Winkie Convention



August 8-10, 2014
Our 50th Annual Wizard of Oz Convention
Celebrating the World of Oz & L. Frank Baum


This year's Winkie Con not only marks our first half-century, but also our first convention in San Diego - a city with many connections to L. Frank Baum, the creator of Oz. Baum spent winters at the Hotel Del Coronado and then rented a house in Coronado where he wrote the fifth Oz book, The Road to Oz. The coast of La Jolla was a starting point in several of Baum's fantasies, including The Scarecrow of Oz. We'll be exploring these San Diego connections to Oz and more at Winkie Con 50.

Winkie Con 50 will feature our traditional Winkie Con activities: Oz quizzes for all ages and levels, the Oz Treasure Hunt, the Oz Research Table and Art Show, Oz Show and Tell to share your rare and wonderful Oz discoveries, panel discussions, displays, and super after-parties.

Get on your cOZplay for the Winkie Masquerade! Dress as your favorite Oz or Oz-related character to show your costume-making expertise. Non-cash prizes are offered for the Best Adult Costume and Best Child Costume. A cash prize of $50 is offered for the Best Theme Prize - the theme for the Winkie Con 50 Masquerade being "Clockwork in Oz."


The Tik-Tok Man of Oz was first staged in Los Angeles, California, in 1913, and successfully toured the USA. This stage musical, with book and lyrics by L. Frank Baum, was the basis for L. Frank Baum's 1914 Oz book Tik-Tok of Oz. Winkie Con 50 will stage The Tik-Tok Man of Oz with all the surviving music in a slightly abridged version of Baum's original script. 

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz was first staged in Los Angeles, California, in 1913, and successfully toured the USA. This stage musical, with book and lyrics by L. Frank Baum, was the basis for L. Frank Baum's 1914 Oz book Tik-Tok of Oz. Winkie Con 50 will stage The Tik-Tok Man of Oz with all the surviving music in a slightly abridged version of Baum's original script.

We'll welcome Edward Einhorn, author of the critically-acclaimed modern Oz novels Paradox in Oz and The Living House of Oz, to his first Winkie Con. Edward is a playwright, stage director, and children's author based in New York City.


Caren Marsh-Doll was Judy Garland's stand-in for the 1939 MGM motion picture The Wizard of Oz and a dancer and actor in many other movies of Hollywood's golden age of the 1930s and '40s. Caren will share her amazing life experiences with Winkie Con attendees.

The 75th Anniversary of the MGM Film
THE WIZARD OF OZ

We have several exciting guests to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of everyone's favorite film The Wizard of Oz, including film historian Aljean Harmetz, author of the landmark book The Making of The Wizard of Oz.


Our "Fan" Guests of Honor are fandom legends, John and Bjo Trimble! While best known as the couple that saved STAR TREK in the 1960s, they are also big Oz fans, and were involved in the earliest days of the Winkie Con, Oz costuming, and a great addition to our celebration!

JUDY GARLAND - The Dressing of a Legend
We will also have a beautiful exhibition of original costumes worn by Judy Garland - many from the golden days of MGM! These incredible clothes are from the collection of Michael Siewert, who will be one of our special guests and curator of the exhibition.



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