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BrickFair, AL, January 17 - 20, 2013

posted Oct 18, 2012, 8:46 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Jan 2, 2013, 9:37 PM ]

We're returning for year 2 with a much bigger presence!


Location
Birmingham, AL. BJCC (East Hall).

Public Hours
Saturday, Jan 19: 11AM - 4PM
Sunday, Jan 20: 11AM - 4PM

Setup
Thursday, Jan 17: noon - midnight
Friday, Jan 18: 9AM - midnight

There are also lots of fun events Thursday and Friday, so plan on sticking around for most of each day. We will need to be finished with all setup Friday night!

We'll also need to have at least 3 or 4 people manning the display during the public hours. It will be packed!

I'm pleased to report that everyone has registered and paid!

If you're part of the layout, feel free to register any of your MOCs under the "Tennessee Valley LEGO Club" collaborative. All that means is that your MOC is on the layout as opposed to a theme table. By registering your MOC, it will be eligible for voting. If you've got a standalone MOC, register it under the appropriate theme. Do not register it as a collaborative. If you do, you won't have a place to put it!

To handle the transportation aspect, Pete will have a trailer that will accommodate all of the tables and any MOCs. Coordinate with him to pickup your items Jan 14-16. He will need all tables so that they can be setup Thursday, permitting everyone to setup their displays as they come in. Pete will be unloading at the BJCC on the 17th at noon. If you can't be present then or if you can't make it to the show, but want to send items, no problem, just let Pete know.

Participants
Caleb: 1 table
Charles: 3 tables, trains, track (80 straight, 5 LH switch), road plates (2 T, 5 straight, 2 curve), controllers
Chris: 2 tables
David: 2 tables
Jared: 2 tables
Jennifer: 2 tables, trains, Seek & Find labels
Le: 1 table
Pete: 6 tables, extension cords, power strips, banners, business cards, trains
Stefan: 1 table

Contributors
Brian: 2 tables, 22 baseplates, trains: Maersk & Emerald Night, table skirt
Matt: Engine shed, trains
Scott: 2 controllers

Southerland Station Open House, December 1 & 2, 2012

posted Oct 18, 2012, 8:00 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM ]

It's our 5 year anniversary at Southerland Station, where it all began for the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club! This year promises to be one of our best ever as participation looks to be at an all time high!


We have our classic "L" planned along with a sizable MOC table in front of the window and our typical play brick area. Hopefully, we'll have the room all to ourselves!

Public Hours:
December 1: 9AM-5PM
December 2: 1PM-5PM

Setup:
We have access to the room the week prior and the week after. They will keep it locked for us. Still, I recommend loading in Thursday Nov 29 and Friday Nov 30 with table joining/final setup occurring Friday between 5 and 8PM. I also recommend having everything removed no later than Monday the 3rd. As far as manning the display goes, we only need to be there during the public hours and should plan on at least 3-4 people at any one time.

For MOCs, I'd like to encourage labels containing the builder's name, club affiliation and a title and/or description of the MOC/display. Please send that info to Pete.

Jennifer is planning to coordinate a "seek and find." Please send her your list for this.

Participants:
Chris: 2 tables (water scene)
Jennifer: 2 tables (water scene)
Le: 1 table
Pete: 2 tables, playbrick table, banner, posters, power strips, business cards, trains
Scott: 2 tables, standards, chain, controllers (Pete will bring the standards, chain & controllers)
David Bissell: 1 table
Caleb: 1 table
Charles: 3 tables, trains, MOCs (GBC), table skirt, standards, play brick (Pete will bring the table skirt & play brick)
Jared: 2 tables (WWII)

David Sparks: MOCs (GBC?)
Matt: MOCs (GBC)
Trey: MOCs (Trains)
Franklin: MOCs?

Pete's also loaning track to the following:
Caleb: 8 straight + 4 curve
David Bissell: 22 straight + 16 curve
Jared: 3 straight
Le: 3 baseplates + 12 straight

Normal Palooza, November 10, 2012

posted Oct 18, 2012, 7:43 AM by TNVLC Admin   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 6:00 AM ]


This is a new event for us! It's an outdoor street fair type event held annually by Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga, TN. This is its 10th year and according to the organizers, expected attendance will be around 2000. We'll be participating with about 60 other arts and music exhibits. We will be displaying a small collaborative layout and will have a play brick section as well.

Hours:
Public: 10AM-5PM (Eastern)

Location:
1219 W Mississippi Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Attendees:
Pete - 4 tables, track, yard, downtown, play brick table, banner, extension cords, business cards
Chris - 1 table, cemetery scene

Contributors:
Scott: Controllers
Charles: Road baseplates, table skirt, play brick
Matt: Engine shed
Jennifer: 4 buildings + Monster Fighter minifigs
Brian: 1 table + Maersk train cars

Provided by organizers:
Standards + chain
Chairs
Tent (in case of weather)

The plan is to depart Huntsville no later than 6AM, which should get us there by 9AM Eastern time. We'll have an hour to setup. Plan on leaning around 6 which should get us back in town by 7PM.

Huntsville Depot, July 14, 2012

posted Apr 6, 2012, 3:15 PM by Tennessee Valley LEGO Train Club   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 11:46 AM by TNVLC Admin ]


The Depot plan is coming together. The staff recently confirmed the public hours will be from 9AM-4PM. We can start setup at 7:30AM and will need to start tearing down at 3PM to be out of there by 4.

This year, Curt will be setting up his stop motion display in the film room.

In the main display area, we'll be setting up as usual while also providing some space for the junior clubs.

The above diagram is up to date to the best of my knowledge. Please let Pete know if there are any changes that need to be made.

For MOCs, and generally any display other than the train layout, I'd like to encourage labels containing the builder's name, club affiliation and a title and/or description of the MOC/display.

For the train & town display, Jennifer is planning to coordinate a "seek and find." Please send her your list for this.

This is a list of what we need to bring:
Charles: Monorail & table, Cube Solver, GBM, table skirt, standards, play brick, trains
Curt: Stop motion
Jared: Display & 2 tables
Scott: Posts, chain, speed controllers
Trey: MOCs, trains, giveaways
Jennifer: 3 tables, town & train section, MOC, giveaways
Pete: 4 tables, town & train section, trains, track for Adam & Samantha, business cards, play brick table
Chris: 1 table, town & train section
Samantha & Adam: Town & train section
Brian: 1 table, trains
Alex (junior club): 1 table, MOC
Nathan (junior club): 1 table, MOC

Some other ideas we've discussed incorporating into the show:
Labels highlighting interesting tidbits (piece count of certain features, etc.)
Chart of LEGO® terminology
Time-lapse videos of LEGO® builds
LEGO® CAD display/video

BrickFair, AL, January 12-15, 2012

posted Jan 3, 2012, 12:16 PM by Tennessee Valley LEGO Train Club   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 2:52 PM ]



Setup: Thursday, January 12: noon - midnight; 
Friday, January 13: 9AM - midnight.

Public show hours: Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15: 11AM - 4:30PM.


Teardown: Sunday January 15: 7PM - midnight.


Participants & responsibilities:


Pete -

4 tables, airport layout, trains, 3 roadplates for Chris

From Scott: 2 high power controllers


Chris-

1 table, town layout


Jennifer-

1 table, trains, banner.

From Franklin: Car & trees


Charles-

1 table, monorail layout, trains, extra track for Chris, table skirt, 1 high power controller.


Trey-

Trains, extra track for yard.

Southerland Station Open House, December 3 & 4, 2011

posted Nov 14, 2011, 3:06 PM by Tennessee Valley LEGO Train Club   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 6:36 AM ]


Setup: Friday, December 2 from 5PM - 8PM, though anytime during the week is permissible.

Show hours: Saturday December 3 from 9AM - 5PM, Sunday December 4 from 1PM - 5PM.

Teardown: Sunday December 4 from 5PM - 8PM, or Monday during business hours.


Participants & responsibilities:


Pete -

4 tables, airport layout, trains, playbrick table, 3 roadplates for Chris

From Scott: Chain, 4 posts, 2 high power controllers


Chris-

1 table, town layout


Le-

Town buildings


Jennifer-

3 tables, 2 for her town layout, 1 for Le’s plus baseplates and track for Le’s module, trains, banner.

From Franklin: Car & trees


Charles-

1 table, monorail layout, trains, playbrick and playbrick table, extra track for Chris, table skirt, 4 posts, 1 high power controller.


Trey-

Trains, extra track for yard, auxiliary display table with skirt.


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