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Datebook: July 29 – Disnley’s Alice in Wonderland premieres 60 years ago

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Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was released in New York City and Londo on July 29, 1951. It was the 13th Walt Disney Animated Classic, primarily based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with elements from Through the Looking-Glass. Alice in Wonderland was made under the supervision of Walt Disney himself, and is regarded as one of Disney’s finest works, despite hostile reviews from film critics in the UK, primarily for its “Americanizing” of the story. The doorknob is the only character in the movie not mentioned in the books. This was the first Disney theatrical film to be shown on television, in 1954.

It’s Friday, July 29

Tomorrow — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area’s Nature Station offers animal masks craft from 11 to 1. Homeplace observes Tomato-mania from 1 to 3. At 7 p.m. there’s a laser lights music show at the Golden Pond Planetarium, followed at 8:30 by an astronomy program. After that, weather permitting, the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers set up telescopes for night sky viewing. See lbl.org for other activities.

The local classic rock band Common Ground performs as Mayfield’s Summer Music Fest Concert Series final event tomorrow night at 7. The concert’s free at Harmon Park at 7th and James Streets. Concessions and restrooms available. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

Purchase Area Master Gardeners present Hopkins County Horticulture Agent Andy Rideout in its Toolbox Series “Lawn Care” program next Tuesday at 5 p.m. Rideout’s expertise is golf course management and design and turf grass. The program’s free at the McCracken County Extension Service Office, 2705 Olivet Church Road in Paducah.

Stay cool. Learn more at wkms.org. Thanks for listening!

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