Gilikins, Munchkins, Quadlings, and Winkies lend us your ears!
You are invited to a special Oz gathering held for the first time in the Quadling Country of the south. Our gracious ruler, Glinda, has sanctioned the event and welcomes all to her country. Oz: The National Convention will take place on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, located south of New Orleans.
Our convention celebrates the centennial of L. Frank Baum’s thirteenth Oz book: The Magic of Oz and the 80th Anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s classic film The Wizard of Oz.
Special guests attending our convention include our master of ceremonies and presenter, film critic Ryan Jay. Paul Miles Schneider, pen pal to everyone’s favorite Wicked Witch, Margaret Hamilton. More guests to be announced.
June 20 begins our pre-convention event, an Ozzy themed craft day. Hosted by our local expert crafters, Mary Pertuit and Cindy Hunter, join us for a fun day of crafts. This is a great opportunity to socialize and reconnect with your Ozian friends and comrades.
The festivities officially begin on June 21 at Nicholls State University. The University’s library will feature multiple exhibits. Attendees will first be treated to the foyer case displays containing original Oz art from Peter Hanff’s impressive collection. Addition cases are available for other collector’s Oz art. Please contact us if you would like to display your Oz art as well. The adjacent cases will feature the Oz Club’s art contest submissions. Don’t forget to submit your Oz themed artwork or story to the Oz Club! Local collector, David Diket, will have his collection on display in the library’s archives exhibit room. Other local Quadlings will also entertain attendees with a special Oz dance program performed by the Margo Battaglia Studio of Dance and the local Thibodaux Playhouse, Jr.’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
On June 22, Raymond F. Wohl will delight attendees with his new play, The Royal Historian of Oz: Stories behind the stories of L. Frank Baum. And Ryan Jay will give a presentation on his work in Ozian TV and cinema. An Oz convention would not be complete without our annual Oz auction, Show and Tell, and Dealer’s Room. More activities are in the works!
Sunday, June 23, there is an optional 10-hour New Orleans Tour which includes a Sunday Jazz Brunch aboard the “Natchez” paddle boat and a tour of Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The bus will pick up/return us to our convention hotel in Gray, LA. The tour will also include 3 hours of exploring the French Quarter before our return to Gray, LA. Cost: $113 Limited to 45 people Registration Deadline is March 23, 2019. Click here to learn more about Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and see the Brunch Menu.
Catered meals will be available for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday on campus at Nicholls State University, and hotel attendees will enjoy a full breakfast buffet at the Best Western Plus. These options are recommended to further enrich your fun Oz experience, socializing with Oz friends. There are also many options for meals within a five-minute drive off of the Nicholls State University campus.
Full convention registration is $75 (Friday – Sunday, June 21-23)
Craft Day registration is $30 (Thursday, June 20)
New Orleans Tour registration is $113 (Sunday, June 23)
Register Here or download the Oz Convention 2019 Flyer
A block of rooms is reserved under “The International Wizard of Oz Club” at the Best Western Plus for $69 per night. Reserve your room today!
Best Western Plus
117 Linda Ann Ave
For more information on the International Wizard of Oz Club visit ozclub.org