July 21 – August 1
WIZARD OF OZ Musical Theater Camp

Coronado Recreation Center, 1845 Strand Way, 619-522-7342

Children ages 7-12 will have the opportunity this summer to dance, sing, and act in a full production of The Wizard of Oz. With two straight weeks of rehearsals, campers will take the show from page to stage: build sets, design costumes, and act. The Wizard of Oz Musical Theater Camp will be held in the Coronado Club Room & Boathouse located in Glorietta Bay Park. Advance registration required.

July 28 – August 1
Welcome to Oz Camp

Coronado Recreation Center, 1845 Strand Way, 619-522-7342

This camp is designed so that preschoolers (ages 3-5) can take a week-long journey down the Yellow Brick Road with games, crafts, cooking projects, and dress up days, all at the Coronado Community Center. Dorothy and pals will be there to celebrate the wonder and magic captured in The Wizard of Oz film by playing games like “Pin the Heart on the Tin Man.” Participants will also work on collaborative projects, like building the Emerald City out of recyclables. There will be yummy cooking crafts, active group play, and lots of socializing for your little wizards.  Advance registration required.

July 21 – August 5
Oz Alive!  Summer Intensives in Dance, Film, and Live TV Production

Dance Intensive (July 21 to August 1)
Intermediate & Advanced Special Event Film & TV Production Intensive (July 23 to August 5).

For registration and more information:  www.CoSAFoundation.org/Summer

The Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning Arts School located on the campus of Coronado High School. This summer for the first time the CoSA Foundation in conjunction with the City of Coronado’s Cultural Arts Commission offers unique SUMMER INTENSIVE classes availing a few lucky students an extraordinary opportunity to work with world class professionals focused on taking each student to a new level of excellence.

Friday, August 1
OZ CON INTERNATIONAL - Opening Reception
Opening Reception— Viewing: 6:30 pm; Angelica Carpenter’s presentation: 7:30 pm
Exhibition runs August 1—31, Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., 619-522-7390

The Coronado Public Library officially kicks off Oz Con International August 1st with an Opening Reception for a month-long exhibition showcasing Oz book illustration and Oz graphic novel art of Eisner Award-winning illustrator Eric Shanower. The exhibition will also include selections from the extensive L. Frank Baum and Oz collections of Winkie Con producer David Maxine and books from Wizard of Oz authority Scott Olsen.  Present Curator Emerita at the Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature at Cal State, Fresno, and former International Wizard of Oz Club President Angelica Carpenter will be the featured speaker at the Opening Reception. Free and open to the Public.

Oz-themed Photo Contest Exhibition

Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, 619-533-7390

The Coronado Public Library will sponsor an Oz-themed Photo Contest with the winning entries on display at the Library during Oz Con International. Free and open to the public.

August 1 – 2
JOURNEY THROUGH OZ - a Musical Cabaret

            6 pm: Happy Hour;  7 - 8:30 pm: Musical Cabaret;
            8:30 pm: Meet and Greet Performers and Special Guests

            Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, 619-435-4856. Tickets: www.coronadoplayhouse.com


The Coronado Community Playhouse presents an intimate cabaret event of all things Oz. The area’s top theatrical talents sing songs from iconic Oz-related shows—The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, andWicked—all brought to life in this intimate cabaret theatre setting. Cocktails and snacks will be served all night from the on-site bar. Table service is available throughout the evening from enchanted costumed servers. Join us for a fun-filled night of entertaining songs, sing-a-longs, and a meet and greet with the performers and special guests.  Musical direction and accompaniment by the wickedly talented Kirk Valles.

August 3—10
WIZARD OF OZ Walking Tours
Coronado Historical Association, 619-435-7242 or www.CoronadoHistory.org
11 am daily, meet at Coronado Public Library front entrance, 640 Orange Avenue

Experience the island that provided great inspiration to L. Frank Baum. Join the Coronado Historical Association (CHA) for a special Wizard of Oz Walking Tour featuring special stories, spaces, and places related to The Wizard of Oz, including a visit to the Coronado Museum of History & Art to see first edition Oz books, a peek at the Coronado Public Library Oz Exhibitions and Wizard of Oz  glass panels, a stroll by the L. Frank Baum family winter home—the Mead House—on Star Park Circle where L. Frank Baum would read to the island children, a walk through the Hotel Del Coronado which served as home away from home to L Frank Baum. Tours are $20 and leave daily at 11 am, duration is about 90 minutes. Meet at the Coronado Public Library front entrance at 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Reservations recommended.

10 am – 11 am: Coronado Public Library craft table for children to make masks, hats, and other costume bits to wear in the parade

11 am: A Children’s Parade around the bandstand led by a costumed dance troupe, Glinda the Good Witch, and Emerald City Mayor Casey Tanaka

Community Organizations previewing upcoming Oz-related events throughout the day

Coronado Community Band and Coronado Big Band concerts featuring the music of Oz

Dance performances by various local dance groups – adult and children

CCAC’s Art Under the Umbrella Coronado’s local artists feature original work

Booths for CCAC and other partner organizations

Saturday, August 2
7 pm
CoSA Performing Arts Center, 640 D Avenue. Free and open to the public

See the collaborative genius of Dance Instructors Alyson Stoner, Courtney Miller, Jr., Peter Kalivas, Ruben Monet Ludlow, and Matt Carney come together in a spectacular performance when the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Foundation, in conjunction with Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, presents Oz ALIVE! The grand finale of the Dance Summer Intensive.  The performance will be filmed and air as original programming on Coronado TV during the month of August.  For complete information see: www.CoronadoARTS.com
Thursday, August 7
Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition Movie Screening

Village Theatre, 850 Orange Avenue

Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) will present a 3-D screening of the digitally re-mastered 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz on Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the beautifully restored Village Theatre, 850 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Special  guest  will be Aljean Harmetz, author of the newly  revised book, The Making of the Wizard of Oz, who will introduce the film and remain afterwards for a Q and A with the audience. The event is sponsored by Vintage Cinemas of Los Angeles, with all proceeds to benefit CIFF.

For information contact Doug St. Denis at coronadoislandfilmfest@gmail.com

or go to: www.coronadoislandfilmfest.com

Whether you fell in love with The Wizard of Oz  because of the books or the movie, the characters or the music, whether you first experienced Oz-mania as a small child or became a fan later in life through Wicked - Coronado has something for everyone.  So come find out why Baum called Coronado the "queen of fairy-land" and once told a journalist that "Those who do not find Coronado a paradise . . . would render heaven unpleasant."

Coronado!   Part sun . . .  part fun . . .  part fairy tale!

You don't need to register for Winkie Con 50 to attend the Oz Con International events in Coronado. Several Coronado Oz events are free. Others are ticketed separately—click on the specific website links below for details on each.

L. Frank Baum in Coronado

Beginning in 1904 L. Frank Baum, the creator of Oz, and his wife Maud came to Coronado, California, for half of each year to escape the harsh winters of the Midwest. The sun and beauty of Coronado inspired Baum to create tales whose impact on the world has lasted till today. He is credited with giving Coronado its popular nicknames, the Enchanted Island and the Emerald City. Legend has it that he even designed the chandeliers in the Crown Room of the Hotel Del Coronado! Baum spun his magic and his tales while enjoying Coronado's sunshine and wide beaches.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Coronado this August as Oz once again comes to life through the magic of live theatre, film, concerts and musical cabaret, exquisite exhibitions, lectures, the day-long CELEBRATE OZ community festival, and walking tours. 

August 1— 10

Oz Mania comes to  Coronado’s Historic Downtown

Coronado MainStreet collaborates with merchants and businesses on window decorations with an Oz theme built around original poster entries from the Oz Con Poster Contest. Clerks and wait staff dressed as Oz characters, Oz merchandise, and Oz street pole banners all add to the celebration of Coronado’s special connection to L. Frank Baum and all things Oz. Special menu items and our own hometown national award-winning Coronado Brewing Company’s specialty craft beers such as Wicked Witch Bitter Ale, Winged Monkey Summer Wheat, Emerald City IPA, and Munchkin Mellow Ale bring the festival to Coronado’s Pubs and Restaurants.

Saturday, August 2
CELEBRATE OZ! - There's No Place Like Home!
10 am to 4 pm
Spreckels Park

Sponsored by Del Coronado Realty, Oz comes home to Coronado through a full-day festival of activities at a FREE family-oriented celebration of art, music, and dance in Spreckels Park, featuring Coronado’s local arts community. Produced by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission & Coronado Mainstreet. For Information, visit www.CoronadoARTS.com or contact the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at k.purvis@coronado.ca.us or call 619-522-2633.

Wednesday, August 6
Wizard of Oz Puppet Show
3 pm
Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Luce Puppet Company Wizard of Oz  Puppet Show presented in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library.  Free and open to children of all ages.

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Sunday, August 3
Writers’ Readings - “Another Side of the Oz Story"

2 — 4 pm

Coronado Historical Association Lecture Hall, 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA

Numerous humorous readings from the characters who occupied Oz, as written and presented by the Coronado Scribes, a group of professional and amateur writers who share a common desire to learn by sharing their efforts and listening to other writers. Enjoy readings based on the true story of the famous characters that made the Land of Oz so eternal. With the help of international private detectives, the Scribes have uncovered some incredible facts that will amaze all Oz lovers and those who wish to visit the Emerald City.

Was it merely a coincidence that Dorothy ended her flight by landing on the Wicked Witch of the East?  Come join us on Sunday, August 3, at 2 pm in the Lecture Hall of the Coronado Historical Association, for the unveiling of the inner most thoughts and feelings of Dorothy, her fellow travelers, and several of those they meet along the Yellow Brick Road as they journey to see the Wizard.  For more information: Mary Beth Dodson dodsonmarybeth9@gmail.com