Magician of Oz found himself attending the annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton, Indiana this past weekend. For those not in the know, Chesterton, Indiana is located adjacent to Dunes State Park at the bottom end of Lake Michigan, hence the Meeting at the Dunes...
It was, by all accounts, a splendid and very successful event. Magician of Oz had a wonderful time as well and intends on attending every year from now on. Book sales exceeded expectations and many new friends were made.
As I understand it, this festival celebrates its 28th year of celebrating all things Oz. There was a gaggle of Glindas and a ton of Tin Mans!
A den of Dorothys and a warren of Witches! I love the Ruby Sandals!
A smattering of Winged Monkeys...
One lone Witches Guard...
... and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz himself!
Magician of Oz was very fortunate indeed to have been placed next to Dennis Anfuso and his wonderful wife, Linda.
She was most talented and created the winning Best Dressed Dog costume on Saturday morning right before my very eyes.
In case you're curious, the dog's name is Vito!
As for Dennis Anfuso, I was greatly impressed with his talent and humor. I felt as though I have made two new friends this weekend and look forward to seeing them at any opportunity. They done learnt' me some stuff over the two days we were there.
I was especially pleased and honored to have met Robert & Clare Baum and presented him a copy of Magician of Oz as both a personal and professional courtesy. The two of them were very kind and generous to me...
In addition, I also had the honor and pleasure of meeting Roger and Charlene Baum and likewise, presented him a copy of Magician of Oz. Like his brother, Roger and his wife were equally kind and generous to me and I am most grateful for the kind words of support offered by Roger and Charlene, Robert and Clare.
Although I missed the Saturday morning parade as it did not pass by our booths, I was lucky enough to catch the Oz look-alike contests and the winners were......
A fine looking group from Oz if ever I saw one!
Overall, Magician of Oz felt right at home and only now begins to understand the wisdom of Princess Ozma when she chose me as her Royal Liaison and charged me with spreading the word of Oz throughout the Great Outside.
I'll bet this one would make a great beehive!!!!
Porro Ago Oz!!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma