Meet the new leader of our knitting army

Fabulous news folks, we have found Jayne’s Dad; if Jayne’s dad were young, adventurous and brave. As you may recall, our knitting group was in danger of dissolving for a period of time as we didn’t have any one to lead it. The loss of a few months knitting would have been tragic as our hat sales account for approximately 50% of all the funds we’ve raised for charities to date!

Luckily for us, Seamus O’Donoghue wanted to join the knitting group. And, when we told him that it was on hiatus and why, he offered to take the lead.  And, to keep the transition as “normal” as possible, Seamus has decided to keep knitting nights on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at the Carrot (9351 118 Ave). He’d loaded up with yarn and is ready to collect all our lovely knitted goodies.

We’ll be back knitting on Sept 9th, taking a break on Sept 23rd for Edmonton Expo prep, and back to the normal routine on October 14th. Seamus will post reminders about knitting and taking requests for yarn on our Facebook page and will be joining the FB page admin team.

Every wanted to sail a Firefly?

Looking for a new hobby? Want to help get Serenity back in the air (as a flying RC model)? Located in Edmonton and surrounding area? Have we got the project for you!

Robert is looking for people with experience (or interest) in molding fiberglass or carbon fiber body parts for a Serenity model project. The molds have to be hand carved from foam insulation as do many of the smaller parts; so people with some skill in carving foam would be greatly appreciated. In addition, some parts also need to be hand cut from carbon fiber, so people with experience in this task are on our “must have” list.

Not sure these are you skill sets? No worries. There’s lots to be done on the project. Robert will need a whole team of shipbuilders to help with fiberglass, sanding, paint, cutting and fitting cf board, foam parts, and so on.

Interested in learning more? Send us a wave and we’ll pass your information on to Robert.

In search of…

UPDATE AUG 11 – Sadly, no one has stepped forward as the new group leader for our knitting nights. For the time being, all future knitting sessions are cancelled. If you have hats or need yarn, please send us a wave and we’ll try to arrange one-on-one meetings.  If you’re interested in leading the group, please let us know.

… fearless leader for Ma Cobb’s knitting army.

Currently our volunteer knitting group is led by our board Chair. However, she’s run away to grad school and can’t guarantee a schedule to accommodate knitting nights in future.

Knitting not afraid of anything toques is an important part of our fundraising (and social) activities, we’d hate to see the group die off while she’s unavailable to manage the ins and outs of the group over the next few years.  With this in mind, we’re looking for a new volunteer coordinator to be responsible for Ma Cobb’s Army.

Currently, we’re meeting at the Carrot Community Coffee House (9351 118 Ave NW, Edmonton) every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9pm.  The new coordinator may change the date/time and location to meet their scheduling needs.  If a new date, time or location is selected, this information will need to be communicated to our knitters at least a week in advance and the Shindig calendar will be updated accordingly.


  • Attend all knitting scheduled knitting nights.
    • Must remain on site for at least an hour from start time to allow volunteer knitters an opportunity to arrive before leaving location or cancelling scheduled meet-up.
  • Post knitting night reminder message on the Alberta Browncoats Facebook page 1 day before scheduled meet-ups.
  • Keep track of yarn and provide to volunteer knitters as requested.
  • Collect hats and pompoms.
    • Sew pompoms on hats
    • Check hats to see all threads are sewn in, etc.
  • Reply to email questions relating to knitting group.
  • Email copies of knitting patterns (upon request).

Payment: Divide nuttin’ into nuttin’

Interested in taking charge? Send us a wave.

Calgary Expo: Wrap-up

We have to admit, out hearts jumped into our throats when we learned Neil Patrick Harris was not only coming to Calgary Expo as a last minute addition, but that he’d been scheduled for a panel at the same time as our charity Serenity screening. But, you lovely, loyal and amazing Browncoats proved we had nothing to be worried about. Despite the conflict in scheduling, 110 Browncoats eschewed NPH and came to our screening, raising $669.  Our booth raised another $1382 for a total of $2051 to donate to charity this month.

The donation breakdown is as follows:

  • GRIT Society (Calgary): $1080
  • Kids Need to Read: $505.50
  • YESS (Edmonton): $332.50
  • Northern Food Bank: $133

Thank you everyone for making this a great experience. See you next year (or, at Edmonton Expo in Sept!)

Calgary Expo – Booth & Screening Updates

New shiny goodies. Same location. Same old charity fundraising*.

Please stop by our Alberta Browncoats booth (#200) at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 16-19, 2015) and help us raise funds for G.R.I.T. Calgary SocietyKids Need to Read, and Edmonton’s Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

Click to embiggen – Calgary Expo 2015 Floor Map – Booth 200

Along with our usual Jayne hats, we’ll have some amazing new items at our booth sure to please.

Click on photos to enlarge & view some “new to us” items we’ll be featuring at the booth this year.

Serenity Charity Screening
Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 6 – 9 pm

Don your best flowery bonnet, grab your rain stick & join the Alberta Browncoats for a charity screening of Serenity (2005). This is an un-ticketed event; your Calgary Expo ticket (Friday or Weekend pass) is all you need to come join in on the fun.

Cashy money donations will be greatly appreciated. Donors will be eligible for door prizes, including some autographed items from the cast. We’ll also have a quick live auction* with 1-2 amazing items donated by the cast.

Costumes & Evil Laughs welcome.

*Cash/Credit payments will be accepted for all booth sales and the live auction items at the Serenity screening. At this time, Debit is not an available payment option.