2017 National Convention Schedule

This schedule is tentative and may be updated. Please see our Program page for descriptions of the presentations and events in our schedule.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

10:00 AM to ???

Annual Meeting of The International Wizard of Oz Club Board of Directors

location: Georgios Conference Center, 8800 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Opening party at Walter Krueger's home

location: Address, driving and parking directions will be sent directly to registered attendees in advance.

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Our program will begin at Konow's Corn Maze in Homer Glen and then move to the Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet.

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Breakfast

Complimentary to guests staying at Georgios Hotel

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Visitors from Oz at Dorothy's Farm

location: Red Barn at Konow's Corn Maze, 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, IL 60491
http://www.konowscornmaze.com/

 

Friday Afternoon and Evening Program

location: Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432        Tales of the Wizard of Oz coloring book coverhttps://www.jolietmuseum.org/

1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Animated Oz Film Festival

The Oz Productions of Rankin/Bass by Rick Goldschmidt

The Animated Toys of Oz by David Kelleher and Walter Krueger

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Dinner

Our evening dinner party and programs will include supporters of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. 

7:30 PM to 8:15 PM A Fashion Show of Dorothys
8:15 PM to 8:45 PM Interview with a Lost Princess, special guest Emma Ridley
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM The Music of Oz

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

All convention events on Saturday take place at Georgios Conference Center
8800 West 159th Street, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Complimentary to guests staying at Georgios Hotel

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Oz Dealers

location: Clarion Room

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Welcome Reception

location: Clarion Room

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Saturday Morning Program

locations: Clarion Room and Room B (parallel programming)

"W.W. Denslow's Illustrations of the 1893 World's Fair" by Scott Cummings and Randy Hercey

"From Expo to Oz: W.W. Denslow in Chicago" by Cindy Ragni

"An Ozzy Toy Theater" by Bill Campbell

"The Sacred Lore of Emeralds: The Gemological Significance of Oz's Capital" by Judith Rypma

"NBC's Emerald City interviews" by Ryan Jay (tentative)

"Men of Straw, Wood, and Tin: Reading Physical Difference and Disability in L. Frank Baum's Oz" by Sarah Crotzer

11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Keynote Address: "The Men Behind the Curtain" by Atticus Gannaway

location: Clarion Room

12:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Lunch

location: Clarion Room

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Oz Club Auction

location: Room D

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Alternative Afternoon Activities

location: Clarion Room

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

"Great and Terrible Oz Exchange"

location: Clarion Room

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

"Oz Collectors Show and Tell"

location: Clarion Room

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Dinner and Oz Club 60th Birthday Party

location: Clarion Room and Room B

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Evening Program

location: Clarion Room

The 1950 Lux Radio Theatre Wizard of Oz radio show performed live by Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, introducedby John Fricke

"The Selig Polyscope Company's Oz Films" by Adam Selzer

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Many options are available for Sunday. Convention regiostration includes a substantial brunch and a boxed lunch to take with you. 

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Brunch for all registered attendees

location: Georgios Conference Center, Clarion Room

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Midwest Oz Fest
Odyssey Fun Farm, 18900 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
Spend your afternoon at the Midwest Oz Fest, a family-friendly public Oz festival being held for the third year in Tinley Park, Illinois.
10:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Open for Oz
Open house/pool party at the private home of convention co-chairman Walter Krueger.  Note that this a private residence; it it not fully accessible to those with mobility limitations. Parents are expected to supervise their own children.

Address, driving and parking directions will be sent directly to registered attendees in advance.

10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Oz History Tour of Chicago (tickets sold separately; limit 30)

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-oz-tour-tickets-35098431353

Meet in Georgios lobby at 10:15 AM to carpool; tour begins at the corner of E 59th Street and S. Stony Island Avenue in Hyde Park, IL 60637 at 11:30 AM and ends there at approximately 4:30 PM.

 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM President's Picnic and a Patchwork Play

Oz Club President Carrie Hedges welcomes attendees to a private party at her home in Hyde Park. We'll enjoy a picnic dinner and soft drinks, but please BYOB.

Note that this a private residence; it it not fully accessible to those with mobility limitations. Luggage storage will be available. Parents are expected to supervise their own children. Address, driving and parking directions will be sent directly to registered attendees in advance.

 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  Scraps! A new play by Anthony Whitaker