Summer. We made it. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the smiles have almost returned to our little corner of the world. We've been through a lot these last few months, both in our personal health and in the health of our communities. It has been a difficult road so far; however, we managed to survive and even thrive through our love of LEGO, socially distant communication, remote gatherings, and concern for one another. Find out what is changing and what is staying the same for the rest of this year, plus new rules to keep us safe!
Doing our best to survive the 2020 pandemic, ConnLUG members new and old continued building remotely and sharing their passion for LEGO with each other online during the month of May. Despite practicing social distancing, we have new members continuing to pour in and connect with us on our Discord Server. We welcome LEGO enthusiasts to join us as we find new ways to enjoy our LEGO community online.
ConnLUG has been featured on the international stage! Back in January, Blocks, a UK based subscription magazine for LEGO enthusiasts, by LEGO enthusiasts, featured a segment on ConnLUG in an awesome two-page article in its January 2020 issue #63.
ConnLUG members met virtually for the April 2020 Monthly Meeting in Microsoft Teams. We reviewed the new LUG Buddy System for brand new ConnLUG members, discussed ideas for our Quarterly Build Challenges (QBC), had a classic throwback set review, and reviewed topics from our now weekly MOC-and-Tell build challenges and tutorial streams on our YouTube channel. ConnLUG is still finding ways to connect, have fun, and express LEGO creativity during these trying times.
On Saturday, March 21, 2020 ConnLUG Members met in a remote Teams meeting online to share their quarterly build challenges, MOC & Tells, connect with friends, and catch up on all things LEGO. Weekly Mini Challenges In an effort to stay connected and keep spirits up, the LUG assembled new ideas for miniature build challenges & weekly remote meet-ups in between their monthly meetings. Their list became a series of challenges over the coming weeks that they can share with each other every Saturday for an hour online or share photos of their builds throughout the week. The challenge limits the size to creating MOCs small enough to fit on…
At ConnLUG, the safety of our members, families, and guests is of the utmost importance and priority. We always seek to provide our members with a safe and enjoyable experience when attending our monthly meetings and other gatherings. As more and more cases of the novel Coronavirus are being reported in the US each day, we need to consider what is in the best interest of all ConnLUG members during this difficult time for us and for people the world over.
ConnLUG members gathered in Hartford on February 15th, 2020 at the CityPlace Plaza, toting in bins of LEGO parts and piles of MOCs to share their creativity and collaboration as they plan out major events for the coming year. Along with the monthly draft set, minifig and parts swap, we reviewed the Technic Land Rover Defender Set. Members shared their MOCs (my own creation) during the monthly MOC & Tell segment which featured a range of creations from Bilbo’s Showdown with Smog to The Drunken Clam from Family Guy to escapades in Space Atlantis and so much more! Quarterly Build Challenge! Gearing up for March brings in the first build…
ConnLUG Members can now find a dedicated section for our Quarterly Build Challenges on our site under the Events section. The ConnLUG Quarterly Build Challenge is an opportunity to participate in a fun and friendly contest with other members four times per year. The challenges are presented in the public meetings that fall in the months of March, June, September, and December. ConnLUG members are given a set of instructions for the parameters of the challenge, and then have ample time to build what inspires them. During the meetings, members are invited to display and describe their MOCs, and the goal of the challenges is to then display the collective…
New Year, New Site, New ConnLUG Hey AFOLs and TFOLs of ConnLUG! Happy 2020! Here we are in a new decade, the future is now! We hope that you've all had a nice holiday and are looking forward to all of the fun and opportunities that await us in this new year.
ConnLUG is doing more than just monthly meetings now. While it is great to get together with awesome like-minded AFOLs and TFOLs for set drafts, build challenges, and set reviews, and we definitely enjoy our monthly meet ups and the fun that they bring, we felt that we could do more as a LUG.