Oz in the News 8.3.14

1 OzCollect FYI al 072914 0236f2For collectors, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a treasure trove  Vice president of the International Oz Club, Jane Albright is Kansas City’s most-noted reaper of the Yellow Brick Road. She shares her harvest, most recently in exhibits at Crown Center and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Albright moved into a bigger Kansas City house, just two doors down, so she could pull her overflow memorabilia out from closets and under beds and display everything properly — on the entire third floor. Her newest acquisition — “He’s just spectacular” — is a costume of a Winkie, one of the Wicked Witch’s henchmen. It was displayed at Macy’s in New York’s Herald Square for the movie’s 50th anniversary. The Winkie guards Albright’s rarest, most prized finds — including soaps in the shape of Oz characters, samples of Oz wallpaper and a 1939 board game from England.

Wizard of Oz-themed Gourmet Night sweeps national awards The University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is receiving due praise for last year’s Gourmet Night, a signature event that has inspired and challenged students since 1974. The 42-year tradition showcases the talents of UH students with an over-the-top themed multi-course gourmet dinner, cocktail reception and silent auction that raises money for scholarships and Hilton College programs. With a guest list of 360 people, 13 student managers plan and prepare over the course of a year to make every black tie evening a success. This year’s “Gourmet Night: There’s No Place Like Home,” which took place on April 6, 2013, was honored with the Best Event Production for a Budget Under $50,000 award at the National Association for Catering and Events Experience Conference in Baltimore earlier this month. The Wizard of Oz-themed dinner included a Kansas-staged ballroom and took guests on a magical journey to the land of Oz.

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