Event reports from previous TNVLC shows.

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.
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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...



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.

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