On February 28th, the New England Garrison was invited to the Ragged Mountain Ski Resort in Danbury, NH for their Star Wars Ski Day. The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, and a donation was made to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. They are a non-profit organization that provides volunteer advocates for children in need. They also held a silent auction and raffles during the day to raise funds. The ski resort was filming promo videos while we were there. They asked if anyone was willing to ski or snow tube in costume. They were also looking for people…
 
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  Here’s an example of parenting done right! The New England Garrison was invited to the birthday party for a 9 year old girl who has been a Star Wars fan since before she can remember. She is particularly interested in the the villains of the saga, such as Darth Maul and Boba Fett. At the party, the kids made pool noodle lightsabers and loved it when a Stormtrooper walked into the party.

  On Friday, October 24th, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and the Mando Mercs – Wampa Clan participated in “Ghosts on the Banke”, Strawbery Banke Museum’s “Spooky not scary” trick-or-treat experience in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum like Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation, we’ve got 9 acres of old houses, gardens, orchards etc. During “Ghosts” each doorway of the historic houses will have a costumed person handing out candy. Normally, the museum gets 3000 kids to visit over Halloween weekend. TI-31415 reported that the evening was lots of fun and…
 
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During the weekend of September 13th and 14th members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base attended Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, NH. Troopers and Jedi were there to greet sci-fi fans and comic book enthusiasts as they patrolled the aisles. We also brought out our Death Star Trash Compactor and Action Figure photo backdrop for everyone to enjoy! It was a great weekend and lots of fun pictures were taken with our members and fellow costumers.

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/