Emerald City Idol Attracting Attention

Oz-Stravaganza News

(Chittenango, NY – May 2013) Oz-Stravaganza officials announced last week that the annual Emerald City Idol singing competition is getting more recognition and more prominent guest judges.

The sixth annual Emerald City Idol singing competition finals will take place May 18 at Chittenango High School. The competition has recently garnered some national attention […]

Plans Underway for the 35th Annual Oz-Stravaganza

(Chittenango, NY – April 2013) The 35th annual Oz-Stravaganza themed “The Patchwork of Oz” will take place in Chittenango May 31 through June 2. The three-day event offers a wide variety of events and guests, with the grand Oz parade kicking off at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in downtown Chittenango.

The annual event held […]

Museum Holds Luau-themed Party, Discusses Future Events

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

(Chittenango, NY -March 2013) A luau-themed party was held at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum during February break, coordinated by Karlene Becker and Paige Wooldridge. Seven attended aged from 11 to 18 years, and they enjoyed games and refreshments such as ice cream floats.

Deb, Karlene, and Lillie Becker and […]

Fifth Annual ‘Community Night Out’ Dinner Dance Planned

Oz-Stravaganza News

(Chittenango, NY – Feb. 2013) The Oz-Stravaganza Committee will host its fifth annual ‘Community Night Out’ dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Rusty Rail Party House on Route 5, Canastota. Live music for dancing will be provided by Chittenango’s own Aaron Valardi. Proceeds help bring special guests […]

Oz-Stravaganza Planning Meeting is Sept. 12

(Chittenango, NY – Sept. 2012) The kickoff meeting for Oz-Stravaganza 2013 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the “All Things Oz” Museum, 211 Genesee St., Chittenango.

New members are welcome and encouraged to join the all-volunteer committee whose mission is to honor Chittenango’s native son, L. Frank Baum, who wrote the […]

Oz-Stravaganza a Huge Success

To the Editor:

(Chittenango, NY – June 2012) The Village of Chittenango wishes to thank each and every one who contributed through a donation, by time or work who made Oz-Stravaganza 2012 a huge success. Without the help and support of all the civic organizations, businesses and Chittenango school music groups, the event would not […]

Chittenango Reports Sales Tax Up

By Martha E. Conway

(Chittenango, NY – May 22, 2012) Chittenango Village Administrator Bob Freunscht reported that sales tax receipts are up more than $16,000 for the past 12 months over the same period ending in 2011. He said that figure was up $90,000 over the fiscal year ending 2010.

According to Freunscht, the village […]

Oz-Stravaganza Committee Announces Entertainment Line-up

(Chittenango, NY – June 2012) It is once again time for the annual Oz-Stravaganza festival. Chittenango has hosted the Wizard of Oz-themed festival each year, as this is the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz series of books.

The festival is being held June 1 through 3.

The […]

Chittenango’s Bicentennial Activities Set for June and July

June 1 through 3: Oz-Stravaganza – Fireworks Friday night, rides and games all weekend; parade Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, call (315) 415-8546.

June 17: The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum on Lakeport Road in the village will host Canal Fest. For more information, call (315) 687-3801.

June 23: The Chittenango Lions Club […]

Redwood Bar & Grill Major Sponsor of Oz-Stravaganza

Margaret Pellegrini, center, rides on the 2011 Oneida Indian Nation Oz-Stravaganza festival float. Submitted Photo/Colleen Zimmer

Eric Koester, owner of Redwood Bar & Grill, is pictured with Barb Evans, co-director of Oz-Stravaganza.

Oz-Stravaganza News

(Chittenango, NY – June 2012) ) The Village of Chittenango is gearing up to host the 34th annual Oz-Stravaganza […]

Oneida Nation Foundation Supports Oz-Stravaganza


Chuck Fougnier, Oneida Nation Council Wolf Clan member, presents a $5,000 check to Oz-Stravaganza Co-Director Colleen Zimmer.

(Oneida, Chittenango, NY) Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Nation Council, Chuck Fougnier, handed a $5,000 check to Oz-Stravaganza Co-Director Colleen Zimmer as Presenting Sponsor of the 34th annual festival. Oz-Stravaganza pays tribute to Chittenango native […]

Be An Ambassador for Oz-Stravaganza

(Chittenango, NY – April 2012) April 1 is the deadline for girls ages 2 through 19 in the Chittenango School District to register for the second annual Miss Oz-Stravaganza Pageant; those chosen will be ambassadors for a variety of events throughout Oz weekend, as well as during the year.

The event promotes confidence, poise, character […]