Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Come to Oz This Summer!

Today's blog is a gentle reminder that we'd love to have you join us for the fabulous Oz convention this summer! It's being held in beautiful Pacific Grove, California. It's going to be a great weekend! But I wanted to remind everyone that as a thank you gift for registering before December 1, 2010, you will receive an exclusive hardcover copy of The 2011 Winkie Convention Program Book.
Winkie Con 2011
July 8th to 10th, 2011
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California

Join us for the 47th annual Winkie Convention! A conference celebrating all things related to L. Frank Baum and his Wonderful Land of Oz. 

This year’s programming chairman, David Maxine, invites you to come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Baum’s underwater fairytale The Sea Fairies and the 80th anniversary of Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Pirates in Oz. What could be better than pirates and mermaids in Oz?

Our guests of honor will be Tommy Kovac, writer of the acclaimed new comic book series The Royal Historian of Oz, and Kirk Kushin, writer of the new comic book series Ozopolis. Oz writer and artist Eric Shanower will take you on a visual tour of the deep as we explore our theme of Oz Under the Sea. 

Other convention highlights include a terrific new documentary on Fred Stone, who played the Scarecrow in the 1903 Broadway Wizard of Oz musical, featuring rare film footage of Stone in action. You’ll see a presentation on W. W. Denslow's many rare and elegant book cover designs. You’ll discover the brand new phenomenon of making your own replica Ruby Slippers! This is becoming a very high-end art and the quality, detail, and research that go into these amazing shoes is not to be believed! 

On Saturday night you’ll be treated to a full evening of Ozzy song starring Joe Cascone and David Haines from the Toronto Civic Light Opera Company. This program will feature A Hundred Years of Oz Music from stage, film, and pop music, and a few surprises, too! It will be a night to remember!

And don’t miss our traditional Winkie Costume Contest, Treasure Hunt, and Winkie Quiz—not to mention the fabulous Winkie Auction of rare Baum and Oz material!

A Few Words About Our Convention Site

We meet each year at the Asilomar Conference Center in beautiful Pacific Grove, California. It is located a few minutes from Monterey, about five hours north of Los Angeles, and two-and-a-half hours south of San Francisco. The Asilomar grounds are heavily wooded, very beautiful and atmospheric, situated directly on the Pacific coast. Please note, too, that our base convention rates are per person in a shared room with two beds. We do have a very few single rooms available. The rates cover all programming costs, your lodging at Asilomar, and dinner Friday, three meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and all taxes and gratuities. It really is a bargain! The food is good, the rooms are great, and many have fireplaces. Check-in begins at 3:00 PM on Friday and checkout is noon Sunday just before we gather for lunch.

You can download our PDF Registration Forms at the link below:

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1 comment:

Jay said...

I'm going, but I'll have to figure out travel. Recent occurrences with airport security are off-putting, and I didn't really enjoy going Greyhound the past summer.

I'm hoping to have my Oz book "The Borderlands of Oz" done and bring a few copies along. Though I'm afraid I'll wind up giving them away gleefully!