Oct 05

NoCo Mini Maker Faire Fun!

A handful of CoWLUG members participated in very successful first annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire on the Colorado front range. Held in Loveland this first weekend of October, over 3000 people turned out for the one-day event.

Above: Ryan, Imagine, Tommy & Barbara chat as the first crowds begin to filter in.

The CoWLUG Open Build table was busy all day. The LEGO Group should take notice of the plethora of girls who enjoyed building with the standard brick – in standard colors, without a minifig or Friends character in sight!

For those who have never had the chance to attend a Mini Maker Faire, here’s a little sampling of what could be seen (and tinkered with) today. There was a room full of cardboard for cutting and building, using special snap/hinge pieces facilitating making that kept pace with the mind. There were people playing music on carrots with their noses! And electronics of all kinds – interactive, artistic, idea generating. Finally, there seemed to be a 3D printer in every corner.

Participating and visiting members of CoWLUG all enjoyed an inspiring day. I’d like to thank Tommy for bringing our attention to the Faire and also for bringing his wife Barbara to help tend the Open Build table for the day. Their enthusiasm and encouragement fostered a creative spirit among the kids and adults that was truly contagious. As you can see above, everyone’s creations soon filled up the space. A grateful thank you also goes out to Ian and Abby for providing the brick for the Open Build table. It was very well used.

Aug 05

Bricks to Rails: LEGO Train Festival

As part of the summer long Build! exhibit at The Longmont Museum, CoWLUG hosted a separate, special weekend layout, bringing custom designed LEGO trains out from the exhibit cases to run on tracks through a multi-layered mountain and town layout. Based on the steady flow of families throughout both days (August 3-4) our builders did not disappoint.

The view from the train yard corner.

The track layout allowed for multiple trains to run at the same time. Additionally, there were amusement park rides which ran and other mechanical creations (by Lester) with interactive buttons to delight kids who were thrilled to operate them.

A fun addition to the layout included road and rail bridges over a multilayered water scene devised by Reed (of both CoWLUG & DENLUG.) Designed to be viewed at toddler eye-level, it was a fun view for children not usually tall enough to see things at table level.

A new surprise made possible by this year’s LEGO LUG support program drew a group of kids around Reed for a chance to answer LEGO trivia and perhaps snatch up a coveted, new LEGO set. Many thanks to LEGO for providing support to CoWLUG so we can offer these giveaways at events.

Another view of the many layers of mesa, mountains and train tracks. There were a number of people who stayed for hours just studying all the details. Many thanks to Art for organizing the weekend event, and to all the builders who came out to participate. The Build! exhibit runs until September 22nd, 2013.

Jun 07

Build! The Amazing World of LEGO & CoWLUG = A Success!

As you can see from the families enjoying the multiple build stations (raceway, dollhouses, town, build a bridge, duplo & creation station) at the opening night festivities, the exhibit is a great success in just the first few hours. In fact, all the build stations were constructed by staff and volunteers over many hours to make the exhibit an outstanding interactive event.   

Check The Longmont Museum’s current exhibits page for workshops and activities this summer, including the Bricks to Rails LEGO Train Festival this August. For more highlights of the exhibit, scroll on!

Architecture by Shawn & Joel. Train by Art.

World globe by Shawn. Cthulhu by Imagine and Autumn in the Park by Nannan Zhang.

Historical LEGO sets on the left, including near mint Samsonite sets gathered by Wil, along with the fabulous historical information on the Loveland, CO LEGO factory. Additional, historical sets including the coveted Classic Space sets were prepared for display by Reed. On the right is a charming LEGO Modulex display by Ryan.

The Dickens Opera House in Longmont is rendered in LEGO on the left by Derek and the dizzying patterns of the wall mosaic are compliments of Mark. And go ahead and drool over the custom brick benches and stools built by the Museum Staff & volunteers specifically for seating throughout the exhibit!

Stud free weapons are courtesy of Duane.

A vertical landscape complete with waterfall on the left, by Alysa. A traditional church on the right by Shawn.

A collection of spacecrafts on the left by Ryan, greets visitors as they enter. Followed by a plethora of trains of all kinds by Art, Stuart, Matthew, Lester & Michael.

Flanking the right side of the entrance to the show, circling Sean Kenny’s Bicycle Triumphs Traffic is the large scale Action Comics mosaic created by Mark, Mia, Duane & Joel, along with a technic feature by Ian and Meghan’s dinosaur dig landscape. In the far corner is a bright Maersk blue victorian facade by Rae McCormick.

Imagine’s Minifig scale build of The Longmont Museum, with the planned auditorium addition greets visitors in the lobby of the entrance.

Both arriving on Route 287 and Quail Road and the Museum’s lawn, you’ll spot the giant-sized bricks showing you the way. In fact, The Museum staff collectively put in hundreds of hours of work bringing this world-class exhibit together for the community.

All the CoWLUG members would like to extend their thanks to the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the vision of a LEGO art exhibit a reality. Both Jared & Catherine showed us all what it means to go the distance – we thank you both immensely for your dedication to a vision of perfection. As LEGO brick builders, we can appreciate every last detail.

Build! The Amazing World of LEGO will be open to the public during regular Museum hours from June 8th through September 8th, 2013.


Jun 07

BUILD! Opens at The Longmont Museum

Build! The Amazing World of LEGO opens tonight at The Longmont Museum. The opening reception hours are 7-9pm. If you can’t make it out, enjoy this little preview. Remember, it will be open during regular museum hours all summer until September 8th.