The 501st Legion’s Green Mountain Squad trooped earlier this week in Rutland, Vermont to help support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The recipient was Ryan Farrington, a high school student, whose wish was to go to Disney World in Florida. Members of the costuming group were on hand to let him know that the wish was granted.
From the Rutland Herald:
The audience got an early start on the cheering when Darth Vader came into the auditorium, spending some time getting his audio equipment functioning well before being joined by the guest of honor.
The cheers were deafening, however, when Ryan was wheeled into the gymnasium, showing off the leg braces with the Darth Vader design that showed his fandom.
After the presentation, Ryan posed with various members of the Galactic Empire, alone or with family. He requested a final photo with just him and Vader.
Bad guys doing good.
Do you like dinosaurs? How about board games? A couple of locals are putting together a Kickstarter project for a game that they’ve been working on: DinoGenics: Dinosaur Park Management!
Here’s the blurb about the game:
DinoGenics is a worker placement game where players compete to build the most successful and profitable dinosaur park. Each player takes on the role of a multi-billion dollar corporation, each with access to their private island park. Over the course of seven seasons, players will send workers to the nearby mainland to collect resources such as DNA, fences and other necessities needed to run a successful park.
Once a player has assembled their resources, they get to choose how to layout their individual parks and decide which dinosaurs they will attempt to house. Parks with the most prestigious dinosaurs will attract the most visitors, but remember, dinosaurs have a mind of their own and if neglected or improperly penned, they will attempt to escape and spread havoc.
You can snag a copy of the game for $54 over on Kickstarter. It’s already well past its $30,000 goal, with delivery expected for November 2018.
Geek musician Marian Call is stopping by Burlington for a house concert next month. According to her website, the event will take place on October 5th, and will be a “friendly house concert.” If you want to attend, head over to the website to RSVP and get the location.
If you haven’t seen her perform in person, it’s well worth the time to go see her. She has a fantastic selection of what I’d call acoustic, geek-lite music, writing about things like Firefly, Mr. Darcy, Shark Week, and quite a bit more.
Vermont director Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. Lucasfilm made the announcement last night that he and the company had agreed to part ways, saying that “we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.” No replacement director has been announced yet.
Trevorrow had been in the running for Episode 7 way back in 2012, and joined the Episode IX in 2015, following J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson’s The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi with a film that would conclude the latest trilogy. At the time, Lucasfilm touted his work on Jurassic World, as well as his debut film, Safety Not Guaranteed. His latest film, Book of Henry, was lambasted by critics, although it’s not clear that the two are connected. Trevorrow wrote the script for the as-of-yet-untitled Episode IX, but that draft was re-written earlier this summer. That seems to have caused some trouble, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which reported that Trevorrow and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s working relationship deteriorated.
It’s not clear what Trevorrow’s next project will be, but he joins a growing list of directors to depart from Star Wars projects: directors Josh Trank, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and now Trevorrow have been fired from their films, while Rogue One‘s Gareth Edwards had much of his film reshot prior to the film’s release.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is getting a re-release for its 40th anniversary, and Essex Cinemas will be screening it on Friday, September 1st.
The theater will screen the film at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, and 9:00pm. Details and tickets are here.
VPR spoke with James Cawley, who owns the Star Trek Tour facility in Ticonderoga, New York. He recently got a major loan that will allow him to buy the building that currently houses his replica Enterprise set.
Cawley hosted Trekonderoga 2017 this past weekend on the site, an annual attraction that brings some of the original actors to the region.
Listen to the entire interview here.
Laboratory B has started up a book club, and their next meeting will take place on September 21st at 6:30PM at their Burlington space on Pine Street. Their next book is a cyberpunk classic: William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
Lab B’s second instance of the “Burlington Hacker Book Club” is going the Fiction route by reading William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk classic “Neuromancer”. The discussion will start at 6:30 pm, and feel free to bring munchies and beverages to share (concessions available for donation to the space). Though the structured discussion will end at 7:30, the event is immediately followed by Lab B’s weekly Public Hours, so we’re free to continue the conversation as long as folks like in that context.
The Moon will eclipse the Sun on Monday, August 21st. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s going to be really cool to witness. Vermont won’t get the full eclipse: but it’ll be cool all the same.
The event will begin a bit after 1pm, and it’ll last until just before 4pm. An important safety note: never look directly at the sun: this can cause serious damage to your eyes.
There’s a ton of places around Vermont that will be hosting watching events.
- The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will be hosting an event and will debut a portable planetarium called StarLab, from 12:30-2:30pm in Queechee. RSVP.
- The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich will hold an event from 12-4pm and will provide glasses and viewing equipment to visitors. RSVP / Details.
- The Fairbanks Museum of St. Johnsbury will have a viewing event from 1pm to 4pm, and will have activities on how to build your own pinhole projector, and look through some specially-equipped telescopes, and will host a couple of special planetarium shows. They will also be selling glasses at their gift shop. RSVP / Details.
- The ECHO Center in Burlington will host an event from 10am to 5pm, with a bunch of events for kids throughout the day. They will have a limited supply of glasses to use to view the event. RSVP.
- The North Branch Nature Center of Montpelier will host an event from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Details.
Some libraries across the state will have glasses available, but check early. The Vermont Astronomical Society has a brief list of events:
- Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg – Eclipse viewing
- Pierson Library in Shelburne – Eclipse viewing
- Brownell Library in Essex Junction. The library will have some glasses that they will be handing out. Details.
- Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho – Eclipse viewing
- Vergennes Grammar School in Vergennes – Eclipse viewing
- The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. They will have refreshments, glasses, and some experiments. Details.
- Aldrich Public Library in Barre, 1:30-2:30pm. There will be some hands on activities, and will have some glasses for kids to use. Details.
- Norwich University will host an event at the Kreitzberg Library in Northfield from 1:20pm to 4pm. The event will take place in the Weintz Courtyard, and will have physics professors Art Pallone, Tabetha Hole, and Elisabeth Atems on hand to help with equipment and lecture. The school will also host a live stream of the full eclipse in the Cabot 85 Lecture Hall. Details.
- Dartmouth College will host a viewing from 1:15pm to 4:00pm, with telescopes and glasses provided. Details.
- Castleton University will be hosting an event with the Green Mountain Astronomers. They’ll be providing glasses and will have some telescopes set up with some special filters. Details.
These are the events that we’ve been able to find. If you know of others, let us know in the comments, and we’ll add them up.