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!).

 

 

Event Round Up, January

February 10th, 2017

1/21–Cosmic Comix SW Celebration, Catonsville

Lord Vader would be pleased to know that the Sandtrooper Squad, with Biker Scout back up, arrived and established a strong Imperial presence, to the delight of the locals. Many photos were taken as was a rather amusing video that Lord Vader must never see, for it contains evidence of a slight relaxation of Imperial protocol as the troopers joined an enthusiastic cadet ina dance.  There was a Jawa who kept trying to take the binders off one of the troopers belts, but then was distracted by a droid. Once the troops made certain no Rebels were hiding among the populace, it was time to return to base for chow.   Trooper Joshua conformed to all Imperial protocols throughout the event. Congratulations on your first troop!  The staff was very accommodating with a changing room (though a little small) offers of refreshments and pizza, and provided staff to assist with all our needs. The event was well attended and we will be asked back next year.

Troopers:
Jesse- TD
Joshua – TD
Mike – TD
Andrew S- TD
Bry – ID
Keira – TB (GA)
Regan-Jawa (GA)


1/21–Hailey Swann’s Birthday, Catonsville

We arrived around 2:30/3pm and were treated to a light dinner while they finished getting the upstairs (the entire upstairs) setup for the party. We got suited up around 4:00pm and were led into the party by the birthday girl’s little Darth Vader sister. The troop started off pretty typical with folks taking pictures with us and the Hailey, who was dressed as Princess Leia. After a little while, we dispersed a little and wandered into the moon bounce room and the face painting room. But then it was time to dance. And dance we did. After a few DJ-arranged dance offs, we said our good byes and headed to the first floor to unsuit. It was one heck of a party.

Troopers:
Matt – TK
William – TK
Melissa – ID
Emily – Rex
Jess – TK
Sebastian – Scarrif trooper
Sebastian’s daughters – TB, pink TB & Jawa
Jason – R2

Squires:
Amy
Sebastian’s wife


1/21–All Time Toys Grand Re-Opening, Ellicott City

Old Line was joined by store owner Jason, many Mandos, and Terrapin Base. We arrived and took our places outside the store front to welcome patrons and Ellicott City supporters. Around 11am, Jason said a few words and did a ribbon cutting for the new store while we stood behind him and the county officials. Right after that, Warren presented Jason with Imperial Medal of Valor for his bravery the night of the flood. We continued to take photos with people going into the store and walking main street. We wrapped it up around 1:30pm.

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Warren – Veers
William – TK
Melissa – ID
Emily – Rex
Jess – TK
Jason – R2

A Message from the Folks at All Time Toys:

Hello!

I wanted to post this to your forum but hope this will find the right place. The Old Line Garrison did an amazing job last Saturday. Jason and I look forward to working/hanging out with you all again really soon! So this is our Thank you letter to everyone:

Members of the 501st Old Line Garrison, the Mandolorians of the Kyrimorut Clan, Terrapin Base Rebels, and Jason with R2-D2. Starting out by saying thank you is not enough to express our undying gratitude for your participation in our Grand Re-opening. You all made that event so much more fun and special for everyone involved. The level of professionalism and detailed interactions that we witnessed were incredible. Expect more event invites from us. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

May The Force Be With You

For The Empire

Aliit Ori’shya Tal’din
BEEP BOOP WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (My binary is rusty, forgive any insult.)

Sincerely,

Jason, Patrick, Christine, Max and the extended All Time Toys Family

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Photo courtesy of Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman Facebook page.


1/22–Birthday Party, Annapolis

We arrived at the bowling alley by 13:30, and were shown to a large room in the back to change. The father was psyched to see us there. We suited up, and waited for our cue. At 14:30, the bowling alley played the Imperial March and we made our way to the assembled party goers. Mara Jade fetched the birthday girl, while ID-13621 read charges of rebel sympathies and harboring rebel fugitives. The birthday girl confessed, but the Empire agreed to let her off with a warning; after all, it was her birthday. We moved back to the room and posed for pictures with the party goers and several parents. After that, we did a quick patrol of the premises and took a few more photos with patrons. We headed back to change at 15:15 and were on our way by 15:45.

Troopers:
Jesse – TS
Stephanie – MJ
James – TI
William – TK
Melissa – ID
Thomas – TK
Nick Dinko (GA)

Squires:
Andrea
Amir
Sebastian


1/28–Huesmann Star Wars Wedding Shower, Columbia

TK-86347 and ID-13621 arrived at 9:45 and were ushered away to a back room. We were joined by TK-10596 and our outstanding squire/photographer, Gabby, shortly after 10:00. We chatted with the sister of the bride, who aspires to join the Rebel Legion in her home state of North Carolina. We got suited up and joined the arriving guests at 10:30. There was a photo booth set up so that the guests could take pictures with us and a beautiful assortment of Star Wars themed cupcakes. The bride wore a dress that looked like a familiar blue astromech, and both she and the groom were thrilled to see us. We took door duty, with the troopers asking for identification from each entrant. Most guests were surprised and delighted to see us. One youngling was especially impressed and kept touching the Stormtroopers’ shins and cackling with glee. The Empire should keep an eye on him as a potential recruit. Our hosts were most hospitable and they even provided ID-13621 with an complementary glass of blue milk. After everyone who was interested had their photos taken, we changed and departed shortly before noon.

Troopers:
Rob H – TK
Melissa – ID
Williams – TK

Squires:
Gabby


1/29–Birthday Party, Fallston

After arriving at the house around 13:00, TK86347 made contact with the family and was snuck past the pizza man and into a room to change. Soon after TK63079 arrived for his first patrol and the two suited up. Unfortuately,  ID13621 was under the weather and spent the morning in med bay recovering. The patrol went well, though the birthday boy was the least excited that we were there. We played keep away with some of the younglings and pin the lightsaber on the yoda, which, to form, both TKs missed. After singing happy birthday to the boy, we unsuited and left the party at 15:00 before they started hitting a Vader shaped pinata and arrests would have needed to be made.  Congrats to Pat on his first official troop!

Troopers:
William – TK
Pat – TK


1/31–Red Cross booth at the Washington Auto Show

We arrived and it took awhile for them to figure out where they wanted us to go for getting dressed. We finally settled in to a room on the second floor. Stephen and Randy got suited up and headed for the main floor where they were doing the hands on car competition.

We went there and they wanted us to pose for photos with a couple guys from TV and DC101. We then headed to the Red Cross booth and hung around there for awhile. We didn’t have a squire and were getting stopped too much so 3/4 of the way thru, Randy got undressed and squired for Stephen. We went to the floor and to the Star Wars car and checked it out. After a ton of photos with the Nissan people we made our way back so Stephen could get undressed, and we headed out about 6:45.

We enjoyed the day, be sure to have a squire tag along next time if anyone does this one in the future.

Troopers:

Stephen – TK
Randy – TK

Red Cross at DC Auto