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/

On Saturday, August 16th members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st Legion – New England Garrison stopped by Liquid Planet Water Park for their annual “Star Wars Day”! Members were on-hand to greet guests at the water park and pose for pictures and fan favorite, R2-D2 was also in attendance! Kids and adults alike were encouraged to come out wearing their own Star Wars costumes as well. To see more photos from this event check out our Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/swnewengland/sets/72157646191081167/

  Saturday, May 3rd was the annual Free Comic Book Day, which is a nationwide event geared towards getting more people out to their local comic book stores. Lots of different comics, some of which are special prints made just for this occasion, were given out free of charge to anyone that stopped by. Our troopers participated in many events all over New England. We attended FCBD events at Casablanca Comics in Portland, ME – Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH – Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH – Earth Prime Comics in Burlington, VT – Rubber Chicken Comics in Bellingham,…
 
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