Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pow Wow at the Sacred Grounds of the Vigo County Conservation Club

It's been a while since I last posted as I have been quite caught up in a career change. Nonetheless, the wife and I were able to attend the yearly Pow Wow at the Vigo County Conservation Club, where we are members.


We attend every year and this year's event was the best we've ever seen.


As you can see, we're just a bit skewed. We must be the villains in an old Batman episode.

Here is the Drum Circle, which is the focus of all the energy of the Pow Wow.


We brought along 3 of the grandkids, along with our daughter, Meghan. As you can see, they're having a fine time!


 The dancing was very moving and powerful and we enjoyed it immensely.

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I find it amusing when people I talk to complain about illegal immigrants and how we should protect our borders from foreigners. I like to remind them that it is we who invaded the borders of this country hundreds of years ago and then systematically slaughtered, imprisoned and otherwise subjugated the original natives of this land. They always shut up after that fact is pointed out to them. Even my family, who immigrated here in 1746 are not native to this land. Only these people seen at the Pow Wows around the nation can be considered true occupants of this country, and only of very select few of them are true, full-blooded Native Americans. Still though, I have great respect for them, their culture and their devotion to the old ways.



I wasn't able to get a picture of it, but during the Ladies Dance, a large hawk flew directly over the Drum Circle. It was an inspiring site. Amanda and I, as well as the daughter and grandchitlins had a great time.

Hopefully, by this time next week, I'll have completed my schooling for my new career and have already begun the planning for the next step, heading back to North Dakota where all the money is!!!

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great Times at the Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois!

On Saturday past, I had the pleasure of attending the Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois in Mapleton, Illinois, which is located a few miles south of Peoria along the Illinois River.


This was the third year for this festival and I can say that it was a huge success, both for myself and everyone who came to explore the Yellow Brick Road of Oz.



























It all started the night before with a grand Wizard of Oz 75th Birthday Party in celebration of the film's release 75 years before.











Of course, the Fab Four, Glinda and The Wicked Witch of the West were in attendance and provided a wonderful evening's worth of entertainment for the large number of kids who were in attendance.

























I had a great time doing balloon animals, a few small bits of magic and telling the kids a wonderful story about Billina the Hen and how she once laid Deviled Eggs. Look for this short story, and many more, later this year when Tails of Oz is published.

The next morning was a bit wet, but only for a half an hour or so, then the rest of the day saw cool temperatures and no rain.


Here I am early on before I had a chance to get completely set up.


Once things got going, the crowds were steady and seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

One of the highlights of the festival was Bob Walls Marionette Show, featuring Steven's Puppets.



















As you can tell, the kids were absolutely captivated by the performance of the Wizard of Oz. I've seen this show before in Chesterton during that wonderful Wizard of Oz festival that is no more. The performer, Bob Wall is a most amazing talent with a wickedly twisted sense of humor. The best thing the festival organizers did was to book this show for their festival. In this day of video games, television and Kindle, seeing a live performance is such a rarity and kids need more of this in their lives.

The puppets themselves are quite detailed and very unique.

 
















Later in the day, the Grand Parade down the Yellow Brick Road was a huge hit for all the kids, especially those in costume... and there were a LOT of kids in costume.





After a fantastic day that saw book sales do very well, the whole Gang of Oz got together for a group photo under the rainbow.


Then, it was time for the closing ceremonies. Lots of thank-you's for the many volunteers who helped make the event as good as it was.


And the closing event was a wonderful colored balloon launch in celebration of 75 years of the Wizard of Oz movie.


Of course, I had to get in one last photo with the great costumed characters that I've known for a number of years now from all the Wizard of Oz festivals I've attended.



Yes, it was a great day to be in the Land of Oz over in the Land of Lincoln. I look forward to next year and I expect great things as this festival continues to grow and prosper.

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Mad Hatter's Christmas in July!

Teatime was always a favorite time of day for the Mad Hatter of Wonderland as he celebrated the 7th Annual Mad Tea Party.


 Just then, the Mad Hatter looked at the pocket watch that had magically appeared within his sphere of reference and noticed something only he could have seen.





"I see by the clock that it mid-July, so it must surely be time to celebrate my favorite time of year!"

The March Hare reached down and plucked the Dormouse from his usual sleeping spot within the teapot.





"Do do, do tell!" the March Hare requested... and the Mad Hatter politely obliged.




“Twas noel, and the santaclaus did crèche and tinsel in the snow;
All wreathy were the aunts-in-laws, and the merry mistletoe.

’I wanta lectrictrain, my dad! With car that slides, with track that rocks!
Beware the bricabrac, and shun the magi jackinbox!’

He took his blitzen sword in hand; Long time the festive foe he sought,
So rested he by the reindeer tree, and stood awhile in thought.

And as in holly thought he stopped, the lectrictrain, with eyes of flame,
Came yuling through the fruitcaked shop, and eggnogged as it came.

One, two! One, two! And through and through the blitzen blade went snicker-snack!
He grabbed it, and, with it in hand, He went decembring back.

’And hast though come with lectrictrain? Come to my arms, my gifty dad!
O Christmas day! Yip yip! Hey hey!’ He caroled in his glad.

Twas noel, and the santaclaus did crèche and tinsel in the snow;
All wreathy were the aunts-in-laws, and the merry mistletoe.”



 Just then, very merry fireworks exploded high above as the Dormouse came floating gently down.

As he landed among the cups and platters and teapots of the Mad Hatter's gathering, he noticed that something very odd had happened. It was as though time had slipped by... or backwards, as the case may be. I'm not quite sure~



Why Alice, where did you come from?



James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Full Moon Rising over the Baaken

Yesterday was a most unusual day in Orbital Mechanics.

1st: There was a Full Moon rising. (not so unusual)

2nd: It was Friday the 13th. (getting a bit more unusual)

3rd: Mercury is in Retrograde (that means it appears to move backwards in the sky).

Combine the three and now you've got unusual.

Fortunately, I had a decent camera on me where I work in the North Dakota Baaken oil fields.


It is such a beautiful country up here. No wonder the Native Americans  worshiped this land and considered it holy.

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

Monday, June 9, 2014

Magician of Oz joins the 7th Annual Mad Tea Party!

Over the years, I have enjoyed participating in a number a blog events, celebrations and the like, all of which are usually related writing and such. Being a writer of children's books based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum, I always enjoy these events.

In the past, I have especially enjoyed being a part of the Celebrate Oz blog happenings that are hosted by Oma Linda and her blogsite, Olde Bagg 'n Stuft Shirts.

Now comes a wonderful blog celebration entitled: 7th Annual Mad Tea Party; hosted by the blogsite; A Fanciful Twist.


Last year, I had the pleasure of writing a short story about the Mad Hatter for the Altered Oz blog celebration.




I'll be curious to see how the Mad Hatter celebrates his own very unique awesomeness during the 7th Annual Mad Tea Party?

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz