St. Louis Park Parktacular Parade

June 19th was the St. Louis Park Parktacular Parade! This was the first traditional parade we’ve done in over a year because of the pandemic. It felt great to get out and walk in a parade again (although my legs and feet begged to argue).

Solo Shrug.
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Ben Solo – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Photo Credit: Flannery Rose.

After watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I immediately wanted to make a “good boy sweater” Ben Solo costume. So, I did! And it’s one of the most comfortable costumes I have. This costume was also my very first Rebel Legion-approved costume! I was the first Ben Solo approved in our base, too.

Tunic: I used this pattern as a base and sewed the tunic from black cotton gauze fabric.

Pants: These were a pair of coated black jeans I bought from Target (they’re not sold anymore, I don’t think) that I modified to Rebel Legion standards.

Boots: These are the Kylo Ren boots from CrowProps.

Wig: I bought this wig from Amazon and did a bit of styling to it.

Lightsaber: I had friends pick up the reforged Skywalker hilt from Galaxy’s Edge when they went to visit in early 2020.

FX Makeup: Since Ben is pretty banged up in the few minutes he’s on screen, I used Mehron’s ProColoRing Bruise wheel and Kryolan’s Fresh Scratch.

Kara-O-Con 2020

Our little ragtag bunch. Photo Credit: Soledad Kern.

February 15th was the fifth ever Kara-O-Con at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville! Basically, a bunch of costume-wearing nerds take over the bar for karaoke and shenanigans and it’s a great time for all. I wore my Ben Solo costume. I sang two songs: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” and The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.” I couldn’t hear myself (or the music, really) so I apologize to everyone who heard me warble through the songs. I had a wonderful time, as always!

Solo lads. Photo Credit: Amada Marquez Simula.

This one’s for you, Rey. Photo Credit: Soledad Kern.

Ronald McDonald House Family Night

Our group with one of the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Photo Credit: RMHC.

On February 5th, we did our first troop at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis for their Family Night. We mingled with the families and then did a little Q&A for the kids who gathered in their movie room to watch a Star Wars movie. It was also my first troop as part of the Rebel Legion!

Hanging with Ronald. Photo Credit: Lisa Hayes.

The event organizer was telling us a little about the location and there was a family that recently checked out after staying over 700 nights at the Ronald McDonald House. It was a harsh reality check. These kids go through so much, and the families are uprooted so they can get the best care possible. There were families there from Italy and Poland. People come a long way to get the care they need, and Ronald McDonald House does such wonderful things for these families that spend so much time away from home.

Things like this put a lot into perspective. So many of us complain and gripe about minor things, but most of that pales in comparison to what these kids and their families are going through. Some of these kids will never get better. Some of them will pass away and the families will move back home without a child. It just really makes you think, you know?

Q&A. Photo Credit: Lisa Hayes.

First troop as part of the Rebel Legion!

A Force for Karen Blood Drive 2020

Most of our group!

On January 18th, we held our second annual A Force for Karen Blood Drive for our dearly departed friend who passed away from blood cancer in 2018. Unfortunately, we were hit with a blizzard so some volunteers and donors couldn’t make it, but we still had a great turnout and had a lot of fun!

Solo Shrug.

It was also my “soft” debut of my Ben Solo costume (sans screen-accurate boots) and everything seemed to work out just fine!

TEAMWORK!

Good Boy Sweater.