Oz in the News 8.18.12

Wizard of Oz Club convention visits Oz history in Macatawa Park  The International Wizard of Oz Club kicked off its National Convention in Holland this weekend with a nostalgic tour Friday through Macatawa Park, where L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” once spent his summers. Oz fans from across the nation traveled to the Lakeshore for the club’s first convention in the area in 25 years.

Off (to Holland) for Wizard of Oz weekend  Guests for the weekend include Christianna Rickard, author of Remembering Oz and niece of Ray Bolger (who played the Scarecrow); Tom Doyle, author of The Wizard of Macatawa; Angelica Carpenter, author of Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz, and author and historian John Fricke. International Wizard of Oz Club members also will put on a play based on Baum’s book Tamawaca Folks: A Summer Comedy, tour the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, of which Baum was a member, and walk the route that Baum would have taken from the Chicago ferry dock to his Sign of the Goose cottage on Lake Michigan.

The Wizard of Oz comes to Coeur d’Alene  Time Warner Cable and KXLY ABC 4 are proud to host the sixth annual “Movie in the Park ” at Coeur d’Alene City Park on Friday, August 17th.  This year’s feature movie is the 1939 musical classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”  This event has become somewhat of a North Idaho tradition for families and movie fans of all ages.  Everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite “The Wizard of Oz” character for a fun and festive evening.  Time Warner Cable will also be providing complimentary photos in front of a “Yellow Brick Road” themed backdrop.  A photographer will be on hand to take photos for everyone to take home as a keepsake, courtesy of Time Warner Cable.

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