On Saturday, November 29th, Darth Vader, Plo Koon, and an Endor Commando marched in the City of Lights parade in Lowell, MA. This parade is the grand finale to a day of festivities that ends with the ceremonial lighting of the downtown area, officially kicking off the holiday season. The trio were also joined by Captain America and Black Widow of the Avengers as they walked the parade route. Their mission was to help support a local non-profit group called STEP, short for Special Teams for Exceptional People. STEP’s mission is to provide sports activities and social gatherings for kids…
 
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  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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On Sunday, September 21st members of the 501st New England Garrison paid a special visit to a very special person. Peter Allen dreamed of joining the 501st but unfortunately was diagnosed with ALS before he could finish his TIE Pilot costume. So members of the garrison took it upon themselves to finish the costume for Peter and make sure that his dream came true. Welcome to the 501st Legion pilot!!!

On Saturday, September 20th members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st Legion – New England Garrison participated in the 4th annual Skating For Hope event. This is a 24-hour fundraiser that helps to fund the Hope Lodge, which provides temporary housing for out-of-state families coming to area hospitals getting treated for cancer.

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.