Is Captain Picard Day on your calendar? It happens on June 16th every year, so if you missed it this time around, you have plenty of time to plan for next year. And every single year after that.
Captain Picard Day was celebrated in the Next Generation episode “The Pegasus“. In it, Counselor Troi has the Captain meet with the children on the Enterprise so they can present the pictures they’ve drawn of him, and learn more about what the captain of a starship does.
He hates it, but the children love it.
Aside from watching the episode, the easiest way to celebrate is with a little afternoon tea, just like you might find in the Captain’s ready room or quarters.
To make sure it doesn’t start to get too Downton Abbey, use a Star Trek font for your signage.
Earl Grey tea might be the thing people associate most closely with Picard, so I started out with the Earl Grey Cake recipe from my Star Trek Cookbook (yes, I own that), which turned out like a dense pound cake. The orange flavor was nice, but I didn’t love the texture. I might try a regular cake with Earl Grey Buttercream next time.
Then, get as fancy (or not) as you feel for the rest of your tea. Madelines are lovely, or go for some croissants or cream puffs if you want to lean more towards Jean-Luc’s French heritage.
You could also bring in more Trek-themed treats, like my Tribble Bites and Klingon Cakes, or serve up cranberry juice/Romulan Ale to wash down the snacks.
And if you miss June 16th again next year, don’t worry. Just celebrate Captain Picard Day whenever you feel like it. Because there’s a good chance that nobody else in your office will have any idea what you’re talking about.
Make it so!