L. Frank Baum is the critically acclaimed author of one of the most well known books in the world, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Before writing the novel, Baum spent many years living and working in Syracuse. Baum would also meet his wife, Maud Gage, in 1881, in the orange city. The home on West Onondaga Street is in jeopardy if it is not purchased and preserved by the foundation.
The two-day fundraising event includes a performances, a costume parade for children as well as a presentation of gowns worn by Judy Garland!
The fundraiser begins on Friday, August 9th at 7:30pm with a discussion by Rick Ewigleben and Joe Shipbaugh, co-authors of the book "Forever a Munchkin" which details the life of Ms. Margaret Pellegrini. The evening continues with "The Dressing of a Legend" which takes patrons into the world of Judy Garland’s dresses, presented by Michael Siewert. Tickets for Friday's events are $18 for adults and $13 for children (11 & under).
The fundraiser continues on Saturday August 10th with 'The Land of OZ Luncheon' and Costume Parade. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to meet with visitors from the Land of Oz and show off their best costumes from the book and film.
The luncheon begins at noon with the parade following at 1:30pm. Children's tickets are $10, adults (ages 12 & up) are $15.
The event continues Saturday night at 7pm with congratulatory messages from the Foundation's Executive Director followed at 8pm by "Judy Garland - The Dressing of a Legend" with special guest Michael Siewert. The exhibition takes patrons on a journey through Judy Garland's life from her early days in Vaudeville through her most noted roles on both the big and small screen. Tickets are $23, children and adults.