Star Wars characters visit Birch Bay

Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2) is throwing a picnic in Bay Horizon Park this weekend, and they’ve invited some special guests from a galaxy far, far away.

Members of the Outer Rim Garrison of Vancouver will make a visit to the picnic dressed as iconic “Star Wars” characters.

The Garrison is a group of die-hard “Star Wars” fans who don realistic costumes from the series, with the full blessing of Disney and Lucasfilm. The group travels to children’s hospitals and charity events throughout the states and Canada, taking photos with kids and acting out scenes from the films.

“We’ve been trying to get them to come out here, and we finally got approval,” said Heidi Holmes, program manager for BBBPRD2. “We’re really excited to have them.”

Picnic in the Playground will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admittance is free and the event is open to all ages. For more information, visit

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