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Friday, April 21 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
StarFest Meet and Greet

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Come meet our guests face to face and to get to know them a bit at the start of the convention. You’ll enjoy desserts, coffee and nonalcoholic beverages while you have the opportunity to chat in a relaxed atmosphere.  Door prizes and fun guaranteed.

A convention membership (of some type) is required to attend this event. 

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Speakers
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Hale Appleman

Hale Appleman made his film debut in Chad Lowe’s feature Beautiful Ohio opposite William Hurt. Additionally, Appleman starred in the 2007 film Teeth. On stage, Appleman starred in Jeff Buckley's The Last Goodbye, directed by Alex Timbers at the Old Globe in San Diego; the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play as Jesus; and the revival of David Rabe's Streamers on Broadway. Born and raised in... Read More →
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Rene Auberjonois

René Murat Auberjonois was born in New York City, but the family moved to Paris, and it is there that  René  decided that he wanted to become an actor.  His family moved back to New York, and René was fortunate to have been brought up surrounded by artistic and creative people who helped him hone his craft. René is known for his many roles on TV and in film.  One of our most favorites was... Read More →
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Dr. Kenneth Carpenter

Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Scientist for WFIRST at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He previously led, as Principal Investigator (PI), the Stellar Imager (https://hires.gsfc.nasa.gov/si/) Vision Mission Study and the Fizeau Interferometer... Read More →
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Russell Emanuel

Originally from San Francisco, Russ Emanuel grew up in both Japan and the United States, garnering an international viewpoint of the world throughout his childhood. After graduating from the University of Southern California to study Cinema-Television, International Relations and Japanese (and gaining more production experience at the UCLA Extension Program), he founded Russem Productions in 2002, in order to promote his short films... Read More →
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Jodelle Ferland

Jodelle Ferland’s blossoming career spans well over a decade, with over 60 film and television credits. She is currently starring in SyFy’s latest space epic Dark Matter as the mysterious Five. In 2010, Jodelle joined the Twilight cast and was seen in Eclipse playing Bree, which was the subject of Stephanie Meyer’s most recent book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Recently, Jodelle... Read More →
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Christian Kane

If “90% of life is showing up,” then Christian Kane is living right. The talented star has made the iconic Woody Allen quote his motto, and his successful multi-faceted career is proof positive that his commitment to creating his own path is the best way to land on top. Today, Kane is earning high praise and notable acclaim, both on screens and on the music scene. On TNT’s hit series “The Librarians”, Kane plays... Read More →
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Walter Koenig

I remember the first time I saw Walter Koenig on Star Trek. The year was 1969, and the episode was  "Turnabout Intruder". He was young, had a "Beatles" haircut and just the best accent.  I was already hooked on the show, and now they were adding another diverse character for the fans to enjoy and write fanzines (fanfic) about.  Chekov just made the show even better.  Sadly, Star Trek was cancelled shortly... Read More →
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Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions (www.lochnessproductions.com), a fulldome production company. She is an award-winning science writer, with more than three dozen documentaries to her credit. Her latest book is Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive. She was senior author for major exhibits at Griffith Observatory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences. She... Read More →
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Mike Quinn

Mike is currently enjoying almost four decades in the entertainment industry as Puppeteer, Animator, Actor, Producer and Director. At 16 years of age Mike was chosen and mentored by Jim Henson to work as a Muppet Performer on many Muppet film and television projects including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet... Read More →
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Ming-Na Wen

Born in Macao, China, Ming-Na moved the United States when she was four years old. In 1988 she became the fist Asian-American actress to land a contract role on a daytime soap, As the World Turns. After appearing in films like The Joy Luck Club and voicing the Disney princess Mulan, Ming-Na starred in the prime time medical drama ER. Ming-Na Wen is best known for her series regular role on NBC’s hit... Read More →

Authors/Artists
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Kevin Dilmore

As a journalist for more than 25 years, Kevin Dilmore has contributed to publications including the Village Voice, Amazing Stories, Hallmark and Star Trek Communicator magazines as well as web sites including Hallmark.com and Star Trek.com. His essays on popular culture topics including Star Wars, Star Trek and comics have been published in anthologies by Sequart and Crazy 8 Press. In 2014, a short film written by Kevin... Read More →
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Dayton Ward

Dayton Ward is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of more than thirty novels and novellas, often working with his best friend, Kevin Dilmore. His short fiction has appeared in more than twenty anthologies, and he’s written for magazines such as Kansas City Voices, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Star Trek and Star Trek Communicator, as well as the websites Tor.com, StarTrek.com, and Syfy.com. Dayton’s... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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