From our Russian correspondent we have news of a fantastic exhibition in Moscow including a statue of Lewis Carroll! From the Moscow Times:
The exhibition “Alice in Wonderland” is dedicated to the anniversary of the famous book by Lewis Carroll. It opened recently in Saltykov-Chertkovs mansion. The location for the exhibition is not accidental. The famous writer, mathematician, logician, philosopher, deacon and photographer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) spent his whole life, without leaving his native England. However, there is one country for which he made an exception, and that was Russia. In 1867 Lewis Carroll made his first and only trip abroad – to Russia. He visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Sergiev Posad. He came to our country with the mission of supporting cooperation between the Anglican and Orthodox churches. In Moscow he visited the famous library in the mansion Chertkov on Myasnitskaya Street. After a century and a half, an exhibition dedicated to his “Alice” was opened at this museum.
The Moscow exhibition is made on the principle of “opening episodes”, each visitor will be able to look at the story told by Carroll more volume. In addition to illustrations of produced for the book throughout the years, the exhibition will have the honor of presenting the beautiful stained-glass windows by British artist Geoffrey Webb for the first time, which decorate the chapel in Daresbury, Cheshire, in the cherished home of the famous writer.
On a show space of 1500 square meters, fantasy worlds come alive for both children and adults. As soon as visitors step into the old mansion they will feel that it is not just a house, but a real place of wonders. There is a seven-meter mirror, the ‘looking glass’ through which Alice entered a different world, a “hanging” library, a “disappearing garden”, the largest kaleidoscope in Europe, the throne room of the Red and the White Queen, a room of dreams, Alice’s lawn, a Jabberwock skeleton, and of course the White Rabbit’s house. In addition, visitors can relax on cushions in the cinema and see restored fragments of the original silent film “Alice in Wonderland”, which was directed in the UK by Cecil M. Hepworth in 1903. In the Gothic hall, visitors will see the first multi-illusion “100 Stories” illustrations for “Alice in Wonderland” by Sir John Tenniel, which are now recognized canonical pieces.
Visit this site for details and tickets. Runs through March 1st, 2016.
When visiting Oxford in this 150th year, as I’m sure everyone will <wink>, you might want to partake of the official Visit Oxfordshire city tour called “When Alice Met Harry”, which is a tour of all the significant Alice spots, and includes a dash of Harry Potter. What could be better?
Not being English, I had no idea that in Tyneside the official beginning of the Christmas season was the unveiling of the Christmas windows in Fenwicks Newcastle. But I like it. And especially so this year as the 43rd annual animated offering is all about Alice! Check out the time-lapse video below of the construction of the windows, and if you live or are visiting in the area go see for yourself! And don’t forget to visit some of the other video links to see more of the completed windows!
Very fun ad with narration by Hugh Laurie for easyJet, featuring a very tardy bunny singing a very familiar Disney song. Enjoy!
This fall (or autumn as our UK friends would say) the city of Sunderland in the UK will be mounting their light show Sunderland Illuminations, from Sep 27 – Nov 2. As in previous years, a large part of the extravaganza will feature Alice themed displays. If your are in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by and take some photos!
This is something pretty neat. A dedicated Disneyland visitor filmed the entire Alice attraction, both before and after the recent rehab and produced this neat side-by-side comparison video. Having seen the new ride firsthand this past July, they did a very nice job capturing all the new projections and figures. Enjoy!
After years of being draped in hideously ugly tarps to cover the makeshift scaffolding erected to correct a supposed OSHA violation, the Imagineers at Disney finally unveiled their new enhanced Alice dark ride at Disneyland on Alice Day, July 4th. Hooray! Check out this POV video for the new experience. I must say the new effects look great, and the changes to the downramp vine could have been much worse, but I will always miss the old vine. For additional commentary go here and here. We’ll be riding it ourselves shortly, and will comment here with our take.
The Botanical Gardens in Huntsville AL have an Alice theme running all summer (May-Aug), titled Alice’s Garden of Wonders. including a week-long camp for kids running from July 28-Aug 1. Information can be found at their website here. Read a review of the experience here and see some photographs here. Being a botanical garden I’m sure they have a most excellent garden of live flowers.
Our next meeting, in Toronto and environs October 3–5, promises to be a doozy! Check out our Events Page for all the details. See you there!