It has been a busy end to the year for SydLUG, with a number of shows and events taking place. On Sunday December 2nd, the inaugural Mudgee brick fair was held by MS-LUG (Mudgee & surrounds) with 8 SydLUG members helping out by taking along displays. The day was a big success attracting over 1300 people and raising $6000 for the Buy-a-Bale charity supporting NSW farmers.
Thursday, December 6th, saw SydLUG represented at two separate Bunnings stores (Kingsgrove & Penrith) for their family Christmas nights. MOC highlights at Kingsgrove included Santa and snowman maxi-figs, a winter village, and Bacon City. The Penrith store highlights included a Bunnings store model, illuminated Christmas vignettes, and a mini city layout. SydLUG has had a successful partnership with Bunnings in 2018 and will return for more events at Bunnings in 2019.
The final SydLUG event for 2018, Roselea Brickparade, was held on Sunday, December 9th. The event raised much appreciated funds for the Roselea Scouts.
While that’s it for SydLUG for 2018, we have a full calendar of events being planned for 2019 with new exhibitors and new models.
In the lead up to Mother’s Day members of SydLUG participated in a special family night at Kingsgrove Bunnings. On Thursday, May 10 the store offered families a fun night out in honour of mums, with a myriad of activities to keep the kids entertained including a Disney jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting (with henna for the mums!) and a range of ‘minute-to-win-it’ games.
Creations made from LEGO and displayed by SydLUG members were a popular addition to the evening, and included an American style farm scene and detailed colourful towers. For the sports fan mums there was a hurdling track and minifig habitats themed around the Commonwealth Games.
The evening had a celebratory atmosphere, enhanced by the musical efforts of the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band.
SydLUG will return to Kingsgrove Bunnings for the store’s Spring Launch event on Saturday, September 8.
After a warm reception at their first ever Bunnings family night last year, SydLUG members were once again invited to display their brick-built masterpieces at the Kingsgrove store. On Thursday 22 March, members of SydLUG put on a mini display at the free community event that formed part of early Easter celebrations.
Around 100 families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere with mechanical pony rides; balloon twisting; face painting; kids crafts, and music from the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band. To add to the festivities an Easter hat parade and egg hunt took place, and amid much excitement, a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.
With its family-friendly values and emphasis on fun and play, LEGO was right at home on the night – even situated in an appropriately construction themed aisle, surrounded by structural timber and plasterboard! MOCs on display included the ever popular ‘Trans Towers’, some clever optical illusion builds, creatively constructed chess boards and a Minecraft Farm that proved popular with many young gamers.
SydLUG is set to support similar family nights in the future.