Oz in the News 8.2.14

53dc8321027b8.imageExhibit celebrates 75th anniversary of ‘Wizard of Oz’  The newest exhibit at the Dacotah Prairie Museum, “L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz,” celebrates the 75th anniversary of the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”  Now running on the museum’s second floor, the exhibit includes artifacts and history about Baum, his years in Aberdeen, his family, and his career as a writer, including his series of books about the land of Oz. “Wonderful pictures of Maud, their children and L. Frank are included in the exhibit,” says a news release. Especially prominent are copies of an advertisement from Baum’s Bazaar, the business he started after moving his young family to Aberdeen, then part of the Dakota Territory. Even though the business failed after two consecutive drought years, Baum soon had a new job as owner of the weekly newspaper, Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. Also contained in the display are limited edition “Oz” character dolls, along with full-sized, costumed characters of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tinman. “If you are a Wizard of Oz fan, old or young, treat yourself to this display,” the museum says. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Landing spot for Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest up in the air  The original Midwest Oz Fest based in Chesterton, Indiana, shut down two years ago after a run lasting 35 years. In May, organizer Dave De John announced that he was planning to revive the popular festival in September in Orland Park. But a message on the festival’s website Thursday, signed by De John, said that organizers had moved the festival location from Orland Park to an undecided location. The festival had been scheduled to open Sept. 19 at Centennial Park in Orland Park. De John said negotiations are “about 99 percent of the way there.” He said he hopes to have an announcement about the location of the festival within the next week.

Showing Of “The Wizard Of Oz” In 3-D To Close Coronado’s Oz Con August 7  One of the interesting features of Oz Con International that arrives in Coronado this weekend is the celebration’s final act, the 3-D showing of the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” at the Village Theatre, Thursday, August 7. The movie is serving as a fundraiser for the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF), with tickets priced at $25 for patrons ages 13 and above and $10 for those 12 years-old and younger. The admission price includes one, free small popcorn and a drink. According to CIFF Executive Director Doug St. Denis, at press time approximately 45 tickets remained for the show. (They have just added a second show as of today – ed.). One of the features of the August 7 showing of “The Wizard of Oz” will be an introduction to the movie by writer and novelist Aljean Harmetz. Among Harmetz’s oeuvre is The Making of the Wizard of Oz, with a foreword penned by Margaret Hamilton. We’ll talk about Hamilton a little more later on.



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