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  2. Hey Troops, new recruit here in Nolensville, TN. My name is Timothy Mann, and you can see me as TK86786. I'm a TIE Pilot, and glad to be joining a fine group of troops in service to the Empire. Hope to meet you at an event!
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  7. -Sat- Spring Hill- Christmas Parade

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    Event Name: Spring Hill Christmas Parade Venue: Main Street - Spring Hill Venue address: Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174 USA Event Start: 12/10/2022 - 4pm Event End: 12/10/2022 - 6pm Event Website: Expected number of attendees: Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Will be checking with the city to make sure we will have access to the community center at the beginning of the parade route for you to use. There will be parade participant parking. Will have water available. Comments: The Spring Hill Christmas Parade will have a 1980s theme this year. After speaking to some members of the Midsouth Garrison, they encouraged me to put in a request to have some characters marching in the parade since Star Wars was such a huge part of the 80s. Referred by: Past event participation
  8. Hi, I'm Jay. My wife and I live in Christiana. We moved to the area when I retired from the Navy in November of 2011. We love hockey and are Predators season ticket holders. I work for Bridgeston at the Warren County Plant. Cant wait to meet everyone. I met a member and his wife, Ed and Julie Gay, at Nashville Cars and Coffee and at that time, as much as I wanted to, I just didn't have the time to dedicate to getting a costume ready and approved. It sucks that they have moved away but now I can spend a bit more time and $$$ getting one ready. I am very new to costuming but several weeks ago started researching and ordering parts to start my ROTJ Vader build. Important note: I am not the tallest (5'9.75") but I think I remember some short green jedi saying something about size matters not.... I have watched several you tube video's from 501st members about it and have loved each one of their builds and all of the charity events that are attended. So here are the parts I have thought about and/or ordered. If anyone has any other input, I am open to all suggestions. Most of these parts I have ordered or are going to order have been recommended by several Darths on the SIthlord Detachment Forums. I will update things as orders are placed/parts received: PARTS LIST @bookface: Shins, Helmet and armor : order placed on 11/15/22 Gloves: Have my name on the wait list to get on a noisetrigger run but until then going to go with Endorfinders Leather 3 piece set: after reading several suggestions and WIPs I am going to go with crowprops Cape and robe set: going with Custom Props belt : in transit from barkydog1 on the SLD forum. 11/10/22. beltbuckle: Darkside. Payment sent 11/11/22. Chest and belt boxes: on @DarthONeal's run list for January and going to build of a set of belt boxes myself. If I can get them done well enough I may see if I can tackle some for others.. COD Piece: On build list for one from Lee Richards and one from CRProps. Sound system: Zoom Multi Stomp fx pedal(ordered), bluetooth mic, transducers(ordered) , sound loop mp3 player. All received and working on dialing in my setting on the multistomp. Helmet Cooling system: pretty much a clone of what many are using 3 12v fans, variable speed controller. Lightsaber: Ordered from @BrotherVader. Ordered 11/12/22. Then lastly good boots maybe with the maximum approvable heel because I am going to put in some lifts to get a bit more height so I can be somewhere around 6'1" -6'3"ish. Any input on boots is highly apreciated. For how accurate I would like to be, well I would like to be as accurate as possible but yet not break the bank(understanding that this is an expensive build) and have the budget to complete it) but also I would like to be able to get parts to be approved really as soon as I can get on a list and get them produced. Again understanding that it is a marathon and not a sprint but I would like to have a nice quick pace in said marathon. After having a completed and approved suit I will tweak in more accuracy by hopefully getting on some of these parts build runs to get as close to movie accurate as I can get. This build is definitely a marathon and you have to have a lot of patience....It is going to be a long 16 weeks from last Wednesday waiting on my Helmet, armor and shin guards.... I am very excited to be building this costume which was, of course, a childhood dream to do. Jay
  9. -SUN- Our Kids Soup Sunday-Nashville

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    Event Name: Our Kids Soup Sunday Venue: Nissan Stadium Club Level West Venue address: Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way Nashville, Tennessee 37213 USA Event Start: 2-19-23 - 11:00 Event End: 2-19-23 - 2:00 Event Website: https://ourkidscenter.com/get-involved/events/soup-sunday/ Expected number of attendees: 1000+ Requested number of characters: 5-6 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: No Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: No Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: restrooms, water, soft drinks, soup Comments: Soup Sunday is an annual fundraiser for Our Kids. Our Kids is a non-profit organization that provides expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns about child sexual abuse. Our Kids also increases community awareness, conducts research, and offers education and training about child maltreatment. Our Kids just celebrated their 35th. year!! Referred by: 5 characters participated in Our Kids Soup Sunday last year!
  10. Greetings from California.

    One of my next-door neighbors just moved from CA to TN... and 501st is nearly world-wide. We definitely would love to have additional troopers, so please feel free to let us know if you decide to move here. Once you are here, we can make a transfer request for you ...and the MidSouth Garrison will take the place of the Central California Garrison as your home garrison. You could still troop there (in CA) too if you are visiting family or friends there... but hopefully, you will troop with us often. And, your wife can be your handler at most events if she wants to meet some new people with you. We have four squads in TN, so depending on where you plan to move, you could be in one of those. We have some areas that aren't really part of the squads, but certainly are part of the garrison. Most of the events we get are within a squad region, but we do have a few areas in the middle that get events from time to time. Mos Nooga Squad - greater Chattanooga area (SE part of East TN close to GA border) Knox Eisley Squad - greater Knoxville area (East TN) Twin Sun Squad - greater Memphis area (West TN) Music City Squad - greater Nashville area (Middle TN) Marcus, Andy, and I are all live within Music City Squad, but we have troopers in each squad that would be delighted to have a new person join the squad. It is just a matter of where you wind up moving within TN.
  11. Greetings from California.

    Hey Mark, Yes we would love to have you join our Garrison Family. TN is a GREAT state! We have a lot of great opportunities to Troop! Hope to see ya soon!
  12. Greetings from California.

    Hi Mark, we would love to have you! Keep us updated.
  13. Hello. My name is Mark and I am a member of the Central California Garrison. I have several costumes: an OT Stormtrooper, ROTJ Biker Scout, Tusken Raider, and Tie Pilot: Reserve Pilot. My wife and I were thinking of moving out of California and possibly going to Tennessee. I was excited to learn that the 501st serves Tennessee, and would have an option to continue trooping if we make the move. Thanks for having me.
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    Hello friends in Tennessee! The Nashville Predators are offering an open invite to costumed fan groups to attend their event on December 10, 2022. This is approved by Lucasfilm. The contact information and details for the event are listed below. Please feel free to share this broadly with your clubs! Directly below is what we send to the Teams regarding Open Invites for Fan Group participation at sports games: All SW themed events with Major and Minor league teams are now considered OPEN INVITES. This means we do not have to cast and teams do not have to pay performers. Teams must welcome all fan groups on a first come basis and cannot ask for specific characters or specific amounts. They can set a maximum limit based on accommodations. Open Invites are just that: an invitation to fan groups to show up at an event in costume. Teams cannot direct fan group members to do any activities or be anywhere specific at any specific time - they may provide the groups with a list of activities to self-organize and participate in, but it is at fan group members’ own discretion. We strongly prefer that characters not throw out first pitches, participate in puck drops, sing the National Anthem or things of that nature – if they want, fan group members may escort a child or fan to the mound, etc., but must not be directed to do so. Characters should not hold, wear, sit in or stand on any branded item or logo, especially with a team emblem. The fan groups are welcome to be photographed with others wearing the team logo/brands or in front of signage featuring the team logo/brand, however. We strongly suggest that teams provide a handler/security for costumed fans during activities to ensure the safety and security of said costumed fans, to protect them from overzealous game attendees. Costumed fan groups must be referred to as members from their respective fan groups, and not as official SW/Disney/Lucasfilm characters. Please note that if you or your club members require a handler or handlers at the event, you must provide them yourself and not rely on handlers from other clubs to fulfill this responsibility. Please do not RSVP with LFL. The corresponding team contact is listed below if you and your members are interested. Spots fill up fast - not all fan groups will get to participate in events where there is a set limit, which are based on a teams’ bandwidth for accommodation. Fan Groups invited to attend: 501st Legion- Midsouth Garrison Rebel Legion- Corellian Base Mando Mercs- Bes'uliik Clan R2 Builders Droid Builders Chattooine Fan Force Club The Dark Empire- Ruusan Temple Sith Dynasty Jedi Council of America Nashville Predators Star Wars Night 2022 Location: Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Parking location and details: 5+B Garage (Entrance at the corner of 6th Ave and Broadway.) Parking vouchers will be given out in dressing room to be placed on the back of the ticket) Event date: December 10, 2022 Event start time & approx. end time: Game 7:00-Approx 9:45 PM Doors for event open at 5:30 PM Call time: (Should be 1 hour prior to game start or doors open) : 4:30 PM Changing room details: Loyal Legion Meeting Rooms located in Fan Information area outside of sections 102/103 Maximum number invited: 20
  15. -Fri-City of Franklin Tree Lighting

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    Event Name: City of Franklin Tree LIghting Venue: Downtown Franklin, TN Venue address: 109 Third Ave South, Franklin, TN 37064 Franklin, Tennessee 37064 USA Event Start: December 2, 2022 - 6pm Event End: December 2, 2022 - 8:30 pm Event Website: www.franklintn.gov Expected number of attendees: 5000 Requested number of characters: 15 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: We will have a conference room, like in years past for members to store their belongings, rest rooms are nearby Comments: This is the Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting event, many families will attend 5,000-10,000 people. You all have come down for several years and are always very popular. Referred by: We've been working with you for several years.
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    Event Name: Memorial for Gerald “Jerry” Beckham Venue: Concordia Arts Academy Venue address: 4615 Thompsons Ridge Rd Thompson Station, Tennessee 37179 USA Event Start: 11/12/2022 - 1:30pm Event End: 11/12/2022 - 4pm Event Website: Expected number of attendees: Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Comments: My husband Jerry fought colon cancer for the past 5 years. As a huge Star Wars fan since a child, his friends used “Fight Like A Jedi” to encourage him. He passed on 10/17/2022 and I am planning his memorial. Attendees will be encouraged to wear Star Wars themed clothing in his memory. Referred by: Dana Juriew, through a friend of hers who is in your group.
  17. SAT-SUN-6/3 & 6/4/2023-NASHVILLE COMICON

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    Event Name: Nashville Comicon Venue: FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE Venue address: 625 SMITH AVE Nashville, Tennessee 37203 USA Event Start: 6/3/2023 - 10am Event End: 6/4/2023 - 4pm Event Website: https://www.nashvillecomicon.com Expected number of attendees: Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Restrooms are available, as well as water fountains, there are concessions. Comments: Nashville Comicon is a new Two Day Pop Culture Convention where fans get to geek out and celebrate their favorite fandoms with friends and family. We’ve got Comic Creators, TV/Film Stars, Cosplayers, Anime Actors, Artists, Crafters, Authors, and more. Featuring unique programming in the form of Panels, Gaming, and Contests in our first year event. Referred by: Incredible conventions shows
  18. Hello from Memphis!

    Welcome Trey.
  19. Hello from Memphis!

    Hello Trey! Thanks for posting. The ANH TIE Pilot was my first SW approval, so it's one of my favorites. If you need any input, feel free to reach out!
  20. I am currently in the planning stages of a Phase 2 Captain Rex build with my wife. I am not gonna lie, she is a super talented and amazing artist who will be doing the majority of the design and detail work. I am the just the planner and assistant. 

  21. Hello from Memphis!

    Hello! I've been lurking for a while putting together my TIE Pilot Reserve and Tie Pilot (ANH) kits for 501st approval. Looking forward to meeting some of the Twin Suns folks at the upcoming events here in Oct/Nov. --- TW
  22. Hey MSG. looking to get back into the swing of trooping. Been a few years. Just ordered a Shore trooper from Imperial Surplus to get my creative juices going and Clean up my shop. THe kit will be her a month from Junevember. But i feels really good to research a costume again. Looking forward to seeing old faces and new ones alike. Cheers MGS.
  23. HOPE & JOY Trunk or Treat

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    Event Name: HOPE & JOY Trunk or Treat Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Venue address: 573 N. Highland Memphis, Tennessee 38122 USA Event Start: 10/29/2022 - 10am Event End: 10/29/2022 - Noon Event Website: https://www.goann.net/ Expected number of attendees: 60 Requested number of characters: 3 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Amenities on site include in-door changing area, in-door restrooms available, and food trucks. Halloween treats & candy for the kids in attendance will be provided by the church. Comments: Church Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Hope & Joy youth organization from Annunciation is hosting the charity event. Referred by: Local Artist participating in comic book conventions. Spoke with Alex Darling (stormtrooper) at Memphis Comic Expo.
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    Event Name: Make a Wish Send off party Venue: Riverview Corporate Center Venue address: 262 Robert Rose Drive Murfreesboro , Tennessee 37129 USA Event Start: November 8, 2022 - 10am central Event End: November 8, 2022 - 12pm central Event Website: Expected number of attendees: 30ish? Requested number of characters: 2-3 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: We are located in a three level office building with elevator. We have restrooms for both genders and two all gender private restrooms, we have water, coffee, and snacks usual to an office environment, as well as the food we will have for the party. Parking is right at the building, and we are close to interstate 24 and located in the main shopping/eating district of Murfreesboro, TN. Comments: Our company’s charity is granting a wish for a young boy named David to go to Walt Disney World and meet Kylo Ren. We are throwing a party to let him know his wish is granted! This is basically a send off/jump start to his Make a Wish trip. Referred by: Star Wars weekends way back in the day! But I am an avid fan and have been to many cons where the 501st is present. I was the one who suggested y’all to the charity committee.
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    Event Name: 9TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY CARES WALK & EXPO Venue: WILMA RUDOLPH EVENT CENTER Venue address: 119 CUMBERLAND DRIVE CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee 37040 USA Event Start: 10/29/22 - 9:00AM Event End: 10/29/22 - 11:00AM Event Website: www.cadstn.org Expected number of attendees: 3-5 Requested number of characters: 10 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Wilma Rudolph has all amenities. Refreshments will be served Comments: This event is Community Advocating Resources for Every Special Citizen. There is an expo with the opportunity for families to find local resources and a one mile walk to promote health and wellness
  26. -SATURDAY-PCA Pumpkin Patch-Murfreesboro

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    Event Name PCA Pumpkin Patch Event Description event outdoors to promote school pumpkin patch/fall festival Free roaming for picture taking Members can come and go as they need to Event Address 410 dejarnette Event Date Oct 22 2022 Arrival time Noon Start Time 1pm End Time 4pm Event Address 410 dejarnette City Murfreesboro State TN Zip Code 37130 Event Country USA Secure Dressing Area Yes Water and or Food Snacks Yes Parking either free or paid Yes ADDITIONAL INFORM: This Event is Crossed Posted with Rebel Legion and The Corellian Base.
  27. -Saturday- Brick Fest Live

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    Event Name: Brick Fest Live Venue: The Fairgrounds Nashville Venue address: 401 Wingrove St Nashville, Tennessee 37203 USA Event Start: 11/19/22 - 9:00am Event End: 11/19/22 - 5:00pm Event Website: https://www.brickfestlive.com/2021-2022 Expected number of attendees: 6000 Requested number of characters: 15 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Water, Restrooms, Changing Area Comments: Brick Fest Live is a massive family event geared toward entertainment for all ages. We have LIVE Interactive Stage Shows, Life-Size Models, Building Activities, Photo Ops, and Exclusive Merch. Due to the popularity of Lego Star Wars, I believe you all are the perfect fit for our event. This is a two day event on Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm. **Sunday Hours are from 10-4 in some cities. Referred by: 501st participates in other Brick Fest Live Events
  28. Tapatalk is now working for iOS!

    It has been many moons since I could get Tapatalk working on my phone with our boards. I learned others were having this issue too and narrowed it down to something that only happens on iOS. Long story short, it's fixed now so we should be good to go! Enjoy! Robbie
  29. -Saturday- The 7th annual Gr8t Chase 5K

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    Event Name: Venue: Gateway Island, Murfreesboro, TN Venue address: 1875 W College Street Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129 USA Event Start: October 29, 2022 - 8 AM Event End: Oct 29 2022 - 11 AM Event Website: https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Murfreesboro/TheGr8tChase5K Expected number of attendees: 300 Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: restrooms, water and snacks Comments: 5K walk/Run Referred by: Previous use and WE LOVE you guys and our participants do too!
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