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You Can Now Order PA Browncoats Brigade Patches!

Posted by Chris on August 24, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Matt Black of the Delaware Valley Brigade is going to do a run of patches for the Brigades of the Pennsylvania Browncoats. There are five (5) Brigades: Delaware Valley Brigade, Susquehanna Valley Brigade, Rivers & Bridges Brigade, Woods & Mountains Brigade, and Mines & Mountains Brigade. At the end of this post is a list of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties that are in each brigade in case the attached map (on the "Photos" page of this site) isn't clear. Proofs of the Brigade Patches are on the "Photos" page of this site. The Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania Browncoats". A proof of the Pennsylvania Browncoats patch is also on the "Photos" page. (It's the green PA Browncoats logo.) Its Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania".

Initially, these patches will ONLY be sold in SETS so we can get a full run of all of the Brigade patches. There will be two (2) sets available. "Set 1" is just the five (5) Brigade patches and will cost $40. "Set 2" is the five (5) Brigade patches plus one (1) Pennsylvania Browncoats patch for a total of six (6) patches for $45.

To read the original the Facebook interest post, go to the "Links" page of this site and click on the link for the PA Browncoats Facebook page. You can order directly on the original Facebook post simply by indicating in the comments "Set 1" or "Set 2" plus quantity of each set, e.g. "x1", "x2", etc.

Or email Matt Black directly at [email protected] with what you're interested in if you aren't on Facebook.

Here's the list of counties in each Brigade:


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and some regions of Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata,, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuykill, Snyder, Union, York and some regions of Northern Maryland and Northern West Virginia


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and some regions of Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren and some regions on Northeastern Ohio and Southwestern New York


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming and some regions of Southeastern New York and Northwestern New Jersey

Keep flyin',


Give us your feedback on CSTS 2017... and don't forget to vote!

Posted by Chris on August 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If you attended this year's CSTS Pittsburgh, we are seeking your feedback. Please take a minute or two to fill out our survey:


Your feedback will help us make future CSTS events better. We'll leave it open until August 19, but you want to do it ASAP, while the memory of the event is still fresh and so you don't forget the survey altogether. Your input is much appreciated.

And don't forget, you can vote for CSTS Pittsburgh for "Best Fundraising Gala" in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh 2017 Readers' Poll once per day until August 18:


That is all. As you were.

Keep flyin',

Cap'n Chris

Vote for CSTS Pittsburgh in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh poll

Posted by Chris on August 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

CSTS Pittsburgh has been nominated for "Best Fundraising Gala" in the 2017 City Paper "Best of Pittsburgh" poll! It sure would go a long way towards boosting our signal if we were to win that title, or at least make a strong showing. You'll find the link for it below. Please vote, and tell as many folk as you can to vote too. You can vote once per day through August 18. And while you're at it, if you see any of our Big Damn Supporters nominated, be sure to vote for them too. You can find a list of those folk on the "Links" page of this site.

That is all.  Now go vote! I'll be in touch.

Keep flyin',

Cap'n Chris


Thanks for another shiny shindig!

Posted by Chris on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


I want to thank everyone who came out to CSTS Pittsburgh 2017 at the Hollywood Theater this past Sunday. I hope everyone had as much fun as the crew and I did. We raised a total of $515.50 this year. $51.50 of that will be donated to the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in memory of Ron Glass. The rest will go to Equality Now. Special thanks to our hosts, the Hollywood Theater, and our sponsor, geekpittsburgh.com. Of course we're already conjurin' ways to make next year's event even better, so if you had a good time, please tell your friends about us.

To date, CSTS Pittsburgh has raised over $12,000 for Equality Now and other charities, and we're part of a global effort that has raised over $1.2 million! Thank you for being a part of that.

And we're not done yet! We'll see you next year at the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh.

Keep flyin',

Cap'n Chris

CSTS Pittsburgh 2017 is this Sunday at the Hollywood Theater!

Posted by Chris on July 24, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Can you believe we're less than one week away from CSTS Pittsburgh? I know I can't. My crew and I are all kinds of busy getting ready for Sunday's shindig. Here are some last-minute things we think you need to know:

The doors open at noon. There won't be any live entertainment this year, so you'll have a full two hours before the movie to play games, win prizes and get your tickets in for the raffles. We'll have four games this year-- Zoe's Shootin' Gallery, Badger's Dodgy Dice, Jayne's Grenade Throw and Kaylee's Sprocket Toss. We'll be using the Blue Sun Credit cards for game play again this year, which you'll be able to purchase along with raffle tickets. It's free to get in, but you'll still need to make at least a $10 donation to Equality Now/the Wooten Center to see the movie, and we will have a special raffle for those who've never seen the film before, so if you bring someone who's never seen Serenity, make sure they tell the volunteer at the box office that they want to enter the first-timers' raffle.

Parking should not be an issue. We have received permission again this year to park in the parking lot of the church across the street from the Hollywood Theater, but ONLY AFTER 12:30PM. Please do not violate this rule. North Way Christian Community has been very welcoming to us for the past several years, and we don't want to spoil that relationship. Dong ma? If you get there before 12:30pm, you can either park on the street or in any of the other public lots near the Hollywood, since there is no charge to park on Sundays.

The event is BYOB. However, if you're going to enjoy the best of beverages that make you blind, please do so responsibly, and please be respectful of the Hollywood Theater's rules regarding alcohol, which are that you should stick to beer and wine, dispose of all bottles properly (we hope that one's obvious) and refrain from taking alcohol into the balcony of the theater. And of course, in the state of PA you have to be 21 to drink alcohol, so if you're a minor, you'll have to stick to the water and soda that's available at concessions.

Costumes are encouraged, and we're not the type to get jumpy about replica weapons. We just ask that if you are bringing that replica blade or firearm as an accessory for your costume, please be judicious about where and how you wear it outside the theater. We reckon other Dormont establishments won't be expecting their Sunday afternoon patrons to show up armed, and we wouldn't want to contribute to any dramatic misunderstandings.

And finally, we want to remind you that the only food and beverages available at the event are movie concessions (popcorn, candy and the like), so if you're thinking you might get a bit peckish, you'll want to eat a late breakfast or early lunch before coming to the shindig. We don't have any official after-party planned, but the crew will likely be heading over to Fredo's Deli (right next door to the Hollywood) after we close everything down. They have very good food, and have been very friendly to CSTS Pittsburgh in the past, so we don't see why we'd need to go anywhere else to grab ourselves dinner. They're open until 7pm, so if you're thinking of grabbing a meal after the movie, you might want to consider joining us.

That's about it. I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday at high noon for the 12th annual Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh charity screening.

Keep flyin',


CSTS Pittsburgh is less than one month away (and then there's also Browncoat Ball in August)!

Posted by Chris on July 1, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Yeah, I know. It's been a while. I meant to be in touch earlier, but as a certain Corellian smuggler would say, I got a little sidetracked. I hope you're all enjoying your Independents Day (or is that Independence Day?) weekend. I'm sending this wave now to give you two big reminders.

First of all, we are now officially less than one month away from CSTS Pittsburgh! That's right, our big damn screening of the best gorram sci-fi film in the 'verse is at the end of this month. It's actually the same exact date as last year, July 30, but this year it's going to be a matinee screening at 2pm. We're still at the historic Hollywood Theater in Dormont, PA. Doors will open at noon for games and raffles, and admission to the event is free. You do have to make at least a $10 donation to get a ticket for the movie though, because just like every year we're throwing this shindig partly because we're doin' good works. This year 90% of the proceeds from our event will go to Equality Now, and 10% will go to the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center in honor of the late Ron Glass.

One change this year is that we won't be able to use the parking lot across from the Hollywood Theater because the church to which it belongs will need it for their Sunday services. Don't let that bad news bother you though, because since it'll be a Sunday, the good news is that if you can't find a spot on the street, you can park in the public lots around the theater without having to pay.

To stay up-to-date on all the news about CSTS Pittsburgh, you'd best check back here at the website on a pretty regular basis. It's also a good idea to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. There are links to both of those on the homepage of this site. Just look up at the top.

Okay, now to Browncoat Ball, the annual national gathering of Browncoats. This year, if you haven't heard, the Browncoat Ball is being hosted in Gettysburg, PA by the PA Browncoats, with the Philadelphia Browncoats taking point. The ball is being held from August 11-13, and around 10 of the Browncoats from our brigade (myself included) have already confirmed they'll be attending. The HQ for the event is the historic (and supposedly haunted) Gettysburg Hotel, so it makes sense that you'd want to stay there. The thing is, the hotel room block associated with the ball closes July 7, and there aren't many rooms left, so if you want to attend, you need to go for hard burn and register for the BCB as soon as possible. To do that, go to the event's website, which is www.browncoatball.com. Hope to see you there.

That's all for now. We have a couple of mighty fine shindigs coming up real soon, so I hope to see you all before long.

Keep flyin',

Cap'n Chris

Don't forget about the ToonSeum's Ka-Blam! Cosmic Cause-Play Event this Saturday

Posted by Chris on April 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey, Browncoats! Don't forget that the ToonSeum's annual Ka-Blam! fundraiser is this Saturday, April 22.  The theme this year is Cosmic Cause-Play and will feature great sci-fi costumes, themed activities and a pop-up showcase highlighting the work of Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  (Let's not forget he's also responsible for bringing Marvel's Avengers to the big screen as both writer and director.)

There will be live drawings, coveted auction items, music provided by DJ Jay Malls and great fare and refreshments from some of Pittsburgh’s best local establishments.  This is an event you don’t want to miss!


NOTE: The Ka-Blam! event has been relocated to the ToonSeum! DO NOT go to Teamster Temple, or you will find yourself bored and alone!



VIP Admission starting at 7pm.

General Admission starting at 8pm.

VIP Tickets are $75.

General Admission:  $45.

The ToonSeum and its president, Anthony Letizia (founder of geekpittsburgh.com) have had a long-standing relationship with CSTS Pittsburgh, and Geek Pittsburgh is sponsoring CSTS Pittsburgh again this year.  This is our chance to show our appreciation by supporting this important ToonSeum fundraiser.

I hope to see you there.

Keep flyin',


CSTS 2017 Merchandise is Now Available for Purchase Online

Posted by Chris on April 17, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Believe it or not, this year's CSTS season is already in full swing! That means t-shirts other merchandise with a shiny new logo. T-shirts are under contract with Represent again this year. In fact, the current campaign has already been launched. Not only can you buy official CSTS 2017 t-shirts in your choice of color, but you can also get long-sleeve shirts, hoodies, tank tops and ladies' tees. And in the "something new" department, CSTS is also offering phone cases this year, and those will be on a per-order basis and not run on campaign, so you can get them pretty much on-demand. Shiny! As with last year, all proceeds go to Equality Now and we are very happy to be able to offer them to you this year in this manner so you can have them in plenty of time for our event at the Hollywood Theater on July 30.

To order your CSTS merchandise, just head on over to the "Web Store" on this very site, where you'll find links to the pages to order both the shirts and the phone cases.

Now go treat yourself to some new CSTS gear and support the fine folk at Equality Now!

Keep flyin',


CSTS Global Auction: Oct. 24-30

Posted by Chris on October 23, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This year's Can't Stop the Serenity season comes to a close this week with the annual global auction, which will run on eBay from October 24-30. CSTS will post the URL for the auction on their website, www.cantstoptheserenity.com, but you can find it on eBay if you search for the account of the California Browncoats, who are hosting the auction online.


There will be a number of rare and signed items in the auction, including some that were donated by our brigade, thanks to Sara and Jeff McClelland and Bob Averell. The items contributed by our brigade include a PA Browncoats Rivers and Bridges Brigade t-shirt signed by Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite and Gina Torres, a promo poster for the new Serenity: No Power in the Verse comics series signed by Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Joss Whedon, a promo poster for the new Amazon The Tick TV series signed by Ben Edlund, a Serenity: Those Left Behind graphic novel signed by Joss Whedon, and a Con Man promo poster signed by Alan Tudyk.


All proceeds from the auction go directly to Equality Now, so it's one last chance this year to do good works to help some folk who need it-- and pick yourself up some really shiny loot while you're at it.

So bid with confidence, and remember, if you can't do something smart, do something right. As always, thanks for your support of CSTS and Equality Now.


Keep flyin',




Our Donation to Equality Now

Posted by Chris on August 11, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The numbers are in, and we're proud to announce that this year's CSTS Pittsburgh screening of Serenity at the Hollywood Theater raised $781.50 for Equality Now.

In addition, we're contributing items to this year's CSTS Global Auction (thanks to Bob Averell and Sara and Jeff McClelland) that should also raise a significant amount of money for Equality Now.  Those items are:

  • A poster for the new Serenity "No Power in the Verse" comics signed by Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Joss Whedon (courtesy Sara and Jeff McClelland)
  • A hardcover Serenity "Those Left Behind" graphic novel signed by Joss Whedon (courtesy Sara and Jeff McClelland)
  • A poster for the new Amazon The Tick series signed by Ben Edlund (courtesy Sara and Jeff McClelland)
  • A Pennsylvania Browncoats Rivers & Bridges Brigade t-shirt signed by Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite and Gina Torres (courtesy Bob Averell)
  • A Con Man poster signed by Alan Tudyk (courtesy Bob Averell)
We will of course, let local Browncoats know when those items go live on the global auction.  (Although we felt the need to auction them globally in order to maximize the amount of money they'll generate for Equality Now, we still think it would be very shiny if Browncoats from the Pittsburgh area were to win one or more of them.)

Thanks again to everyone who supported this year's shindig.  We look forward to doing it all again with you next year. 

--- Cap'n Chris