Oz in the News 7.8.14

osjwzpctl2uwmcvswfdzRent Dorothy’s House from the abandoned Land of Oz theme park!  Good news fans of Oz! You can now rent Dorothy’s house at the abandoned Land of Oz theme park! The park was open from 1970 to 1980 and it’s opening day saw over 20,000 visitors. Guests enjoyed strolling down the Yellow Brick Road, and hanging out with the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Wicked Witch of the West. Afterwards, there was a show at the Emerald City, complete with a balloon ride, which was actually a modified ski lift. Visitors could enjoy a breathtaking view of the park amidst Beech Mountain Resort’s gorgeous scenery. Unfortunately the death of the original owner before the park opened and a mysterious fire in 1975 marred the initial success of the park and it closed suddenly in 1980. Now, the Yellow Brick Road is missing a few of its bricks, but most of the park is still there, albeit in various states of disrepair. The park is open once a year for a reunion of former employees and past guests, called “Autumn at Oz.” In 2009, over 8,000 people attended. Every year more characters return and more vendors show up. So, if you’re in the area, drop by for a stroll through the poppy field.

There’s No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!   This August, I will be joining the ranks of Oz and Judy Garland enthusiasts and artists of all kinds, as we jointly endeavor to help preserve and protect a home that is so crucial to the Baum and Oz legacy. One woman has made this her life’s work to protect the Baum legacy and bring recognition to Central New York State. Part of that mission is preserving this important historical edifice. So, for the sake of this narrative, please forget the man behind the curtain, and allow me to introduce Kathleen Sorbello Discenna. She is the very important woman behind the curtain. Mrs. Discenna has been working tirelessly with unending fervor to protect this part of the The Wizard of Oz legacy and its connection to Baum and his relatives. The fruits of her labor will culminate in a weekend gala event and fundraiser August 22 to 24 entitled: The Wizard of Oz Spectacular.

Wizard of Oz to receive IMAX outing  The Wizard of Oz will be released in IMAX 3D across the UK on Sept 12 through Warner Bros. Marking the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic, the film has been digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience, with proprietary IMAX DMR technology. Warner Bros initiated the 3D conversion with an 8k scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative, which was then transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3D imagery. This was followed by the long process to further refine viewer distances and fully layer shapes and objects with the use of a rotoscope. The 75th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from Nov 3, 2014.

‘No place like home’ theme for Tour de Belleville  This year’s Tour de Belleville with a “Wizard of Oz” theme should provide plenty of opportunities for family fun when bicyclists hit the streets for the ninth annual road ride through the city. The “Wizard of Oz” cast will be in attendance, including Dorothy, Toto, the Wizard, the Scarecrow and the Lion, according to Debbie Belleville, the director of the Belleville Parks and Recreation. The registration price includes a shirt and water bottle. As in past years, the race T-shirt is your ticket to ride. This year’s shirt will be the color of the Yellow Brick Road and feature a hot air balloon and a few of the characters from the movie, Belleville said. You can register at http://www.tourdebelleville.com.

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