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

Gavin’s Make-A-Wish Film

May 22nd, 2017

Members of Old Line Garrison, along with the Rebel Legion’s Terrapin Base, were called in to help 13-year-old Gavin complete his Wish. Rather than a simple visit, we were asked to help Gavin create a Star Wars fan film. Members participated in filming and attended the premiere in College Park, MD.  Here’s the final cut!  Congratulations Gavin!

Event Round Up, April

May 3rd, 2017

4/1–Piney Ridge Spring Fling, Sykesville

TK 86347 and ID 13621 arrived at 09:00 and were shown to a back room of the library. We suited up and joined the early birds around 09:45. We patrolled the halls and posed for photos for a while when we were joined by the boss, Lord Vader. The fair was most impressive, with face painting, a cake walk, bake sale, many games, science lab, photo booth, and food trucks. We interacted with the families and posed for many photos. At 12:30, we were joined by Jason and everyone’s favorite astromech and, shortly thereafter, TK 42129 rounded out the crew. Parents, students, and staff were all thrilled with our presence and with our ever increasing numbers. At 14:00, we returned to the library and said our goodbyes at 14:30. It was a great day with fabulous and hospitable hosts.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
Bill – TK
Jim – SL
Jason – R2
Jess – TK


4/1–South Carroll Community Expo, Eldersburg
Bryan and Jason arrived around 9:30 and found Jess who was already getting suited up. At just past 10:00 we were ready and the 3 of us, led by R2, made our way to a corner of the gymnasium that had been cleared for us. Traffic was light and there was a dance demonstration on the stage beside us, so we started to wander around. After awhile we were joined by 2 Mandos, Matt and Kat, and we went back to our designated area to pose for photos again. At around 12:00 we decided to wrap it up as there really weren’t many people coming through.

Troopers:
Jess-TK
Bryan-TA
Jason- R2
Matt- Mando
Kat- Mando

Squires:
Christina


4/8–Runnymede Spring Bazaar, Westminster

This was a nice school event. It was first event of its kind at this school, but they still had good attendance. They had a bouncy castle, games, vendors, snacks, silent auction, and a cake walk. We arrived around 10:00 and were out trooping at 11:00. We roamed and took photos with the kids, parents and vendors. Best of all, this is the school Andrea teaches at!

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Thomas – TK

Squires:
Andrea
Brian J


4/8–The Phantom Birthday, Frederick

We arrived at the rec center around 11:00 and they did not have a record for a party happening that day. We walked around trying to find where it might be without success. We decided to troop anyway, so we set up the tent that Pat had generously provided and got suited up. We stationed ourselves around the rec center at around 12:30 and posed for pictures with the kids (and puppies) visiting the playground. We headed back to the tents in shifts between 14:00 and 14:30, packed up and headed out by 15:15. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting but we still had a great time.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Rob – Vader
Sam (RL) – Jedi
Dave (RL) – Han
Norman (RL) – Chewie
Brandon (Mercs) – Mando

Squire:
Patrick


4/8–Star Wars Celebration, Essex

So we arrived on scene at 1 pm. We were escorted to a secure location in the basement to prepare for battle. Stormtroopers, officer, jawas, and some mercs suited up and we proceeded up to the public at 2pm. We found younglings making light sabers and greeting us for pictures. There was a Jedi showing off his Star Wars collection of original toys from the original series. We had a good time walking around the inside and outside of the establishment. It was low key and fun meeting all the people who joined us.

Troopers:
Rob – TK
Pat – TK
Gabby – CID
Katie – CDZ
Connor – CDZ


4/8–Benefit for Child with Cancer, Middle River

We arrived at the location at 6:30pm and were met by Johnny, who was our contact. He advised us to wait in our cars until the child arrived, as there was no place inside for us to suit up. We waited until we were given the green light to suit up, so we got dressed quickly and waited for our contact to escort us into the building.

A few minutes later, we were escorted in and were greeted with the wonderful sound of the Imperial March. We proceeded to walk through the restaurant until we located Tyler. He came out from behind the table and gave us some high fives. Tyler wasn’t feeling too good, so after a few more pictures, we went outside with him and his mother where we took a few more pictures. Tyler just wanted his mother at this point, as he was feeling really bad. So we were advised to cut this troop short. The parents and our contact thanked us, and we proceeded to pack it up. Total troop time from arrival to departure was 40 minutes.

Troopers:
Warren – Veers
Jesse – TS
Rob H – TK
Gabby H- CID


4/8–Fantom KidsCon, DC

Troopers arrived between 11-1130am, and we suited up in a small office in the back of the shop. By 12pm we were all suited up and out and about, greeting a steady stream of visitors. We took turns rotating between the shop upstairs and the sidewalk outside, and we even took turns walking up to DuPont circle and back, enticing young ones to come to the con, stopping for pictures along the way. There were many activities for the kids and everyone was very happy to see us there (except maybe a few intimidated youngsters and some unimpressed pedestrians). Our hosts provided pizza and drinks and thanked us all again for coming. He said he would like to have us back for FCBD. Around 330-345pm, one by one we proceeded to the back room to de-kit and head out, and all departed around 4pm. This was a fun troop–many thanks to GT and RL members.

Troopers:
Jess-TK
Bria-ID (GT)
Benjamin-Havoc Trooper (GT/RL)
Nick-Resistance Pilot (RL)
Livie-Scavenger Rey (RL)

Squires:
Michelle


4/8–Cecil Con, North East

A few of us arrived between 0900 and 1000 and were escorted to the same area that we had last year, and this time they made sure we had more space so we could put up the backdrop and not be anyone’s way. We were all set up and ready to go by 1000 hrs and everything went pretty well.  We had plenty of people stop by and talk to us, some of them never hearing about what the 501st was or did, so we were happy to educate them. When others showed up they got changed and came downstairs and were a big hit with the crowd. We did have to disappoint a few people including a little girl who came over and asked if R2 was going to be here again this year. Charles from Terrapin Base and OLG XO Alan Shepherd did a podcast and when the link is up we will make sure that we post that here. Cecil Con provided us with some pizza and drinks for lunch which was very good and much appreciated.

Also special congrats to  Kyle on his first troop, and to Ryan for his 10th and 1st anniversary troop!

Troopers:
Shep – TI
Chris – TR
Ryan – CDZ (GA)
Stephanie – MJ
Kyle Gainey – Kylo
Warren – Veers
Devin – TB


4/15–Andrew Murray’s 14th Birthday, Baltimore

This was a nice birthday event. We suited up in the basement and then came out to take photos with everyone. They had a bunch of Star Wars related activities, including pool-noodle lightsabers, a Jedi obstacle course, and a homemade Death Star pinata. All the food was even Star Wars themed or at least labeled as such, i.e. Han Burgers, Yoda Soda, etc. We trooped for about an hour before changing and heading home. The birthday boy was definitely glad to have us there!

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Andy – TB
Warren – Veers


4/20–Deep Run Elementary School PTA SW Night, Elkridge

We arrived at 17:30 and were shown to the spacious health room to suit up. We were joined by three Mercs and their handler. At 18:30, we went out to meet the kids and were swarmed with high fives and photo requests. The kids and their family members were absolutely thrilled to see us. The activities were split between the cafeteria and gym. We joined in with some Star Wars trivia but the kids would not be fooled by our attempts to throw them off of the correct answers. TK-86347 was honored to receive a piece of artwork from one of the kids. In the gym we observed some promising youngsters dueling with balloon light sabers and others bowling with Stormtrooper bowling pins. At 19:45, we posed for some final photos, headed back to our room, and left at 20:15.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK


4/22–HoCo Special Olympics Walk, Ellicott City

This was a fun event. The temperature was great, and we got in and out between rain showers! Since there wasn’t a changing area, we had to change by our cars, but that worked out well. Most of us were able to get into the vendor parking area. (Sorry Bill & Cheryl!) We started trooping around 08:15 and wrapped up at 09:30. We received many hugs! One Olympian offered to marry all of us… We were also able to get photos with the Orioles mascot, Ravens mascot, and a couple characters from Frozen. Special thanks to Cheryl for squiring! Congratulations to Matt for completing his first troop!!!

Troopers:
Bill – IS
Matt M – TK
Matt D – TI (First Troop!!!)

Damon – TD (GT)

Squires:
Cheryl Thomas


4/22–Girls & Boys Club, Glen Burnie

We arrived at 9:45 and were shown in to a back room to change. While they hadn’t requested us to troop until 11:00, the event started at 10:00. They boys and girls club wasn’t able to set up the bounce house due to rain, so we got ready early and joined the event at 10:30 with Anakin Skywalker and two Mandolorian Mercenaries. Kat helped as a squire for all of us. We patrolled a bit outside to draw in some people and then stationed ourselves by the door. A youngling named Evelyn declared that she was afraid of Star Wars, but soon warmed up to us and shadowed us for the rest of the time. This was a smallish event with a game room upstairs and a vendor area downstairs along with a table for prizes redeemable by tickets. With Evelyn as our constant companion, we patrolled the event and posed for photos with kids and adults alike. One youngling was particularly impressed with “white Darth Vader” and could not be convinced that TK-86437 was actually a Stormtooper. Anakin and the Mercs headed out around noon. TK-86437 and ID-13621 stayed until 12:30, when we were relieved by IS-24558 and Cheryl, who trooped the rest of the event.

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

Squires:
Kat
Cheryl


4/22–Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library Party, Annapolis

We all arrived at the library by 13:30 and got ready in their office area. We were joined by Madison, a journalism student from University of Maryland, College Park. Melissa sat for a quick interview while the Stormtroopers were getting ready. At 14:00, we proceeded through the library and tried to make it to the conference room, which was set for the party. Of course, the library patrons were very excited to see three Stormtroopers and an Officer, so we had to stop for a few photos first. Inside the conference room, there were snacks, books, art projects, a scavenger hunt, and other activities. Many of the kids had brought their own lightsabers, so there were many duels throughout the room. All of the kids were good about not actually hitting us or each other with their weapons. Madison filmed the proceedings and interviewed a few of the kids, parents, and library staff. We gave out many high fives and fist bumps, answered questions and posed for photos. Antoinette helped with the art projects and Theresa watched our backs throughout the lightsaber meele. Before we knew it, it was 16:00 and we headed back to change. Madison requested one more interview and Bill obliged, while the rest of us changed and packed up. The library staff plied us with sandwiches and sodas and we headed out by 14:45, just as the library was closing.

Troopers:
Derrick – TK
Melissa – ID
Bill – TK
Geoff  – TK

Squires:
Theresa
Antoinette


4/28–Bay Area Shuckers Basketball, Severn

All troopers and a small clan of mandos were suited up and ready to go by 6:45pm. We spent some time in the hallway outside the court greeting guests and taking some pics. This was a lightly attended event. We took a few more group pics with the cheer squad, and adjourned to change out and reconvene at Mutiny to celebrate a job well done. Pat did his usual stellar job as Squire. Congratulations to Cheryl on her first troop!

Troopers:

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

Squire:

Pat


4/29–Fandomonium, Rosedale

We arrived at 11:15 and were shown to a staff area at the back of the library. We suited up and headed out into the library shortly before noon. Immediately, TK-86437 met a young boy named Calvin, who quickly became his biggest fan. After several high fives, fist bumps, pictures, and hugs, we were able to make our way out of the hallway and into the library proper. The library staff had done an outstanding job setting up their con. At the front of the library, there were two scavenger hunt worksheets and a trivia worksheet, all of which could be redeemed for prizes. Out front, there were two giant jenga games and a speed comic drawing competition. In the center of the library, the kids could design their own superhero capes and masks. ID-13621 was impressed with a boy who created the hero “Wonder Bread,” whose slogan was “bad guys are toast.” Downstairs, there were several vendors and a button-making station. There were also two cosplayers in custom costumes, a group of Ghostbusters, Deadpool, and Spiderman supporting the event. Finally, in the conference room, the library had a cosplay panel and a Mario Kart competition scheduled for later in the day. We patrolled the library, meeting citizens and taking photos. Whenever we encountered Calvin, he greeted TK-86437 like an old friend, took him by the hand, and led him over to show him something exciting. They admired books together, admired Calvin’s block structure, and chatted about how Calvin had been waiting all week to see him. At 14:15, we returned to our changing room to pack up, heading out at 14:45. This was a fun and nice little troop.

Troopers:
Bill – TK
Melissa – ID


4/27–Army Research Labs, Adelphi

We arrived at 7am at the base and were directed to our reserved parking, which was quite nice. Once Jason arrived with R2, we were led into the complex where we were given our name badges, and then escorted to a conference room where we suited up. We were then escorted to the main lobby, and then to the auditorium where we stood front and center while waiting for the opening briefing. We were met with lots of cheers and applause and the kids were really into it, as well as the parents.

We were then led out of the auditorium to make way for the Army Honor Guard and presentation of the Colors. We took a quick break for some water and then back to the lobby for hundreds of pics.  We talked to several soldiers who were interested in joining as well.

After a while, we got back into our street clothes and were given a small tour of the labs and saw some of the cool stuff they are working on. We were presented with challenge coins from the base director as a “thank you” for coming. We were being thanked left and right for showing up, but honestly, it was an honor to do this for the troops and their families.

Troopers:
Jesse – TD
Josh – TD
Andrew – TD
Rob H – TK
Rob C – SL
Jason – R2


4/30–Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk, Baltimore

We arrived by 7:30, and were given a tent in which to change and store our bins. The weather was beautiful, which was as great for us as it was for the walkers. Several youth military groups were helping out with the event and had already secured the location against any Rebel incursion. We began our patrol of the area shortly before 8:30. A hardware supply unit called Home Depot had an area set aside for young walkers to make birdhouses. We received some helpful advice on building another death star, or at least boarding up that pesky exhaust port. We greeted the walkers and posed for photos and, before we knew it, the walk began. Some of the less mobile attendees had stayed behind. We visited and took photos with them and had some fun with the props at the photo-op station. After that, we positioned ourselves by the finish line and cheered on the returning walkers. When the crowds started to thin out at 11:45, we returned to our tent to change. We made it to the food trucks just in time to grab some delicious snacks before they closed up and we all headed home around 12:45.

Troopers:
Bill – TK
Melissa – ID
Charlie – TI
Jesse – TS


4/28–Carroll Co. Special Olympics, Westminster

Wow! This was a great event! We received ton of hugs and the weather was perfect! After suiting up, we took pictures with the Olympians. After the opening ceremonies we wandered around and cheered during the competitions. The parents, police (charity sponsors), and the kids were very appreciative of our being there. One parent said that their child spent the last two weeks talking about our plans to be there. We’ve become a regular feature at the games! We trooped for four hours, but we were so busy the time flew by. Thanks to Pat for being our super-squire!

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Jess – TK

Squires:
Pat


4/29–Independent of Autism Awareness Event, Westminster

This was a small event at the local Texas Roadhouse. About 25 vendors setup booths in the parking lot. A portion of their proceeds went to support Autism Speaks. I brought along a pop-up pavilion to provide a bit of shade. While it got into the 80’s, the breeze and shade kept the troop very comfortable. I trooped for four hours. It was a bit harder to do than the Special Olympics the day before, because the event was MUCH slower. Special thanks to my wife, Laila, for being my squire!

Troopers:
Matt – TK

Squires:
Laila


4/29–MWR CON, DC

From the personal log of Charlie, TI 386…

After some last minute assembly of my TIE pilot armor, I arrived just in time for the opening of the MWR Con at the Navy Yard. There was a great variety of superheroes present – Deadpool, SpiderMan, Agent Carter, Booty-O’s, and one of our own representing Captain America. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Whitlock dressed as Director Krennick. He’ll be joining up with Garrison Tyranus, and hopefully will be approved in time for the Washington Nationals event.  Johnny Yong Bosch from the Power Rangers was signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans!  There were plenty of activities for the children to participate in – face painting, drawing workshops, and a costume contest. Many high fives and fist bumps were distributed while taking photos promoting the friendliness of the Empire. The event concluded with a kid-friendly trivia contest.  After enjoying a cold cut sandwich and refreshments from our host, I visited the Naval Museum where they had huge cannons on display out front.  There were all kinds of cool things inside the museum, and the ship models became much larger the further back you went. During World War II, the Navy had a floating dry dock that you could sail a battleship into, effect repairs, then return to battle. It must have been enormous!  There was also some classic Scuba-Trooper armor!  The best artifact in the museum was the Sandtrooper’s favorite weapon – a Lewis machine gun!  Overall a very cool event (the air conditioning was very comfortable) and a great museum!