Event Round Up, March

April 3rd, 2017

3/11–Odyssey of the Mind, Millersville University

This was a fun event that we trooped with Garrison Carida. We arrived a little after 7am and made our way to the Memorial Student Center to find our changing room. Our initial changing room had a whole wall of windows which faced a main hallway, so we worked with the organizers to find a better spot. After a little confusion, we finally ended up in the room designated for first aide. The on-site nurses were kind enough to share their space with us. This actually worked to our benefit as the room was closer to the main competition area, where most of the crowd was coming and going. We were all suited and trooping by 8:30 and were immediately mobbed for pictures. We trooped for a solid two hours, taking pictures and interacting with parents and kids. After an hour or so in the main building, we took a cold walk across campus to the second building. We returned to the main building after a while and wound things down around 10:30.

Troopers:

Chris – TR
Ryan – CDZ
Mike – TK (GC)
Saffy – CDZ (GC)
Zoe – Traitorous Rebel Scum (GA Sabine (GC))
Marty – Chewie (GC)
Jared – TB (GC)
Collin – TK (GC)

Squires:
Tyler (GC)

 


 3/12–Ethan’s 5th Birthday, Stevensville

So after arriving at 3pm we found out that the party was cancelled. No big deal at all. We were able to talk the mom into getting the kids together for Ethan, and we entertained them for 2 hours. We had kids from the neighborhood join in on pictures, some soccer playing, and last but not least blast the troopers with nerf guns. All the kids and parents from this community were happy to see us and our mission to make people smile was very successful. We trooped for around 2 hours and the family said they will donate to make a wish in our name.

Troopers:
Rob – TK
Andy Youell –  TB
Nick Dinko – CTK

Squires:
Ryan
Lisa & Dan Dinko (Nicks parents)

 


3/19–Pack 791 Blue & Gold, Reisterstown

Many of us arrived around 3 to grab a quick bite provided by the Pack. Charlie and Alexander were our recon guys and kept us updated on how long we had to get food on our faces and kitted up. Around 5 or so, two TKs went to oversee the Bridging Ceremony. A little later the Rebels processed to the stage followed by the rest of the 501st. Charlie did a great job at MCing: introducing us and our roles in the Empire and Rebel Alliance. After a quick Q&A, the packs were encouraged to get photos with us, and we took turns picking the raffle winners for the dinner. We returned to the changing room and were quickly unsuited.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
James – TI
Charlie – ID
Bill T – TI
Warren – TA
Delaney – CBH (GA)
Emily – CC
Jesse – TS
Stephanie – DS
Matt – TK
Nick – TK (GA)
John – TK (Carida)
Bill R – TK
Pat – TK
Jess – TK
Devin – TB

Rebels:
Marty – Chewie
Dan – C-3PO
Bob M – R2
Norman – Jedi
Joe – Anakin

Squires:
Cheryl
Nick’s Parents
Brit
Alexander


3/25–Pack 802 Blue & Gold, Aberdeen

We arrived around 2:30 and started suiting up in our changing area. There was some minor time set backs that happened with the pack, but we started forming out after the flag ceremony and made our entrance around 3:45. Charlie MC’ed for us again and did an outstanding job. After introductions and some Q&A, we did pictures with several of the scouts and their families. Apparently there is some time dilation when in costume, but I think we finished up just before 5. We went back upstairs, got unsuited and went on our merry imperial ways. This was Oscar’s first event in which he squired for. He did a great job taking pictures for the people and trying to keep things orderly with Cheryl.

On a side note, several people have seen the 501st at public events and everyone knows TK’s will always be there and of course are appreciated. That being said, there was a very positive response that we were very diverse in the amount of characters that were able to make it. We had 3 Jawas running around too, which was really cool to see. Thanks to Zach for trying to reign in the little creatures.

Troopers:
Charlie – ID
Melissa – ID
Bry – TA
Bill – TI
Charles – FO-TI
Chris – TR
William – TK
Pat – TK
Ryan – CDZ
Connor – CDZ
Katiie – CDZ

Squires:
Cheryl
Oscar
Zach


3/29–Make-A-Wish Event for 4-year-old going blind, Denton

We all arrived or were there by 6:15pm – 6:30pm. The venue had changed to the local fire station, which was good considering the amount of troopers that we had. We proceeded to get suited up and were led down into the garage where we would make our entrance. The bikers, Bo Katan, the Jawa, Imperial Cadet, and the Sandtrooper were led into the main hall where the party was going. We decided to leave the TK’s with Vader and Kylo, and we would motion for them to come in once we located the child (which was part of the narrative). After locating Connor, we advised Lord Vader that we had found the young Jedi, and we signaled for the TK’s to escort Vader and Kylo into the party.

Lord Vader spoke with the young Jedi and presented him with his Make-A-Wish certificate. Young Connor and his family were going to Disney, where Connor is to face Darth Vader. We then motioned for the Jawa, young TB, and the Imperial Cadet to go get the gifts that we brought for Connor. Connor was also presented with his “Imperial” Walker. His Walker was made and donated by a charity group called Sweet Caroline. It was graphics dipped and had Imperial ships all over it. He really loved it and could really move around in it.

After presenting Connor with his gifts, we posed for family pics, Make-A-Wish banner pics, and pics with the guests. After hanging around for a bit, we retired to our changing area and packed it up.

This was a great event and we are grateful to all the troopers from Garrison Carida’s First State Squad who joined us.

Troopers:

Old Line Garrison:
Jesse – TD
Regan – CDZ
Eric – TB
Pat Talbott – Squire

Garrison Carida:
Matt – TK
Brandon – TK
Caleb Betters – TB
Dan Betters – SL
Will – TK ** First Troop **
Mark – SL
Nicole – BH
Matthew – ID

Squire

Laura

Event Round Up, February

March 4th, 2017

2/3–Hospital Visit at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore

Our Troopers all arrived at the hospital and were dressed by 10am, along with three members of the Rebel Legion. We were greeted and profusely thanked by welcome staff from the hospital as well as LFL. We changed in their media center, where they shoot many in-house tv shows and commercials.

We were given a rundown of the day’s planned activities, first of which was shooting a promotional video with a young boy. It took a while for Kevin, Juan, and Andy to muster up their best smiles, but the good guys (including R2 and the young star of the show) pulled it off flawlessly.

Afterwards we all went downstairs to mingle and interact with patients, their families, hospital staff and more.
We took pictures, handed out toys, and there was even a lightsaber wielding instructional taught by our Jedi friends!

We broke for a wonderful lunch that was provided for us. Then we all geared up again and split up into two groups to do individual room visits. It was a little saddening to see some of children and their families in various states of physical pain. But for a few hours, there was no pain. There was no fear. Even just for a little while, those feelings of sadness were replaced with smiles and joy and tears of gratitude.

Troopers:

Kevin – TK
Juan – TK
Andy – TB


2/12–Julian’s Birthday, Annapolis

Troopers arrived on time and were provided a room to change. Based on the decor of the room, including Star Wars Legos and action figures, we knew we were dealing with a big fan.  We waited in private to surprise Julian – what we heard in the other room turned out to be about 30 young Jedi padawans receiving instruction in the use of lightsabers.  After their training, we entered the party to ensure these younglings were still loyal to the Empire – indeed, we discovered several wearing the costumes of Darth Maul, Mandolorians, and the great Dark Lord Darth Vader himself.

We mingled with the younglings and their parents, posing for photos and interacting with a large screen viewing of the Battle of Yavin; we were successful in eliciting sympathy when the the Death Star was destroyed.

When the younglings began to eat cake and open presents, we adjourned back to privacy to change and depart.

Troopers
Rob Heck – TK
Jesse Polluck – TS
Bill Thomas – TI

Squires
Cheryl Thomas
Gabby Heck
Bill Ralph (Moff)

2_12_2017 Julian's Birthday, Annapolis


2/16–David’s Birthday Party, Frederick

From the personal journal of Rob Cross, SL-52654…

“It was amazing to see how much joy it brought to David and his friends… but especially his mother was so appreciative. She came up to me while in costume and said “David’s father passed away when he was only 1 year old, and Darth Vader has been the only father he’s ever known, so you being here means the absolute WORLD to him” … I nearly started crying under my bucket. David and his friends gave Vader big hugs during my visit, and many pictures were taken. It was a good troop.

Trooper:

Rob – SL

Squire:

Kami

2_16_2017 Down Syndrom B-Day Party, Frederick


2/17-19 — Farpoint, Timonium

Farpoint is DEFINITELY a much smaller, more intimate convention than KatsuCon that was happening at National Harbor this weekend.  This convention had much more of a “family reunion” feeling to it than a traditional SciFi convention.  Lori Frye, who joined us from Garrison Tyrannus, outfitted our table with banners and decorations that were the highlights of the Fangroup Room.  Most attendees had already heard of the 501st; many people did stop by the table and said hello anyway.

Troopers:
Friday
Lori Frye (Tyranus)

Saturday
Larry Peterka
Andy Youell
Eric Grubb
Brian Jones
Lori Frye (Tyranus)
Kate Walsh (Corellia)

Sunday
Bill Thomas
Larry Peterka
Ski
Joe Cab
Stephanie Combes
James Combes


2/17-19 — Katsucon, National Harbor

Once again this event was a success, we talked to so many people. Everyone love having us there. This year we were set up in the back left corner of the Merch Hall and at first, we thought we weren’t going to get a lot of foot traffic due to the location.  We were wrong. The Rebels didn’t show up, (no one told them that they had a both this year?), so we took over their area as our photo backdrop area, and it was a great success. Scott and Kevin from Garrison Tyranus had fun scaring those that thought they were mannequins.

Troopers

Friday

Shep
Anna Mitchell (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Chris Williams (GT)
Scott Hulls (GT)
Joe Cab
Kevin Belling (GT)

Saturday

Shep
Anna Mitchell (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Chris Williams (GT)
Scott Hulls (GT)
Emily Schram
Jess Wedlock
James Welsh (Corellia)
Brian Vetter
Vinny Accardi (GT)
Jamie Park
Jason Pangborn (R2)
Colleen Johnson (GT)
Kevin Belling (GT)

Sunday

Shep
Kevin Belling (GT)
Anna Mitchell (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Chris Williams (GT)
Scott Hulls (GT)
Danielle Caulk
Collen Johnson (GT)
Amber Pratt (GT)
Jamie Park
Matthew Blank (GC)
Jason Pangborn (r2)


2/24–Cub Scout Pack 169 Blue & Gold Banquet, Ijamsv

We arrived at 18:00 and were shown to a spacious classroom to change. Two scouts were designated to help us, and they and their leaders were most accommodating. We were left with a cooler full of water and soda and several snacks and sandwiches. There was even a tray of goodie bags with home made Star Wars candies and cupcakes. After the scouts and their guests finished their dinner, we made our way to the stage and were introduced. We mingled with the crowd, posed for photos, and watched the scouts perform several Star Wars themed skits. After the skits, we were called back to the stage and Mara Jade and ID 13621 presented the scouts with trophies from the pinewood derby. Finally, we were asked to judge our favorite cakes from the Friends of Scouting cake auction. The Rebel Legion chose an R2D2-themed cake, the Empire chose a Chewbacca cake and the Mandolorians chose a cake representing one of their own being consumed by a sarlacc. One of the auction winners was gracious enough to share his spoils and gave each of us a cookie from the platter he had won. Full of sugar and good will, we returned to the classroom to change and headed out by 21:00.

Troopers:
Jess – TK
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Stephanie – MJ

Squires:
Patrick

2_24_2017 Cub Scout Pack 169 Blue & Gold Banquet, Ijamsv

Star Wars: Force for Change

March 1st, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered why we do what we do, here’s an answer for you.  There’s nothing we like more than using our love of Star Wars to make someone’s day a little more awesome (especially when that someone is a kid!).