Oz in the News 3.31.16

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Why this building needs its own star on the Walk of Fame: Inside the LA hotel that housed Greta Garbo, Ronald Reagan and all 124 Munchkins  The Munchkins stayed here while they filmed the Wizard of Oz across the road on the MGM lot. Filming commenced on October 13, 1938, and according to the hotel’s website a story quickly spread that there was a secret tunnel built to connect the Munchkin actors to the filming location. It says: ‘In reality, this “secret” pathway was used for pedestrians to cross the busy boulevard, but we like to stick with the other story!’ The site continues: ‘The wild tales and stories that emerged from this Munchkin “residence” inspired the 1981 Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher movie, Under the Rainbow and, in 1997, six of the original cast returned for a Beyond the Rainbow event to share their remembrances with the Culver City Historical Society.’

2016 Oz-Stravaganza: Celebrate ‘Wizard of Oz’ with parade, costume contest  The 2016 Oz-Stravaganza will be June 3 to June 5 in Chittenango, N.Y. Chittenango was home to L. Frank Baum, the creator of the Wizard of Oz books. This year’s annual festival will celebrate the women of Oz – from Maud Baum, L. Frank Baum’s real-life leading lady, to Dorothy to Glinda the good witch. Maud Baum’s mother was Matilda Joslyn Gage. The parade is 2 p.m. Saturday. Streets close in the small village at 1 p.m., so get there early. The costume contest is also on Saturday. If you want to win a prize, you have to register at Stickles Park, starting at 11:45 a.m. The big dance is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Farms, 1978 New Boston Road, Chittenango. Tickets are $15. Check the festival’s website for updates on events and schedules.

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