150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland
Stars and Stripes July 4, 2012
If you often feel like you’re the one who’s fallen down the rabbit hole, you are bound to appreciate Oxford, England’s curious happenings on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first telling of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Why Oxford? It was here that Charles Dodgson took a young girl by the name of Alice Liddell and her sisters on a picnic by the Thames River in July of 1862. To amuse his young companions, Dodgson spun a tale about a girl who followed a white rabbit into a mixed-up place he called Wonderland. Dodgson’s fantastical story was eventually published under the pen name Lewis Carroll.
The city’s Storybook Museum organizes an Alice’s Day each year, but this year the museum is striving to make it more special. On Saturday and Sunday, join Alice and company for some mad adventures. On the program: giant chess and croquet in the Oxford Castle gardens, storytelling and street theatrics. Many activities are free.
A highlight will be Sunday’s re-enactment of the Caucus Race, at the college of Christ Church’s Merton Field from 2-5 p.m. This free race promises dance, theater and games in which everyone will be a winner.
Read all about Alice’s Day at www.storymuseum.org.uk.