Contests: Call for more Oz

Oz Contests 2018A good forty-five years ago, long before The Wiz, Wicked, and Straight Outta Oz, the Oz Club’s own Dick Martin announced that the Baum Bugle should cease publication because there simply couldn’t be anything more to write about.  Amusing fellow, our Dick.

Not only has more and more been discovered about the early years of Oz, about Oz and Baum bibliography and related biography, but there has been a steady stream of new Oz that’s been informed and inspired by the foundation of Baum’s original work.  There have been Broadway plays and feature films, an endless stream of collectibles, graphic novels, Oz destinations for fans to visit, festivals to attend, and so very many books for eager readers.

Today we hear it in country songs and television commercials, stream Oz digital productions, and form online Oz communities. From The Woodsman to Ages of Oz, fresh new interpretations appear year after year.  Oz toys that even millennials played with are hot collectibles.

How much longer this growth of Oz will carry on lies in the hands of creative Oz fans.  Every last bit of the Oz that’s developed over the years began in the imagination of creative thinkers like writers, illustrators, and researchers.  The performers and dreamers who are encouraged to take an idea they have and mold it into something worth sharing are the future of Oz.

Our Club wants to encourage that future by encouraging fans – you – to write, illustrate and research. We have always wanted The Baum Bugle and Oziana to provide space for creative expression and thoughtful study. The contests are our way to offer just a touch of motivation.  Please join us by encouraging those you know to enter, or by dusting off that idea you keep pondering and getting it on paper. (OK, on “screen.” You know what I mean; now get started!)

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Oz on the Bayou

Oz Club members David and Karen Diket are hosting the third annual Oz on the Bayou BayouHeaderevent for fans Feb. 15-16 in Gray, Louisiana. Timed to follow on the heels of both Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, your New Orleans adventure offers a Thursday/Friday event serving up Oz fun with a Tin Woodman theme.

The Terrebonne Parish North Branch Library’s display cases are now filled with Oz. You’ll see selections from the collections of the Dikets, Mary Pertuit, Catherine Bryan, and Linda Rodrigue.  A big hit in past years, a display scavenger hunt will be a convention activity.

Bayou ContestNew this year is an art show following a call for entries the Dikets released this year for area high school students.

Karen tells me other planned activities include a discussion of The Tin Woodman of Oz, viewing some of the Sci-fi miniseries Tin Man as well as favorite Tin Man moments that mix up everything from the classic MGM film to Heartless and Pentatonix. A school theater group will do readings from The Tin Woodman of Oz, and knowing the Dikets I’d consider it a safe bet to expect live music.  A recap of the Club’s 2017 National Convention will whet your appetite for OzCon International this summer.

Adult and child craft projects, children’s story telling, and a book discussion are organized as joint activities with the library.

The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the planned program, you can join others for Cajun food at the Bayou Delight restaurant Friday night, and get a feel for life in the old south Saturday with a tour of the Ardoyne Plantation.

I attended their 2016 event and had a blast!  The exhibit was impressive, live performances beautifully done, and I’ll never forget feeding alligators on a tour of the bayou.  Check those flights into New Orleans; there’s still time to join the party!