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Fayetteville: 'Oz' weekend schedule of events

The Wonderful Weekend of Oz sponsored by The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation will be held Friday through Sunday Oct. 5 through 7. The following is a schedule of events:

Friday Oct. 5

Reception for Visitors

When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Gage Foundation office, with tours of the Gage Home

Rehabilitation Tours of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home

When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Gage Home

Walking Tours of Baum's Fayetteville

When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Leaving from the Gage Foundation office

Who:Sue Boland, senior guide at the Gage Foundation

Cost:$5 adults, $3 seniors and kids 12 and under

Special commemorative showing of the MGM 'Wizard of Oz'

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Kids crafts, displays, and items for sale. Speakers and

movie at 7 p.m.

Where: The Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse

Who: Opening presentation by John Fricke, the leading expert on the popular

culture of Oz and descendants of L. Frank Baum

Cost:$10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under

Saturday Oct. 6

Rehabilitation Tours of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:Gage Home

Walking Tours of Baum's Fayetteville

When: 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m.

Where: Leaving from the Gage Foundation office

Who:Sue Boland, senior guide at the Gage Foundation

Cost:$5 adults, $3 seniors and kids 12 and under

Panel No. 1 -- A New Look at Oz

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Fayetteville Free Library -- Community Room (300 Orchard St., Fayetteville, NY 13066)

Who:Panelists Michael Patrick Hearn; John Fricke; Ranjit Dighe, Ph.D.

Hearn is the leading authority on Oz author L. Frank Baum.

Fricke is the leading expert on the popular culture of Oz.

Dighe is an associate professor of economics who brings a fascinating professional eye to popular interpretations of Oz.

Oz is a feminist utopia, replete with barely concealed themes of peace, social justice, and social responsibility. How do these themes of the story account for its universality? And who didn't L. Frank Baum meet in the course of creating his classic?

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