Who won the Caucus race?
Last weekend saw Team There’s Only Alice (UK and Austria divisions!) convening in Oxford for the annual Alice Day celebrations. This mini festival, run annually by The Story Museum is now in it’s 5th year, with 2012 marking the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A fantastic weekend was had by all of us, even though we only managed to make it around a small portion of the fantastic and varied events that were going on for the festival weekend.
We visited the Ashmolean Museum, had dinner at the Eagle and Child (famous literary hangout of the Inklings), climbed Carfax Tower for a view across Oxford’s rooftops, posed next to the doorway and lamppost that inspired CS Lewis’s Narnia, saw Salvador Dali’s Alice at the Christchurch Picture Gallery and contemporary female artists’ visions of Alice at the O3. We also got to enjoy one of the fabulous Bill Spectre’s ghost walks – magic, mystery, chills and one member of our party getting his arm cut off at the end!
The highlight of the weekend though was definitely the Caucus Race at Christchurch Meadow, which saw the rain hold off just long enough for circus performers, a brass band, a water balloon fight for those who wanted to race, and lots of singing and dancing from the Wonderland animals. And of course, everyone got a prize (even if they didn’t dance!)
Remember, you can now buy the There’s Only Alice edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass, or Art from Wonderland if you’d just prefer the artwork, in multiple format online, with all proceeds going to The British Library’s conservation fund. This book features work by all the artists who attended Alice’s Day 2012 (me, Sarah Grant, Lis Nemeth, Liz Grant, Eleonore Beahan and Mark Hewitt) and if you fancy one artist’s work in particular, then watch this space – prints and greetings cards are hopefully going to be available soon!