Oz in the News 5.31.12

Emerald lounge opens inside Revere Boston Common hotel   “The name of the bar is Emerald, and the idea presented was that it was the wicked jewel of the city. They had emeralds in mind — the jewel — but I heard “wicked” and thought “Wizard of Oz.” The next thing you know me and my team were going silly with witches and flying monkeys on the walls.”

Saturday’s Best Bet: Oz-Stravaganza! in Chittenango  Every year around this time, the Madison County village of Chittenango — the birthplace of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum — throws a big party to honor all things Oz.  The Judy Garland collection by Jonathan Shirshekan will honor Dorothy all weekend at All Things Oz, 211 Genesee St., Chittenango.  Saturday’s highlights include a 3:30 to 5 p.m. autograph session at Oz-Stravaganza! Park, with Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini, Munchkin-by-marriage Myrna Swensen, Bob and Clare Baum, John Fricke and Caren Marsh-Doll.

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