Datebook: May 4 - Alice Liddell Turns 160

May 4, 2012

Alice Liddell was born on May 4, 1852 (and died November 16, 1934). She's best known for inspiring the children's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Soon after her father became the Dean of Christ Church in Oxford, she met Charles Ludwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) photographing a cathedral. Carroll became family friends and entertained her with fanciful stories and riddles. As a young woman, she toured Europe with her sisters and became romantically involved with Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. She married Reginald Hargreaves, a cricketer, and had three sons. She was a socialite in her later years, and the first president of Emery Down Women's Institute. Upon the death of her husband, in 1926, she sold her copy of Alice's Adventures Under Ground for 15,400 pounds to a phonograph producer (it's now in the British Library). There is no proof Carroll was romantically attached to Alice as a child beyond a platonic fondness, though his diaries from those years are missing.

It’s Friday, May 4

There’s an art show and reception tonight honoring the career of Graves County art teacher Jack Goodwin.  Goodwin’s paintings will be for sale, and proceeds will provide a scholarship to an art student with financial need.  The reception begins at 7 in the Performing Arts Center Gallery during the spring concert of the Graves County High School Orchestra.   

Spring Fling on the Main will be held tomorrow in downtown Cadiz.  Enjoy entertainment, browse through shops, and view local art on display along Main Street.  Artists will be set up from 10 to 3.  For more information, visit

There’s a garden tour in Paris this Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5:30.  Tour the gardens of Jimmy and Peggy Williams, Pat and Rachel Terrell, and Gaines and Becky Hedges.  There will be refreshments and live entertainment. Purchase $15 tickets at any garden during the tour.

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