TexLUG-Houston provided a variety of LEGO(R) displays at the Houston Mini Maker Faire, November 12-13. Models included an 8′ working crane, a detailed USS Constitution with hand-tied rigging, and a large classic space layout. In addition, Texas Brick Railroad helped out with a train and town layout.
Kids and adults were able to build with Minecraft-themed play brick, and a fund-raising activity allowed participants to help a local children’s hospital and take home a holiday ornament.
A total of 17 members of TexLUG-Houston and Texas Brick Railroad attended over the weekend. Several thousand public visitors enjoyed not only the LEGO area, but the entire Faire. The Mini Maker Faire is an annual event which lets makers of all kinds show off their skills and products.
More photos are below. All the photos in this post are by TJ Avery.
Brick Fiesta was July 7-10, 2016, at the Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas. A non-profit, family-friendly convention celebrating LEGO(R) in Texas!
We had a large turnout of LEGO fans and builders from Houston, other parts of Texas, even the Pacific Northwest and Canada! There were over 200 unique LEGO models, plus a large train/city layout by Texas Brick Railroad.
Thanks to our fantastic guest speaker, Alice Finch, for an entertaining presentation. Also thanks to Kevin Hinkle and Paul Striefler, representatives from The LEGO Group, who attended the show and provided many insightful comments.
Next year’s Brick Fiesta will be in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, dates to be determined. Check back here, or follow the Brick Fiesta website, for more information.
TexLUG-Houston has great new image that will be on business cards and flyers soon! This design includes “brick-built” skyscrapers centered around an Astrodome rendition. The back of the card will indicate our availability for events, and our interest in new members.
This is another step in the process of setting TexLUG-Houston apart from other fan groups in the state. Come see us at Brick Fiesta July 9-10, and pick up a card or flyer!
Since early this year, TexLUG-Houston has been helping out at Texas Childrens Hospital in the Medical Center. About once a month, members go to the hospital’s Child Life Zone to build and play LEGO with patients and their families.
This has been a rewarding experience on all sides. The children in the hospital get excited when they come into the Child Life Zone and see the LEGO parts spread out. Some of these kids jump right in and start building; some take their time, look around, check out all the different parts. TexLUG-Houston members are there to help find pieces, suggest another way to put things together, and generally guide as much or as little as needed.
On June 24, TexLUG-Houston members will be putting on a display in the Auxiliary Bridge of Texas Childrens Hospital. This will be a miniature version of the Brick Fiesta show that will happen July 7-10. It will not be possible for some of the kids in the hospital to come to that show; instead, the show will come to them.