Welcome & FAQ

Greetings Oz fans. Welcome to To Oz!

We are an online community here to fill your weekend with Oz.

Click tabs on the Home Page Program Schedule to see what’s planned. Friday Aug. 14 at 1 pm Eastern time, we’ll open our first activities. Pick whatever appeals to you from the options. Oz interests are diverse, but we hope there’s something you’ll enjoy. Once open, they’ll stay open; you can come back later and see anything you skip.

 
 

Until our weekend begins, the Presentation Blogs tell you about each topic. Find them on To Oz drop-down menu. Our presenters have individual blogs for each presentation where you can ask questions.

Use the Activity area on your own profile to post photos and start conversations; you can post on the Activity page of other members, too. Change your profile and cover photos, and share your Oz interests.

If you have an Oz website, blog, Youtube channel, etc., include it in your profile. Post about it, too. Please keep posts family-friendly; there’s no age restrictions in this community.

The Social Buzz link under Community finds all current conversations. Join them! It’s a great way to meet other fans.

The program is set up, a bit tongue in cheek, as a weekend conference might be. You’ll find food-related topics posted at meal times.  Evenings don’t offer the variety of daytimes; I hope you’ll join the live Zoom meetings. Ryan Jay hosts with welcomes and introductions. Friday night you can join fans watching Return to Oz (9pm Eastern), and Saturday night we have some awards to announce (7pm Eastern). Sunday’s live Zoom (1 pm Eastern) is just to visit with one another. We’ll also declare winners to our Costume and Toto contests.

This virtual event is a response to the Covid-19 pandemic that brought so many 2020 Oz events to an abrupt halt. I asked members of the International Wizard of Oz Club who support annual in-person Oz events accross the US to record talks, tours, panels, crafts — anything they might offer at their usual events. They delivered, and here it is!  You don’t have to be a member of the Oz Club to participate, of course, but if you find us an appealing group, we’d love to have you. 

The To Oz! Support blog post lists all the groups who’ve helped with this. Do take a look; we all depend on fan support.

 

Jane Albright
International Wizard of Oz Club President

14 Responses

    1. The content is still set to “protected” until the weekend begins. I’ve asked our developer to add times to the tabs on the program schedule to help.

      Afternoon content opens at 1pm, Evenings at 5pm, and Mornings at 9 am — those times are Eastern Daylight.

      Live Zoom times are Friday at 9 pm, Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Again, those are Eastern.

      You can see all the different topics under Presentation Blogs — and post questions.

    1. Hi Eleanor, It was looking like the “automatic” emails weren’t being sent, so I set up a Mailchimp account and wrote everyone that way. You were on the distribution at 8:02 Tuesday night, so I don’t know why it wasn’t received. But as Dewey said, the first group of activities begins at 1 today. The times for opening each programming block and what topics are included are listed in the home page Program Schedule. (Did John get an email? He just signed up, and now that some people are reporting that they got three emails (?) I hesitate to send another at this point.)

    1. You can see what is lined up for Saturday night on that tab of the program on the home page. And you can look up individual session/presenter descriptions in the Presentations Blog area, but the blocks of time themselves are blocked until we open them for viewing. There was just too much with 60+ sessions for us to put it all out there at once. It would be overwhelming!

  1. Great job Jane, and everyone else involved in creating presentations, or programming this website. This was really interesting! There was a huge variety of topics and by doing it online, I was able to skip around or take a break and continue watching at a later time. This was a good idea to have the Convention online this way.

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