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.

Jun

June


# -SOLD OUT- Iconic TV Personality and Author JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN

Monday, June 6, SOLD OUT

Judge Judy Sheindlin is the star of JUDGE JUDY, the #1 program on daytime television. The Mark Twain House & Museum is proud to bring her to Hartford for an intimate, limited seating appearance.

This incredible event will take place in the Lincoln Financial Services Auditorium at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Judge Judy Sheindlin is appearing as a benefit for The Mark Twain House & Museum.

The program will be moderated by Kristine Johnson, a television anchor at the CBS flagship station in New York City.

This event is generously supported by The Hartford.

About Judge Judy Sheindlin


Judy Sheindlin is the presiding judge on the Emmy Award-winning JUDGE JUDY. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary season in September 2015, has been the #1 show in daytime television since the 1998-99 season and the #1 program in first-run syndication for the last six consecutive seasons.

After nearly 25 years in New York's Family Court, Judge Sheindlin retired from the bench in 1996 to start the syndicated program that bears her name.


Judge Sheindlin began her career in family court in 1972. In 1982, then New York Mayor Edward Koch appointed her to the bench. In 1986, she was appointed the Supervising Judge in Manhattan's Family Court. She heard more than 20,000 cases during her career. She was tapped to teach all newly elected and appointed Family Court Judges for almost a decade. In the family court she earned a reputation as one of New York's most effective judges. Judge Sheindlin is credited with pioneering an "open court policy," allowing the public and the media to view the family court process.


Judge Sheindlin was the subject of aLos Angeles Times article in February 1993. The story caught the attention of "60 Minutes," which soon led to a segment on the iconic newsmagazine.

After her appearance, she was approached about the possibility of presiding over cases on a television program. JUDGE JUDY premiered in national syndication in September 1996.


In 1995, Judge Sheindlin published her first book, Don't Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining, in which she offers her insight into how and why the family court fails in its mission to impact shattered families.Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever, her second book, was published in January 1999. A New York Times best seller, the book challenges women to be the best they can be. Judge Sheindlin's third book for adults,Keep It Simple, Stupid: You're Smarter Than You Look, also on the New York Times best seller list, published in 2000, shares her wisdom and opinions on solving everyday family squabbles.

Judge Sheindlin attended college at the School of Government at American University in Washington, D.C., and after her graduation in 1963, she attended New York Law School where she received her degree. She began practicing law in Manhattan in 1965. In addition to her academic degrees, she holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, New York Law School and University at Albany SUNY.

About Kristine Johnson

Kristine Johnson anchors the 5pm & 11pm news at the CBS flagship station in New York City. She's been in the anchor chair for two pope visits, a devastating super storm, a heartbreaking mass elementary school shooting, an emergency plane splashdown in the Hudson River and too many elections to count. Kristine has also filled-in to host CBS This Morning, filed pieces for CBS Sunday Morning and anchors regularly on the CBS new digital platform, CBSn.

Part of a military family, Kristine lived in various parts of the United States, Asia and Europe. She believes that experience helped shape her journalist skills by exposing her to different cultures, religions, and race. She enjoys practicing yoga and finished two New York City marathons. Her greatest achievements are at home though. She credits her children and husband for allowing her and inspiring her to pursue her passion in broadcast journalism.

SOLD OUT

# THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30 – K. Patrick Ober "Membranous Croup & Mind Cure: The Medical History of Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens"

Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

K. Patrick Ober, whose book Any Mummery Will Cure on Mark Twain’s lifelong interactions with medicine is a classic, will discuss the medical histories of Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens during their childhood at 351 Farmington Avenue. The Clemens family experience reflected health problems that were common to Americans of the era, when the cause of most disease was unknown and effective therapies were essentially nonexistent. Recurring epidemics of life-threatening illnesses such as diphtheria and scarlet fever were a source of chronic worry for Sam and Livy Clemens, had a major impact on their domestic life, and influenced the literary productivity of Mark Twain.

This is a free event, but a $5.00 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# The MOuTH: What a Coinkydink! - Stories of Serendipity

Friday, June 10, 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.

# TOM SAWYER DAY - Wild about Animals!

Saturday, June 11, 10am to 4pm

Things will really get swinging when our 7th Annual TOM SAWYER DAY heads into the wild kingdom! A fun-filled family extravaganza, "Wild About Animals" will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, games & activities, music, food & refreshments, and lots of attractions!

You and your kids can learn more about Mark Twain's own kids in our current exhibit, IN THEIR FATHER'S IMAGE: SUSY, CLARA & JEAN CLEMENS.

TOM SAWYER DAY is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.  Musical performances are supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Part of Connecticut Open House Day!

Admission is FREE!

Food and Beverages can be purchased from local vendors on site.

Discounted tours of The Mark Twain House will be available on TOM SAWYER DAY. Adults $12 / Children 7 to 16 $7 / Children 6 and under - FREE!

# The World of Wallace Stevens: : Excerpts from the documentary film by Alison Johnson

Saturday, June 18, 4:00 PM

A comprehensive and intriguing documentary that ranges from Stevens’s first fight with Ernest Hemingway, to his devotion to his work as one of America’s top insurance executives, to his love for Sybil Gage, the other woman in his life, who became his secret muse.

“l love this film.  It offers an intimate presentation of one of our most self-protective poets.  The result for me is that I like the person much better--especially as a father.  And I admire his abstractness even more than I had because its protective aspect begins to leak, and the film thereby establishes the life force dialectically driving and being driven by what abstraction can do.”

Charles F. Altieri
Rachael Anderson Stageberg Chair
Department of English
University of California/Berkeley

“Johnson's documentary/interpretive film on Wallace Stevens is nothing short of brilliant. She makes Stevens, arguably the best American poet of the 20th century, come to life as a person and, as both poet and person, one who matters to our lives. In particular, her revelations about Stevens' thwarted love for a young woman named Sybil Gage reveal a very human Stevens . . . Johnson has produced a deep unfolding of this poet and his poetry that is itself of the highest lyrical quality.”

Jacqueline Vaught Brogan
Department of English and American Literature - University of Notre Dame

The first documentary about the poet in 26 years, can be viewed through this link:

Running time: 78 minutes.

This is a FREE event! To register click here

# WRITE YOUR OWN STORY IN YOUR OWN VOICE with Susanne Davis

Tuesday, June 21, 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, June 21, Six-week workshop; Tuesdays from 6 to 8 pm, June 21 & 28; July 12, 19 & 26, August 2

Do you have a story that wants to be told?  Your own or one shared that you can’t get out of your head?  Or perhaps one imagined with a character whispering, Please tell my story.

A writer’s voice is indelible on the page.  Whether you are a new or practicing writer of fiction or creative nonfiction, this workshop will help you identify and develop your voice with elements of craft.  Participants will practice the techniques of creating character, dialogue, setting, point of view, and plot in dramatic scenes that amplify the unique voice of each writer.  Spend six weeks and let your voice be heard!

Susanne Davis’s short stories have been published in many journals including American Short Fiction, Notre Dame Review, descant, Feminist Studies, St. Petersburg Review, and Zone 3.  Her nonfiction has been published in Harvard Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin and Mothers Always Write, along with many other newspapers and journals.  She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Trinity College and the University of CT.  She has also completed a novel called Gravity Hill.

 

$300. MTH&M Member rate: $275. To register, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# SUMMER SESSION with Hank Herman

Wednesday, June 22, Six-week workshop - Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, June 22 & 29; July 6, 13, 20 & 27

Didn’t quite wrap up your current writing project during the “school year”? Have a project you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer!  Even Mark Twain himself  said he did his best writing during the summer. Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else — “Summer Session” is the perfect workshop for you.

Six-week workshop - Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, June 22 & 29; July 6, 13, 20 & 27

Hank Herman is the author of Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell, an acclaimed memoir, and Super Hoops, a series of basketball novels for kids. His award-winning humor column “The Home Team” has been running for more than 20 years and is still going strong. Hank also co-writes the Hearst Newspapers blog “Beagle Man,” alternating posts with his dog Kemba. The blog doubles as as a hilarious travelogue when Hank and Kemba hit the road every fall for their great adventure: a month-long cross-country road trip! Hank also leads writing workshops at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Trinity College and Norwalk Community College.

$300. MTH&M Member rate: $275. To register, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, June 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Join Fellow Writer and Storyteller Matt Dicks!

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 (Matt Dicks in June!), 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!

Next Date: Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special Guest Writer To Be Announced($50)

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

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25; 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.

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.

Jul

July


# FROM IDEA TO COMPLETE MANUSCRIPT: DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN TO FINISH YOUR NOVEL with Jane Haertel

Saturday, July 9, 9:00-11:00 am

Do you have an unfinished novel you’d like to finally finish? A story you’ve always wanted to write, but you can’t seem to get words on the page? In this workshop, led by mystery author and freelance editor Jane Haertel (writing as Susannah Hardy and Sadie Hartwell), you’ll get a solid handle on your characters and your story. More important, you’ll identify what’s holding you back. You will come away with a personalized, step-by-step action plan that will enable you to finish the book, as well as take-home worksheets you can use over and over for every new project, and a list of suggested reading and other resources.

Jane Haertel is the CFO (Chief Fussbudget Officer) of Crazy Diamond Editing Services, www.crazydiamondediting.com, a developmental, line/copy, proofreading, and coaching service for writers in any genre, fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors at all levels, from beginners to USA Today and New York Times bestsellers. Jane is also an author. Under the name Susannah Hardy, she writes the Greek to Me Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. Under the name Sadie Hartwell, she writes the Tangled Web Mysteries from Kensington. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenage son, and their tuxedo cat, Elvira.

$50. Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# 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.

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

Friday, September 16, 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.

# 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!

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!

# 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

Noted Poet Ocean Vuong offers Keynote Address on Saturday, September 24

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.

Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong (http://www.oceanvuong.com). 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

# Patti Smith in Conversation

Thursday, October 13, 7:00PM

Patti Smith in Conversation: A Mark My Words Event

We are enthralled to have the legendary Patti Smith joining us to talk about her new book "M Train". The event will be held at the Immanuel Congregational Church - 10 Woodland St, Hartford, CT 06105

Ticket price includes a copy of "M Train". Patty Smith's book "Just Kids" will also be on sale at the event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. 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 had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Wītt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence.

In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Smith married the musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

ABOUT M TRAIN

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.

Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.

Sponsored by:

The Hartford

The Wish You Well Foundation

Hoffman Auto Group

Additional Support by:

The State

Greater Hartford Arts Council

 

$25.00 General Admission

$20.00 MTH&M Members

For tickets call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE

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

Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29 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!

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# "Seven Things I've Learned" 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 dinner reception. Cost is$275 per person; $125 of each ticket is tax deductible. Please call 860-280-3112 to purchase; space is extremely limited.

Sponsored by: Landmark Partners; Webster; Deloitte; The Hartford; BlumShapiro & Company, LLC; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company; Purdue Pharma L.P.

With special thanks to WNPR/CPBN.

General Admission tickets are now available! Members receive $5 off tickets!

For all other seating, order online or call The Bushnell box office at (860) 987-5900.

 


# 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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