Winter 2012

A wondrous world made of over 500,000 tiny LEGO® blocks promises one of the season's most delightful holiday treats when All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends fills the Leonhardt Gallery at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center from November 17 to January 27, 2013. Whizzing trains, soccer fields, airports, elevated highways and spinning wind turbines, country farms and city garden will be among the amazing parts of this third edition of the big busy 365-square-foot trainscape.

Vehicles from helicopters to cement mixers, people from pedestrians to soccer players, trees and flowers, store and street signs will be part of the scene, plus whimsical surprises for visitors with a keen eye. In past years, unexpected details including pigs escaping through an open gate at the farm, or a visit from the elephant and alien, favorite characters from the movie Toy Story. Tiny gravestones in the cemetery were marked with LEGO®-themed, pun-filled epithets.

A special feature this year will be the addition of four creations from winners of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's All Aboard competition.  LEGO® enthusiasts in four age categories from five-years-old and up will be submitting entries for inclusion in the display.

The master builder of this small world, Bill Propert, is a Fairfield, CT resident who says that he became enamored of the possibilities of tiny interlocking LEGO® blocks a couple of decades ago when he became a father. But while his son has grown up and moved on to college, Bill continues to hone his LEGO® skills as a hobby. He has found a lot of adult company, joining groups of fellow LEGO® aficionados and building larger scale displays. Probert has been aided in his trainscape creations for the Stamford Museum by members of LUG ((New York Tri-State Area LEGO® Users Group).

Probert's much-admired creations often can be seen in area businesses and museums, and as part of many charity events. His trainscapes have brought record crowds to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Visitors to this multi-faceted museum in the woods of North Stamford in Western Connecticut will find much more to do and see. The museum building housing changing exhibitions is the lavish Tudor-style Bendel Mansion, former home of the New York retailer Henri Bendel. The 118-acre museum property is also home year-round to the Heckscher Farm, a 16-acre working New England farm with heirloom breeds of animals; the Stamford Observatory; Overbrook Nature Center, an otter enclosure, and more than 80 acres of hiking trails.

Another unique display for the holidays is Visions of Gingerbread IV, The Sweetest Architects, featuring creative confections of completely edible materials from some the area's finest chefs and caterers. For more information and hours, see

For more information about holiday events in the area and a free full-color, 152-page guide detailing what to do and see, and where to stay, shop and dine in Fairfield County and the Litchfield Hills, contact the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau at P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT  06759-0968, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at