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Oz-Stravaganza ends with special donation

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CHITTENANGO, N.Y. -- Oz-Stravaganza wrapped up in Chittenango on Sunday, but not before the festival's special guests left their mark on the village.

Margaret Pellegrini and Andre De Shields both donated items to the All Things Oz Museum, which was dedicated to the works of native son L. Frank Baum.

Pellegrini, one of the munchkins in the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz", donated replicas of the hat, dress and shoes she wore in the movie.

De Shields, who originated the role of the "The Wiz" on Broadway, donated a pair of the oversized emerald glasses he wore in the Tony award-winning musical.

Both said that they are honored to give back to the community that has made them feel so welcome.

"It means everything. I've seen it grow, and I've seen it little, and I've seen it at different phases," said Pellegrini.

"There's no place like home, and for this Oz-Stravaganza, for this week that I've been here, Chittenango has been my home," said De Shields. "I've been received as a prodigal son, so I wanted to leave something tangible that would represent how I was embraced here."

De Shields said he plans to return to Chittenango next year, and Pellegrini also hopes to be back.

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