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June 3, 2010

The Magic of Oz

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It’s like magic. Every year, on the first weekend in June, the village of Chittenango is tranformed into the Land of Oz.

The Annual Oz-Stravaganza begins tomorrow and signs of it are all over the village. The parking lot next to the Fire Station is filled with rides. Vendors are setting up their tents in the park in front of the Presbyterian Church. Port-a-potties are popping up in strategic spots. The DPW placed beautiful hanging baskets of flowers along Genesee Street earlier this week. (I tried to talk them into delivering one to my house, but it hasn’t shown up yet.) The Yellow Brick Road (err, sidewalk) has been swept.  The Oz jig-saw puzzle at the library is almost completed.

At our Rotary lunch meeting today, our guests were Margaret Pellegrini, one of the actors who played a munchkin in the original movie and Bob Baum, great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. Pellegrini, who is in her 80’s, is as delightful and charming as ever. Confessing to a love of casinos and gambling, she said that if she ever won big, she’d donate the money so the village of Chittenango could have a true Oz museum. Baum shared stories of his great-grandfather that demonstrated his sense of humor.

Oz may hold different attractions for different people, but for one weekend a year, it unites everyone with a common goal: to celebrate the magic created by L. Frank Baum over 100 years ago. Every civic organization, church, school and business will be out this weekend, helping to make Oz-Stravaganza a success. Thousands of people will visit this small village and join in the festivities.

L. Frank Baum may not have lived in Chittenango for very long, but his birth left this village with a lasting legacy. As Dorothy so aptly told us: “There’s no place like home.”

For the schedule of activities for Oz-Stravaganza, visit: http://www.oz-stravaganaza.com

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