On Saturday, April 5th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base trooped alongside some bounty hunters from the Mandalorian Mercs Wampa Clan to support International Tabletop Game Day at Crossroad Games! This was a 24-hour gaming marathon to help raise money for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games to children’s hospitals. Everyone that stopped by had an opportunity to meet the troopers and get their pictures taken with them.

On Sunday, October 20th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base participated in a very special event with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Led by Assistant Conductor Norman Huynh, the PSO played music that spanned all 6 movies of the Star Wars saga. In addition to the musical aspect of the show, members of both groups made appearances on stage throughout the event. This included a showdown between Imperial and Rebel forces and an inspection of the crowd by Darth Vader and his troopers. It was a memorable afternoon filled with great music and atmosphere!

On Saturday, September 15th members of the New England Garrison attended the grand opening of a new Bon-Ton Store in the Maine Mall. Flanked by an Imperial Officer, Biker Scout, and a TIE Pilot, the squad of troopers and Darth Vader made their way around the store and greeted visitors. Since he was likely present to inspect this facility, I certainly hope that the store employees did a top-notch job of preparing the store for the Dark Lord’s arrival.