Clare Hall hosted a Summer Soiree in 2019 with the theme of Lost in Wonderland. Attended by Clare Hall Fellows, students and staff, as well as guests from outside the College the event was a huge success.
Surrounded by flamingos, crazy mirrors, outsized mushrooms, playing cards, and chess, the guests were entertained by Eleanor Medcalf’s music on the harp, Chloë Meade and Ben de Souza's violin-accordion duo, and ambient birdsong. Callie's stand-up comedy performance delivered lots of laughs while Tim Cooren’s riddles stimulated our guests' intellectual curiosity.
Prizes were distributed for ‘best fancy dress outfit’ and ‘riddle-solving’, which included Clare Hall's very own plush dog and a copy of the 150th Anniversary Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland signed by President Ibbetson.
The magical atmosphere inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was re-created using environmentally sustainable products and practices. It featured many hand-crafted decorations repurposed for the event, including a one-of-a-kind rabbit hole created solely for the occasion. This has since been donated to the College for future events.
Photos by Fu Xiang Quah