Event Round Up, June

July 18th, 2017

6/3–CLES Spring Fair – Ellicott City

We arrived at the school around 11am and were led to a classroom which was relatively close to where we were to be stationed. We suited up and walked out to the blacktop where we had our backdrop set up. We then participated in a fundraiser for pictures in which folks bought tickets to take pictures with us. R2 was on-hand and, as expected, was a complete hit with the kids. We posed for dozens of pics before retiring back to our designated area to change.

Troopers:
Mike P – TB
Jesse P – TS
Rob – TK ESB
Gabby – (GA) ID
Bobby – (GA) SL
Bill – IS
Cheryl – ID

Squires:
Pat


6/3–Bowie Baysox Star Wars Night, Bowie

Great job everyone! Always one of our biggest events, this is our best OLG turn out for a single-day event in quite a while. The weather was nice enough to have some our folk out in kit for over seven hours!!! The Baysox treated us well again this year. They provided us a huge changing area, water, and food. The fans and staff were really glad to have us there. We help bring in one of their biggest crowds of the year!

Troopers:
Jesse Pollock
Phil Gastilo
Pat Vetrone – TK
Brian Vetter – TK
Charles Singer
Bob Metcalf – TI
Brit Hopper – ID
Stephen Bauchan – TK
Jess Wedlock – TK
Sam Slater – Maul
Thomas Windebank – TK
Tony Federici – Kylo
Joshua Spliedt – TD
Andrew Simansky – Clone
Larry Peterka – TD
Andy Youell – TB
Mike Perkins – TD
Kiera Perkins – TB (GA)
Charlie Mann – TI
Matthew Ely – Arc Trooper Echo
Matthew Morley – TK
Emily Schram – Rex
Nick Dinko – TK (GA)
Kevin Belling – TK (GT)
Baron Holmes – TB

Squires:
Lucienda Metcalf
Robert Boyce
Mat Huffman
Andrea Taylor
Lisa Dinko
Dan Dinko


6/4–DC Walk Strong to Cure JM, Gaithersburg

We arrived and had to change in our cars or parking garage. We found the event organizers and were warmly greeted. Several younglings were eager for photos and to discuss our costumes. Walkers cheered as they started the short course; we were given bubble-blowers to pass out to walkers as they returned from the course. There were plenty of pictures, high-fives, and hugs to go around. We were invited to lead everyone in a Twist dance, and were joined by a huge number of the walkers (nothing better than to see Star Wars characters dancing the Twist). A service-dog training group brought their puppies over to us to help acclimate the pups to different situations (hey, if the pup can handle servants of the Emporer, it’ll likely be ready for any situation!) – not sure if there were more tail wags from the pups or the Twist dancing. The event organizers wanted us to stay longer, but many of us were scheduled to be at our next troop.

Troopers:
Bill – IS
Cheryl – ID
Jess – TK
Joe – TK


6/4 – 5th HoCo STEM Festival

Parking was indeed available in the adjacent lot, and they had assistants help unload bins from the car. Once inside, there was some confusion as to what room we were to use to change – we kept being sent to the room with the snacks. We found the right room and were all suited up by 1pm; we were joined by a small clan of Mandos and some Rebels. We started walking around and mingling with the crowd for photos. The staff kept asking us to move to different locations and to try and direct traffic to a hallway with more STEM exhibits (but with only a handwritten sign giving conference-goers any indication that they were down that hall). At one point, we were asked to leave the hallway, as a youngling was overcome with fear of our costumes. After being given the go-ahead, we returned and again mingled in the crowd for pictures. We found a spot near the sign to additional events, so we were successful in drawing attention to that hallway as well as providing photo ops. Around 3pm, those of us who had trooped in the morning took our leave; the Melissa & William showed true Imperial dedication and stuck around ’til the end.

Troopers:
Bill – IS
Cheryl – ID
Jess – TK
Melissa – ID
William – TK


6/10–DC Pride Parade

We arrived at Fantom Comics, who had graciously agreed to let us use their store for changing and bin storage. We were excited to get started, so headed down to our load-in area at 16:00 for an anticipated 16:45 start time. The mood while we waited was jubilant, as everyone got ready and psyched up for the parade.  Unbeknownst to us, a group called No Justice, No Pride was staging several disruptions of the parade in protest to several grievances against Capital Pride. As a result, we got started later than expected and didn’t leave the load-in area until around 18:00. When we finally hit the parade route, we were greeted by a massive and ecstatic crowd. Unfortunately, the police presence was sparse due to officers being redeployed to deal with the protests, and we had a few incidents with spectators who made it onto the parade to bother us. The parade was stop and start and the route that was scheduled to take 37 minutes to complete took us over an hour and a half, with the heat becoming increasingly difficult to bear. Bill had to hop into our support vehicle around the halfway mark. Just before the judges’ stand, the protesters managed a full blockade of the parade route. While we were stuck in an area of direct sunlight and ran out of water. One of our Mandalorian friends succumbed to the heat and nearly passed out, while another was injured in the shuffle to deal with the first. We had to leave the parade route just as the police had arranged to re-route the parade around the protesters. The two Mandos were taken to the hospital, one with heat stroke, and one with minor injuries. The rest of us headed back to Fantom to de-kit around 20:00. Despite the disappointing ending, the parade itself was inspiring and exhilarating. Should we troop this event in the future, it would be prudent to have both water and Gatorade, as well as better strategies for heat management (cool packs, leaving more space in the support vehicle, etc).

Troopers:
Emily – Rex
Jess – TK
Melissa – ID
William – TK

Squires:
Nishaad
Ry
Robert

 


6/11–Oliver’s 5th Birthday Party, Catonsville

We arrived around 1:30pm and were met by Ryan. The kids were playing in the front yard in the pool, so Ryan led us out back and into his basement to change. It was quite warm outside and the air conditioning was on in the basement, so it felt great inside. We proceeded to get kitted up, and Ryan led us out front where we were met with smiles and cheers from the kids. We posed for pictures with the littles and bigs before taking a larger group shot. We also answered a bunch of questions about our armor, etc. We then advised the kids that we had to make our way back to the Death Star, so we said our goodbyes, gave high 5’s and hugs, and walked back in to change. We were provided with refreshments, which hit the spot in the oppressive humidity.

Troopers:
Andy – TB
Charlie – TI
Jesse – TS

Squire:
Ryan


6/15–Library of Congress, DC

Joined by Chewbacca & Belle, we all arrived by 2 and were suited up by about 2:30 or so. The Library staff provided us with an actual dressing room which is often used by their music department; it was positively luxurious! We paraded through the recently opened comics exhibit and took pictures in front of a backdrop they had set up. Next, we made our way to the Young Reader’s Center where a discussion of cosplay was already under way. They had lots of crafts and costumes for the kids to try out, and we were set up in a smaller room with a different backdrop for pictures. As the room got more crowded, we took turns wandering out into the hall and adjoining rooms. Lots of families came through, as LoC well as staff. The latter included the Librarian of Congress herself, Dr. Carla Hayden, who was extremely unassuming and joined in the general excitement over our presence. After a while, we were taken out to the main entry hall, much to the surprise and delight of the mid-day crowd there. We danced a bit and took plenty of pictures before heading back to the YRC to finish the event. The LoC staff was wonderfully accommodating and is eager to have us back for future events. Total Troop time: 2 hours

Troopers:
Charlie – TI
Chris – TR
Ryan – CDZ
Jason – R2


6/16-18–AwesomeCon, DC

So the setup crew arrived on Friday between 0700 – 1130 and got the booth set up. After that Matt Morley headed up to the exhibit entrance to stand watch for wayward Troopers. There were communication issues between the showrunners and some of the security, but for the most part it worked out well and will be a good method to follow up on next year. This was a very successful year for Old Line Garrison at Awesome Con. We want to once again thank each and every one of the troopers that attend and helped out at the booth, especially all of our brothers and sisters from Garrison Tyrannus that joined the effort. As always, without each and every one of you, from both Garrisons, putting in the long hours and hard work we would not be able to do what we do there.

The final totals for this weekend are as follows:

Make-a-Wish/501st Endowment Fund: $262.75

Travis Manion Foundation: $1928.75

Friday Troopers:

Allen Shepherd
Brian Vetter
Charlie Mann
Emily Schram
Eric Grubb
Jess Wedlock
Kelly Markert
Matt Morley
Melissa Ralph
Warren Markert
William Ralph

Matthew Leech (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Scott Huls (GT)
Dieter Jobe (GT)
Alex Thompson (GT)
Clayton Kratz (GT)
Raul Rosado (GT)
Chris Porta (GT)
BJ Browne (GT)
Jim F (GT)
Trish F  (GT)
Sean Antill (GT)
Lance Antill (GT)

Nishaad Knights (Squire)
Corey DiPietro (Squire)

Saturday Troopers

Allen Shepherd
Bob Metcalf
Charlie Mann
Emily Schram
Jacob Stottlemyer
Jay Jorgensen
Jeff Ryan
Jesse Pollock
Jess Wedlock
Kelly Markert
Lue Metcalf
Matt Morley
Melissa Ralph
Phil Gastilo
Tynan Loughran
Virgil Bauer
Warren Markert
William Ralph

Scott Stevens (GT)
Chris Williams (GT)
Corey DiPietro (GT)
Matthew Leech (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Scott Huls (GT)
Steph Loughran (GT)
Dieter Jobe (GT)
Alex Thompson (GT)
Sean Illg (GT)
Clayton Kratz (GT)
Norman Laythe (GT)
Jarred Ellis (GT)
Trish F (GT)
Jim F (GT)
Sean Antill (GT)
Lance Antill (GT)
Raul Rosado (GT)
Brian Robinson (GT)
Kevin Belling (GT)
Vicky Boardman (GT)
Kris Shelton (GT)
Joel Webne (GT)

Kami Lamb (Squire)

Sunday Troopers

Allen Shepherd
Bill Thomas
Brian Jones
Cheryl Thomas
Emily Schram
Jesse Pollock
Kelly Markert
Matt Ely
Matt Morley
Melissa Ralph
Warren Markert
William Ralph

Scott Stevens (GT)
Chris Williams (GT)
Matthew Leech (GT)
Bria LaVorgna (GT)
Scott Huls (GT)
Alex Thomspson (GT)
Sean Illg (GT)
Kevin Belling (GT)
Steven Manuel (GT)
Jim F (GT)
Trish F (GT)

Nishaad Knights (Squire)


6/17–AwesomeCon Wedding, DC

Jess met with the bride, groom, and officiant the night before to receive our orders. We all arrived by 1:15 and did a quick rehearsal, then hung out in front of the room and posed for photos while we waited for our cue. When it was time to begin, the Imperial March played and we led the procession with the officiant, who was dressed as Darth Vader. Brian and Melissa peeled off to guard the aisle while Jess and Bill stood at the front on either side of the officiant. The wedding party processed in, all dressed as characters from the Marvel or DC Universe. The flower girl was dressed as X-23 and took her part very seriously. She tossed torn up flowers from a Pringles tin and stomped on them menacingly. Finally, the bride entered in a dazzling Wonder Woman-themed gown escorted by her parents, who were dressed as Zeus and Hippolyta. The officiant began with the “Mawage” speech from the Princess Bride and then asked the couple to read their vows. The groom had to take his Deadpool mask off to make it through his, and the whole event was so touching that even the Admiral got teary-eyed. Finally, the couple exchanged Super Mario Star rings, which symbolized the invincibility of their love. We all recessed, posed for pictures, and headed back to the changing room.

Troopers:
Brian – TK
Jess – TK
Melissa – ID
William – TK


6/17–Sekhsaria Wedding Reception, National Harbor

Wow! This was one big wedding reception! The picked us from AwesomeCon in two Ubers at 6pm. They had about 700 guests for this Star Wars / Harry Potter themed party. We started by taking pictures in the National Harbor Atrium, which they reserved for the appetizers. They had an ice sculpture of the Millennium Falcon, which they poured drinks through! Everyone then moved to the ballroom, where parts of the family were introduced with their own theme music as they danced in. We were able to escort the couple in for their first Imperial March. He came in with a lightsaber, and she had a wand. After they arrived on the dance floor, we danced with them to Back Street Boys. We left the room while they cut the cake and did a few other activities. We were then able to change and join the party for a huge Indian buffet. The food was great! We finally headed out around midnight.

Troopers:
Jess – TK
Matt – TK
Melissa – ID
William – TK


6/21–Outdoor Pops Concert, Columbia

This was a fun concert! After dropping off our boxes and parking, we suited up. We started trooping around 6:30pm. Luckily the temperature started to drop and a breeze was going the whole time. It threatened to rain, but held off. We took a lot of pictures with everyone. When they played three Star Wars songs, we marched up and stood in front of the stage. One little fan came up to join us and held Bob’s hand through one of the songs. After that, we went back for more photos. We finally changed at 8:30pm and headed out. They seemed really glad to have us there.  As always, we appreciated the back up from our friendly neighborhood Mandos!

Troopers:
Rob – TK
Bobby – Kylo (GA)
Gabby – ID (GA)
Kellie – DZ
Bob – TI
Matt – TI/IC

Squires:
Patrick


6/22-24–NSO Pops – The Music of John Williams, DC

Thursday (6/22):
Troopers arrived between 5 and 6pm and were suited up soon after. We were asked to mingle around the area outside the Concert Hall for pictures and ended up just mostly remaining stationary so people could come up to us for a picture. The Kennedy Center gave us complimentary tickets, and we were able to watch most of the show. (Act II is the Star Wars part.) They also asked if we would mind being available for pictures during Intermission, which was something we were all able to make happen thanks to no full-armor costumes. The crowds were definitely thrilled to see us, and we got nothing but smiles and glee from everyone who wanted a picture.

Troopers:
Bria (GT) (Officer)
Clayton (GT) (Crewman)
Kate (GC) (Jawa)
Nick (GC) (TIE Pilot)
Josh (GC) (Tie Reserve)
Carly (RL) (Pilot)
Deb (RL) (Mon Mothma)

Friday (6/23):

Troopers started to trickle in to the green room and around 6pm, and we got suited up. We spent the next hour with a line of people to take photographs, eventually moving to the front of a stage in the lobby. When the show began, we went back to the green room to relax but got resuited to resume photos during intermission, at the request of the Kennedy Center, but mostly the conductor. After the intermission, we quickly got unsuited and to our seats to hear the rest of the Star Wars music. It was magical.

Old Line Garrison:
Bill – TK
Emily – Rex
Melissa – TIE Pilot

Jason – R2

Other Garrisons:
Ben – TFA TK
Bria – Officer
Cameron – TK
Clayton – Crewman
Kate – Visas Marr
Nick – Barron Fel
Nick – Tank Trooper

 

Rebel Legion:
Carly – Pilot
Phil – Jedi

Squires:
Anna
Chris
Nishaad

Saturday (6/24):

Everyone arrived with plenty of time to suit up and introduce themselves to members of the other groups they didn’t know.  There was a case of water bottles waiting for us; OLG provided chocolate truffles and parking passes for everyone.  About 6:45, Warren Williams came in, greeted us, and explained the procedures for the night.  We mostly congregated outside the stage entrance and posed for pictures before the show – the concert-goers were first a bit timid, but once a child (at heart) ran up for a photo, many more joined in. The 501st’s Imperial Officer Corp had a large representation tonight, allowing them to go in and enjoy the concert in the hall; those in armor or bulky costumes returned to the Green Room to change and/or enjoy listening to the concert (which was on the other side of the door). We returned for more photo-ops during intermission, this time circulating among the crowd too. Some of us walked down to the Opera House side of the floor (there was really no delineation), where people who were also at intermission from the Sound of Music enjoyed a few photo ops as well.

Old Line Garrison:
Bill – TI
Kellie – DZ: Jawa
Phil – ID

Garrison Tyranus:
Brian – TK
Billie – ID
Dale – ID
Anne – ID

Rebel Legion:
Carolyn- Leia
Lori – Ackbar
Deb – Mon Mothma
Matt – Pilot

Squires:
Cheryl
Ben


6/24–Justin’s 10th Birthday, Essex

This was a wonderful troop at a lovely park. However, the park was full of local indigenous creatures that needed to be cleared from the landing zone.  Rob was working with our Garrison Membership Liaison Officer to finalize and get approved his Biker Scout outfit just in time for this event. After the birthday boy arrived, the Empire took control of the festivities. Justin was awestruck by the might and power of the Empire and was moved to tears. After overcoming the initial shock, many photos were taken with the children and adults. The Empire also posed for photos with the many other citizens enjoying a Saturday in the park.  The troops then changed into civilian clothing and lots of burgers, pizza, and cupcakes were consumed.

Troopers:

Charlie – TI
Jesse – TS
Rob – TB
Mat – Anakin Skywalker (pre-burn)


 

Event Round Up, May (Part 2)

June 21st, 2017

5/13–Maryland Walk for Williams Syndrome, Potomac

We arrived at 9:30am, along with a clan of Mandalorians and a Clone trooper (patiently awaiting his 501st approval), and quickly suited up. The rain moved the opening events, but we were warmly greeted by organizers, parents, and these special kids. Smiles, hugs, and high-fives were plentiful. We posed for many pictures, including with the MOCO Fire Department (Clark was not on duty with them). We departed at 11 to attend Elijah’s Memorial; the Mando clan remained to the delight of the walkers.

Troopers:
Bill T. – IS
Cheryl T. – ID


5/18–Greenbelt Middle School Spring Concert, Greenbelt

Troopers showed up between 5pm and 6pm and went to the staging area.  Our handler didn’t make it, but Melissa was a great help getting Boba and the TK situated. Brit’s son, Daniel, was there as well and helped out by holding our staging area keys and taking photos/videos during the event. There was a minor hiccup when Brit realized minutes after arriving that he had left part of his costume at home. He had enough time to go home and retrieve it and return with enough time to get ready (all before Fett was finished suiting up, sigh…lol). The concert organizer stopped by the room to thank us and bring us pizza and soda. We discussed the plan for the concert and went to the gymnasium for a brief walk-thru. We arrived at the location at 6:30 and began greeting incoming guests and patrolling the gymnasium. At 7 pm we met with the orchestra students. Melissa and Britt led the students into the gymnasium while Bill and Bryan brought up the rear. We paired up one armored character with one officer and stood guard at each side of the orchestra. During student solos we walked over and flanked the performer. The orchestra conductor thanked us and the 501st during the performance which was really nice. Once the concert was over, we posed for photos with the students, parents, siblings, etc. and had many smiles and laughs. We headed back to the staging area at about 8:30pm and got unsuited, talked about how much we love OLG and what we do, and even watched a little bit of Star Wars on the SmartBoard. We departed at approximately 9:30pm. The event was a great time for all and the school was very appreciative.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Brit – ID
Bryan – BH

Squires:
Daniel Hopper


5/19–North County High School Music Night, Glen Burnie

All OLG troopers arrived and suited up; we were joined by a clan of Mandalorians and a teacher dressed as Vader. We patrolled the parking lot, posing for pictures and talking with the guests. When the rain started, we moved inside and continued mingling. As the orchestra finalized their setup, we lined up with Vader. As the Orchestra played the theme to Star Wars, we all marched in and lined up in front of the musicians and were showered with camera flashes. We marched out, got changed, and left to enjoy a meal together at 8:45.

Troopers:
Bill T – IS
Cheryl T – ID
Melissa R – ID
William R – TK


5/20–Winfield Elementary Spring Fair, Westminster

It was great being back at this event this year. This time most of the activities were outside. (We had rain last year.) They had bouncy castles, a DJ, a bake sale, a book sale, food, a silent auction, vendors, games, police & SWAT gear, and martial art demos. Kat from the MMCC was kind enough to join us. We suited up early and were able to support the early opening for special needs kids. After taking pictures with most of the kids, Matt E. and Kat headed out for the Hagerstown Suns game. Matt M. and Aidan stuck around until 2pm.

Troopers:
Matthew M – TK
Matthew E – TC
Aidan M – IC


5/20–Anne Arundel County Library Comic Con, Odenton

Troopers arrived at 10 and began mingling with guests and library staff. This was a fairly large event, taking over both floors of the library. The library had several planned activities as well. Our troopers had a chance to display their creativity at one of the crafts tables.

Bob delighted the attendees with his R2D2. Some of the kids were a bit rough on poor R2, but their parents brought them in line, and no permanent damage was apparent. We were soon joined by a rebel soldier and Anakin/Kit Fisto. Nick looked impressive as ever in his TK ( has to be one of the best TKs in the GA – and he has some impressive autographs adorning his kit too!); his mom, Lisa, was a great Squire, and made many parents VERY happy by allowing them to have their picture taken with the troopers…oh yeah, and their kids.

This being a Comic-Con, attendees of all ages were there showing off some impressive cosplay. While it went quickly, it was a long event. We concluded by bringing up the end of the costume parade (a Boba Fett cosplayer had a good sound system in his jet pack and played the Imperial March). We said our goodbyes, and departed at 3pm with big smiles and sore feet.

Troopers:
Bill T – IS
Cheryl T – ID


5/20–Hagerstown Suns, Hagerstown

Everyone arrived around 4pm and were immediately greeted by event staff. They led us to the admin building where they let us use a conference room (stocked with drinks) to change. Gates opened at 5, and we spent a lot of time greeting guests as they came through the gate. It was Star Wars Day at the ball field, so there were plenty of kids dressed up as well. We participated in a lot of photos.

Before the game, we joined the local Boy Scout troop in a march around the field, then throughout the game we mingled  with fans and took more pictures. Most of us wrapped up shortly before the game ended. The weather was amazing, perfect for an outdoor troop

Troopers:
Brian – FOTK
Jess – TK
Tom – TI
Matthew – CC


5/20–Baltimore Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis

We arrived by 0730 in the parking lot, got changed and headed to there Kid Zone by 0800.  We hung out there for a little while and then walked around and engaged people as they slowly rolled in from the enrollment tent. At 0930, we participated in the group World IBD Day picture which was May 19th.  At 0940, opening ceremony began. By 1000 the walk began, which stretched 1.5 miles along the water front. At 1100 we packed up and called it day. The weather was perfect it was a beautiful day perfect day for a troop weather was about 72 with a very cool breeze coming off the waterfront. After the walk, we had a conversation with one of the board member for CCFA who was thrilled we were there, wanted to know more about the 501st, and how to get us to attend the walks in PA, DE, RI, CA, and OR.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Stephen – TK
Rob – TK
Jim – Vader
Bobby – Kylo (GA)

Squires:
Natalie

 


5/21– Cystic Fibrosis Walk, Bel Air

This ended up being a nice little event with good trooping weather. We all arrived between 8 & 8:30 and occupied a corner of the parking lot, since there was no changing area. The event organizers were happy to have us there and provided us with water. We were suited up and ready to roll at 9, first taking pictures at the registration table before moving down the hill to the main area. There were a couple tents and vendors set up, as well as Star Wars themed cornhole boards. Despite their reputation, team TK did manage to hit the board and win a round. We mingled with the crowd and took pictures with lots of people until the walk finally began around 9:40. After the walkers had left, we stayed for another 20 minutes or so before suiting down. Afterwards, there were bagels and coffee to be had at Einstein’s, as well as a brief debate over the merits of TFA with some other patrons. Special congratulations go to Jeff for his first troop!

Troopers:
Chris – TR
Devin – TB
Pat V – TK
Jeff Reyor – TK


5/21–Frederick Great Strides Walk, Frederick

We arrived at 10:00 and were shown to an area at the back of the band shell to change. The event sponsor was very excited to have us there again. We got ready and then headed out to mingle with the crowd at 11:00. There has been great progress in treating cystic fibrosis over the past several years and this walk was one of many across the country aimed at keeping that progress going. A little after noon, it was time for the walk to get started. Our TKs and the Mandos did their best to participate in the warm-up, to the delight of some children who couldn’t help but point and laugh. The Empire needs to solve the TK mobility issue, right after we fix that whole thermal exhaust port on the death star mess. We released Han Solo when the walk began and took our place behind a a group with Darth Vader themed shirts who walked with one of their members in costume. Our progress was slightly impeded by many curious citizens who stopped us to take photos and ask about the walk. Near the end of the walk, we encountered a young lady on a photo shoot for her quincienera and posed for a few photos with her. When we returned from the walk, one of the Mandos mysteriously disappeared and we were joined by a TIE Reserve Pilot. We continued to entertain the crowd and dance with some younglings. While the donation period for this walk doesn’t close until 12/31, our hosts announced that this walk had already raised $130,000. When the crowd started to thin out, we grabbed some snacks and headed back to the changing room at approximately 13:45.
Troopers:
Jess Wedlock – TK
William – TK
Melissa – ID
Marc – Mando/TI
Jess – Mando
Dave – Han Solo


5/25–NASM The Force at 40, DC

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5/27–Washington Nationals Star Wars Night, DC

Wow! That was a fun event! Thanks to everyone that could make it out. While we did get a few light showers, the lower temperatures made up for it! A lot more people were able to troop the entire game. (That was over six hours in kit!) The Nats did a great job of taking care of us again. They let us into the shop early to buy swag this year. They also brought us Chewbacca coozies. (I had to use mine on Memorial Day…) As usual, they brought in drinks, sandwiches, and most importantly cookies. The guys delivering cookies received loud cheers when they arrived. This year, they had a security person assigned to each team along with one intern for every two teams. This made it much easier for us to get around. They also helped keep us on schedule. Thanks again to everyone that made this event a success!!!

Troopers:
Jess Wedlock – TK
Eric Grubb – TB
Bryan Curtis – Boba
Anna Mitchell – Jango (GT)
Chris Williams – Montross (GT)
Bria LaVorgna – ID (GT)
Phil Gastilo – TK
Justin Strait – SL (GT)
Solomon Odom – TK (GT)
Kate Walsh – DZ (CG)
Brian Robinson – TK (GT)
Ben Jen – TK (GT)
Emily Schram – Rex
Dieter Jobe – (GT)
Jason Pizzino – DZ (GT)
BJ Brown – ID (GT)
Matthew Morley – TK
Melissa Ralph – ID
William Ralph – TK
Anna Mac Adams – Director Isard (GT)
Catherine Evans – DZ (GT)
Josh Orr – TR
Scott Huls – TX (GT)
Drew Brasfield – TK (GT)
Virgil Bauer – TK
Sean Timmothy Waites – TK
Stephen Bauchan – TK
Charlie Mann – TI
Charles Singer – FO TIE

Squires:
Sabrina Odom
Stacey Pizzino
Patrick Talbott
Kelly Bauer
Natalie Bauchan
Kevin Lackie

Event Round, May (Part 1)

May 23rd, 2017

5/1–Church Creek Elem School Reading Night, Belcamp

This was a great troop, and an impressive event! Each area of the school was decorated as a different planet from the Star Wars universe, and each one had different activities for kids to complete. Many staff members were dressed up, and they all seemed fully bought in to the event. We arrived around 5 and got suited up in the reading specialist’s office, back away from the main traffic flow. The school assigned us a teacher as a squire, and she escorted us around the building starting at 6. We started in the main hall as most attendees were entering and then wandered a bit, visiting each area in turn. The principal, dressed as Darth Vader, did three readings of Goodnight Darth Vader in the library, and we made sure to be present for each of these times. We took lots of photos, got some hugs and high fives, and generally had a blast. We stayed in costume until 7:30, when the last stragglers headed home.  The entire staff could not have been kinder or more excited to have us there.

Troopers:
Chris – TR
Kyle – SL

 


5/4–Star Wars Day at Sprint, Glen Burnie

We arrived at 5pm and got suited up in the parking lot. We walked into the mall with buckets off and were met by Kevin as he stood in front of the Sprint store in his Royal Guard costume. We then put our buckets on and stood with him. Mall traffic was pretty light. There was a carnival going on in the parking lot.

We posed for about 2 dozen pictures and then packed it in.

Troopers:
Jesse – TS
Regan – GA DZ
Kevin – TR (Carida)


5/4–Star Wars Characters Trivia Night, Parkville

The troop went well, although it was small.  The only costumes were Tom and one of the the librarians as Rey.  About 10 people or so total showed up, both children and adults. Everyone had a good time. One librarian’s daughter (age 2 or so) was shy at first but was Tom’s new best friend by the end.

Troopers:

Tom – TI


5/4–All Time Toys, Ellicott City

As always, All Time Toys were great hosts! They setup a small Blast-A-Trooper in the back of the store to raise money for Make-A-Wish. They raised additional funds by holding a raffle and donating a percentage of their Star Wars merchandise sales for the evening. (Some of the troopers may have contributed to the last part…) Between BAT shootings, we took advantage of the cooler temperatures outside and encouraged people to come in for a visit. Everyone was really glad that we were there! We trooped for a little over two hours.

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Warren – Veers
Delaney – Boushh (GA)
Jason – R2

Squires:
Patrick
Kelly


5/4–Pack 887 May the Fourth Meeting – Glen Burnie

Alexander and Charlie arrived at the church at 6:30pm and met Larry and Rob in the kitchen / changing room. The Cub Scout meeting kicked off at 7:00 and, after some introductory activities, we made our grand entrance. Charlie quizzed the scouts about being prepared for deployment, comparing camping to trooping for the Empire, and also reminded them of the importance of the chain of command and leadership. We then posed for photos and answered many questions from the curious scouts. The meeting ended with a brief theatrical performance dramatizing the Scout Master’s involvement with the Pack, being hauled away to Wood Badge by the Sandtroopers, and finally handing the mantle of Pack Master to their new leader.

Troopers:
Charlie  – TI
Larry – TD
Rob – TD
Paula – Jedi Knight
Kenny Peterka – Galactic Academy Imperial Crewman

Squire:

Alexander


5/4–NOAA: May The 4th Be With You

After some MARC train misadventures, Jamie and Charlie arrived at the NOAA facility. Joy had arranged for a large conference room for us to change in. We also met a Resistance Pilot and two Mandalorian Mercenaries. At 11:00 we deployed to the office cubicles and surprised many folks by bringing the outer space adventure down to Earth. We found a fancy (expensive and fragile) sculpture and posed for pictures with more than 60 folks. The lightsaber became a beacon, to be passed from one person to the next, and bringing order to the chaotic line of folks waiting their turn for pictures.  A big thank you to Joy for organizing the event and making the arrangements to grant us access to the facility. The folks were very surprised to see us and had a great time posing for pictures.  We wrapped up at 1:00pm and headed to Chik-Fil-A, where we met a young man who was very excited to see us.  He regaled us with the mysteries of the Force, the Light Side, the Dark Side, and the balance in the middle.

Troopers:
Charlie – TI
Jamie – TK
Joy – Rebel Pilot


5/4/2017 MT4BWY Forest Hill Elementary, Forest Hill

Making kids smile might just be the best way to celebrate May the 4th, and we certainly did that during this troop. We all arrived between 12 and 1, and were ready to roll at 1:15. The principal, Mr. Hamilton (who was dressed up, along with several staff members), escorted us around the building. Many students were also wearing Star Wars costumes and there were decorations throughout the building. Starting with 5th grade, we went to classrooms and “arrested” two “rebel sympathizers” per grade who had written winning essays on the themes of hope, freedom, and/or making good decisions. Each time we entered a class, the students were shocked and excited to see us, and Melissa did a great job reading the charges, as it were, to call the winner out of class. After we had collected all the younglings, there was about 15 to 20 minutes of down time while the staff organized the concert and assembly. In this stretch, Mr. Hamilton took pictures of each winner in front of our action figure backdrop, which the kids loved. With the Imperial March playing, we then escorted the winners into the gym to receive their congratulations in front of the whole school. Afterwards, the staff generously shared some of their drinks and tacos that were on hand as a part of teacher appreciation week.

Troopers:
Chris – TR
Pat V – TK
Kyle G – DS
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Brian A – ID
Chloe – ANH Leia

Squire:
Brian’s mom


5/4–Star Wars or Spy Wars, DC

We arrived at 1700 to get changed and ready. At 1745, we split into two groups, one taking photos outside of the museum with attendees, and one taking photos in the Special Events Room of the Spy Museum. At 1830, those in front of the museum headed upstairs for the presentation. The historian and curator of the museum, Vince Houghton, did a presentation on all the various spy elements in the Star Wars movies, using photos and video clips for reference. After the presentation, we took more photos with guests, and headed out at 2100 to grab food at Gordon Biersch across the street.

Troopers:
Joe – CT
Josh – TR
Jeff – Kylo Ren
Christian – ISB (GT)
Bria -ISB (GT)
Matt – TK (GT)
Lance – TI(GT)
Anna – BH (GT)
Chris – BH (GT)
Catherine – DZ (GT)

Squires:
April


5/6–Free Comic Book Day, Fantom Comics, DC

We arrived a little after 9:15 and one of the Fantom employees helped us carry TK-86347’s bin up the stairs to the shop. There already was a pretty substantial line winding down the stairs. We got suited up in a back room and started patrolling the shop just as they allowed the first three people in line to enter and select their comics first. We patrolled the shop, mainly around the young readers section. There were several superhero cosplayers and a ton of customer fans. We posed for photos and met a few prospective members. We were offered pizza at the shop next door bit TK-86347 was concerned he might miss a few stairs on the way down. At 14:00 we retired to the back room to change and pack up. At 14:45, we said our goodbyes and told them they might not have seen the last of the legion for the day.

Troopers:
Melissa
Bill


5/6–Star Wars at the Library, Arbutus
Troopers arrived between 12 and 12:30. The Library had a room for us back in the Staff area to suit up and store our boxes.  We welcomed patrons and posed for pictures. We migrated back to the Activity room where younglings and their families were enjoying games and crafts. We posed for more pictures, and looked on at the crafts – we thought we found the droids we were looking for, but were mistaken. The library staff quickly changed the room setup, and we were asked to help out with a trivia contest between the Empire and the rebellion. Many of these younglings answered some very nuanced questions about the Star Wars galaxy – impressive…most impressive!  We posed for a few more pictures and answered questions about the Legion and Galactic Academy.  We changed, enjoyed some water and nibbles the Library provided, and adjourned by 3pm.

Troopers:
Bill T – IS
Brian J – FOTK
Cheryl T – ID
Rob S – DZ

 

Big thanks to Jenny for squiring – and for GA William for bringing his Jawa to play with the other younglings (having a GA rep helped break the ice for many wary kids)!


5/6–FCBD Third Eye Comics, Annapolis

We arrived at 8am and were led to the back room where we started to get suited up. More and more Troopers started to show up, so we stacked bins and made some room for them. Third Eye supplied everyone with sandwiches and cookies from Jimmy Johns as well as bottles of water.

We then proceeded out into the parking lot around 9am and began taking pics with the folks who were waiting in line. Other costuming groups were present as well. Jason showed up shortly afterwards with R2 and his Mouse droid. The kids went absolutely crazy for the droids. We took a bunch of pics with the kids and parents, dished out plenty of high fives, and even a few Alderaan fist bumps before it started to rain a bit. It was at this point where we headed in and took a short break to hydrate and grab a sandwich, as well as to wait for the rain to stop. We then headed back out to finish up the troop.  As the line died down, we packed it up at 1pm and headed into the back room to get changed. This was a very fun, and very crowded event. Third Eye staff were awesome as always and totally took care of us. Definitely a great time!  Congratulations to Bob Metcalf on his First Troop!!

Troopers:
Shep – IN
Jesse – TS
Jason – R2
Jess – TK
Brit – ID
Brian – TK
Bob – ID
Derrick – TK
Mrs. Meade – SL
Nick – TK (GA)
Thomas – TK

Squires:
Lue Metcalf
Dan Dinko


5/6–DC United, DC

Most of us arrived around 1500 hours and went to the changing room that United had provided for us. We were all suited up and ready to go pretty much by 1600 hours when Adam escorted us to the Fan Zone, where we were to hang out and interact with the fans that came to the game. The doors opened up at 1700 hours, and we had a flood of fans excited to see everyone there and take some pictures with us. Before the game began, D.C. United had us line up with the kids soccer team to form lanes for the players to run through when they were announced. After that it was back to the Fan Zone, where we continued to interact with those fans hanging in the area. Around the half we decided to desuit and some of us stayed at the game while others left.

All in all another great time at D.C. United. For those that don’t know this is the last year United will be at RFK Stadium, next year they will be at a brand new stadium next to the Nationals’ park. Sadly, they won’t have the fan zone, as the stadium will follow along the lines of the Nationals. Adam said they are looking probably at a June/July game next year but it all depends on when the stadium opens.

Troopers:
Allen Shepherd
Emily Schram
Jeff Ryan
BJ Browne

Squire:
Nick Pasquariello


5/6–Craig Paugh Wedding, Edgewater
TK-42129 arrived at around 445pm and made contact with the groom during cocktail hour. We knew this was a big fan right away, because when we approached him, he and the groomsmen were having pictures taken of their socks–which were all Stormtrooper socks. Shortly thereafter, the cavalry arrived–TK-86347 and the Admiral. We suited up in the parking lot at our cars and proceeded to the dinner tent at around 545pm. The DJ did us the honor of playing the Imperial March when we entered the tent, and all the guests were immediately surprised and overjoyed by our presence. Even the bride and groom were shocked–the groom was only expecting one trooper, and apparently the bride had been deliberately “misled” by the groom and told we weren’t coming at all. We posed for pictures in the dining tent with the happy couple and their guests, mingled for a bit, then made our way into the main building where they had an impressive Star Wars themed photo booth area set up. This was our base of operations for most of the evening, as there was a steady line of people waiting to get pictures taken with us. We did manage to make it out to the dance floor for a few songs, where we showed off our stellar dance moves. Around 815pm, the Admiral let the bride and groom know we were about to depart, so they could take a few photo booth shots with us before we left. We were provided with water and wedding pie–peach and Baltimore cookie bomb (both delicious). We departed around 830pm, receiving many thanks as we left.

Troopers:
Jess – TK
Bill – TK
Melissa – ID


5/6–Lego 40th Anniversary Celebration, Hanover

We arrived at the mall around 9am and were staged in the back room to get suited up. At 10am, we moved into the store and just outside the store entrance to greet mall-goers. Along with Bob’s R2 and a few Mandos, we did the usual peace-keeping, photo-taking, and high-fiving, encouraging folks to look around the store. It really started to pick up around 11am to noon. A little after 12pm, we unsuited, did a little shopping, then went our own ways. The store gave us the R2 LEGO piece as thanks. Overall, it was a quiet but fun troop in a great environment.

Troopers:
Eric – TB
Matt – TK
Tom P – TI
Emily – Rex


5/7–Blue Ribbon Project Open House, Crownsville

We all arrived between 9 and 9:30am and were joined by a small clan of Mandos and some Rebel scum.
We headed out at 10am, and were immediately asked for photos.  Some of the younger ones were a bit timid, but warmed up quickly – high-fives were contagious and plentiful.  Our host graciously provided us with coupons for food & drink from the food trucks – very much appreciated!  We were accidentally locked out of the room with our equipment bins (we suspect a plot from the Rebels), but that was quickly resolved with the ladder-truck from the participating fire department – much to the enjoyment of all present!

Troopers:
Bill T. – IS
Cheryl T. – ID
Melissa R. – ID
William R. – TK


5/13–Maryland Walk for Williams Syndrome, Potomac

We arrived at 9:30am along with a clan of Mandalorians and a Clone trooper (patiently awaiting his 501st approval) and quickly suited up. The rain moved the opening events, but we were warmly greeted by organizers, parents, and these special kids. Smiles, hugs, and high-fives were plentiful. We posed for many pictures, including with the MOCO Fire Department (Clark was not on duty with them). We departed at 11 to attend Elijah’s Memorial; the Mando clan remained to the delight of the walkers.

Troopers:
Bill T. – IS
Cheryl T. – ID


5/13–Memorial Service for Elijah Simpson, Silver Spring

Once we all got in kit, they had us line up on both sides of the hallway leading into the worship space for Elijah’s memorial service. Here we stood guard by his pictures as people walked in. We all wore orange arm bands as this was Elijah’s favorite color, and all guests that attended the service were also wearing orange. Once everyone was seated, we proceeded inside for the memorial service and remained in kit and standing the entire time. At the end of the service, they had us walk out before everyone as the organist played the Star Wars Fanfare. As we each reached the alter at the front of the worship space where his family was seated, we all took our buckets off out of respect for Elijah and his family.

We got out of kit after the memorial and proceeded downstairs for the reception wearing our OLG racing shirts. Many showed their appreciation with hugs and praise. It was a REALLY tough troop, and more than a few Troopers shed tears inside their bucket during the service. On a day as dark and somber as this, we were able to bring even just a little bit of joy and some smiles to people who needed it most.

Troopers:
Rob – SL
Jason – R2
Emily – CC
Cheryl – ID
Bill T. – IS
Bryan – BH
Devin – TB
Bill R. – TK
Melissa R. – ID
Jake – TK
Pat V – TK
Jess – TK

Squires:
Kami