Events

Event reports from previous TNVLC shows.

Fantasy of Trees, Knoxville - November 19-24

posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:37 AM by TNVLC Admin


We returned for the third year in a row to Knoxville's Fantasy of Trees, a great fundraiser for East Tennessee's Children's Hospital and a holiday tradition for over 50,000 from around the East Tennessee region. This year we were back in the entrance hall right greeting visitors on their way to the convention floor!

Our 100% LEGO tree returned, complete with ornaments and freshly flocked. The tree is build from just a handful of different parts, primarily the classic 2x4 brick in green, and contains over 20,000 pieces. 11 club members participated this year in the construction and display of the tree and assorted displays and the hospital enjoyed another successful fundraiser!



BrickBlast, Nashville - November 17-18

posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:29 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 7:12 PM ]


On November 17th and 18th the Nashville chapter of TNVLC presented the third annual BrickBlast at the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library.


We expanded yet again, keeping the large conference room for displays with separate rooms for games and play brick. The LEGO escape room activity, new this year, was a hit along with old favorites like Bingo, trivia, Minecraft build and Speed Champions races. We had 22 club members on hand representing all 3 chapters and entertained over 500 visitors.



As the library moves BrickBlast closer to Christmas each year it's developing a definite Christmas vibe including Michelle's ornate Gingerbread Houses.

New members mean new ideas and our custom BrickHeadz are continually multiplying thanks to Brian. 

Kelli's Princesses are a very popular alternative for some people to all the trains.


Doug's castle layout grows and grows, and becomes more detailed and funny each year.


David's Christmas ornaments are a fun display to show people how they can make small creations at home.


The Vancouver Library showed up on our collaborative train table, increasing the different ideas we can get in one display. We've loved having Dwayne join us this year and explain how different other LUGs' collaborative train displays can be.

Railfest, Chattanooga - September 8-9

posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:13 AM by TNVLC Admin


We returned to Railfest this year in Chattanooga, TN, the site of our first out of town exhibit. Bill and Charles made the trip, representing the Huntsville chapter of the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club and entertained over 900 public visitors.

This was a fun event and the other model railroaders embraced and welcomed us with open arms. While not tending to the exhibit there were also full sized, steam-powered passenger trains to ride! We're really thankful for the opportunity to participate in this event and encourage all train fans to check out the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Railfest!

BrickUniverse, Knoxville - August 24-26

posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:03 AM by TNVLC Admin


BrickUniverse returned to Knoxville for another amazing convention and public expo! This year's crowd exceeded 5000 public visitors and saw the return of several artists from last year as well as a larger presence from TNVLC. We were even given a prime location this year, right at the entrance to the convention floor!


We again had a strong showing from the club with members from Nashville and Huntsville making the trip and a large portion of the Knoxville chapter exhibiting. There were amazing exhibits all around with another town/train layout, a larger GBC area, robotics demonstrations and MOC tables spanning multiple themes. We also partnered with the Titanic Museum of Pigeon Forge on a scavenger hunt that turned out to be a great hit with the public!












Heroes & Villains, Nashville - May 11-13

posted Dec 16, 2018, 12:42 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 12:42 AM ]



Heros and Villians/ Walker Stalker Nashville 2018 was a success! The number of attendees was about 20,000. Our tables received a lot of visitors and the children had a wonderful time with the play brick. We received lots of comments from parents thanking us for being there and being so kind to the children. Many children were happy to show us many interesting creations. Our display theme was Heroes vs Zombies, it went over well and everone saw something different. Big thanks to everyone that helped with the many aspects of the event such as contribution of lego table displays, put up of display and breakdown of tables and monitoring our display. It was great!!!!


Brickapalooza, Huntsville - June 2-3

posted Jul 1, 2018, 9:11 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Jul 1, 2018, 9:12 PM ]


Continuing our long relationship with the Huntsville Madison County Library system, 
TNVLC's Huntsville chapter held our annual summer show at the downtown branch of the Library. About 20 members from the Huntsville and Nashville chapters put together a show that included a "T" shaped collaborative build of town and train, some very nice mechanical mocs and some custom rocket builds. LEGO bingo, and our Books & Bricks and Minecraft build events were well attended. The stay and play area and build your own racer area were favorites as well. This year we had a few tables in a corner where we were rebuilding some kits that were damaged in transport. Suprisingly, that turned out to be a big draw for visitors. We did not make much progress, but people really enjoyed helping us build.

MineCraft Maestros
We had 18 kids and one dad build minecraft modules that were then assembled into a giant display and added to the show Saturday afternoon. Our builders really enjoyed pointing out which part they built to friends and family.




BrickFair, AL - February 3-4

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:44 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:08 PM ]


TNVLC returned to Alabama for the 7th annual BrickFair Convention! This year, more than 20 members converged on the BJCC in downtown Birmingham and entertained 6000+ public visitors over the weekend.


This year's show was about the same size as last year, but the quality of displays seemed higher overall. Every chapter was represented but the Nashville group's growing presence was definitely felt, both on the collaborative layout and elsewhere throughout the exhibit hall. We were also excited to debut our new club logo which better reflects the regional nature of the club with a brick for each of the 3 chapters.


This year we also got to enjoy a large collection of lit MOCs which made World of Lights particularly inspiring. Doug's castle layout was amazing, the collaborative town layout was well lit, Faustino showed up with a huge assortment of lit vehicles and the club's collaborative Henley Street Bridge put on a show as well.


Club members were honored to be nominated for 9 awards this year with Mike's micropolis scale house from Up! taking home the Best "Tiny Little Thing" and the club's Henley Street Bridge collaboration taking home a Staff Favorite award! For more picture, see below or visit our Flickr page!

A small sampling of Faustino's vehicle collection which he brought down for his first BrickFair, AL!

Ed posing in front of his entertaining (and growing) amusement park.

David, the Habitat guru...

Sean posing with a few of his vehicles.

Kelly and her adorable Brickheadz!

Willie and Yvette sharing their superhero maxifigs.

Chris was gracious enough to coordinate our collaborative display this year!

Caleb keeping an eye on his Sylvari.

Doug brought his huge castle creation and teamed up with a few other to create a mind boggling medieval diorama.

Jenni, Mike, John and Judy having fun at one of the games.

The Joy's amazing steampunk/town layout and Jenni doing her best to look thoroughly annoyed at having to pose for a photograph.

Bill discussing the finer points of Arduino controlled lighting solutions...

Pete taking a break from programming to pose behind the bridge.

Fantasy of Trees, Knoxville - November 22-26

posted Dec 20, 2017, 4:41 PM by TNVLC Admin


We returned for the second year in a row to Knoxville's Fantasy of Trees, a great fundraiser for East Tennessee's Children's Hospital and a holiday tradition for over 50,000 from around the East Tennessee region. This year we were moved into the exhibit hall right next to the information desk which meant we were one of the first displays to greet visitors to the event!
Our 100% LEGO tree returned, complete with ornaments and this year added a Christmas train and ice sculpture gallery. The tree is build from just a handful of different parts, primarily the classic 2x4 brick in green, and contains over 20,000 pieces. The display earned lots of positive comments over the week but more importantly, the hospital enjoyed another successful fundraiser which pushed the 30 year total to over $7 million raised!

BrickBlast, Nashville - November 4-5

posted Dec 20, 2017, 4:11 PM by TNVLC Admin

On November 4th and 5th the Nashville chapter of TNVLC presented the second annual BrickBlast at the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library.


We expanded the event for our second year, keeping the large conference room for displays with separate rooms for bingo, play brick and a small conference room for Minecraft building activity and local FLL robot demonstrations.



As usual our largest display was our collaborative train layout, with sections that included town, fairground, steampunk and a zoo.









The highlight for many people was the giant Death Star.



Though for those more into comic books it would be the giant minifigures



The medieval village continues to expand beautifully and challenge us all



Our Great Ball Contraption was bigger this year thanks to some help from our Knoxville chapter, who also bought sumobots which were a great hit with the kids.


We had really big Micropolis and Habitat displays with help from the Huntsville chapter.




And a big increase in our smaller pop culture builds thanks to new members



It was a great event, with 25 club members from all three chapters participating and saw over 580 attendees.

Dinner on the Bridge, Knoxville - October 15

posted Dec 20, 2017, 3:43 PM by TNVLC Admin


On Sunday evening we had the awesome opportunity to partner with Knoxville's Arts and Culture Alliance and display our Henley Street Bridge model downtown with a view of the real thing! The Art's a Culture Alliance serves and supports the local community of artists, organizations and institutions. This was the second year that the Alliance staged an evening dinner/fundraiser on the Gay Street Bridge which is one of two bridges spanning the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville. The Gay Street Bridge is just a couple of blocks upriver from the Henley Street Bridge that we modeled earlier this summer.


We started setting up for the evening event around 1 and were ready just before the guests started arriving. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate later in the evening so we packed up a bit early but not before receiving a lot of positive comments while providing a unique backdrop for photographs.

Despite the weather, the evening was a great success and we're just so thankful for the opportunity to get to know and partner with the Arts and Culture Alliance for this amazing opportunity.

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