Russell Clark

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    Guest Blog Post: BayLUG Turns 20!

    October 10, 1998: The day that started it all. During the weekend of October 9-11, the LEGO 25th Anniversary Traveling Truck Tour made a stop in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Myself, Erik, and Ray organized a LEGO fan get-together on the old rec.toys.lego usenet group to coincide with the truck's stop. We met first in the meeting room of the police station at KEZAR Stadium in the park. I think up to 20 or so fans showed up. We shared stories, showed off MOCs, and just hung out. After that, we all walked over to visit the truck tour. Afterwards, most of us then went to Ray's church to do some LEGO trading. On the way back to our cars, Zonker and I talked about forming a LUG. We wanted to start a train specific LUG (or LTC), but there weren't enough train fans yet so we started a general LUG. Our website went live in March 1999 and our first official meeting was held in May. Later in 2000, the train club (BayLTC) was officially established. On Saturday, October 6, 2018, BayLUG had it's 20th Anniversary Party. Over 60 past and current members gathered at a Johannes' church to celebrate. Even some of our friends from a local LEGO Store came by to join us. There were several great MOCs on display, a history presentation, a custom anniversary cake made by our Vice President and former professional cake decorator Flynn, and a huge raffle of exclusive sets, some dating back six or so years. All the current Officers and founding members present took a group photo, which even included our special guest Tim Courtney of LEGO Ideas! Here is what a couple members had to say: "When I first came out of my dark age and started building things with LEGO, the discovery of a local club of other adults who do the same really kick-started me to build more and better things. Seeing what other members build always inspires me to do more, and when we get together and put on a group display, combining our creations to exhibit far more than any of us could do on our own, it feels great!" – Bill “I became an AFOL in my 40s. I never played with LEGO as a child, but I've always been creative - music, jewelry and metal-working, fabric and fashion, scrapbooking and paper arts, photography, etc., etc. Via these various media I've also been involved with a wide range of social and professional groups .... but with most of these groups I also encountered competitiveness, jealousy, and other less than friendly interactions. After I discovered LEGO, joined BayLUG and began attending meetings, I soon realized that everybody was ... well, Nice. Supportive. Creative. Sharing of both ideas and parts. Building on each other's ideas rather than competing with them. And all the while maintaining a childlike enthusiasm and outlook. I absolutely love that BayLUG accepts and supports children as members and participants. I've become great friends with people I probably wouldn't have met outside BayLUG, and these friendships extend beyond our LEGO involvement. BayLUG provides many opportunities for socialization, friendly competition, support, encouragement, and education, and I'm proud to be a member.” – Kara For more behind the scenes stories, follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page.
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    9th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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    BayLUG will be displaying models of all types, such as sculptures and other art, vehicles, robotics, and GBC. We will also be hosting a Minecraft-themed brick play area.
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    15th Annual BayLUG Holiday Show

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    This is BayLUG's 15th Annual Holiday Show. There will be a large train layout with static displays, live building, and vending. Admission is $3 per person cash at the door. Hours are 11am-3:30pm (last entry) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.
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    Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

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    Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. BayLUG will be providing static displays, a fully functional train layout, kid’s play area, robotics demos, and GBC.
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    14th Annual BayLUG Holiday Show

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    This is BayLUG's 14th Annual Holiday Show. There will be a large train layout with static displays, live building, and vending. Admission is $3 per person cash at the door. Hours are 11am-3:45pm (last entry) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. Closed Christmas Eve day, Sunday, 12/24/17.
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    East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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    BayLUG will be displaying models of all types, such as sculptures and other art, vehicles, robotics, and GBC. We will also be hosting a Minecraft-themed brick play area.
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    Great Train Show

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    BayLTC will have a large train layout on display featuring downtown, amusement park, farming, and rail yard scenes. http://trainshow.com/sanjose/
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    Bricks by the Bay 8

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    Bricks by the Bay™ is one of the largest LEGO® conventions in the Western U.S. and the premier annual display of LEGO brick creations in Northern California. So what exactly is a LEGO® convention, you ask? Bricks by the Bay is a four day long celebration of all things LEGO, where hobbyists, artists, fans and enthusiasts come together to learn, share and play. The convention will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, in August 2017. Convention attendees bring their wonderful LEGO brick creations to display. We gather for brick building seminars, LEGO themed fun and games, and to hear from luminaries and ambassadors of LEGO brick building. On the last day of the convention, the public is invited to attend and see all the attendee built LEGO exhibits. Ours is one of many such conventions nationwide, such as BrickCon in Seattle, the BrickFairs held on the East Coast and BrickWorld in Chicago. The 2017 Bricks by the Bay convention theme is California Dreamin’. Whether it is brick built models of famous California landmarks or other inspired builds that invoke the spirit and history of the Golden State, the attendees’ creations are sure to inspire. So join us this Summer which marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and share some love for our favorite bricks. www.bricksbythebay.com