Event Round Up, July & August

September 2nd, 2017

7/1–4th of July Parade, Laurel

We arrived at the Laurel Boys and Girls club around 10:00AM, checked in, got dressed, and in our parade line up by 10:45AM. While waiting for the parade to start we took pictures with various Laurel dignitaries and parade participants. At 11:00AM the parade started.  We got lucky and were third in line for the parade route, so we didn’t have to wait vary long to get moving in the parade. The temperature at the start of the parade was 88 but felt like it was 95.  We were lucky enough to have a slight breeze, a warm one but a breeze none the less. During the parade Natalie, Becca and Henry tossed candy while we marched along and handed out candy and 4th of July necklace beads. There was a nice turn out for the parade given the temperature. We ended the parade a little after 12:00PM. We then climbed in our vehicles, downed several bottles of water, and headed on our way back to the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.

Post the parade awards where handed out, and we won the Dick Bromley Special Award for Most Innovative!

Troopers:
Jim – SL
Stephen – TK
William – TK
Melissa – TI
Bob – TI

Squires:
Natalie
Becca
Henry


7/1–Library Comic Con, Catonsville

The library hosted a mini “Comic Con” in the lower meeting room of the building. Cosmic Comix had a table set up outside along with other vendors including the Disney store. Inside were local artists, authors and some crafters. There was a costume contest and various other kid-centric activities. Once Mike and Bry were suited up, we entered the meeting room to a lot of excited people. Marc W (in his Mando kit) was already in the room with his squire. We took position with him and many photos were taken. We had good conversations with many of the attendees, children and adults alike. Bry had a particularly excited child who wanted to see my AT-AT and conversed with me about all aspects of the walker. :) We had a good time, though it was a little warm, as they had the door to the outside open and we were standing next to it. Mike switched out of his FO TK and into his Biker Scout to be more comfortable. Mike (our GML) approved Bry’s TIE reserve on site and he wore that for the rest of the event. The library gave us plenty of water and a large conference room to change in. We decided to pack up when we were shown up by the arrival of Batman. :D

Troopers:

Bry – TA, then TI
Mike – FO TK, then TB


7/8–Honorary Member John Barnett Induction/Bday Party, Middle River

John Barnett, a life-long friend of our own Jesse Pollock, was an immensely generous soul.  After a fundraiser meant to help with his own medical bills, John donated all the money gathered to a child with cancer.  This, along with a life spent caring for kids, made the decision to induct John an easy one.  We arrived at 6pm and were shown to our changing area where we all got suited up. Walt from WTF got Niko (John’s nephew) into his TB kit to surprise his uncle. We were then led into a side room until John arrived in his Imperial Medical Transport. John was then led into the hall while the Imperial March stared playing. Emily and Jesse led the troops in order of GA’s, R2, 501st, and then the Mandos. We flanked John and then marched him up to the front of the room where the host for the evening, Brian Talley, gave his introduction speech. Jess–John’s friend–then gave a speech and handed the mic over to Emily, who inducted John into the Old Line Garrison. After we presented John with his racing shirt and his certificate, we handed the mic over to Jason Ski, who also made John an honorary member of Kirimorut Clan.

After the induction ceremony was complete, we danced for a bit and then headed outside to cool off. We posed for some pictures with guests before going “buckets off’ to eat. The remainder of the evening was spent socializing, raffling off some merchandise, and raising money for our newest garrison brother. It should be noted that Walt’s Trooper Factory provided so much for this event. From donating and fitting John’s nephew with a TB kit, donating helmets, patches, and poker chips for sale/raffle. WTF really helped to make this night what it was and we don’t know where we would’ve been without their help.

At the end of the night, John’s Mom was immensely grateful: “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Johnny tonight. It meant so much to him to see how many people love him. What you do is amazing and it will never be forgotten. You gave him a lasting memory. Love you all!!!” – Jeanne Barnett

 

Update:  Just a few weeks later, John became one with the Force.  Cancer had ravaged his body, but hadn’t dimmed the generous spirit which we so admired in our brother.  At his request, John was buried in his Old Line member shirt; many members of the Garrison attended the viewings and funeral.

Troopers:

Bob – TI + 2 GA’s
Charlie – TI
Chris – TR
Emily – CC
Jason – R2
Jesse – TS + GA
Matt – TK
Melissa – TI
Mike – TB + GA
Rob – TB
Ryan – TI
Warren – Veers + GA
William – TK
Donna – (First State Squad – Garrison Carida) – TI + GA

Squires:
Pat
Lucienda
Kelly


7/22–Family Fun Day, Columbia

This was a carnival-themed closing event for church’s VBS. There were lots of one on one interactions with children of all ages as well as adults; at least 100 folks were there at any given time, with many photos taken by attendees. POC was profusely grateful that we came and asked us to keep them in mind next summer. Very fun event!

Troopers:

Andy Youell – TB
Terry Dossey – R2


7/22–Galactic Con, Columbia

We arrived at the event around 8:30am and were shown to our changing room by our point of contact. Eric and Jesse began to set up the 501st table as Troopers began showing up. Once we finished with setting the table up, we all went back to suit up. Traffic was pretty light throughout the day. After several hours of trooping and discussing prop-making and costuming with the attendees, we were treated to pizza and water from our event host. Some of us then changed back into civilian clothes and worked the table for a bit while others walked around, posed for pics, and talked with the guests. Overall, it was a small, but fun con and the kids were excited to see us. We packed it in around 5:30 when most of the crowd was gone.

Troopers:
Bill – IS
Brian – FOTK
Charles – TI
Cheryl – ID
Eric – TB
Jesse  – TS
Kelly  – Juno E
Kevin – TI
Matt – TI
Michael – TK
Pat – TK
Rob – TB
Warren – Veers

Galactic Academy:
Bobby – (GA)
Delaney – BH/ID (GA)
Gabby – (GA)
Keira – TB/TI (GA)
Nick – TK (GA)
Olivia -ID (GA)

Garrison Tyranus:
Damon – DZ (GT)

R2 Builders:
Jason – R2

Squires:
Lisa
Dan


7/26–Hospital Visit for Farrah, Bethesda

We had a great time with National Institutes of Health. Troopers arrived and were ready to go by 3:30pm. They had a large room and a cooler of water set aside for us. We marched into the Children’s Inn lobby where the kids were waiting for us. Farrah was dressed in her Chewie onesie and bolted for Norman when she saw Chewie. The kids, workers, and families took pictures with us before we made the march, led by Farrah, to the hospital. We took some photos in the hospital lobby, then made our way to the kids wing to meet with some of the patients that weren’t able to get to us. There was another stop in the lobby where we met the director of the hospital before Farrah led us back to the Inn to get changed. WJLA came out and we were featured here: http://wjla.com/news/local/star-wars-ch … ery-county The Children’s Inn and NIH were wonderful to us, and we all had such a beautiful time. Hopefully this will open the door to many more troops there.

Troopers:
Allen – TR
Barron – TB
Bill – TI/IS
Cheryl – ID
Emily – CC
Jesse – TS
Matthew – TC
Melissa – TI
Warren  – Veers
William – TK

Other Groups:
Jason – R2
Norman – Chewbacca (RL)

Squires:
Ry


7/22–Aberdeen IronBirds Star Wars Night, Aberdeen

We arrived around 4pm to get suited up. The changing room was a downsize from the previous years, but we made due. It was a humid evening with a slight rain delay. We got on the concourse around 5pm as folks were coming in for the game. The crowd was very well behaved as we hung around the front gate to take photos with people. We spread out when the game started, taking breaks or walking around the stadium. Eventually, most folks got suited down around the middle of the game and headed home.

Troopers:
Andrew – CC
Devin – TB
Donna – TI (GC)
Emily – CC
Kyle – DS
Pat – TK
Rob – TK

Donna – TI (GC)
Mary – IC (GC)

Squires:
John Gainey


7/29–Star Wars Night with the Blue Crabs, Waldorf

This was a great troop!  We couldn’t have asked for better weather after such a shaky forecast. Compared to Washington Nationals or other LFL approved sporting events this was very casual. We were basically told to just do our thing with no limitations other than not to go onto the field. Changing the game to a double header really seemed to confuse the fans as we were in a room right next to the receptionist and constantly overheard her updating people by phone.  The crowd really didn’t arrive till closer to 6pm, which was apparently the normal start time for games. Overall we’d all say it was a great turn out by the fans and had no issues.

Troopers:

Josh – TR
Nick  – TA (GT)
Andy – TB
Nick – TK

Squires:

Dan
Lisa
Emily


8/1–National Night Out, Laurel

We arrived at the Lake/Boat house around 5:00PM, and at the time it was raining pretty heavily. This was a rain or shine event around.  Around 6:30 the rain let up some and we headed on out. We hung out around the food table to take pictures with people while getting their food.  This also provided shelter from the rain when it started to rain heavily again. Around 8:00pm the rain went away, and it turned into a good evening.  The Laurel Police Department put on some really good presentations.  It was unfortunate that it was raining and we couldn’t mix and mingle more with the crowed. The Laurel Police Department does several community events, and after talking to Lt. Lynn they’re looking forward to working with us again for some of their future events.

Troopers:
Jim – SL
Stephen – TK
William – TK
Melissa – TI

Squires:
Patrick


8/5–North Carroll Library SW Spectacular, Hampstead

This was a great little library event. The kids took pictures with us when they went between tables playing games and making Star Wars crafts. The library was glad to have us back again this year. The number of kids seemed to be higher than last time.

Troopers:
Jason – R2
John – TK (GC)
Matt – TK
Bry – TA


8/5–WCFL Comic Con 2017, Hagerstown

This is the library’s 3rd annual comic con, and it didn’t disappoint.  There were plenty of visitors and many awesome costumes. We arrived at around 10:30, and the staff gave us a big room to change in stocked with snacks and drinks. A couple Mandos arrived, too. We roamed the halls and took lots of pictures. There were vendor tables, activities for the kids, a costume contest, and a small costume parade the visitors participated in. A college student (Patrick Wilford) from University of Maryland, working on his Thesis about Star Wars cosplay, shadowed us for the day and took notes and asked us questions about our costumes, the 501st, and our interest in Star Wars.  We wrapped up around 3pm.

Troopers:
Ryan – TI
Brian  – FOTK
Scott – TI (GC)

Squires:
Marc


8/7–Police Cops Camp, Laurel

We arrived at the Laurel Police Department around 1:00PM, and started suiting up.  By 1:30 we were ready to roll. We started by fulfilling a special request: two of the campers had a younger brother who wasn’t old enough to do the camp but heard we were there and wanted to meet up. He has been battling cancer and was on his 3rd operation.  He is big star wars fan and “really really really” likes Storm Troopers. So we got to spend some one on one time with him and his dad, taking pictures laughing and talking about Star Wars. We must have spent a good half hour or so talking with him untill he had to leave. After he left the Police Cop Consouler had three different age groups of kid ranging from 6-12. We spent about a half hour with each group, answer questions about the Empire, making jokes and having a good time. While they were there they had their finger prints done, so it was a lot of fun walking around asking them for identification and looking over their finger prints and chatting with them. After we were done meeting with the different groups, Lt. Lynn presented us with Laurel Police Department Coins, which was a very nice gesture.

Troopers:
Stephen – TK
Andy – TB


8/18–Salvation Army Day Camp, Middle River

We arrived at 11am and were led to our changing area. After getting suited up, we walked out into the main lobby where the children had all gathered. We took several pics with the kids and then did a brief Q&A session, led by Windy and Neil, on our armor and some Star Wars trivia. After , the kids were lead into the gym, where they had blow up obstacles and other games set up. We participated in some games with the kids and kept posing for pictures. It was incredibly hot in the gym, so after about an hour, we headed back for a much needed water break.  After our break, we headed back out into the gym to participate in more games, as well as to pose for the group pic. All in all, it was a fun troop. The kids were well behaved, and everyone seemed to have a good time. We then retired back to our changing area and called it a day.

Troopers:
Jesse – TS
Michael – TK
Neil – ID
Rob – TK

Squire:
Kyle Harkins

GA:
Keira – ID (GA)
Niko – TB (GA)


8/26–Motorcycle Rides for Special Olympics, Westminster

You couldn’t ask for a better weather for an outdoor troop! It was gorgeous! We ended up having to change at our cars, because the person with keys to unlock our changing room was out of town. Other than that, everything went very well. We suited up, walked around the vendors, and chatted with bikers. There were some very nice bikes there. Matt E. was actually able to get on one in his Clone armor! Then we waved bye to the bikers as they headed off to ride. As always, the CC Special Olympics folks were very glad to have us there. All-in-all, it was a great event. Afterwards, most of the troopers were able to meet up for lunch at the local Irish pub.

Troopers:
Matthew – TC
Cheryl – ID
Matt – TK
Bill – TK
Mellisa  – TI

Squires:
Bill


 

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