Mini-Golf In Oz

AMSTERDAM – Golfers followed the yellow brick road to Oz Saturday for the 16th annual Miniature Golf and Family Fun Day.

The Mental Health Association of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted the event at the Amsterdam High School. This year the association saw its highest number of visitors.

“We easily broke our record,” Janine Dykeman, director of the association, said. “We’ve had over 500 people show up and it’s more than we anticipated. It’s a great day.”

Dykeman said the funds collected at Saturday’s event will benefit the association’s programs. More than $2,500 was collected Saturday and Dykeman said the money raised supports programs that help those in need.

“This money goes toward the programs we have, so it’s a good cause,” she said. “We just wanted to create an event that was fun and affordable for families.”

The association transformed AHS into scenes from “Wizard of Oz” in honor of the movie’s 75th anniversary. Dykeman said it took the association about five hours to fully decorate the halls but “it’s always worth it.”

“We took the movie, put it into chronological order and matched it with the 18 holes of the mini-golf course,” she said.

The halls of AHS were lined with “Wizard of Oz”-themed decorations such as a hand-crafted tornado and hot air balloon, a yellow brick road, a poppy field and the wizard’s castle.

The scene with the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys was five-year-old Christian Majewski’s favorite on the golf course. The hole featured dozens of cut-out flying monkeys entwined in each other hanging from the ceiling.

“I loved the monkeys,” Majewski said. “The way they hung in the air when I golfed was cool.”

His mother, Melanie Majewski, said she loved how the golf course was set up.

“It’s so clever,” she said. “I knew Christian would love it and I’m really enjoying it myself.”

Gabrielle Lopez, Christian’s sister, said the association was very creative for putting the course together.

“This is so creative,” Lopez said. “They didn’t leave a scene out. This is fun for the little kids and it’s fun for me. The event also supports a great cause and everyone should be here today.”

Saturday’s event also included a showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on an overhead projector screen, balloon art by Daryl Baldwin, music by Gary VanSlyke, arts and crafts tables and a make-your-own sundae table.