Letter to the Editor

A ‘Brick Mania’ thank you

Thursday, January 30, 2020

To the Editor:

I want to begin by thanking everyone who displayed, attended, sponsored and helped out with this weekend’s Brick-Mania: Lego Birthday Bash. The event was held as a Lego fans ”food-raiser” for the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry.

More than 340 people attended the event which celebrated the 62nd anniversary (birthday) of the Lego building block introduced on Jan. 28, 1958 – 62 years ago. We were able to deliver an estimated $1,000 donation to the food pantry consisting of “just under 400” non-perishable food items and an additional $85 in pocket change.

Attendees enjoyed amazing creations from brick artists and engineers from the Indiana Lego Users Group (IndyLUG) and collections from some of our local Lego fans, too. Displays included a Lego Harry Potter collection, MOC cityscapes, trains and station, western town, Ninjago waterfront, dragon collection, Avengers tower and other creations. Our young visitors also enjoyed the opportunity to play Lego sports soccer and basketball games as well as create their own mini-figures. Four of our young local Lego fans even carried in their favorite sets and their own creations to display alongside our IndyLUG members.

We, at the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department, would like to thank our sponsors for everything they did to help support our event and the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Sponsors included the Putnam County Museum, Humphreys’ Outdoor Power, Wasser Brewing Co., DePauw University’s Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Bonner Scholars Program, HWC Engineering, WREB 94.3 FM, Big Bounce Fun House Rentals, West Central Veterinary Services, IndyLUG and Brickworld.

“Thank you” to Bryan Bonahoom, Miriam Ann Murphy, Terry Prall, Jim Bishop, Timothy and Freda Bicknell, Josh Lemieux, Stephen Wilson, Jeff Smythe, Joe Ogle, Al Gough and Staci Weinschenk from IndyLUG; as well as our local enthusiasts Eli and Laurie Hardwick, Tucker Elmore, Wilson and Leo Hecko for sharing their own Lego collections. A special “thank you” goes out to Emily Hunsinger for sharing her award-winning Putnam County and Indiana State 4-H Fair entries with us.

Again, thank you to all; and remember, “Keep building!”

Rod Weinschenk


Greencastle Parks & Recreation Dept.