Mark Your Calendars — June 5-8, 2014 — Plan to Attend
More Oz fun than a weekend can hold. . .
Join us for FOUR DAYS of Oz and Baum tours, presentations, parties, displays, and entertainment
when members of The International Wizard of Oz Club head to Oz-Stravaganza!
Chittenango, NY, has honored native son L. Frank Baum with an annual festival since 1979.
This year the IWOC joins the celebration as our National Convention drops into the heart of this popular event –
bringing the group meals, presentations, and fund-raising auction our members expect at Club gatherings
to the storied festival’s own attractions.
Its theme this year: Timeless Oz. From historic Baum sites to celebrations of the 1939 MGM film,
amid fellowship and fireworks, you’ll find family-friendly fun for everyone.
Schedule of Events
Thursday: Our afternoon Munchkin Tour heads to Oz points east with stops at Fayetteville’s fully restored Matilda Joslyn Gage House, the All Things Oz museum, and Chittenango Falls until we reach the Critz Farms in Cazenovia. We’ll sample their award-winning, hand-made hard ciders, serve dinner, and party the evening away on their 325-acre property. (Baum’s Grandparents’ home can be spotted through the window behind the tasting bar.*)
Friday: Choices! Our Winkie Tour heads west to Syracuse; along with Baum sites you can see the Baum/Oz Collection at the E.S. Bird Library,
an Oz art exhibit at a local gallery, and then meet for lunch downtown at the Syracuse Suds Factory in the historic Neal & Hyde building where the Baum business operated. Golfers may opt to stay in Chittenango for the annual Oz-Stravaganza! tournament, May 30. Tours of the Stickley factory or museum, R&R at Green Lake State Park and other points of interest are additional options not directly connected to Oz.
Afternoon brings us back to Chittenango. Th e Sullivan Free Library’s spacious community room – just across the street from All Things Oz – will be the afternoon site of our displays and presentations. Be sure to enter this year’s writing and art contests; at this location your work can be seen by thousands of fans! Programs will follow the traveling road company of Baum’s “Tik-Tok Man of Oz” with Scott Cummings as our guide, and a panel discussion about Oz film merchandising through the years with an emphasis on the MGM musical.
Dinner? Delphia’s, a local favorite just down the block from the library, will serve a buffet for our group joined by Oz-Stravaganza! VIP guests.
IWOC favorite John Fricke will honor the 50th anniversary of our Club’s incorporation, then emcee an evening program that celebrates the 75th anniversary of MGM’s classic, The Wizard of Oz. Afterwards, enjoy the public fireworks display, or slip into the historic 1840s Arad Evans Inn with other Oz fans for light refreshments at a cash bar. Don’t miss our signature
cocktail, The Limon Bomb.
Saturday: Morning takes to the road with an IWOC first as we join the “Timeless Oz” Oz-Stravaganza! parade. Before we board – in front of the home where the Baums lived when Frank was born – all costumed attendees can join an attempt to set a world record for the greatest number of people ever to wear Oz costumes at the same time. Oz character costumes and Emerald Citizen green are encouraged. Then, walking and riding, we’ll ease on down the road to spend one short day in the merry old Land of Oz. The festival grounds offer Oz authors, VIP guests, vendors, performance, presentations, and displays on two stages, as well as a silent auction to benefit All Things Oz. Regroup for dinner at our home-away-from-home for the remainder of the weekend. The American Legion has generously offered us
their spacious facilities. Our dinner buffet will feature iconic home cooked favorites then we’re back to Oz-Stravaganza! as a second night filled with Oz programming begins.
Sunday starts with a brief gathering at the outdoor site of the planned L. Frank Baum Munchkin Memorial. Ground breaking? Ribbon cutting? It remains to be seen; as funds continue to arrive, we’ll keep you posted on the progress of this worthwhile cause. After breakfast it’s time for the IWOC auction. Auctioneer Bill Thompson will once again serve up a marvelous assortment of treasures for the collectors among us. Our lunch break continues to toast the MGM Munchkins in a casual cookout that recalls their ties to favorite foods. Additional auction time will likely follow lunch.
Then we’re off to see the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum for a look at life in Chittenango during the Baum years; we’ll conclude our weekend with the 4 o’clock Oz-Stravaganza! Grand Finale. (Staying through Monday? Join Oz festival supporters and guests for their evening wrap party. Dinner cost is nominal, but advise the chairman as we need a headcount.)
* The Stanton home in Cazenovia, where Frank Baum’s grandparents lived, is a beautiful country estate surrounded by trees, ponds and views. It has served for many years as a bed and breakfast, and its owners are eager to share it with us during Thursday’s tour. It is currently for sale, however, so the extent of our stop will depend on its ownership at that time.