The holidays are normally a time to be close to family and friends, to share in good cheer, and to reflect on the year that was. Suffice to say, 2020 was anything but normal. While we have maintained our tempo of remote monthly meetings and alternating MOC & Tell gatherings, ConnLUG is rounding out the year glad to be done with 2020 and looking forward to 2021 optimistically.
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!
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.
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 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.
Members of ConnLUG joined Corey Schmidek of E.Y.E.S. for a special Monthly Meeting build challenge event - The Battle Beam Build and Bash. Everyone was excited to participate in this unique event and we were thrilled to have Corey join us for this exhibition of LEGO robotics, creativity, and of course battle bots! Veteran members of ConnLUG, new members, and even some guests participated in this mechanized MOC experience.
It was a scorcher for the ConnLUG July 2019 Meeting. On the hottest day of the year, members of ConnLUG came out to enjoy some fun in the sun at the July Cookout - Pool Party. While we crowded indoors next to the A/C, and took advantage of the relief that a pool brings, Chef Brian was braving the heat to bring our members the best burgers, dogs, and veggies around.
Many of you are probably aware that ConnLUG has YouTube channel where we have begun to feature set reviews and descriptions of MOCs. But ConnLUG’s Kevin Hinkle has a channel of his own! Today, our ambassador Steve joined Kevin and other members of the AFOL community to tackle our ever-growing backlog of sets in front of an audience. If you want to see our ambassador attempt to build sets while praising Nexo Knights, introducing his cat to the stream, and getting perhaps a bit overly passionate about why he thinks the Star Wars expanded universe is rubbish, you can click here. Kevin invites other AFOLs to join in the fun…