

Eric Menyuk

Eric Menyuk is the actor who portrayed the recurring part of the Traveler in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Where No One Has Gone Before" (Season 1), "Remember Me" (Season 4), and "Journey's End" (Season 7). Menyuk made several TV appearances in the 80’s and 90’s in such popular shows as Hill Street Blues, Cheers, L.A. Law, Falcon Crest, thirtysomething, Night Court, Married... with Children, Melrose Place, and Matlock. He also appeared in the films The Babysitter, The Air Up There, Fearless, and Ghost Dad. In 1998 Menyuk retired from acting to peruse a career in law. Eric graduated in 1998 from Loyola Law School and has practiced law ever since. He’s been away from the convention circuit for many years, we are thrilled to have him! Mr. Menyuk will be joining our Away Mission Saturday and Sunday! He will be available for autographs and photo ops as well as host a Q&A session.

More guests to be announced. Visit this space for details in the coming weeks.

Master of Ceremonies

Marc B. Lee - Our MC!

MC Marc B. Lee is an international Show Host and Auctioneer for a number of events around the world. He was absolutely wonderful as host of our first event in May 2010 and every show since. We are thrilled to have him on board. He has been a science fiction fan for over 30 years and his specialized brand of humor and energy has ignited the excitement of every convention-hosting job from here to Europe. Marc’s association with many actors & behind the scenes artists has kept his wit and knowledge on edge and he takes his responsibilities as a party-rouser and pitch man very seriously, realizing how much the average person pays to be entertained. He has worked with well over 300 sci-fi celebrities. After being hired by movie director Dean Devlin and TNT to organize and host a convention in Portland, Oregon based on the television show LEVERAGE, Marc is ready for his next assignment. We are thrilled that Marc was available to join us once again!

Event Overview

Location

Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista

We are so excited to announce that Away Mission: Orlando will return to the Hilton Orlando Resort in the heart of the Walt Disney Resort within walking distance of Downtown Disney!
For those of you who might have missed our last event, below are the details on this spectacular venue!

Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Tel: 1-800-782-4414

OK, now we know what you are thinking. Wow, that is a pretty luxurious 4-star hotel. Can we afford it? Well hold on to those pointy little ears folks. We have secured an incredible deal for our guests. Room nights are only $99 per night with NO RESORT FEES! This is an absolutely unheard of price for this caliber of hotel. You will not find a lower price for this hotel anywhere else, including the "discount" hotel web sites where you would have to make a non refundable prepayment of your entire hotel stay. Plus, normally the Hilton would charge an additional $10 per day for parking but we have also had this price reduced to just $6 per day, just for our patrons!

Wow, what an incredible opportunity to stay at a Disney Resort hotel and enjoy all of the perks for such a low price. Ah, yes, we said perks! The Hilton offers several perks and details are available on their web site but here are a couple that really stand out. If you stay at the Hilton, you will have access to discounted tickets to all the Disney attractions. You will also be eligible for Extra Magic Hours – Each day one of the Disney Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to an extra three hours, so guests of the Hilton have the opportunity to get extra time in the parks. This terrific feature allows guests to enjoy the Theme Parks at a relaxed pace and to take advantage of their complimentary transportation to any of the Disney theme parks and Downtown Disney. It is one of the most exciting and innovative ways to see the Disney Theme Parks:

- With so much to see and do, make the most of your vacation with shorter lines.

- Enjoy after hours easy access to some of the most popular attractions.

- Make your day more relaxing by doing everything at an easy, relaxed pace.

OK, so we know what you are thinking again (remember we can do that Vulcan mind meld thingy). Away Mission: Orlando provides such a full schedule that I won't have time to enjoy the theme parks. Well, the Hilton has agreed to extend our incredible $99 rate up to 3 days before and 3 days after our event. Bring your family and friends a few days early or stay a few extra nights and enjoy all the benefits the Hilton has to offer at your own pace. This year our event takes place over Columbus Day weekend so you'll have a little extra time off to get away!

Another great benefit of staying at our host hotel: as many of you know, our events go on late into the evening Friday and Saturday nights. Not to mention that our celebrity guests have been known to hang out and have fun with their fans at the hotel bar or restaurant. Just ask the guys who enjoyed Long Island Iced Tea's with Christopher Lloyd late into the evening or those who watched the hockey game with Michael Shanks at the sports bar or even a few who worked out with Casper Van Dien at the hotel's gym. Think of all the experiences that you'd miss out. Why would you stay anywhere else!

We must warn you that the hotel will be at full occupancy that weekend. They were holding a block of rooms for our group but we anticipate that they will go fast. To make your reservations dial 1-800-782-4414. Don't forget to mention our group code "AWY" or Away Mission: Orlando. You may also reserve online by visiting our customized RESERVATION PAGE. NOT ALL ROOM TYPES ARE LISTED ONLINE - CALL THE RESERVATION NUMBER FOR MORE OPTIONS - Don't hesitate and reserve today!

Ticket Options - To order tickets scroll to the bottom of this webpage.

Platinum Reserved Weekend -- $299

This is the best ticket option and includes the following:

  • - 3-day admission to all general areas of the event.
  • - Reserved seating all weekend at the front of the auditorium for all Q&A presentations.
  • - Four autograph tickets from any of our celebrity guests (no more than one autograph ticket per celebrity, please). Yes, you can use one of your autograph tickets for Avery Brooks!
  • - Private, open-bar cocktail party with most of our celebrity guests.
  • - Early bird admission to the celebrity guest signing room. You will be allowed into the signing room 30 minutes before the rest of the crowd. We are trying this for the first time this year!
  • - Admission and seating in the first 2 rows to the Saturday night musical performance with Avery Brooks.
  • - Event T-Shirt.
  • - Personalized commemorative laminate.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to any special events, autographs, & photo ops.


Gold Reserved Weekend -- $125

This ticket option includes the following:

  • - 3-day admission to all general areas of the event.
  • - Reserved seating all weekend in the auditorium for all Q&A presentations behind the Platinum section.
  • - Two autograph tickets from any of our celebrity guests (no more than one autograph ticket per celebrity, please). Yes, you can use one of your autograph tickets for Avery Brooks!
  • - Personalized commemorative laminate.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to any special events, autographs, & photo ops.

Bronze Reserved Weekend -- $65

This ticket option includes the following:

  • - 3-day admission to all general areas of the event.
  • - Reserved seating all weekend in the auditorium for all Q&A presentations behind the Gold section.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to any special events, autographs, & photo ops.


General Admission Friday -- $15

This ticket option includes the following:

  • - 1-day admission (Friday only) to all general areas of the event.
  • - Guaranteed open seating on Friday in the auditorium.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games on Friday.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to Friday only special events.


General Admission Saturday -- $30

This ticket option includes the following:

  • - 1-day admission (Saturday only) to all general areas of the event.
  • - Guaranteed open seating on Saturday in the auditorium for all Q&A presentations.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games on Saturday.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to Saturday only special events, autographs, & photo ops.


General Admission Sunday -- $20

This ticket option includes the following:

  • - 1-day admission (Sunday only) to all general areas of the event.
  • - Guaranteed open seating on Sunday in the auditorium for all Q&A presentations.
  • - Guaranteed admission to all panels and games on Sunday.
  • - Qualify to purchase tickets to Sunday only special events, autographs, & photo ops.


Autographs from our celebrity guests

Avery Brooks -- $45
Dwight Schultz -- $25 (available only at the event)
Dirk Benedict -- $25 (available only at the event)
Robert Duncan McNeill -- $25 (available only at the event)
Robin Curtis -- $25 (available only at the event)
Eric Menyuk -- $25 (available only at the event)

All of our celebrity guests charge a small fee for their autographed photos. The fee usually includes a photo that you can select from their table. You can also bring your own items to get signed.
The celebrity guests are normally available in the signing room during the regular convention hours.


Professional Photo Sessions with the Stars

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a professional portrait taken with your favorite star by a professional photographer! Up to 2 patrons can be in the shot and the 8x10 color photo will be ready for you to pick up the same day! All celebrities will be available on Saturday and Sunday for photo ops, except as noted.

  • Avery Brooks and YOU! - $50
  • Dwight Schultz and YOU! - $35
  • Dirk Benedict and YOU! - $35
  • The A-TEAM - Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz and YOU! - $50
  • Robert Duncan McNeill and YOU! - $35
  • Robin Curtis and YOU! - $35
  • Eric Menyuk and YOU! - $35


Events

Saturday Night All-Star Banquet Dinner

All-Star Buffet!

Our All-Star Banquet promises to be a great time.

Our dinners are buffet-style with multiple selections and trips to the buffet. In order to keep the event casual, no cameras will be allowed. Our staff photographer will come around and photograph each table with the celebrity guest in attendance. Each attendee will receive an 8x10 photo of their group/table with their celebrity dinner guest.

To make sure every guest is guaranteed to sit with a celebrity for dinner, tickets are limited so order before they sell out!

We are working on the details and more information will be available in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates! Since seating is limited, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to add-on their banquet ticket before they run out.

For those patrons that haven't bought admission tickets, keep in mind that banquet seating will be based on the order in which you purchase your admission ticket. So order early for the best selection!

All-Star Banquet - $89 -- ORDER NOW!

Skill Focus Burlesque

"Trek Burlesque: The Next Generation"

Skill Focus: Burlesque returns to Away Mission: Orlando for the 2nd year!

Following the success of last year's "Damnit, Jim, It's Trek Burlesque!" The lovely ladies AND gentlemen of Skill Focus Burlesque are back for more. Join them at Away Mission: Orlando for an all new Star Trek show, "Trek Burlesque: The Next Generation!" They'll have some old favorites from last year plus several new characters from the across Trek universe.

The show is Saturday, October 6th at 10pm. Tickets $10 at the door, or find the lovely ladies at their merchandise booth during the day for your pre-sale wristband. We sold out last year, so advanced purchase is highly recommended.

Come see these sassy ladies as your favorite Trek characters or aliens while they perform for your entertainment. It's classic, tongue-in-cheek burlesque with a nerdy twist. This was a sold out event last year with standing room only. Don't miss it this year!

Skill Focus: burlesque is Orlando's one and only nerdy burlesque troupe. These ladies combine their love of all things geeky with the sass and comedy of old-school burlesque, all while aiming to put on the most epic show you've ever seen. You can check them out on facebook at www.facebook.com/skillfocusburlesque.

While this classic-style burlesque show contains no nudity, it is still definitely an adults only event. You must be 18 or older to attend.

Q&A Sessions

Normally held in the main ballroom, question and answer sessions are scheduled throughout the weekend. All of our celebrity guests will have a minimum of 30 minutes on stage during the event. The Q&A sessions give you the opportunity to see your favorite stars on stage and ask them questions in a forum setting.

Additional Activities

The weekend will be busy with plenty of fun-filled activities, including:

  • Costume Contest
  • Panels
  • Auctions
  • Dealers’ Room
  • Crazy Games and Prizes
  • and much much more!

We have much more planned for this event. Check this space for updates as we finalize the details!

We're going to be doing all we can to make sure that YOU, the fans, have a great time when you attend our events.

We'd like to hear from you. Help us make this the best show it can be. Tell us some of the things you like & want to see at the show.

  • Do you have a panel discussion you'd like to see or participate in at a show?
  • Do you have a favorite game you'd like to see or participate in at a show?
  • Do you want to help out with a panel or game?
  • Do you want to host a panel or game?
  • Do you do any celebrity impersonations or impressions?
  • Are you good at improv?
  • Are you good with costumes?

Please send all requests, suggestions, comments, etc. to our entertainment director at: games@away-mission.com

Please e-mail and let us know what you would like to see. Don't be shy! :-)

Looking forward to hearing from & corresponding with you.

Photography / Video & Autographs

Video and still photography is normally permitted. However, please note that the stars that are contracted for professional photo sessions cannot pose for personal photos. Some guests do not allow videotaping. An announcement will be made at the show, if necessary.

Flyers & Banners - Help us spread the word!

We have received so many emails wishing us well and asking how they can help us promote our events. To all we say - Thank you so much!

Please visit our Banners & Flyers page for flyers that you can print and distribute or post banners on your favorite blog or website, as they become available. Please contact us if you'd like to have flyers mailed to you.

Like Us and Follow Us!

Lots more information coming in the next few weeks. Please "like" us on our new Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for regular updates!

FOR TICKETS & MORE DETAIL PLEASE VISIT AWAY MISSION'S WEBSITE HERE: http://www.away-mission.com/events/orl-2012.html
Orlando's USS Haven is a STARFLEET Region 2 Community Fan Club. We support fan-related events and activities throughout Central Florida. USS Haven Members are NOT affiliated with Away Mission Conventions. We do believe the experience Away Mission provides is outstanding and worthy of our support