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Wizard Of Oz Festival

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Return of Oz Fest in 2014 in Chicago 'burbs canceled

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Return of Oz Fest in 2014 in Chicago 'burbs canceled

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: Return of Oz Fest landing in new 'burb location

OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: Return of Oz Fest landing in new 'burb location

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Webber's 'Wizard' of 'Odd,' and return of Oz Fest

OFFBEAT: Webber's 'Wizard' of 'Odd,' and return of Oz Fest

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

Photos

OFFBEAT: 'Oz' grandson ready to welcome 'Dorothy's Return" to big screen

OFFBEAT: 'Oz' grandson ready to welcome 'Dorothy's Return" to big screen

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Sans fest, readers hopeful for future of 'Oz' wiith film, stage

OFFBEAT: Sans fest, readers hopeful for future of 'Oz' wiith film, stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

Photos

'Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dead at age 89

'Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dead at age 89

Margaret Pellegrini, one of the three surviving original Munchkins from the legendary 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," died early Wednesday in an assisted living care center near Phoenix, Ariz. She was 89, and would have celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 23.

August 07, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

Photos

Munchkin Margaret Pellegini with Fan Jennifer Gonzalez of Valparaiso

Munchkin Margaret Pellegini with Fan Jennifer Gonzalez of Valparaiso

Jennifer Gonzalez, of Valparaiso, right, laughs with Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last living munchkins from the film "The Wizard of Oz," during an autograph session at the start of the 31st annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton in September 2012. Pellegrini, 89, died Wednesday, Aug.…

August 07, 2013 5:31 pm
Porter County's festive life

Porter County's festive life

People lined Chesterton's streets to watch the parade during last year's Wizard of Oz Festival.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am
Smart economic growth, development in Chesterton

Smart economic growth, development in Chesterton

People lined Chesterton streets last September to watch the Wizard of Oz Festival parade. The festival needs a new sponsor if it is to continue.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am
Chesterton's Wizard of Oz Fest could end without new sponsor

Chesterton's Wizard of Oz Fest could end without new sponsor

CHESTERTON | A new sponsoring organization is needed to assume the duties of managing and coordinating Chesterton's annual Wizard of Oz Festival or the event is likely to cease.

February 11, 2013 6:15 pm
Wicked Witch of the West Costume Character Marching in 2012 Wizard of Oz Fest Parade

Wicked Witch of the West Costume Character Marching in 2012 Wizard of Oz Fest Parade

An army of costumed characters from "The Wizard of Oz," including The Wicked Witch of the West, are staples at the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, which celebrated a 31st year in Chesterton in 2012. The festival could end this year if a new sponsor is not found.

February 11, 2013 2:14 pm
OFFBEAT: MHS teacher nets rights to rare 'Wizard of Oz' inspired stage work

OFFBEAT: MHS teacher nets rights to rare 'Wizard of Oz' inspired stage work

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 29, 2012 12:00 am
Oz parade

Oz parade

The Chesterton High School Marching Band participated in the Wizard of Oz Festival parade.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am
Oz parade

Oz parade

People lined the streets of Chesterton to watch the parade during the Wizard of Oz Festival.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am
Wizard of Oz parade blows into Chesterton

Wizard of Oz parade blows into Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Dan Thome and his family have been coming to Chesterton’s Wizard of Oz Festival for the past 23 years, traveling from Grand Rapids, Mich., with his mother Pat, his aunt, and an entourage of friends in tow since 1989.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Oz parade

Oz parade

Three-year-old tin man Greg Hicks waves to members of the parade during this year's Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton. Greg's parents have attended the Festival regularly since 1993.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Chesterton approves Wizard of Oz Festival agreement

CHESTERTON | The town once again is set to host the Wizard of Oz Festival after members of the Town Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Duneland Business Initiative Group.

January 23, 2012 9:25 pm
OFFBEAT: Munchkin Karl Slover, 93, was a favorite of 'Oz' fans of all ages

OFFBEAT: Munchkin Karl Slover, 93, was a favorite of 'Oz' fans of all ages

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 17, 2011 12:00 am
Follow the Chesterton road

Follow the Chesterton road

CHESTERTON | People lined downtown streets Saturday as characters young and old participated in the Horse of a Different Color Parade to celebrate Chesterton's Wizard of Oz Festival.

September 17, 2011 7:30 pm Photos

Photos

Poster Promoting "Dorothy of Oz" Film

Poster Promoting "Dorothy of Oz" Film

Dorothy faces a new adversary in the Land of Oz with Martin Short voicing a new bad guy called The Jester in the new 3D, CG-animated feature film "Dorothy of Oz" opening in theaters in summer 2012.

September 16, 2011 12:00 am
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