|Light It Up Blue 2015|
|By Sakic Jade on Apr 6, 2015 at 4:10 PM.|
Last week, the world celebrated World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is where thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.
The Midwest Garrison has appeared in Chicago the past several years to help Light It Up Blue and raise awareness for Autism. This year, the Chicago event was held on the observation deck of Willis Tower. For more information on Light It Up blue, please visit their website HERE.
We also appear over the summer at the Walk Now For Autism Speaks event at Soldier Field. To see how you can help for this great event, click HERE.
|Trooping For Charity|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 27, 2015 at 8:58 AM.|
We do many events here in The Midwest Garrison, including conventions, parties, weddings, parades, and libraries. What we most like to be known for, though, is the charity work we do. While any of these events can lead to a donation to charity, its the big events for MSABC, Autism Speaks and others that we can really raise the big dollars.
Troopers will be making an appearance at another wonderful charity event this Saturday, March 28. The charity, Donna's Good Things will be hosting an event for St. Baldrick's, who does fundraising for childhood cancer research.
If you are interested in donating to this great cause, or for more information on this event, Click HERE.
If you have a charity event that you'd like us to make an appearance at, please submit an event request, and we will try to make it out to support your cause.
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:37 AM.|
This weekend, March 19-22, The Midwest Garrison will be out in force at Chi-Fi at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. We will be hosting three panels throughout the weekend, and a bash Saturday night.
Star Wars Costuming On A Budget
Friday, March 20 at 1:00 PM
If you have ever wanted to join the 501st Legion, but have always thought that you could never afford it, this is the panel for you! Members of the Midwest Garrison, the Illinois chapter of the 501st Legion, will lead a practical discussion about building a screen-accurate, Legion-approved Star Wars costume without breaking the bank! Finding realistic options for starter costumes, performing research, sourcing materials, and assessing options for construction will all be examined.
Anatomy of a Stormtrooper
Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 PM
Experts from the 501st Legion's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment present a panel about the origin, acquisition, construction, and presentation of the galaxy's most iconic white armor. Get an up-close, hands-on look at how armor parts come together and find out how you can get started making your own screen-accurate stormtooper uniform!
501st Legion: Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 PM
Members of the 501st Legion, the world's largest Star Wars costuming group, lead a forum discussion on Star Wars costuming and their organization! Find out who we are and what we do, getting knowledge of what it takes to recreate film-accurate uniforms from some of the world's most respected costumers, and learning about the exciting lives they lead and charitable missions that they undertake! Join us... Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!
Midwest Garrison Imperial Bash
Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 PM
"We would be honored if you would join us..." Enjoy an evening of music and fun with members of the Midwest Garrison, and keep the convention going into the night! This 21-and-older event is for convention attendees with valid Saturday admission to the con. Come party in a galaxy far, far away! Just remember to leave the droids at home. "We don't serve their kind here!"
For more details on the convention, click HERE
For the full schedule of events, click HERE
|The Midwest Garrison Goes Green!|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 13, 2015 at 2:08 PM.|
This weekend, the Midwest Garrison will be marching in two St. Patrick's Day Parades in the Chicago area.
On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, we will be in Naperville. The parade kicks off at 10:00 AM at Naperville North High School on Mill Street. For the complete parade route, and more information on the festivities, please click here.
On Sunday, March 15thm 2015, we will be marching in the South Side Irish Parade in Chicago. Step off will be at 12:00 Noon at 103rd and Western Avenue. For additional details, please click here.
Come on out and support our troops at one or both of these great events! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
|Trooper Spotlight: BH-11222 Paul Machnick|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 11, 2015 at 6:42 AM.|
This month, we will bring back our Trooper Spotlight. Today, we feature Paul "Sarlacc" Machnick.
How long have you been a part of the Midwest Garrison, and what is it that sparked your interest in joining?
I became a member of the Midwest Garrison in April 2014 and it has been such an exciting experience. Back in 2011, I started attending comic cons around Chicago and I noticed all these Stormtroopers and Jedi's walking around. After some exploration, I discovered they were a member of the 501st and Rebel Legion. I attended one of the panels the Midwest Garrison was offering at Wizard World and I knew I had to join. I've always been a fan of Star Wars and I love all the characters but one always stood out for me: Boba Fett. To me, it is so cool that a bounty hunter can fly through the galaxy and take jobs capturing people wanted by the Empire. Boba Fett isn't a bad guy. He just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.
Of all of the troops that you have done, which one stands out in your mind as meaning the most to you and why?
The troops that always stand out for me are the ones for a sick child. Being able to bring the fantasy universe of Star Wars alive for child is rewarding but when it's for a child battling cancer, it means so much more. I haven't done a hospital visit for a child yet, but I have been to a home of a sick child. It is such a rush knowing you are creating a memory for a child that will last a life time.
How has being a part of the Midwest Garrison impacted your life?
I have meet some of the best and most knowledgeable people ever. The members of the Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion have been so welcoming and helpful to me, I can't even begin to express what it has been like. If ever I have a question about my build, someone knows exactly how to help. We all work together to make the garrison better.
Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I've been a special education teacher for twenty years now and I currently work at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. My classroom is decorated with all things sci-fi. I love going to comic cons and fan gatherings just so I can look for posters or other swag I can use in my classroom. I'm also a fan of Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, The Librarians, Battlestar, and Firefly to name a few.
What support you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done for the garrison?
This is the best part. My wife and daughter join us on troops and my daughter has even dressed up as Ailyn Vel (Boba Fett's daughter). My wife is a handler at troops helping us with our costumes and taking pictures. Being able to share this experience with my family is really important to me.
And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out?
Back on May 25, 1977 my father came home from work and said to my mother that he wanted to go out and see this new science fiction movie called Star Wars. I was only 6 years old back then and my brother was 3 years old. My mother didn't want to go and stayed home with my brother. I went along with my dad. We stood in line at the theater for an hour just to get tickets to the 11:00 PM show. I'll never forget seeing Darth Vader for the first time and how the rebels destroyed the Death Star. The memory of that day still impacts me today. I recently lost my father but the memory of that day still lives on.
Come back next month for our next Trooper Spotlight.
|MWG Trooper of the Month January 2015|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 8, 2015 at 7:35 PM.|
Congratulations to Anthony "psykojedi7956" Day, SL7956 for being voted Trooper of the Month for January 2015. Anthony was nominated for planning our event with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra John Williams Tribute Concert.
Anthony worked very hard in organizing and getting the event for the MWG at the Coronado. When he went to a Rockford Symphony Concert last year (in February) and saw that they would be doing a John Williams Tribute during the following season, he started to put the bug in the ears of the RSO staff. He made contact with them immediately and let them know that the MWG would be interested in coming out to help them for the concert. He then followed up with them several times to make sure that we could help them out, that we had a place to change, something to do, and to make sure that we were giving the RSO the support that they needed for the event. Shortly after the RSO tweeted and posted on their Facebook page that members of the Midwest Garrison would be attending the concert, the concert SOLD OUT! It was their first sell out in a VERY long time (since they had Izchak Perlman).
The event was amazing and the RSO staff and the crowds were in awe of our costumes and our presence! This event really did raise the profile of the Midwest Garrison in the Rockford area, and was a ton of fun for everyone involved.
Phenomenal job, Anthony!
|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!