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 Sunday, July 20th members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base paid another visit to the Franklin Park Zoo to take part in their Dreamlight program. This is a great program that brings kids with special needs and disabilities to the zoo so they can see the animals after hours, making it easier for them to get around and fully enjoy their wildlife experience! To learn more about the Franklin Park Zoo please check out their website. http://www.zoonewengland.org/

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 Thursday, July 17th members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base, 501st Legion – New England Garrison, and Wampa Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs joined forces to visit a summer camp hosting one of their regular “Galaxy Day” activities. This band of pilots, troopers, and bounty hunters helped kids ranging from 3-12 years old with their projects and were even treated to a special viewing of their version of Star Wars! To learn more about Camp Ketcha please visit their website. http://campketcha.org/