Last August, we visited Max, a really cool kid who was battling a multitude of health issues. We had a wonderful time and Max and his family became part of our Star Wars family. Sadly, late last year, Max passed away. We’ve been staying in touch with his family since last August, and they asked us to be part of Max’s memorial birthday party on July 10th. It was a wonderful celebration and a lovely memorial, but it was really difficult to hold it together emotionally. While this is such a huge part of why I do what I do, it’s also the most difficult part. Last year, two of the kiddos I visited passed away, and it was just so incredibly heartbreaking.
July 3rd was the Edina 4th of July Parade (I know, I know…) and HOLY COW did the Jedi turn out for this one! I wore my Poe costume for the first time in ages. The weather was nice (maybe a tiny bit warm) and there was a great turnout to the parade.
On August 11, we participated in the World’s Largest Toy Battle, organized by Project My Neighborhood. We battled each other with old school Nerf Blast-A-Ball blasters from 1989 (it was hilarious because it’s impossible to aim these things). The weather was a little warm, but we still had a lot of fun and the kids seemed to have a great time having Nerf blaster battles against each other.
On July 26, I went to Children’s Hospital to appear on Kid’s Clubhouse and, as usual, had a blast! I love doing these events. Below is the video of our appearance:
I appeared at three different theaters for the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere in May, and had a wonderful time! The first was at the Minnesota Zoo IMAX on May 24th. I really, really enjoyed the movie and immediately fell in love with L3-37.
On the 25th, I was at the CMX Odyssey in Burnsville, and saw the movie a second time (and loved it just as much).
On the 26th, I was at the St. Michael Cinema. It’s a beautiful theater! I didn’t see the movie a third time because I was kind of exhausted from doing a bunch of troops in a row.
He had a pizza lunch with his friends, and we got to meet everyone during lunch. Then, we joined the entire school for their rally in the afternoon. It was a great time!
I hope David has a blast at Disney World!
The week of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nuts (in a good way). I did four troops between two theaters in three days. Whew!
Thursday, December 14th: Plymouth Grand 15
I love doing events at this theater – the employees are all so incredibly nice! I went as Poe, and brought my BB-8 Hero Droid with me to see how he’d do at events. He was unruly (in true sassy droid fashion) but people seemed to like him.
There was a local reporter there interviewing us and some of the theater staff. Here’s the video clip:
After the troop, we watched the movie and I had ALL OF THE FEELINGS. As you’d expect.
Friday, December 15th: Plymouth Grand 15
We had a huge group for this one, and it was awesome! We had a ton of fun, took some silly photos, and had a great time. (All photos below were taken by Madeline Anderson, and a couple were taken with my phone.)
First Order Colonel and General Hux take a much-needed break to indulge in tasty ICEEs. Unfortunately, Hux got a huge brain freeze. (Costumers: Sara Rae and Kris Heding.)
Join the First Order! We have droids (and we try to steal some from the Resistance.) (Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Sara Rae.)
Saturday, December 16th: AMC Southdale
The Boy Scouts of America rented theaters in four locations throughout the Twin Cities on Saturday morning, and a handful of people trooped at each location. We got to see the movie with them after our troop, too.
I brought BB-8 along again, and he was much better behaved than he was on Thursday.
Saturday, December 16th: Plymouth Grand 15
Second troop of the day! I switched to General Hux and we had another great turnout for our troop.
I bought two of the Black Series Poe Dameron helmets – one to leave as-is, and one to repaint to look like his Blue Squadron helmet for my Poe Dameron costume.
Painting took a long time because I had to tape off different areas, paint those, and then tape off others. Since the design for the Black Leader helmet is the exact same as the Blue Squadron helmet (just different colors), I didn’t want to spray paint the whole thing white and then attempt to accurately paint the details on later. So, this is entirely hand-painted, and it took several weeks to complete. I’m really happy with the end result, though!
On October 29th, Costumers for a Cause (the charity organization that includes the Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, and The Royal Sisterhood) attended the “Halliween” party at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. It was a great time!
Zoo Boo was held for it’s final year the last two weekends of October, and I was able to attend three of the four days. It was so much fun and I’m incredibly sad that they’re no longer going to hold this event every year. It was held at the Como Zoo & Conservatory, and a ton of families came out to it this year.
Zoo Boo 10/22:
Zoo Boo 10/28:
Zoo Boo 10/29: