Sunday, December 8, 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
This is the famed-in-Connecticut weekend holiday tradition when people flock to the Mark Twain House, and to five distinctive area homes, for The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour.
These homes will be opened for viewing for the 33rd year of this event. Each will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Twain mansion will be decorated for a 19th-century Christmas with the Samuel Clemens family.
The tour takes about three hours and requires some driving, but all the houses are not far from one another.
Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 the day of the event. Call (860) 280-3130.
Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. A reception at 6:00 p.m., catered by the Colt Cafe and sponsored by Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC, will proceed the lecture.
The Mark Twain House & Museum presents an exciting evening with Jeffrey Richardson, author of COLT: The Revolver of the American West. Mr. Richardson will discuss this new book and the connections to Hartford where the Colt Armory still stands along I-91.
The Colt revolver “won the West” by being the handgun of choice on the American frontier, used by everyone from settlers and Native Americans to law-enforcement officers and outlaws. As a result of their shared history, the Colt revolver and the American West will forever be connected. The Autry National Center has compiled the finest assemblage of Colt revolvers in the world, amassing over 500 in its twenty-five year history, including the Colt Industries corporate collection. In COLT: THE REVOLVER OF THE AMERICAN WEST the Autry’s firearm curator has selected the musuem’s 100 most important examples to document and celebrate the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary invention. The revolvers highlighted in COLT: THE REVOLVER OF THE AMERICAN WEST include pieces of historical significance, opulently engraved specimens, and extremely rare models. Featured are an early prototype revolver, Wyatt Earp’s Single Action Army, Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite guns, and the first modern revolvers designed by Tiffany & Co. Each gun is described in a detailed essay, and additional artifacts—historical photographs and art, patent documents, advertisements, and memorabilia—are featured to place the revolvers in their proper historical context. This handsome volume is ideal for the collector or enthusiast of the American West.
This event is in conjunction with the Mark Twain House & Museum's current exhibit "A Dishonorable War and an Inglorious Peace: Mark Twain's Views on Conflict".
This is a free event and will be followed by a book signing.
Wednesday, December 4, reception 5:00 p.m., discussion 5:30 p.m.
Join the Nook Farm Book Club, a collaboration of The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, to discuss "A Mark Twain Christmas". In the new book, readers get magical insight into Twain's life through this treasured holiday. Filled with the remarkable wit and humor from America's favorite storyteller, this book is the first Twain Christmas book to be published.
Author Carlo DeVito will be present for the discussion and will be doing a book-signing afterwards.
The discussion and signing will be held at The Mark Twain House & Museum Visitors' Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Connecticut.
The event is free, but registration is encouraged at 860-522-9258, Ext. 317.
Supported in part by the First Niagara Foundation.
Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
"The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The Mouth," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf -- and invites stories about the law.
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, along with Julia Pistell and Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, 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. Audio of the event will be recorded.
Chion Wolf, a noted photographer and voice perfomer, joined Colin McEnroe and producer Patrick Skahill to complete the trifecta that has become The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR as the show's announcer and sometimes-sidekick. She can be heard during station breaks many days of the week.
$5.00; to reserve, call 860-280-3130. (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.)
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year! The classic holiday film springs to life in a fun radio-show performance, complete with a sound effects artist!
Saturday, December 7 TWO SHOWS! 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. At The Mark Twain Museum Center
$10; For tickets: call (860) 280-3130.