Oz in the News 6.20.16

John Fricke and Bronson Pinchot at Oz-Stravaganza (photograph by Colleen Baldwin)

John Fricke and Bronson Pinchot at Oz-Stravaganza (photograph by Colleen Baldwin)

Baum-Neal House to get special attention The board of trustees of the International L. Frank Baum All Things Oz Historical Foundation could not be more pleased to announce that the Baum-Neal House project has a designer and lead contractor. Actor Bronson Pinchot and NEPA Home Pros worked together last year on the DIY network show, “The Bronson Pinchot Project.” This year, they are bringing their expertise in saving historic homes to Syracuse to help save the Baum-Neal House. The property, located at 678 W. Onondaga Street is the very place where author L. Frank Baum met his bride-to-be Maud Gage. Their lifelong love story will be told at the restored home as well as the story of how her influence helped him to write down his stories, giving us the American fairy tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Having the immense talent of someone like Bronson Pinchot to donate his design work on the building will help us to raise funds for the project and help to keep our costs at a minimum. The International L. Frank Baum All Things Oz Historical Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer group and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Community members and Oz fans alike who wish to donate to this project can do so via PayPal at the foundation website  www.allthingsoz.org or they can contact the organization via email at BNhouse@allthingsoz.org or by phone at (315) 687-7772.

Author pens Oz book with Ionia ties  Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the rest of the Wizard of Oz cast is roaming the streets of Ionia this weekend, June 17 and 18, during the Wizard of Oz Festival. Authors James and Amanda Wallace are visitng Ionia this weekend and are debuting their new book, “Nomes of Oz” which features a bit of Ionia history. “Our newest book, which is our third co-written book and my tenth book, features Enarc Brenkert, which is the name on the projector in the back of this (Ionia) Theatre. It’s an old antique project from 1939 and in the story Enarc Brenkert shows up in the Land of Oz and Mr. Tinker is called upon to repair him. He gets him to work and lo and behold it turns out there is a film in there and it’s the ‘Wizard of Oz’,” James Wallace said.

SAVOY JAZZ REISSUES JUDY GARLAND ON VINYL  Savoy Jazz, the iconic jazz label dating back to the beginnings of bebop, will continue their series of high quality vinyl reissues with three classic titles from their catalog to be released today, June 17th 2016. The reissues include Judy Garland’ “Greatest Hits Live,”on audiophile quality vinyl. This special reissue includes recordings taken from the legendary CBS Television series “The Judy Garland Show”—which ran for 26 episodes beginning in 1963. The project is a celebratory sampling of her most popular hits and features rare beloved duets including the all-time classic “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” with Barbra Streisand. Other guests include Tony Bennett, Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman.

Judy Garland Talk & Concert Set for Northeast Harbor Library, 6/29  Award-winning music producer, critic and translator Lawrence Schulman will give a talk onJudy Garland, entitled “Moments of Magic,” at the Northeast Harbor Library (Maine) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5 P.M. Admission is free. The one-and-a-quarter hour talk will examine Judy Garland‘s life and career, and feature nine audio-video clips, to be followed by a question and answer. Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: “If I had just one hour to convince you ofJudy Garland‘s place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?” The talk will be followed by a mini-concert of songs Garland sang by famed jazz vocalist Diane Linscott and the equally renowned pianist Scott Cleveland.

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