Events

Event reports from previous TNVLC shows.

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.

BrickBlast - October 8-9, 2016

posted Oct 31, 2016, 6:51 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 7:48 PM ]

Over the weekend of October 8 & 9, 2016, the Nashville chapter presented BrickBlast at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville.  The library turned over their largest conference room to contain all things LEGO for the weekend. There was a great turnout with 24 TNVLC members from Nashville, Huntsville and Knoxville chapters involved.  The visitor head count was 673 people for the weekend.

Visitors enjoyed the play areas, including Duplo, Bionicle and giant piles of green 2x4s, as well as regular system bricks, and also bingo, trivia competitions and a scavenger hunt.

Our display included a 50 foot long collaborative train layout encompassing Huntsville buildings

An airport

 A moonscape

A carnival

And steampunk

We had a Great Ball Contraption thanks to Rafe and Pete

A quickly growing Micropolis

Doug's highly detailed medieval village

James beautiful historic MOC's, all with hidden compartments :)

David McClatchey put together an enormous display of LEGO space themes from Classic Space

There were Habitats, something new for TNVLC

A lovely group of Pokemon which were very popular

Kyle brought his UCS Millenium Falcon to show off to people and along with Jacob's SW MOCs made a great display of big Star Wars builds

TNVLC Huntsville friends John and Chris brought a mine and a Halloween train

Superman made an appearance


It was all in all a fantastic weekend where we got to meet lots of LEGO fans, young and old, who may not have heard of us previously.  Thanks to everyone who came out to see us, the library for hosting us and our members for all their hard work.

Robotics Revolution - August 6, 2016

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:07 PM by TNVLC Admin


On August 6, we had the privilege of participating in Robotics Revolution, a STEM promotion event organized by The MUSE in Knoxville. This is a really neat event which brings together organizations from across the region to get kids interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As the name implies, there's a large robotics component including a bunch of FIRST LEGO League teams. One of the really interesting activities during the day was a sumo bot competition which consisted of teams pitting LEGO Mindstorms based robots against each other complete with stage, bleachers and an announcer!


This was the first year the second floor was opened and we were honored to be the anchor for this area. It was really an ideal perch to view the activities of the day and we setup a couple of play areas as well as our largest Knoxville display so far.


We had a great turnout from the club wth 17 members participating including Mike from Huntsville and the Joy's from Nashville. Public attendance was also strong with over 1600 visitors for the day. This continued the trend of increased public interest year over year for this event.

Our play areas proved to be quite popular with a huge amount of interest in the simple 2x4 green brick. It was quite interesting to watch the piles of brick morph throughout the day into larger and larger creations.


For our displays, we assembled our largest Great Ball Contraption to date with support from GBC Guru Tom Atkinson and the Huntsville chapter who both provided a generous supply of balls. We also displayed several standalone MOCS, a Micropolis layout, a Mindstorms brick sorter and a large train layout.


Thanks to everyone for their hard work making this happen, The MUSE for again being outstanding hosts and to all the public who came out to see what we were up to!





TNVLC Puzzle Program

posted Jul 31, 2016, 4:59 PM by TNVLC Admin

Jennifer Garlen, vice president of the Huntsville chapter, represented TNVLC at the Bailey Cove Library on Tuesday, July 19, to help with a LEGO program for children and debut a new activity for the club. The LEGO puzzle activity proved to be a big hit with the children who attended the event, even though most of the children present were younger than the age group for which the puzzle program was originally designed. About a dozen children participated in the hour long activity and learned how to solve different kinds of puzzles built from LEGO bricks. Children first learned to solve a puzzle box and then moved on to more traditional puzzles. Children and their parents also received instructions for how to build their own LEGO puzzles at home. In the future, TNVLC will be able to bring the puzzle activity to both large club shows and smaller venues like classrooms and library branches. Members interested in building their own LEGO puzzles can ask Jennifer for links to the instructions!

Brickapalooza - June 2016

posted Jun 29, 2016, 8:27 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 8:27 PM ]

TNVLC returned to the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on June 25 and 26 for Brickapalooza, an annual event that raises funds for the library and its programs. Club members were on hand all weekend with an auditorium full of displays, including a town/train layout and numerous MOCS. TNVLC members also hosted activities for kids on both 
Saturday and Sunday, with bingo, LEGO trivia, a builder challenge, and a special LEGO Minecraft project. Younger children could participate in a coloring contest or enjoy LEGO themed activities hosted by the library staff. More than 1200 visitors attended the event in spite of rainy afternoons on both days. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the library and enjoy the show! Special club thanks to David Bissell for coordinating the town/train layout and to Caleb Ellett for taking charge of the LEGO Minecraft event.














The Muse - April 2016

posted May 8, 2016, 5:30 AM by TNVLC Admin


The Tennessee Valley LEGO Club had a great time at The Muse, in Knoxville on April 16. This was only our second event in Knoxville and one we had been looking forward to ever since the fall when we got to know the fantastic folks at The Muse. We presented a varied display which included GBC, MOCs, Micropolis and trains and spent the day talking with kids and families about the hobby. Despite stiff competition in town in the form of an airshow and UT's spring football scrimmage we still managed to entertain 292 visitors! Our next event in Knoxville will be another partnership with The Muse called "Robotics Revolution" on August 6 so if you missed us his time, hopefully we'll get to see you then!










UAH Finals Week Activity

posted May 1, 2016, 2:25 PM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated May 1, 2016, 2:26 PM ]

Members of the Huntsville chapter helped students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville take a break during finals week with a casual stay-and-play event in the UAH Salmon Library. Nearly a dozen members showed up on Sunday, April 24, from 
4 to 8 pm to host the program for students, which featured a large supply of play brick as well as some member MOCs. UAH librarian Annie Matthys invited the club as part of the library's effort to support students with fun events during finals week. Numerous students paused to enjoy the LEGO, and several stayed for nearly an hour to build and recharge. Students also enjoyed talking with club members about their past enjoyment of LEGO bricks and their participation on school LEGO robotics teams. It was especially fun to see the creative things the students built when presented with a huge heap of loose brick!

Books & Bricks - Feb 2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 4:19 PM by TNVLC Admin

The Huntsville chapter of TNVLC hosted the first Books and Bricks workshop of 2016 at the main location of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Saturday, February 13. Participating members for this event were Mike and Amelia Goldston, Bill Boettner, Jennifer Garlen, and David and Cate Sparks. 22 children attended the "medieval madness" themed program, in which participants created their own medieval MOCs out of LEGO bricks. Several small LEGO prizes were awarded to creative builders, and every child got to take his or her creation home along with a bag of bricks. Members helped children with their builds and brought a handful of medieval themed MOCs to inspire the workshop participants. Librarian Melissa Shuman also provided a selection of medieval themed children's books that could be checked out after the event.

For more images of this event, check out our Books & Bricks 2016 Flickr page.

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