Rockford becomes Emerald City

Rockford becomes Emerald City

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Going over the rainbow for a grand adventure isn’t necessary because, as Dorothy explains, you don’t even have to look any further than your own backyard.

On Sept. 26, in front of New American Theater, local representatives announced the “There’s no Place Like Home”-themed events for the area. The Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (RACVB) is marketing the Oz-themed fun through public relations, newspaper and radio advertising to the Chicago suburbs and northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin until February 2002.

Local hotels and restaurants have gotten together with the cultural organizations and created special packages for travelers.

“The promotion brings together a wealth of Oz-related events,” said Jeff Smith, board chairman of RACVB.

Learn at the “Science of Oz” exhibit at the Discovery Center. “You can launch a hot air balloon; you can step inside a tornado,” said Sarah Wolfe, Discovery Center Museum executive director. The center will feature 15 exhibits that will run from Sept. 29 to Feb. 3. Museum admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children, ages 2-17. Call 963-6769 for more information.

The Burpee Museum of Natural History will feature the exhibits “Monkeys Can’t Fly,” “Lions, No Tigers and Bears. . .Oh My!” and “Rubies and Emeralds.” Museum admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children, ages 3-17. Call 965-3433 for more information.

Children can get creative and participate in “Over the Rainbow: the Art of Oz” in the fall semester school program at the Rockford Art Museum. It will run through Dec. 14. Call 968-2787.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra will play an Oz medley during its Oct. 13 pops concert at the Coronado Theatre. Call 965-0049.

Storefront Cinema will show the original film Oct. 5-7 and 12-14. Call 962-3456.

Watch as Dorothy and friends stroll down the yellow brick road at the New American Theater from Nov. 17-Dec. 30. In addition, there will be 13 student matinees for young people to see theater, meet actors and ask questions about how a performance is done. Prices and show times vary. Call 963-9454.

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