Oz in the News 2.7.15

aFpXFNCWICKED Challenge  Artists from all over the U.S. were inspired by our luscious hand-dyed fabric to create something wicked! All quilters were Challenged to use the exclusive “Wicked Greens” and black to make a 20-inch square quilt using the theme “WICKED.” Most were influenced by the Broadway hit musical Wicked™, and some express other interpretations of the word “wicked”. The entire exhibit will travel with Cherrywood and as a Special Exhibit at quilt shows for at least a year. All quilts will be photographed for use by Cherrywood and returned to owner, unless donated to “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids” online auctions.

wizardThe Wizard Of Oz is Getting an Uglydoll Makeover  Uglydolls are leaving the comfortable world of plush for something a little more upscale. The Hamilton Collection has a new set of figurines with a few of your favorite Uglydolls in Wizard of Oz regalia. The figurine set does take after the last year’s line of plush toys, though, fashioned after Pretty Ugly struck a deal with Warner Bros to produce Wizard of Oz merchandise. Both the plush toys and this year’s figurines feature Moxy as Dorothy, Wage as the Tin Man, Babo as the Cowardly Lion and Jeero as the Scarecrow, although sadly, it seems OX’s turn as the Wicked Witch of the West won’t be represented in figurine form. It seems like if you buy in, you’ll get one figurine issued at a time for $40 each, starting with Moxy as Dorothy. The Hamilton Collection is accepting pre-orders now, but there’s no word on when the figurines will ship.

Tribe fighting Redskins name plans ‘Oz’ casino despite author’s racist past  The Native American tribe leading the movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins plans to open a $20 million casino that pays homage to the work of L. Frank Baum, who was born in this village outside Syracuse and later wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” 87 years after he died — two of his descendants traveled to a South Dakota reservation in 2006 to ask for forgiveness. Gita Morena and Mac Hudson apologized to Sioux families whose ancestors were killed in the massacre. “We stand before you and before the citizens of both our great nations to suggest,” their statement read, “that ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ a great American fairy tale, and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, a great American tragedy, be forever joined in the hearts, minds and memories of all our people.” That apology is the reason, said Oneida leader Ray Halbritter, calling the tribe’s future casino the product of reconciliation. “I think that’s a wonderful message — that we’re able to overcome by repentance and by forgiveness,” Halbritter said. “It’s looking forward rather than backward.”


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