Oz in the News 6.3.16

374464Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Debuts “The Slippers” Film The Judy Garland Museum announced its lineup for the 2016 Wizard of Oz Festival today. The Festival, with events for persons of all ages, will run from Thursday, June 9th through Saturday, June 11th, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Tickets range from $15-$35 with many free events as well. Highlighting the Wizard of Oz Festival will be the Minnesota premiere of the new Tricon Film and Television documentary, The Slippers, a ninety minute film about the legendary ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The special screening will take place at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids, on Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. It will include a live music reception, 3-course meal, and an introduction by the film’s director, Morgan White. The Slippers will be shown a second time that night, outdoors on a Jumbo Screen on the Evergreen Terrace Lawn, adjacent to the Judy Garland Museum. This screening, at 9:30 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

‘Oh my’: 5 cool new things about Oz-Stravagana 2016  The 37th annual Oz-Stravaganza 2016, to be held today through Sunday at various venues in Chittenango, has several new features this year designed to please ‘Wizard of Oz” fans everywhere. The festival is designed to celebrate L. Frank Baum, who lived in Chittenango and wrote “The Wonderful World of Oz’ , on which the classic 1939 film was based. The festival has a large parade, costume contest, games, food, magic shows, balloon rides, fireworks and more.

Here are five highlights: 1.) Bronson Pinchot, a longtime actor best known for playing Balki Bartokomous on the popular ’80s sitcom “Perfect Strangers,” is the festival’s Grand Marshal 2.) This year’s festival highlights the “Wonderful Women of Oz’ with special guest Emma Ridley, who starred as princess ‘Ozma’, the queen of Oz, in Disney’s ‘Return to Oz.’ 3.) A collection of Judy Garland movie costumes and a restored gown will be on display at the All Things Oz Museum all weekend. 4.) For the first time, local actors and actresses will dress up as Oz characters and roam the festival posing for photographs. 5.) John Fricke, Oz historian, will give a presentation on Judy Garland. Fricke has written numerous books on Garland.

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