Event Round Up, December

January 20th, 2017

12/2–Clap Out for Elijah, Chevy Chase

This was not an easy troop, but such a worthwhile event. We were given one of the class rooms to change in and began suiting up.  Most of us had already had a few tears by the time we were ready to go. We snuck through the halls to a stairwell where we waited while the kids lined themselves along the lockers. To the Imperial March and cheers from the kids, we were welcomed through the hallway to where we met Elijah. While most students went back to class, Elijah and his class gathered with us in the auditorium to do a parade of high fives and take a few photos. We made a brief stop to the classroom where the kids had a snack, then headed to the buses to greet parents and send off the students. In a sea of 100+ kids, we danced, took photos, played, and dabbed before returning inside to present Elijah with his gift. The last thing to do was unsuit. Elijah wanted to see Darth Vader’s face, so he and his family joined us the in the changing room to see how our kits went together and who we were under the armor. It was an emotional ending as we said good byes and the school, family, and Troy said thanks and plied us with snacks.

A huge thanks to our brothers from PA coming down to make this extra special.

Troopers:
Rob Cross – SL
Shep – IG
Bill – IS
Emily – CC
Jacob – TK
Devin – TB
Rob H – TK
Andy – TB
Melissa – ID
Bill Ralph – TK
Jim Davis – TK
Clark – INT
Bryan – BH

Rebels:
Marty – Chewie
Dan – 3PO
Chloe – Leia
Jason – R2

Squires:
Cheryl
Rebecca

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12/2–Party for Child Who’s Mom Has Cancer, Fallston

As this was a small family party, we nearly had them outnumbered. ;-)   We got suited up in the garage, which had an absurdly powerful heater. We actually turned it off once we got in armor. We entered the house around 6:30, once the birthday boy was there, and surprised the heck out of him. He and a few other kids were super excited, as were the adults. We took a few pictures and chatted with the adults for about an hour, while the kids played. We presented Brenden with two clone action figures, an OLG patch, and an Honorary Clone Trooper certificate.

Troopers:

Jesse – TD
Chris – TR
Ryan – DZ (GA)
Devin – TB
Andrew – CT
Chloe – ANH Leia


12/04–Mayor’s Christmas Parade, Baltimore

We tried to park near each other and began suiting up. It was a long cold wait to step off, but definitely worth it. Rebels led the way, followed by the Mandos, and ending with the 501st Legion and Darth Vader. Some folks walked while others waved from the Jeeps. The crowd always seems excited to see us and one of the volunteers mentioned that of all the groups, we were his favorite. I believe the Star Wars groups took 2nd place this year!

Troopers:
Bill – IC
Jake – TK
Matt – TK
Geoff – TK
Rob – TD
Dave – FO TK
David – Vader
Lottie – Officer

Squires:
Cheryl
Kami
Amy (and driver)


12/10–SW at Severna Park Library, Severna Park

The library provided us plenty of room to change into our uniforms in their staff break-room stocked with plenty of donuts and orange juice. After suiting up, we proceeded to the main area for a review of the good guys and rightfully (ahem) elected ruling government, The Empire, and identification of the traitorous terrorist organization known as the Rebellion. Many children were confused by the Rebel propaganda they’ve been hearing and seeing in the media, and needed re-education.

Our group posed for pictures with the children who renounced their alliance with the Rebellion. One of our favorite library fans was present, and she was dressed as Darth Vader. After pictures we milled about the library and enjoyed a visit from one of our newest recruits Nick and his Dad. We were also fortunate to meet a couple of students from the Jing Ying Kung Fu Institute.

Samantha from the library was delighted to have us attend and is looking forward to the next visit from the Empire.

Troopers:
Stephanie – DS
James – TI
Charlie – ID
Thomas – TK

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12/10–Washington Wizards Star Wars Night, DC

We arrived pretty early and waited to be led to the Caps locker room to get suited up. We hung out on one of the top floors for awhile to greet and take pictures with the kids in the Kid Membership area. A couple of the cheerleaders, stilt-walkers, and promo group would also wander by and get photos. We went to the main level when the doors were opened and had to change spots a few time to allow traffic flow. Eventually, we found our nook and stayed there for a while taking photos with fans. Before getting unsuited, we made a trip around the concourse taking photos with people milling about. After getting out of kit, most of us stayed to watch the end of the game.

Not bad for a first troop with a new organization. Here’s hoping to many more.

Troopers:
Emily – CC
Shep – IN
Phil – TK
Jeff – Kylo

Rebels & Co:

Joe – Anakin
Marc – Mando
Norman – Chewie
Nick – Jedi
Jason – R2

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12/11–Washington Capitals Star Wars Night, DC

Folks started arriving pretty early, so we took our time getting suited up. Mostly everyone was in the same part of the Wizards locker room, since it was the biggest and had room for all the groups. Each group was given an escort from the Caps and a roaming area. 501st went into the VIP area to greet the members getting settled for the game while the RL, Mandos, and R2 roamed the concourse. The 501st was asked to go out on the ice with the Mights for the players’ entrance and Nation Anthems, while Vader made some appearances at other locations. After that, we joined the other groups in roaming the concourse taking photos with anyone who wanted them. We’d pop into the tunnels from time to time for dancing and high fives. We unsuited near the last period and were out of the building just as the game was letting out.

Troopers:
Emily – CC
Stephen – TK
Jim – SL
Jacob – TK
Doug – TK
Phil – TK
Kevin – TK
Chris – TK

Squires:
Natalie Bauchan
Kami
Anna Mitchell


12/12–Star Wars Trivia, DC

Bria and Shep arrived around 1700 and were provided dinner, which was delicious. Around 1800 they went upstairs to the manager’s office to change and get ready for the festivities. At 1830, they walked around the bar and outside taking pictures with the bar patrons.  Christian arrived and quickly joined the crowd. At 2000, the trivia began and our Troopers decided to take part in it even though they were not qualified to win (because bragging rights are important! :)). Afterwards the host took us back up to the office to get changed. All in all a very fun night the crowd and the venue loved having us there.

Troopers:
Bria – ID
Shep – IG
Christian – ID

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12/15–Children’s National Medical Center Virtual Santa, DC

I met up with the Virtual Santa cart and the gang handing out toys. I was very surprised to see one of my former coworkers dressed as an elf! One of the hospital contacts was concerned about having a “scary” Star Wars person frightening the children. Although Kyle and I tried to assuage her fears, especially since some of the kids had asked for Star Wars toys, it was for naught. So Kyle and I headed downstairs to the atrium and took photos with other children visiting the hospital.

Troopers:

Charlie – TI

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12/15–Rogue One, Hagerstown

This was a good event, and we set up pretty much with the local dealership Hamilton Nissan. They had a drawing people could sign up for and were giving out free shirts. A special thanks to the folks of Garrison Corellia for coming up and helping out with this troop. Jesse was walking around and handing out tickets to rebels that showed up. The theater was glad to have us back we are looking forward to the next appearance. :)

Troopers:
Jake – TK
Lana TK (GC)
Jesse – TI (GC)
Nick – TI (Baron Fel) (GC)

Squires:
Kami
Cayla (GC)
Jess


12/15–Rogue One CyberPoint, Linthicum

This was a great little premier event. It was held on the balcony of the theater. We were able to change and store our boxes in the projector room. After that we greeted people as the came off the elevator. We also took the usual photos with the crowd. The theater didn’t want us roaming around in the lobby with buckets on, so we stayed upstairs during the troop. We changed a half an hour before the show. That gave us time time to get a little food before heading into the theater where they provided sodas and popcorn. All in all, it was a nice troop. Most importantly, it was inside!

Troopers:
Matt – TK
James – TI
Stephanie – DS
Doug – TK


12/15-18–Rogue One at the Senator, Baltimore

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12/15–1900 show

What a great troop, even if Shep forgot his inner robes at home. With the extreme cold weather, the Senator changed up their plans, but we know how to work with unexpected changes. We had most troopers in the changing room and ready to go by 1700hrs. The Senator moved the first group of people waiting for the movie into the lobby because some of them had been waiting since 0700. The Troopers rolled out into the lobby doing the whole picture thing, and some even braved going outside for a few minutes at a time. Once the main theater was opened, they allowed us to go inside and take some group pictures.  After that we went out to the lobby to form the gauntlet that we did last year to cheer and high five people as they made their way in. Some troopers went inside the theater to allow those that did not get a chance to grab a picture with us get one and others started desuiting so they could pick up some popcorn and drinks and get comfy before the show.

This was kind of a short troop due to the fact that the cold weather pushed up The Senator’s timetable on letting people into the theater. Nevertheless, everyone had a fun time and everyone was very flexible.

Troopers:
Emily
William
Melissa
Mark
Barron
Warren
Bob
Devin
Kevin
Bob
Kelly

Squires
Shep
Todd

 

12/15–22:30 show

Tom, Dave, and Chris were suited up before the 1900 show let out. There were a few people in the lobby, and a few came by to pick up tickets, but most people didn’t show up until right before the show started. When the 1900 show let out, the Troopers were joined by William, Melissa, Emily, and a few Mandos. They took a lot of pictures with people leaving, and interacted with the crowd as people started to fill the lobby for the late show. It was about half full, but the crowd was lively and excited. Between 2130 and 2200, Dave, Tom, and Chris suited down to watch the show. Emily, Bill, and Melissa trooped on until right before show time. As ever, the Senator staff was kind and accommodating.


Troopers:

Chris – TR
William – TK
Melissa – ID
Dave – FOTK
Tom – ID
Emily – CC

12/16–2000 show

As usual, this was a great troop even though it was rather cold. We met up and changed at Zen West. The staff was great and the owner seemed to really enjoy having us there. (There food is good too! Some people arrived early and had dinner before the troop.)  Once ready, we made a very brisk walk to the theater. We had fun greeting everyone as they came in. With the exception of one youngling, everyone was great and were appreciative that we were there. Once the movie started, we headed back to change and take a few more pictures at Zen West.

Troopers:
Jamie – TK
Rob H. – TK
Rob C. – SL
Matt – TK

12/17–16:30 show

Sam and Bry arrived and changed at Amazing Spiral. The staff was very nice and the changing room was quite spacious. Sam guided Bry across the slushy and icy sidewalks to the Senator. They met up with Joe from Terrapin Base and a group of Mandos. Several pics were taken inside and outside. Bry was pleased that many people knew he was an AT-AT driver and not a Stormtrooper……until he went outside. :D  I had several cars honk, yell fun things like “Yeah Star Wars!”, “Stormtrooper” and “Woot”. They then took a spin around the theater right before the movie began. It was fun watching Rogue One in 3D. Since we did not have time to change, we sat in our armor to watch the movie. Turns out AT-AT buckets work great as a popcorn holder. :)

Troopers:
Bry – TA

Squire:
Sam

12/18–1630 show

This was the first official troop for husband and wife new recruits, Theresa & Derrick Meade! They suited up around 3, then entertained people and facilitated photo shoots at the Amazing Spiral before heading over to the Senator. they were there until just after the 4:30 show started and had a good time welcoming guests and entertaining people in the lobby. They even signed a few autographs and ventured out for a bit of waving at traffic and seeing how many car honks they could get (the answer was a ton)

Troopers:
Derrick – TK
Theresa – SL

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12/18–2000 show

Everyone loved the Jawa! And 1 person recognized Yvonne’s character as the changeling bounty hunter Zam Wesell. The manager was so nice. The troops worked the lobby  from 6-7:30 pm, taking plenty of pictures.  Zen West again hosted us for a changing room and were very hospitable.

Troopers:

Kelly – DZ

Yvonne – BH


12/16, 1930–Air & Space Rogue One Opening, DC

A&S provided us with a briefing room to change into which gave us plenty of space for everyone to change. After suiting up people made their way to the area around the IMAX theater where we did our usually meet and greet, posing for pictures and answering questions. Around 2000 it quieted down and people started to desuit while others stayed around. As always A&S took good care of us and it is always a pleasure to troop this museum.

Troopers:

Anna (GT)
Chris (GT)
Shep – TR
Emily – CC
Eric – ID
Philip – TK
Dan – Imperial Knight
Bria (GT)

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12/17–Rogue One Toys for Tots, Frederick

This was a fun event! Luckily we were able to troop inside this year. We did have a snowball fight outside though… We had a great turnout despite the poor road conditions! Members of OLG, GC, CG, RL, MMCC & R2DC were all in attendance. We were able to greet people as they entered the theater and as they left after the movie. Many people just walking by the theater stopped in to take pictures with us. Unfortunately, the Beyond Comics folks didn’t stop by this year. The only thing that would make this a better event would be a larger changing room. :)

OLG Troopers:
Matt – TK
Jake – TK
Rob C – Vader

OLG Squires:
Kami
Suzanne

 


12/17–6th Birthday Party, Bel Air

 

We arrived a little after 10:15 due to road conditions and suited up in the basement. Once we were ready, they brought the kids down to interact with us. We answered questions and posed for photos, then the action of the party moved back upstairs. Several parents hung back to ask questions about the 501st, a few may be suitable for new recruits. We were given little goodie bags from the party and enjoyed some stormtrooper cupcakes before heading out a little after noon.

Troopers:
Devin – TB
William – TK
Melissa – ID


12/21–CWF Movie Night, Linthicum

This was a fun event, similar to what we did on Thursday. They let us change in the projector room again. This time we were in the lobby rather than the balcony. At first, the theater said that they only wanted us to interact with the CWF guests. Luckily, that didn’t last long. :)  He definitely would like us back next December.

Troopers:
Matt – TK
Andy – TB

Event Round Up, November

December 9th, 2016

11/4–Maryland STEM Festival, Science Center, Baltimore
Everyone got to the venue by 0900ish, and we were suited up and ready to go by 0930. We headed down to the main lobby where we stood around and took photos with the staff and kids that were there. During the speeches, we decided it would be a great idea if the TKs stood behind the chairs of the speakers, and it looked really great and the speakers seemed to enjoy it. After the speeches were done we posed once again for some more pictures. Afterward, we wandered the Science Center stopping to take pictures and looked at the exhibits, and we all desuited at 1200. All in all a good time, though we did have some rowdy children who tried to grab our blasters and were pulling on things.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Warren – ID
Stephen – TK
Shep – IG
Jamie – TK
James Davis – TK

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11/5/2016 Force Awakens Movie Day, Millersville

Our contact showed us to the lunch room, where we had ample room to suit up. We were joined by a parent who is an aspiring 501st member, in his nearly completed TK armor. Once we were ready, we went to the auditorium to greet the moviegoers. Two adorable little girls were instantly taken with the biker scout and the ewoks in his holster. We posed for some photos and then took a short walk to try and draw a few more attendees to the event. We encountered a soccer match and took some pictures with the players. Our biker scout represented the empire in a short scrimmage with a youngling soccer fan before we all headed back to check in with the movie and change back. Our fabulous squires took great care of us and, while the attendance was low, everyone present seemed to enjoy visiting with us at this event.

Troopers:
Melissa – ID
William – TK
Andy – TB

Squires:
Cheryl
Bill

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11/10–Children’s National Medical Center, DC
Everyone got to the hospital around noon where we checked in and were shown to our green room and met up with Becky the person that invited us to the event and who was Harley Quinn for the event. We also had Supergirl, Spidey, Anna, and Elsa. At 1300 we went to the Ryan Seacrest area where the 1 year anniversary party was taking place. Everyone was a big hit, and it was a non-stop two hours of taking pictures and interacting with the staff and patients of the hospital. I am so happy that we got to attend this event; it was such a good time and so much fun. Hopefully this will show hospitals that Star Wars characters aren’t scary to the kids, and that we can bring them some happiness.

Troopers:
Shep – IG
Emily – CC
Jacob – TK
Jason – R2

Squires:
Bria

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11/10–Mount Road Library Star Wars Night, Pasadena

We were suited up by 6:30 and ready to rock and/or roll. We went out and were sad to discover that it was only a handful of kids this time. We took some photos and then just did the wander/talk to those that were in attendance. R2 was the hit of the group as usual. I talked with the librarians and they were as surprised as myself how few people turned out. But they said it had been dead all week and there was some major road construction that might have been to blame. Either way, it was fun for the few folks there and I’m glad we did it.

Troopers:

Eric – TB
Sean – TD
Rob Heck – TK
Tom – TK
James – TK

Jason w/ R2
Couple Rebel types
Many Mando types


11/13–STEM Fest Closing Ceremonies, Thurmont

We arrived at the Thurmont Library at about 12:45 and waited for the doors to open at 13:00. Once the library opened, we made contact with our library sponsor and were shown to the staff workroom to change. We suited up and started patrolling the library by 13:45. The STEM Festival had a lot of activities set up for the younlings. There was face painting, balloon animals, an Earth Sciences lab, a recycling demonstration, a live animal display, and a park ranger with pelts from several types of local animals. One young fan was very insistent that the stormtrooper accompany him to see the live terrapin, repeating that it was a “very big turtle, come see.” We patrolled the library and all of the stations, and were joined later in the afternoon by Keyote, the Frederick Keys mascott. We said goodbye a little after 16:00 and headed back to change.

Troopers:
William – TK
Melissa – ID


11/13– Chili/Chowder Cookoff, Westminster

The event organizer, Tara, was nearly brought to tears when we introduced ourselves as the 501st. She was super excited to have us. This was a small community event at a local church where local people competed in a chili cookoff. People mingled around, trying the chili, and a panel of judges voted on the best ones. Parents brought their children who were very exited to interact with us; lots of high fives and hugs to go around. Parents took the opportunity to take pictures while enjoying the local chili. Tara and her staff were very accommodating, providing us a large room to change in and making sure we had everything we needed. Scott was a great squire, and helped track down a screwdriver for me so I could make a quick adjustment to my helmet. One local woman asked a lot of questions about the 501st; Scott gave her all the info and told her how she can request us for an event. It was a fun day with very nice people at a community-driven event.

Troopers:
Brian J – FOTK

Squires:
Scott S.


11/19–Make-A-Wish Movie, Columbia

We were asked by Make-A-Wish to participate in helping young Gavin make a Star Wars fan film.  There’s no way we could miss this!  We arrived at ADG Creative studios around 2pm. We were greeted by Joel, who was the assistant director for the Gavin’s film. Joel ran us through what we would be doing in the scene. Prior to getting suited up, we presented Gavin with a signed 501st Clone Big Fig and an OLG Patch, Legion Patch, MEPD Patch, and Fighting Sandtrooper patch. His mother was pretty moved by it, and Gavin had a big smile on his face.

Now onto the scene: Mike and I got suited up with Chris as a reserve if we needed another Sandy. To my dismay, Joel decided that he wanted me to deliver the lines from the script because I had my iComm and he wanted to catch the clicks after each line. Mike was to play dead on the ground. Gavin and Joel’s thought was that Obi Wan would take out the higher ranking officers first and leaving me ( a Sergeant ) for last. As the last remaining Sandy, I was to be exhausted and nervous.

Gavin directed us and told us how he wanted us to act the parts out. He was an amazing and impressive little man. After we ran the scene for about 2 hours, stopping to change lenses, and shoot from different angles, we were free to break down and head out. Mary from Make-A-Wish showed up with Pizza, but Mike and I did not stay. Chris helped out a lot with making sure we were all comfortable, and kept checking on us.

Unfortunately, Mike ended up with 2 cracks in his butt plate from laying on the rocks/sand. I had about 7 million armor bites. Other than that, it was a fun time and it was very interesting to see how these things are filmed. The film is supposed to be released at some film festival next year. ADG Creative was also talking about doing a larger fan film with a ton of troopers. They are kicking around ideas and said that they would let us know.

Troopers:
Mike Harrison
Jesse Pollock
Chris Harper

Rogue One Appearances Schedule!

December 8th, 2016

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Hey, I don’t know if you guys know…but we’re only 1 WEEK from a new Star Wars movie! Here’s the rundown of where you can find us and all our friends during premier weekend of Rogue One.

*12/15–Leitersburg Cinemas, Hagerstown, 6 pm, 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

*12/15–Hoyt’s West Nursery Cinema, Linthicum, 5:30 pm, 1591 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

*12/15–AMC Theatres, Wheaton, 6pm, 11006 Veirs Mill RD, Wheaton , Maryland 20902

*12/17–Westview Regal Cinemas in Frederick, from 1-4pm, Westview Promenade, 5243 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704  This is a special Toys for Tots Event sponsored by our friends from Beyond Comics!


**Weekend-long events**

The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
We’ll be on patrol before the following showtimes:

*12/15–7 & 10:30

*12/16–8

*12/17–4:30 & 8

*12/18–1 & 4:30

The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

In partnership with Garrison Tyranus, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandolorian Mercs, there will be characters at both Air & Space museum locations throughout the weekend. Check http://www.si.edu/imax for showtimes.


Updated: 12/13