May 22, 2020 - It's been two months now since OZ Museum had to temporarily close the doors to the Emerald City here in Wamego. (UPDATE: OZ MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN!) We've seen closures and cancellations of businesses and events around the nation and abroad due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. OZ Museum is fortunate to have relationships with several, profound individuals within the OZ community and beyond which have benefited our organization in more ways than one!
John Fricke, OZ and Judy Garland Historian, continues to engage our readers through the OZ Museum blog, as well as showcase highlights through his video blog animated by his personality - which we've been posting regularly during quarantine and will continue to do so once per month for the remainder of the year. Join us with John in "120 Years of OZ: Decade by Decade" for entertaining 1-minute reviews of OZ throughout the ages! (Start from the beginning here: https://ozmuseum.com/blogs/news/120-years-of-oz-decade-by-decade-with-john-fricke) John also provides a vivid written blog, including beautiful Ozzy imagery.
The International Wizard of OZ Club, founded by 13-year-old Justin Schiller in 1957, continues its journey down the Yellow Brick Road to this day. We are partnered with this knowledgeable group and have a rotating display of some rather impressive pieces from their immense collection! Each month, President of the Club, Jane Albright, puts together a calendar of events of "OZ Happenings" all over the country and abroad, highlighting the relevance and love of OZ across the globe.
Despite so many events being cancelled, THIS Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. central daylight time, join film critic Ryan Jay for a Virtual Wizard of OZ Con. Jay is also a member of the board of directors for the International Wizard of Oz Club and chairman of the Club’s Planning Committee:
From "Wicked" to "The Wiz," Ryan Jay will interview some of the greatest celebrities ever to have entered the Emerald City, including Broadway's Todrick Hall and Shanice Williams from NBC's The Wiz Live. In addition to Hall and Williams, Jay will welcome Robert Paulsen (voice of the Tin Man in Tom & Jerry and The Wizard of Oz and Tom & Jerry: Back to Oz, Pinky in Pinky and the Brain, Yakko in Animaniacs), Emma Ridley (Ozma in Disney's Return to Oz), Kari Wahlgren (voice of Dorothy/Queen Ozma in Boomerang's Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Jessica in Rick & Morty, Zatanna in DC Superhero Girls); authors Gregory Maguire (Wicked) and Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), and more!
This star-studded evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.
Tickets to this online event are available now for just $10 at:
That's all we have for now! Thank you all for following OZ Museum. We hope to continue providing you with a diverse range of Ozzy entertainment from these credible sources and more!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! OZ Museum is set to reopen THURSDAY, May 28th following a vigorous cleaning regimen. For the latest updates on our reopening be sure to follow us on Facebook!
Take care & stay healthy.
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