Schedule for OzCon 2019

Friday, July 26th

10:00 AM

Registration opens in Baum's Bazaar along with the Dealer's Room.
Introductory games and activities.

11:15 AM
Emerald City Room
Welcome from the OzCon organizers

12:15 noon
Lunch Break—Dining Rooms
If you have not registered for meals in advance, please refer to the dining options flyer from registration.

1:30 PM
“Are You a Good Witch, or a Bad Witch?”: When Glinda Isn’t Good—Emerald City Room

Oz fans can list all sorts of ways that MGM changed Baum’s classic American fairy tale, but not all changes are created equal. When the witches of the North and South are blended into one witch, Glinda is transformed into an extremely powerful, manipulative force. Dina Massachi’s presentation will examine Glinda the “good” in post-MGM Oz tales with an eye on what her power and her goodness mean in relation to Baum’s utopian feminist vision.

2:45 PM
L. Frank Baum: A Searcher After Truth—Emerald City Room

L. Frank Baum was a member of the Theosophical Society of America, where followers combine Eastern and Western religion and thought to uncover the truth about life. Erica Olivera presents a talk about the themes in the Baum canon and how they line up with the teachings of Theosophy. Concepts of identity, unity, and other popular themes from the Oz series are explored and juxtaposed with the doctrine of the 19th century philosophical movement.

Off to See The Wizard of the Emerald City—Rainbow Room

Eighty years ago, in 1939, Alexander Volkov released The Wizard of the Emerald City for the children of the Soviet Union. This loose, unauthorized adaptation of Baum’s Wizard of Oz produced its own series of books and movies, which became better known behind the Iron Curtain than the original. Jay Davis explores this incarnation of Oz.

4:00 PM
Baum’s Best Non-Oz Books—Emerald City Room

We remember L. Frank Baum best for his Oz books, but he created many other stories under many other names. He wrote fantasy and science fiction, adventures for girls and boys, even some adult books. Which of these titles are the most rewarding to read? Join this discussion with a panel of Baum fans.

It’s Not Easy Being Green!—Rainbow Room
Kurt Raymond, Wicked Witch of the West impressionist extraordinaire, takes your through his artistic transformation from a mild-mannered gentleman to the beautiful wickedness first portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in MGM’s Wizard of Oz.  

5:00 PM
Opening reception for All OzCon Attendees—Ozma’s Courtyard and Wizard’s Lounge

Join us and celebrate Princess Ozma’s birthday by wearing your best shade of green, to be seen where green! What party would be complete without a birthday cake, tea and coffee or something Ozzier at the cash bar? Ozma has commissioned Wizard,  Stan Sieler, to perform magical tricks to dazzle you.

6:00 PM
Dinner Break—Dining Rooms

If you have not registered for meals in advance, please refer to the dining options flyer from registration.

Friday Evening Program
Emerald City Room

7:30 PM
Opening Remarks

7:45 PM
Hank’s Hidden History: The Life and Legacy of Fred Woodward

Learn Hank the Mule’s lost history through photos and footage. Actor Fred Woodward played Hank on stage in L. Frank Baum’s Tik-Tok Man of Oz. When Tik-Tok closed, Hank took off—to vaudeville, nightclubs, motion pictures, and around the world. Come experience Woodward’s long career not only as Hank the Mule, but in his other forgotten connections to Oz. Presentation by Eric Shanower

8:15 PM
Exploring the "Magic" Manuscript

How did L. Frank Baum create The Magic of Oz—our centenary book, published in 1919? J. L. Bell shares the secrets of that handwritten manuscript and what it shows us about Baum's writing process.

8:45 PM
Break

9:00 PM
The Royal Historian of Oz: Stories Behind the Stories of L. Frank Baum

The original solo play is set in the final years of Baum's life at Ozcot in Hollywood California. The audience will join the journey with the stories behind the stories of "the one and only L. Frank Baum." Performed live by Raymond F. Wohl

10:00 PM
Closing statements

Join us for a drink at the OzCon after-party (complete with cash bar) in the Wizard Lounge

Saturday, July 27th

9:00 AM
Registration Opens—Baum’s Bazaar
Welcome from the OzCon organizers—Emerald City Room
Baum’s Bazaar—The Dealers Room opens for business.

9:15AM
Costume Contest—Emerald City Room

See fellow Ozians parade on stage in their Ozzy outfits and vote for your favorites. Prizes awarded to the best children’s, adult, and group costumes.

10:15 AM
MGM’s Special Effects Magic—Rainbow Room
Robert A. Welch, co-editor of The Wizard of MGM, returns with his popular presentation about how the prestige studio’s special-effects department, headed by his grandfather A. Arnold “Buddy” Gillespie, brought the magic of Oz to movie screens in 1939.

Collectors’ Show and Tell—The Wizard’s Lounge
Freddy Fogarty hosts a gathering of Oz collectors sharing their unusual finds and favorites. Bring your latest Oz discoveries and questions.

11:30 AM
Auction Preview—Emerald City Room

Check out all the Oz artifacts and collectibles to be sold this afternoon. Sign up for a bidder’s number and start participating in the silent auction

How MGM Made a Classic—Rainbow Room
Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of “The Wizard of Oz,” tells the best stories from the complex, pioneering, accident-prone, and eventually beloved cinema.

Quiz Time—The Wizard’s Lounge
Test your knowledge of Ozzy trivia by taking one of the annual quizzes. There are separate quizzes, and prizes for novices, fans of the movie, and trivia masters.

12:30 PM
Lunch Break—Dining Rooms

Join us in the dining room for a catered meal.
If you have not registered for meals in advance, please refer to the dining options flyer on the registration desk or in your tote bag.

1:45 PM
OzCon Auction—Emerald City Room

Join in the bidding for Oz collectibles of all kinds! The auction is a great place to find bargains and never-before-seen items to round out your collection. Proceeds benefit the International Wizard of Oz Club. (The auction will last until 5:00.)

Ray Bolger: The Scarecrow and Beyond—Rainbow Room
Holly Van Leuven is author of the new book Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow, the first biography of the famous song-and-dance man. She describes how a young dancer from Dorchester, Massachusetts, became a star in vaudeville, movies, Broadway, and television.

3 PM
Researching the Golden Years of Hollywood—Rainbow Room
The American movie capital not only created stories that entertained the world, it was also the setting for dramatic tales of oversized personalities and ambitious artists. Join veteran movie journalist Aljean Harmetz and young scholar Holly Van Leuven in a discussion of the challenges and rewards of researching the movie industry.

Envisioning Oz—The Wizard’s Lounge
Artist Vincent Myrand talks about the inspirations and techniques he brings to his Oz artwork, which draws on both the MGM movie and the books.

4:15 PM
A Personal Connection to Oz—Rainbow Room

Barry Bregman, grandson of Jack Haley, and Christianna Rickard, niece of Ray Bolger, discuss growing up with an intimate link to the MGM classic and what they learned in creating their books about their famous relatives.

What We Know About Nomes—The Wizard’s Lounge

The word Nome, Baum wrote, means “one who knows,” and Nomes know about precious gems underground. But what do we know about these rock fairies? J. L. Bell mines the clues from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus through our last glimpses of the (g)nomes in the Oz books.

Last hour to shop in Baum’s Bazaar!  

Auction Settlement—Yookoohoo Lounge

6:00 PM
OzCon Saturday Royal Awards Banquet—Dining Rooms

Join us in the dining room for the Royal Banquet.  It’s an OzCon tradition that we try to dress up a bit for this dinner. During the meal, the winners of the Treasure hunt, the quizzes and the costume contest will be announced as the winner of the Winkie Award. We will also put the fun into fundraising to enrich the OzCon programming fund. If you have not registered for meals in advance, please refer to the dining options flyer from registration desk or in your tote bag.

Saturday Evening Program
Emerald City Room

7:45 PM
OzCon 2020

Plans already well underway for the OzCon. OzCon’s Chairman will introduce you to next year’s Vice Chairpersons. Learn about the themes and plans for 2020.

8:00 PM
There’s No Place Like Home: A Memory and Musical Tribute to Oz

Mike Chamberlin, “The Singing TV Guy,” performs his informative and entertaining songs with a personal story of the MGM Wizard of Oz Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini interspersed with songs from the beloved musical.

9:00 PM
Break—The Wizard’s Lounge

Mike Chamberlin CD sales and signing. (All proceeds from the CD go to the Disabled American Veterans charity.)

9:15 PM
The Witching Hour

The Meanest, Greenest, Wickedest Witch in the West is back, and she’s more wicked than ever! Hear tales and exposés from her greenness herself as America’s most iconic movie villain from 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz.

10:00 PM
Finish off the night with Ozzy fellowship and karaoke hosted by Raymond F. Wohl (complete with a cash bar).

Sunday, July 28th

09:30 AM
Exploring the New Oz Cartoons—Emerald City Room

Warner Bros.’ latest cartoon spin-off of the MGM Wizard of Oz is Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Meanwhile, Amazon is streaming Lost in Oz. After screening a couple of hand picked episodes, Colin Ayres and Jay Davis will discuss the shows’ in-depth references to the books of  L Frank Baum and Ruth Plumly Thompson.

Building a Bibliography with the Oz Book Detectives—Rainbow Room
Is a bibliographer a harmless drudge or a book maniac? Most bibliographers love the books they examine, delight in tracking important changes from one edition to another, and carefully build up a trail of evidence for their findings. They are actually specialist detectives, helpful to collectors. Learn more from two experienced Oz bibliographers, Bill Thompson and Peter Hanff.

11:15 AM
MGM at 80 Panel—Emerald City Room

Once a prestige family musical in cinemas, then a beloved annual treat on television, now an easy-to-watch classic on disk, MGM’s Wizard of Oz is part of the fabric of American culture. OzCon 2019’s many experts on the movie and its cast join in a panel discussion of what accounts for its enduring appeal.

Animals in Oz—Rainbow Room
The Magic of Oz offers a glimpse of life in the Forest of Gugu, where wild animals live by their own rules. From the beginning Baum described animals as part of daily life in Oz and yet separate. This panel of Oz book fans considers the special place of animals in Ozma’s kingdom.

12:15 noon
Lunch Break—Dining Rooms

If you have not registered for meals in advance, please refer to the dining options flyer from registration.

1:30 PM
Baum as a Man of His Time—Emerald City Room

L. Frank Baum was born four years before the U.S. Civil War and died before the ratification of woman suffrage. He participated enthusiastically in American popular entertainment at a time when it was largely based on ethnic stereotypes. Yet his most enduring stories offer a vision of inclusion. Anil Tambwekar moderates a panel discussion of fans and scholars discussing how we can both appreciate and critique Baum.

2:45 PM
Preview and Farewell—Emerald City Room

Hear about plans for OzCon 2020, get involved, and say goodbye to old and new Ozzy friends.