On Saturday, August 23rd members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison hosted a “maker booth” where they demonstrated some of the techniques we use in making our costumes. Everything from thermo-forming plastic, roto-casting with a 2-part resin, LED wiring, and more was on display. In addition to the demos there was also a small band of troopers wandering the grounds and posing for pictures with guests. To learn more about this annual Maker Faire please head over to their website. http://makerfairedover.com/

On Saturday, July 19th members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison paid a visit to the Ipswich Masonic Lodge for their annual Family Day. Darth Vader and a squad of faithful Legion members patrolled the grounds and greeted fans as they enjoyed the beautiful weather.

On Friday, July 18th members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base were joined by R2-D2 to greet the kids in New Bedford “Space & Robotics” school program. This is a great program that encourages kids to get more involved with math and science by teaching them that science can be fun! The kids were treated to a presentation on the history of robots in sci-fi, then got to see two droids first hand. Starting off with a show of what R2-D2 can do, complete with rotating head, lights and sound. Then…
 
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On Saturday, June 14th members of the 501st New England Garrison participated in the Boston Pride Parade! This was one of many events that took place during Pride Week in Boston, MA and has become a fun parade that attracts thousands of fans. We marched from our starting point on Boylston Street through the Back Bay and then made our way to the finish at City Hall Plaza. For the second year in a row we joined the Intergalactic Alliance, which is an organization created to bring together science fiction and related costuming groups to participate in social and charitable events….
 
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On Sunday, February 23rd members of the 501st New England Garrison and Rebel Legion Alderaan Base participated in a podcast at New England Comics in support of Mark Leibowitz with ‘The Jundland Wastes’, which covers the issues, ideas and the imagination in the Star Wars expanded universe. Troopers greeted people as they came into the store, posed for pictures with guests, and even headed out to the sidewalk to greet anyone just passing by. Also in attendance was Zack Giollongo, a Star Wars comic book illustrator who came in to talk about his recent book Shadows of Endor.