Events

Event reports from previous TNVLC shows.

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.

Tennessee Valley Fair, Knoxville - September 8-17

posted Dec 20, 2017, 3:18 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 3:19 PM ]

We partnered with Beyond a Brick once again at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair. The fair runs for 11 days on the Chilhowee Fairgrounds every year and is approaching its 100th anniversary. This year we assisted with judging the LEGO competitions on the opening weekend and had the pleasure of displaying our Henley Street Bridge model. The bridge was on display in the Kerr building and saw thousands of visitors over the week. The lighting system received an upgrade which enabled it to run completely automated, turning off at the end of the day and coming back on in the morning when the doors opened.


All told, the fair saw around 130,000 visitors and we're so thankful to the folks at Beyond a Brick for involving us in this great event for another year.

Railfest, Chattanooga - Sept 9-10

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:56 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 1:03 PM ]


This year we returned to Railfest in Chattanooga, TN for the first time since 2011. Railfest was actually our first out of town exhibit so it was exciting returning to this amazing venue. Willie, Yvette, Bill, Frosty, Sharifa and Chris represented all three chapters of the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club this year. As a bit of a throwback, we rolled out the former club banner for the show as it seemed appropriate.

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 hoping to bring a lot more next year and encourage all train fans to check out the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Railfest!

BrickUniverse, Knoxville - August 26-27

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:41 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 1:03 PM ]


This year saw Knoxville's first ever LEGO fan convention come to town in the form of BrickUniverse! We were fortunate to be part of this amazing event which also included artists Rocco Buttliere, Jonathan Lopes and Paul Hetherington and drew a crowd of 5000 public visitors to the beautiful Knoxville Convention Center over the weekend.

We 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 and we chose this show to debut our new model of the Henley Street Bridge. A dozen members poured 600 hours into its construction and all three chapters rallied at the end to address last minute details. The public reception was amazing and we're looking forward to displaying it frequently around town.


Jacob Carpenter also brought his enormous Death Star which was a huge hit, the club collaborated on a large town and train layout, we put together our largest GBC to date, ran Sumo Bot demonstrations all weekend and exhibited a wide variety of MOCs including Marty's growing post-apocalyptic layout, a Micropolis collaboration complete with Mike's Sunshpere, Maxifig superheros and more!


We were also extremely appreciative of the opportunity to receive a guided tour through Paul Hetherington's gallery after public hours on Saturday. Paul was quite the host, explaining his design process and philosophy in detail, answering our questions and just being really open on a wide range of subjects, from the humorous to deeply personal. It was a really great time and a unique treat for the club.

The Knoxville crowd was great, with all kinds of questions and interest expressed and we're all appreciative of Greyson Beights and the whole BrickUniverse crew for bringing their convention to Knoxville. It was a complete blast and we're told it will be returning in 2018!












Build a Saturn V under a Saturn V! - August 10

posted Sep 15, 2017, 10:31 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 1:06 PM ]


Tennessee Valley LEGO Club partnered with Geek Out Huntsville for a really awesome event at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. We built 2 of LEGO's new Saturn V kits underneath an actual Saturn V in the Davidson Center!


There remain only 3 Saturn V's in the world composed of actual flight or test ready hardware, and one of them is on display in the Davidson Center. This particular Saturn V was a prototype used for dynamic testing at the nearby Marshal Space Flight Center prior to the manned missions.


The public was welcome to help with the builds and the format was something of a race pitting Geek Out Huntsville against the US Space and Rocket Center crew. In a show of solidarity with geeks on both sides of that divide, we placed 2 members on each team.


The race came down to the wire. Even though the mayor "helped" just long enough to destroy the first stage oxidizer tank, team Geek Out Huntsville came out on top by no more than 10 seconds. 


The event generated a lot of questions from the public and it was just a really great opportunity to team up with two outstanding organizations. We can't thank The US Space and Rocket Center and Geek Out Huntsville enough for making this event happen!


Brickapalooza - Huntsville 2017

posted Jul 1, 2017, 6:31 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 6:34 PM ]

On June 3 & 4, 2017, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library hosted Brickapalooza.  The Huntsville chapter of the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club spearheaded the event by hosting an all new LEGO Speed Champions activity, which was highly popular with with attendees.  The LEGO Group provided us with three tubs of parts to assemble the best car to race on the Speed Champions track. 

Other activities included a Minecraft activity, LEGO free-build challenge and Bingo.  This year we introduced a large amount of solid blue bricks in the play brick area.  The single color experience allowed for new and interesting builds not possible with our standard play brick.






Huntsville & Nashville chapter club members participated by displaying a new collaborative display as well as various MOC's (My Own Creation).

The library reported over 1000 visitors to the show.
For more photos from the show, visit our Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnvlc/albums/72157682718520500


BrickFair, AL - January 12-15, 2017

posted Jun 6, 2017, 7:03 PM by TNVLC Admin


MLK Weekend once again saw TNVLC return to Birmingham for BrickFair! We do a lot of events every year, but this is "the" event we look forward to as a whole club. Members from Huntsville, Knoxville and Nashville all make the trip to support this event and to just have fun enjoying each other's company. This year was no exception. We again featured our collaborative town and train layout, but also had on display a wide range of other MOCs. As usual members helped staff a large number of roles during the convention and at other times we had a great time getting together for some group activities. Public attendance was around 6000 visitors, and AFOL attendance and MOC count was up, filling up the East hall at the BJCC. Hope to see everyone again next year!










 

Fantasy of Trees - November 23-27, 2016

posted Dec 13, 2016, 7:46 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 7:49 PM ]


This year we had the awesome opportunity to participate in Knoxville's annual "Fantasy of Trees" event which supports the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. This year saw in excess of 60,000 visitors and raised over $400,000 for the hospital! The event features a convention center full of decorated Christmas trees, ginger bread houses and other assorted holiday activities and we were offered a prime spot on the main thoroughfare.

To fit in with the theme of the event we elected to build a life-size Christmas tree complete with ornaments and presents, all out of LEGO bricks and no kragle! Over a dozen members from the Knoxville and Nashville chapters pitched in and in about a month's time we were able to complete the 6' tree and all the trimmings.


Over the years we've gained a lot of experience transporting models, but this one felt different. Despite extra precautions, we found out why when we arrived on site...

Before...

After...

Fortunately it went back together fairly quickly and survived the entire week on display without a problem. It drew a lot of attention and we received a bunch of positive comments on it but mostly we were all just very happy to be able to support such a great event.

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