Author Days celebrates “Wizard of Oz,” “Mother Goose in Prose”

Press Staff Writer

        Sauder Village will celebrate L. Frank Baum and his literary works, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Mother Goose in Prose” on June 28 and 29 as part of the 2019 Author Days events.
        The new event will feature a variety of hands-on activities, special demonstrations and free admission for anyone dressed in a Wizard of Oz or Mother Goose-themed costume. From Dorothy, a scarecrow, lion or tin man to Mother Goose in a long dress and bonnet – guests are encouraged to be creative, dress in costume and get involved in the fun celebration.
        Guests will have an opportunity to build a tin man in the Tin Shop, look into a glass ball at Burlington Glass Works, build a scarecrow, learn about tornadoes in the Garden Shed, make Dorothy's miniature basket at the Basket Shop, visit an Oz photo booth, head over to the Print Shop to make a wicked witch bookmark and visit Little Pioneers Homestead for a day full of Mother Goose activities.
        There will also be “Kansas farm activities,” including goat and cow milking, pig feeding, corn shelling and farm animals to meet. Guests will also enjoy visiting with the costumed guides and working craftsmen throughout the Village to experience Ohio’s historic past from 1803 thru 1928.
        In addition to the Author Days activities, there will also be a special Melodies on Main Street Concert. On Saturday, June 29, guests can enjoy an afternoon of toe-tapping music featuring the talents of Bob Ford. The afternoon concert is included with admission to the Historic Village. Additional concerts are planned throughout the season. Visit to view the Melodies on Main Street schedule.
        Some of the other special events planned early this summer at Sauder Village include the Old-Fashioned 4th of July on July 4-6, Summer on the Farm and Fiddle Contest on July 13 and an Author Days event on July 26 and 27 to celebrate James Dean and his popular ‘Pete the Cat” book series.
        Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays.
        Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year.
        Senior, military and AAA discounts are also available.
        Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday. For more info, call 1-800-590-9755 or visit


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