|The Midwest Garrison On Social Media|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM.|
(photo by Matthew Crowley Photography)
The Midwest Garrison is on a variety of social media platforms. On Facebook and Twitter you can get updates on where we've been and where we are going next. You can also find fun pictures of our members doing what we do best. On YouTube you can see videos from some of our appearances, as well as recap videos that we've created.
Get on board with our social media.
To Like us on Facebook, click here
To Follow us on Twitter, click here
To Subscribe to us on YouTube, click here
|Bad Guys Doing Good|
|By Sakic Jade on Feb 24, 2015 at 1:24 PM.|
Bad guys doing good. That is who we are and what we do.
In 2014, the troopers of The Midwest Garrison went above and beyond the call of duty. We volunteered our time for countless birthday parties, school functions, charitable functions, and hospital visits. We logged over 1200 hours of our free time volunteering. We collectively raised $21,887.31 for charity, and contributed our time to events that raised $3,213,231.09. We don't plan on stopping there! We now set our sights to increase those numbers in 2015. We already have two great events, supporting two great causes, this Saturday, February 28, 2015.
First up, is the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Our troopers will be in attendance to support those brave people who will dive into the freezing water, on an even colder day. The event kicks off at 9:00 AM in Mohamet, IL. For more information, THIS LINK, and see how you can get involved.
Also on Saturday, our troops will be at the Curve Ball Fundraiser – hosted by One for the Kids. This foundation raises money for less fortunate children, and we will be there to support them. For more information about the event and the charity, please click HERE.
2015 will be an amazing year for Star Wars, and The Midwest Garrison will be out in full force. Come back often to find out where and when, and to find out more about the Bad Guys Doing Good.
|By BLUERAM on Dec 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM.|
The Midwest Garrison would love to wish you and yours Happy Holidays! Here are a few photos of our recent activities of bringing smiles to all.
From surprise wedding appearance
From the Bloomington, IL Christmas Parade
From the Crystal Lake, IL Festival of Lights Parade
We leave you with something to really warm your heart from our recent visit to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
|MLB Star Wars Nights with the Cubs and Sox|
|By iam8114 on Aug 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM.|
The Midwest Garrison will again be joining in our home teams' Star Wars Days! We will be appearing Wednesday August 20th at Wrigley Field and Friday August 29th at US Cellular Field. Both games will feature Star Wars themed giveaways, events, as well as the Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion's Nar Shaddaa Base providing photo opportunities with many of your favorite Star Wars characters.
More information and tickets for either event can be purchased at http://cubs.com/Legionmembers and http://whitesox.com/starwars
Join us in root, root, rooting for the home teams and don't forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack!
|FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!|
|By BLUERAM on Jun 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM.|
We have two great parades coming up this week in celebration of Independence day! First up is the 45th annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade! This one is put on by the West Peoria Lions Club and takes place on Friday July 4th and steps off at 10 AM. Click here for a MAP of the parade route and here for more Parade info
The second parade is the Bartlett 4th of July parade! The Bartlett Lions Club has coordination duties on this one. Sunday, July 6th is the day of the parade and steps off at 1 PM. Check out the website [urlhttp://www.bartlettlions.org/events/parade/">HERE for more info. This is one of the largest gathering of Star Wars Charters that the Midwest Garrison gathers for a parade in our jurisdiction. We enlist the help of surrounding Garrisons, Mandalorian Mercs , and yes we even let the Rebel Legion join the fun!
|BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR OUR DOWNSTATE TROOPERS!|
|By BLUERAM on Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM.|
We have THREE big events coming up this weekend, two in Central Illinois and one in Southern Illinois.
First up is the 24HR McLean County Relay 4 Life, this will be our 10th year attending this one! Come out and join us at Normal Community West High School, 501 N Parkside Rd ,Normal, IL 61761 starting on Friday, June 27th at noon with the closing ceremony commencing at 11:50 on the 28th. Go to our TEAM PAGE if you would like to donate . We thank you in advance for any and all support! For more event info check out THIS LINK
Up next is a local fan favorite event, Star Wars Night at the Peoria Chiefs! This takes place on Saturday, June 28th with game time of 6:30PM, we will start the night greeting fans at the main gates starting at 5:30. Tickets can be purchased HERE and a map to Dozer Park can be found HERE. The Chiefs will be using special Star Wars themed jerseys for the night that will be auctioned off during the game. The night will be capped off with post game FIREWORKS!
Photo by: Mike Smith
Our final event is also a Star Wars night , this one takes place at the Southern Ill Miners, 1000 Miners Way, MARION, Illinois. Saturday the 28th will be our inaugural appearance at Rent One Ballpark.! Game time is 6:05pm with gates opening a hour prior. Tickets can be found HERE
|GENEVA SWEDISH DAYS PARADE|
|By BLUERAM on Jun 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM.|
Come out and see the Midwest Garrison march in the 65th Annual Swedish Days Parade in Geneva, IL. This will be our inaugural appearance in the yearly parade that takes place this Sunday, June 22nd beginning at 1 PM. The Swedish Days Festival is already in full swing, for more information about this festival and parade go to https://www.genevachamber.com/swedish_days.php
We hope to see you there cheering on all the parade entries!
|Walk Now For Autism Speaks – Saturday 5/17 at Soldier Field|
|By iam8114 on May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM.|
The Midwest Garrison will once again take to the confines of historic Soldier Field in support of the 11th Annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks this Saturday.
Join Autism Speaks and the Midwest Garrison as we walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism!
For more information on the event, or how you can help, go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1084944
We hope to see you there!
|May The Fourth (Weekend) Be with YOU!|
|By BLUERAM on Apr 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM.|
This coming weekend, the world will be celebrating Star Wars. There will be Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, Free Comic Book Day, and more. You’ll be able to find the Midwest Garrison in various locations across Illinois and the 501st across the world!
Starting Friday, May 2nd, is Star Wars Night with the Kane County Cougars. Come out and see the Midwest Garrison and enjoy a great baseball game. Members will be roaming the ballpark to pose for pictures with fans. There will be a pre-game parade, led by our troops, for any kids wearing their own Star Wars costumes. You may also catch some fun moments the Garrison on field throughout the game. Finally, following the game, the Cougars will light up the sky with a Star Wars themed fireworks spectacular!
Game time is 6:30 pm. The gates will open at 5:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased HERE!
Saturday, May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day, and our troopers will be out at local comic books stores in support. Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores!
*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.
Come see us at one of the following locations:
Acme Comics. 112 North St, Normal IL 61761
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wheaton Public Library. 225 N. Cross St. Wheaton, Illinois 60187
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics. 20523 S. Lagrange Rd, Frankfort IL 60423
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Slackers Music Movies & Games. 150 Junction Drive Glen Carbon, IL 62034
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
G-Mart. 44 E. Main Street Suite 103 Champaign, IL 61820
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lightspeed Hobbies. 5884 US Hwy 6, Portage, IN 46368
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
For more information about Free Comic Book Day, you can visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com .
Sunday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. Celebrate in style with the Empire. We will be out, celebrating this day and posing for pictures with Star Wars fans across the state.
Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser @ Walmart. 9245 West 159th Street Orland Hills IL 60477
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Crystal Lake Public Library. 126 W Paddock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Joliet Public Library with Artist Steve Palanica . 150 N Ottawa St Joliet, IL 60432
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Oak Park Public Library. 834 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Messenger Public Library of North Aurora. 113 Oak Street North Aurora, Illinois 60542
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Woodstock Public Library. 414 W. Judd Street Woodstock, Illinois 60098
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Star Wars Screening Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Hollywood Boulevard Theater. 1001 E 75th St, Woodridge, Illinois 60517
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
There are plenty of opportunities this weekend to meet up with the Imperial Forces of the Midwest Garrison. We hope to see a lot of our fans at one of the many events this weekend.
May the fourth be with you!
|The Midwest Garrison To Invade C2E2 This Weekend!|
|By BLUERAM on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM.|
This weekend, Friday April 25th through Sunday April 27th, the Midwest Garrison will be in full force for C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago! This year, we will have our booth in what the con is calling the “Fan Village” located in the Grand Ballroom. Members will be in costume all weekend, walking the floor and posing for pictures!
On Saturday, we will be hosting two special events for the public. From noon until 1:30 pm, we will be running the Children’s Blaster Arena. Kids will get the chance to fight along side, and against, Stormtroopers in a Lazer Tag battle!
Also on Saturday we will also be hosting a panel, Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Come in and learn about some of the tricks and tips of creating the incredible costumes you see the members of the Midwest Garrison wearing at the con!
Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic con, where you have the chance to meet and interact with a large contingent of troopers from the Midwest Garrison!
For a complete layout of the convention look at this interactive map and check out http://www.c2e2.com/ for ticket info and any other questions you might have, hope to see you there!