It's a great weekend to be within a manageable drive of either Wamego, Kansas, or Banner Elk, NC. If you're hesitating but can still make it -- come!
Since I'm a Kansas City based fan, Wamego is my own backyard. I was delighted to meet John Fricke's flight this morning and drive him to Oztoberfest. Robin Olderman completes our triad for the drive. We've known one another since the late 1970s from attending IWOC conventions in Castle Park. How fun for us to have a leisurely breakfast and a couple uninterrupted driving hours together!
This weekend we'll also see Munchkins Margaret Pellegrini, Karl Slover, Munchkin-in-law Myrna Swenson and some of Myrna's family. Michael Siewert will be here with his many Garland treasures. I ran into JohnPaul Caffiero already -- the collector who's massive collection is generously on display in the Oz Museum. Bob and Clare Baum, Roger and Charlene Baum will be here for the weekend, too. Other good friends and IWOC members aren't on the VIP list, but make the weekend complete. Just a great group of lovely people. Reception tonight at 7:30!
Oh, and we're seeing The Witches of Oz in the back of the Museum during the reception. It's then at the Columbian Theatre, I understand, throughout the weekend where The Wiz also is being staged.
Meanwhile on that magical NC mountaintop Karen Owens will be visiting with Oz fans as she promotes the IWOC. She's made the drive from her Michigan home for every one of the 18 years they've thrown open the gates to the Yellow Brick Road. Deb Dwyer is with her as Sean Barrett's suiting up as the Scarecrow. Wally Krueger, Scott Hedley are no doubt setting up the Yellow Brick Road so 5000 of their closest friends can immerse themselves in Oz.
Fair winds and following seas to all who have set sail to Oz this weekend!