Follow the Yellow Brick Road

The yellow bricks of Chittenango, N.Y. Image from My Vintage Soul.
I was fortunate enough two years ago to receive golden bricks that once formed a road actually danced and trod upon by just about every cast member from the Wizard of Oz except Dorothy herself. This gift was the result of a string of events involving the town of Chittenango (where Frank L. Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born and raised), harsh North Country winters, and two dear friends of mine, Walter and Sunny.

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So what's a girl to do with 50 pounds of bricks with such an illustrious history? Find a place to inlay them, of course. Enter Better Farm's Art Barn, which in its former incarnation housed animals and utilized a gutter in the floor that nowadays has simply laid empty in such a way as to create a bit of a hazard for the inattentive wanderer in our gallery space.

It's a perfect trough to lay in some gold bricks; so that's what we did. All it took was a few bags of concrete mix, a little water, and some elbow grease.

Now, all visitors to our gallery space can walk on the same golden bricks the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and oodles of Munchkins have danced, walked, and skipped on. A little magic, right here in Redwood.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.