Winkie Con 2012 begins on Friday. Hope to see you there! This year's 48th International Winkie Convention includes:
Patch Game, this year's version of the Oz Treasure Hunt.
People Bingo, the live action Bingo Game.
Ruth Plumly Thompson's 121st birthday, complete with root beer floats and birthday cake.
A visit from Caren Marsh-Doll, stand-in for Judy Garland on the 1939 M-G-M film version of The Wizard of Oz.
It's the Baum! a new Oz game show.
Screenings of 1964's Return to Oz, The Witches of Oz, and the Meglin Kiddies version of The Land of Oz.
Original artwork by John R. Neill.
The 160-page Winkie Convention Program Book.
A visit from Susan Morse, singing voice for Dorothy in the 1964 Rankin-Bass animated Return to Oz.
A tour of Sky Island by Eric Shanower.
A display of all of Ruth Plumly Thompson's books and a generous sampling of her magazine, newspaper, and pamphlet work.
A panel on Oz Blogs moderated by J. L. Bell.
Presentations from Jared Davis, Peter Hanff, and Judy Bieber.
Lots of cool goodies for all attendees, including a limited edition Baum Keepsake, typeset and printed by Michael Riley on his own Pamami Press.
And last but not least, a visit from Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant of Oz.