IowaLUG unveiled the completed Winter Landscape and Santa's Workshop on Saturday at the Spirit of the Season kick off event as the Science Center of Iowa.


The Science Center of Iowa & BLANK IMAX DOME Theater kicked off it's Spirit of the Season event, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, on Saturday November 29th. A line formed outside as over 2400 people streamed through the doors that evening between 5:30 PM and 8 PM to take part in the festivities.

The place was packed, and our landscape was displayed prominently in Founders Hall. It was a pleasure to see our winter landscape surrounded with children and adults throughout the evening. Everyone I saw appeared to really enjoy it and looking for all the small details we incorporated. It was a pleasure to hear as well that we exceeded the expectations of the SCI staff, they are equally as proud of it, which we greatly appreciate.

IowaLUG members had delivered the winter landscape the previous Monday. And as thing go, we were not without a little technical trouble with the train so Chris headed down on Saturday afternoon hoping to get that resolved before the event. Unfortunately he wasn't able to work on it at that time so arranged to head back down before hours on Sunday. By time the doors opened on Sunday the train was operational and hooked up to a room occupancy (motion) detector to power the train and off, running it for 5 minutes.