Star Wars will be the special theme on Saturday, with the group from the 501st Legion and Empire City Garrison mingling with guests from 10 am until 3 pm. Their crowd pleasing “Blast a Trooper” event will take place on the 2nd floor from 11am-1pm. The group will be center stage from 2 – 3 as part of a STAR WARS” Talk Back”  speaking with the audience in the café area about their experiences and then taking questions from all their fans!  And of course, the awesome STAR WARS tree will be on display the whole weekend and will be sold to the highest bidder.  In addition, a STAR WARS creation made entirely of LEGOs that stands over 2 ft tall will be on display as part of a raffle to benefit CP Nassau

The Empire City Garrison, or ECG, is the New York division of The 501st Legion, the world’s definitive Star Wars costuming organization. One of the original garrisons in a 6,000 member organization that spans across the United States and to nearly 50 countries around the world, ECG covers all of New York City, Long Island, and the five boroughs, enforcing the Empire’s rule and spreading the magic of Star Wars through appearances at charity events.

ECG’s volunteer members pride themselves on their professionalism and attention to detail in bringing to life some of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars universe, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Captain Rex, Commander Cody and a veritable army of Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers.

In addition to its charity work, ECG has worked closely with corporations including Pepsi, DK Publishing, Random House, Adidas, NBC, Verizon Wireless, and Lucasfilm itself to plan and execute major promotional events like movie premieres and product launches. Empire City Garrison members have appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, Discovery Science Channel, MTV, Spike TV, G4, and have even had the honor of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Cradle of Aviation and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County are thrilled to have the participation of these caring and talented people!  It is wonderful to bring STAR WARS to life at the Festival of Trees for all our guests!