On Thursday, November 2oth, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and Rhode Island Pirate Players participated in a fundraiser at Ma Raffa’s restaurant in Bedford, MA, to raise awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. It was a fun and quiet little troop. Not much more room except for the 4 troopers that were there. That night, with mention of the fundraiser to the hostess, 20% of bill would be donated to the Shriners’. The troop lasted an hour and a half, and everyone was very welcoming. We were met with a couple of the Shriner Clowns and…
 
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On Saturday, November 29th, Darth Vader, Plo Koon, and an Endor Commando marched in the City of Lights parade in Lowell, MA. This parade is the grand finale to a day of festivities that ends with the ceremonial lighting of the downtown area, officially kicking off the holiday season. The trio were also joined by Captain America and Black Widow of the Avengers as they walked the parade route. Their mission was to help support a local non-profit group called STEP, short for Special Teams for Exceptional People. STEP’s mission is to provide sports activities and social gatherings for kids…
 
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  Over the course of four days in November, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison, Alderaan Base of the Rebel Legion, Firaxan Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, and droids from the local R2 Builders Club were invited to The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, in Somerville, Massachusetts. This was the first Star Wars weekend for our local LEGOLAND, which included a special night for season pass holders. It was a very successfully troop from all accounts, and it sounds like we will be invited back. Troopers reported that the event was filled with kids who were just in…
 
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  During the weekend of November 1st, members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base attended the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence. While the con had some issues with overcrowding, which lead to some ticket holders from being locked out for a period, the weekend was a big success for the NEG. We raised a grand total of $1414.74 for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. There was also a Blood Drive at the con, which collected 49 pints of “the good stuff”. The Garrison booth was, as always, very popular with the convention attendies. One couple even…
 
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On Sunday, October 26th, members of the New England Garrison, Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs marched in the 60th annual Woburn Lions Club Halloween Parade in Woburn, MA.   We had 41 troopers (plus 3 younglings) marching along Main Street. There was a solid grouping of OT characters for the Empire and a great looking crew of Jedi up front. And Firaxan Clan got into the mix by pulling together a 4-man line of their own to join us. For the second year in a row we really pulled out all the stops for this event! The President of the Lion’s Club…
 
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