Join us for a full day of in-person Ozzy fun and programming at the 58th Annual OzCon International! After two years of virtual-only meetings, were so ready to return sunny California and the beautiful Kellogg West Conference Center on the Cal-Poly campus in Pomona. Near three major airports (Ontario, John Wayne, and LAX) and seated atop a wooded hill with lovely views, this site can feel almost like Oz itself!
Our 2022 theme is Animals in Oz, inspired by the centenary of Kabumpo in Oz, a Ruth Plumly Thompson favorite. Well explore those talkative and helpful animal companions in the Oz books, from Toto to the Flittermouse. Well revisit the animal communities of Oz and unique characters like the Lonesome Duck and the Curious Cottabus. This year well also raise a glass to the most famous actress to portray Dorothy Gale, Judy Garland, one hundred years after her birth!
Our guest speakers so far include includes Oz scholar Dina Massachi, Oz author Paul Dana, and Winkie Convention co-founder (1964) and Oz bibliographer Peter Hanff. Watch for further updates on guest speakers by following us on OzCon's social media pages.
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OzCon festivities will actually start on the evening of Friday, July 15, with a welcome meal and social gathering (with full bar) at the Kellogg West in Pomona. This is private function for OzCon attendees only, so you must register and pay for this meal in advance to attend.
The 2022 OzCon program will begin on Saturday, July 16, at 9am and run through 10pm. Well offer single-track programming throughout the day and evening so you wont miss a thing. And of course well have our wonderful dealers of Oz books and memorabilia; a silent auction of rare Baum, Thompson, and Oz material; the challenging quizzes and other Ozzy activities; and relaxing after-parties!
This year we will once again offer a range of meals to purchase in advance. For breakfast all OzCon attendees staying on site may enjoy a muffin and juice in the OzCon VIP lounge. Folks can order lunch and dinner as they register for the conference. Please note that these meals must be purchased in advance of your arrival! There are no restaurants on the conference grounds (rather like our old site at Asilomar), but many Pomona restaurants are a short drive away. (Guests and programming are subject to change. No refunds can be issued.)
You must make your own lodging arrangements. We have a large block of hotel rooms on hold at the Kellogg West, but those are sure to sell out. You can also extend your stay a day ahead or beyond the convention dates. So dont delay in reserving your spot. As always, you are welcome to share a room with another OzCon attendee to make your stay more affordable and more fun. Kellogg West hotel rooms have such features as refrigerators, coffee makers, daily newspaper, wall-mounted HDTVs, and complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. The hotel offers a swimming pool and spa and complimentary parking.
Please note Kellogg Wests COVID-19 Safety Procedures (mandatory for all guests)
Kellogg West has put in many safety procedures in line with local law and campus rules. As of today, the following will be required:
1. All guests must wear a mask while on the property except when eating or drinking. (Why not make your mask Ozzy while you keep yourself safe?)
2. All guests must complete the CP Online Health Screening Questionnaire each day.
3. Each person (including staff, speakers & visitors) must sign in and provide their contact information (email or phone) for COVID contact tracing if necessary.
There are Breathe Smart air purifiers in all meeting rooms, hallways, and dining spaces. All conference rooms, hotel rooms, public restrooms, and open public areas are cleaned and sanitized with the required disinfectants, and hand-sanitizing stations are set up throughout the conference center. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the front desk for extra safety.
Thanks to all these safety precautions, Im certain that we can come together for the fun, festive, and utterly Ozzy convention that weve all been dreaming of.
Kellogg West Conference Center, Cal Poly Pomona University (View)
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 United States, CA 91768
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