Events & Programs

A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

Jul

July


# 8th Annual Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum invites everyone back for our 8th annual FREE Ice Cream Social on the Nook Farm Nook patio!

Come on down and enjoy delicious UCONN Ice Cream provided by BEAR'S BBQ Smokehouse, and finish it off with your favorite toppings!

In addition, music will be provided by HORIZON BLUE! 102.9 The Whale will also be here with games and give aways! And for the little ones we have face painting, games and arts & crafts!

The music for this event is generously supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

In addition, there will be discounted tours of the first floor of the Mark Twain House ($5 for adults, seniors, and children; under age 6 free).

This is a FREE event!

# CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House

Thursday, July 28, Tours step off every 15 minutes starting at 7:00 p.m.

Come for our Ice Cream Social from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. that evening and stay for the CLUE Tours!

CLUE Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

Sea Tea Improv (seateaimprov.com) is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with their witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  They perform short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

See the schedule and purchase tickets HERE!

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  To purchase tickets, please call (860) 247-0998.

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.)

Call: (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click  here for tickets.

# POSTPONED UNTIL FALL - DATE TBA - 2016 Family Series presents: TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES!

Saturday, July 30,

TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES present AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE. 

A swashbuckling tale set in exotic lands, AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess.  Facing danger at every turn, the courageous prince must use his wits his escape his prison, defeat the diabolical vizier, and save the princess from a tragic fate.

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

 

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL - DATE TBA -

Aug

August


# BOOK/MARK Event: Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones

Thursday, August 11, 7:00

Join us for an extra special Book/Mark event featuring Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War. This important historic work was recently adapted as a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey. Dr. Bynum also appeared in the film, which opened on June 24th.

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, and aided by women, slaves, and children who spied on the Confederacy and provided food and shelter, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River. There, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones.

The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. Newt and Rachel's relationship resulted in the growth of a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. The ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi, as vividly evidenced by the 1948 miscegenation trial of great-grandson Davis Knight.

FREE EVENT! Reservations suggested. Please call (860) 247-0998. Or reserve here.

 

# 2016 Family Series presents: IT’S IN THE BAG by the NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 pm

“It’s in the Bag!” Discover a mystery story, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations and more.  Starting with “Un” Brella, NTD improvises with umbrellas to show signs to learn and enjoy.

Have fun with the National Theatre of the Deaf as they combine visually exciting American Sign Language with the Spoken Word to create a performance that will be seen, heard, and long-remembered.

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

Activity: Families will learn some signs and help determine what the actors will perform next!

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children Call 860. 247.0998 or click here!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Book a Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour today!

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing or click here.

Sep

September


# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Karen Lystra on Mark Twain's Daughters

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 reception - 5:30 Lecture

Noted Twain Scholar Karen Lystra, formerly Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, will speak about Mark Twain’s daughters in this season’s inaugural edition of our popular lecture series The Trouble Begins at 5:30, in conjunction with our current exhibit In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens.

Dr. Lystra is the author of Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years (University of California Press, 2006)  and Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America. (Oxford University Press, 1989; paperback, 1992). Both the lecture and exhibit uncover the complicated, passionate lives of three young women struggling with their father’s fame and the difficulties of being a woman in late nineteenth-century America.

Thr lecture will be preceeded by a light reception with wine and appetizers.

Free event - reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# The MOuTH: Marked for Life: Stories of How You Got That Scar

Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

Come hear & tell stories on the theme “Marked for Life: How You Got That Scar” at The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House & Museum on Friday, September 16th at 7:30pm!

Here's how to submit your story for consideration:

Speakers are selected one week before the event, so RIGHT NOW, email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so… overwhelm us!

Your story must last FEWER THAN 10 MINUTES. (Note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!) During the event, you'll see Chion in the front row with a fancypants iPad that will count you down. If you go over the time limit, she'll tackle you in front of everybody (IN HER MIND).

***STORIES ARE TOLD WITHOUT NOTES! You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head***

***STORIES ARE REAL! Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features TRUE stories.***

If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally! It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event.

There is also a "Wild Card." After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat/pocket/bowl/basket/crock pot/human skull, and the chosen one has a 5 minute limit to tell his or her story on that night’s theme before the final speaker goes on.

PLEASE NOTE:

- Only $5 to get in (speakers get in free!)

-These events are recorded - Audio only!

-Profanity is allowed.

-Have an idea for a theme in the future? Want to tell us what we’re doing fantastically, or what we could be doing a lot better? Let us know here or in an email to HartfordMouth@gmail.com

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE.

# The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest!

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm

Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!

Do you look like this guy?

PRIZES:

FIRST PRIZE: Bragging Rights, Lifetime Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum,
and a $100 Gift Certificate to spend in the Museum Store!

SECOND PRIZE: Free One-year Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum
and a $50 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store!

THIRD PRIZE: Two free passes to tour The Mark Twain House and a $25 Gift Certificate!

ALL CONTESTANTS receive a “GREAT MARK TWAIN LOOK-ALIKE” T-shirt
and one free pass to tour The Mark Twain House! (You can even purchase extra shirts if one just isn't enough!)

Entry fee: $25 (to keep out the riff-raff)

Contestants must register online by September 1, 2016

NOTE: This event is part of Downtown Hartford's 5th Annual EnvisionFest. The contest will take place at 2:00 pm on Main Street. The stage will be set up across from the Travelers building.

Click HERE to register!

# Wine Tasting sponsored by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum

Saturday, September 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

You can taste excellent wines, delicious appetizers, decadent desserts, and chocolates from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hal Holbrook Hall in the Webster Bank Museum Center. Proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House

Questions: Email friendsmth@yahoo.com or Phone:  860-557 1893 

Sponsors:

Charles Krug Vineyards

The Jacobsen Family of South Windso
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Whole Foods Market
BG Catering: A component of the Billy Grant Restaurant Group

Taylor Rental

Wines:

2014 Pino Grigio Univorn from Alta Adige, Italy

2013 Snoqualimie Organic Riesling, Washington State. Wine Enthusiast rated 87 points.

Wines from Charles Krug Winery Napa Valley, CA
2014 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley
Wine Enthusiast 89 Points June, 2016 "This wine was half barrel-fermented, with just 25% of it new and French oak. It benefits from this treatment, offering fruit that leans toward Meyer lemon melon and a vaguely tropical vibe, remaining balanced throughout, but especially of the finish."

2011 Merlot Napa Valley Wine Enthusiast - 89 points Wine Spectator - 88 point
James Suckling on 2011 Vintage Family Release and Limited Release

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley estate bottled
Reviews in 2015: James Suckling 94 points, Robert Parker 93 points, Restaurant Wine Five Stars

2012 Reserve Generations Napa Valley Estate bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews 2015: Restaurant Wine five stars, Wine & Spirits – 92 points, Robert Parker -91 points,
and James Suckling 91 points.

 

 

Tickets:  $20 by mail with registration form or click here to purchase online.

Registration ends on September 9, 2016. Tickets will not be available at the door.

 

# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, September 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain's own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer (Susan Campbell in September!), to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you're working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain's spirit. Don't miss this once-in-a-life opportunity --and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Cost is $50. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

September 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
With Fellow Writer and Journalist Susan Campbell!

Click here to reserve your spot!

# 5th Annual WRITERS WEEKEND September 23-25

Friday, September 23, 9:30AM - 9:00PM

The Mark Twain House & Museum 5th Annual Writers Weekend

September 23-25, 2016

FEATURING:

Keynote Speakers Lesley M.M. Blume on Friday evening and noted poet Ocean Vuong on Saturday evening.

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT announces its 5th Annual Writers Weekend, to be held September 23-25, 2016.

This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home.

The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 pm with the first of two keynote speakers, Lesley M.M. Blume. An accomplished journalist and writer, Blume's work has appeared in Vanity FairThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. In June 2016, Eamon Dolan Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released her new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel. Learn more about her here.

Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong. Born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Vuong will read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his most recent book Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), about which The New Yorker noted, “Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition… From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”

Workshop topics include

·         memoir

·         writing for children

·         screenwriting

·         podcasting

·         humor writing

·         ghostwriting

·         travel writing

·         social media for writers

·         diagramming sentences to improve your craft

·         self-publishing

·         storytelling techniques for writers

·         creative nonfiction

·         starting a manuscript critique group

·         launching a freelance career while you’re still working for someone else

·         and MORE!

Visit http://www.marktwainhouse.org/writing/classes_workshops.php for details and updates.


TO REGISTER:  (860) 247-0998

For more information contact Jennifer LaRue, Director of Writing Programs, at Jennifer.LaRue@marktwainhouse.org or 860-280-3147.

Registration is $180 ($162 for members) and includes two keynote addresses, an opening reception Friday night, light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions. Early-bird discounted price for those registering before September 1st: $170.

Special opportunities to Write in Mark Twain's Library on Saturday or Sunday morning are available on a limited basis, for a $30 additional fee.

To purchase tickets, please click HERE!

# The 9th Annual TAPPING INTO TWAIN

Friday, September 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The 9th annual Tapping into Twain brings the party of the year back to Hartford! Featuring over twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers plus over a dozen local restaurants and music! Prices include all food, beverages and a collectible pint glass!

Live music provided by The Rude Mechanicals and Mission Zero!

This is the event the Hartford Advocate has called "absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatever, one of the best charitable events Hartford has beheld in quite some time." It routinely draws more than 350 guests.

 

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

Advanced Tickets: $45.00

Door Price: $50.00

Designated Driver: $20.00

MTH&M Members$40.00

Purchase your tickets HERE!

Oct

October


# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 7, Also October 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

# 2016 Family Series: COMMEDIA MANIA!

Saturday, October 8, 2PM

COMMEDIA MANIA!  The classic Italian art of commedia dell’arte gets a modern twist for family audiences!  COMMEDIA MANIA is a show of masks, laughs, slapstick and shameless theatrical nonsense.  This energetic, comic troupe performs traditional stories as well as sends up timeless pieces. Commedia Mania is happy to bring their zany antics to The Mark Twain House & Museum and put their own spin on several of Twain classics.

Activity:  Families will learn the basics of commedia movement with the troop so they can put on their own shows at home!

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children

# Book/Mark Event: Terry McDonell: The Accidental Life

Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is thrilled to present a Book/Mark event with noted editor and journalist Terry McDonell.

McDonell’s new memoir, The Accidental Life (Alfred A. Knopf), tells the story of his career as a magazine editor at Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. The subtitle provides more detail:  An Editor’s Notes on Writers and Writing. McDonell has developed a reputation as an editor who put the reader first by putting the story and the writer first. The Accidental Life is brimming with tales of work and friendship with  P.J. O’Rourke, Tom McGuane, Jim Harrison, Richard Ford, James Salter, Rick Reilly and Hunter S. Thompson with whom McDonell took acid and then played golf (with George Plimpton as their third). McDonell will read selections from his book and take questions. The Accidental Life will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the discussion.

TERRY McDONELL has won numerous awards for his editorial work at various magazines and websites. He is also a novelist and poet, and has written and produced for film and television. In 2012, he was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He is the president of the board of the Paris Review Foundation and serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in New York City.

This event is FREE. Reservations are strongly suggested.

To reserve tickets call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Patti Smith in Conversation

Thursday, October 13, 7:00PM

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present Patti Smith in Conversation: A Mark My Words Event. This special program, centered around a discussion of Smith’s second memoir M Train, will be held at the Immanuel Congregational Church at 10 Woodland Street on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm.

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock and roll. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone.

Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The Chicago Tribune called Just Kids “The most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles: Volume One,’ written with intimacy and grace.”
Just Kids tells the story of Smith’s life in the late 1960s and early 1970s while also serving as a tribute to her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. M Train is a collection of observations, memories and a deliberation on loss and longing, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. Patti Smith has described M Train as “a roadmap to my life.”

Smith will be joined in conversation by Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show.
Ticket price includes a copy of M Train. Just Kids will also be on sale at the event.


The Mark Twain House & Museum's Mark My Words series is generously sponsored by:
The Hartford
The Wish You Well Foundation
and Hoffman Auto Group.

Additional Support by:
The State Department of Economic and Community Development
Greater Hartford Arts Council

$20.00 MTH&M Members - Discounted advance ticket sales for Members only will be available on Thursday August 25. 10:00 a.m. Priority seating will be given to MTH&M Members.

For the opportunity to secure pre-sale tickets and priority seating for Patti Smith, become a member today! Please visit our website or call 860-280-3112.
$25.00 General Public - On sale is Monday August 29. 10:00 a.m.

# Capital Classics presents THE WAR OF THE WORLDS - A Radio-Style Play

Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Well's classic “The War of The Worlds”!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes.

“The War of the Worlds” tells the story of an invasion of Earth by inhabitants of Mars. It was very famously done as a radio play for Halloween 1938, which caused widespread panic as many listeners thought the broadcast was relaying real events.  “The War of the Worlds” was also been made into a films in the 1950s and again by Steven Spielberg in 2005.

Capital Classics, a non-Equity professional theatre company, was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. We are committed to providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible and engaging; serving the community with cultural and educational programming; and providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut's professional theatre artists.

Ticktets are $20 ($15 for Mark Twain House members and Let's Go Arts members). Please call (860) 247-0998.

# 2016 Family Series presents: PETE & CHRIS’s MAGIC SHOW!

Saturday, October 29, 2:00 pm

After delighting kids at our Tom Sawyer’s Trick or Treats, Pete and Chris return with a magic show that will delight and mystify children of all ages.  These two high-energy goofballs will keep you asking, “How did they do that?!”

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

Activity:  Families will learn magic tricks from Pete & Chris after the show.

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford.

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children Call 860. 247.0998 or click here!

Nov

November


# The Mark Twain House & Museum 2016 Annual Gala: An Evening with Ira Glass

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present An Evening with Ira Glass, featuring his newest performance, “Seven Things I’ve Learned” as part of our Annual Gala at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut.

Gala packages include a private dinner reception with Mr. Glass, premiere performance seating for the show, and a private post-show dessert reception.

Sponsored by: Voya, Landmark Partners; Webster; Deloitte; The Hartford; Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.; Robinson & Cole LLP; BlumShapiro & Company, LLC; Dornenburg/Kallenbach Advertising; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company; Pullman & Comley, LLC; Purdue Pharma L.P.; Aetna; Downes Construction Company

With special thanks to WNPR/CPBN.

Visit our sponsors below!

 

Cost is $275 per person; $125 of each ticket is tax deductible.

General Admission tickets are now available!

Members receive $5 off Tickets:

Please call 860-280-3112 to purchase; space is extremely limited.

# Roy Blount Jr.: A Mark My Words Event

Thursday, November 17, 7:00PM

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present acclaimed author Roy Blount Jr. for a Mark My Words event. Blount will read from his latest book, Save Room for Pie, a lively compendium of essays, poems, songs, limericks and news stories (both fake and real) about food. Blount will speak at the Lincoln Financial Auditorium in The Mark Twain House & Museum on Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. 

Roy Blount Jr. is a highly-accomplished writer with a versatile and distinctly humorous style. His subjects have ranged from the Pittsburgh Steelers (About Three Bricks Shy of a Load ) to Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers' war satire  (Hail, Hail Euphoria!) to two delightful examinations of words, usage and letters themselves (Alphabet Juice and Alphabetter Juice).

His second book, Crackers, prompted Norman Mailer to say, "Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time."

Blount is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

The Mark Twain House & Museum's Mark My Words series is generously sponsored by The Hartford, The Wish You Well Foundation, and Hoffman Auto Group.

Ticket Sale dates, prices, and details will be announced soon!

# The MOuTH - Chew on This: Stories About Things You Put In Your Mouth

Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally," says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card." Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

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January


# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, January 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain's own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer, to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you're working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain's spirit. Don't miss this once-in-a-life opportunity --and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

Cost is $50. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your spot early!

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