All Things Oz Museum joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live The All Things Oz Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, as a part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian institution’s Washington DC based facilities which offer free admission every day and open their doors free to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. The Museum Day Live ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the museum day live ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 24. One ticket per household is permitted; however, the All Things Oz museum will admit any number of people free that day. For more information about museum day live 2016 and a full list of participating museums, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. Information about the All Things Oz Museum can be found at allthingsoz.org or on their Facebook page facebook.com/allthingsoz.
Real ‘Land Of Oz’ The potential drawing power of Oz surfaced in Wamego in 1995 when Tod Machin, a Wamego native, loaned 3,000 items in his Oz collection for an exhibit that drew large crowds at Wamego’s historic Columbian Theatre, named after the 1893 Columbian Exposition (Chicago’s World Fair). When the Oz Museum opened, it gave the town a new theme. Since then, other businesses have jumped on the Oz bandwagon. Would Dorothy like Mexican food? At any rate, she could try such specialties as Aunt Em’s Nachos and Tin Man Bean Burritos at Toto’s Tacoz, an eatery next door to the museum. However, Dorothy wouldn’t be old enough to sample the libations at the Oz Winery, where vintages include “Witch Gone Good,” “Ruby Slippers,” and “The Lion’s Courage.” Wamego stages an annual Oz festival called OZtoberfest. It features a Yellow Brick Road Bike Ride, a One Wicked Run, and a costume contest that lures many dressed like their favorite Oz character. Experts on Oz topics will speak at the museum. This year’s OZtoberfest will be Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2.