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On Saturday, October 10, access to The Mark Twain House & Museum via Farmington Avenue will be unavailable until about 11:00am due to the Hartford Marathon.

Visitors that morning should be able to access the museum by parking on Woodland Street and walking over. Please call (860) 247-0998 if you have any questions.

You can also click here to access directions to St. Francis Hospital which is on Woodland Street, a block north of the intersection with Farmington Avenue.

BOOK LAUNCH - "Living Proof - Onyx Moonshine's Journey to Revive the American Spirit" with author Adam von Gootkin

Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

Living Proof tells the story of how, in just a few short years, Connecticut natives Adam and Pete took Onyx Spirits Company from a start-up concept born in a restored Civil War-era factory to a multimillion-dollar, award-winning spirit distillery by breaking rules, learning from failures, and challenging the status quo.

Business lessons distilled from the mind of a moonshiner include: finding one’s purpose in business (and life); setting goals, reaching goals--then setting more goals; founding a small business and growing it into a big company; building a highly unique brand; and making money out of thin air (almost).

Adam's ancestors were arrested in 1864 for tax evasion on a shipment of moonshine bound for Canada, resulting in the collapse of Chafee & Co. Distilling. Undaunted by their demise, the family opened the grand Chafee's Hotel in Middletown, Connecticut, at the dawn of the Roaring twenties, hosting an opulent and infamous speakeasy. The family legacy continues today with Onyx Moonshine

This program will be ASL interpreted.

This is a free event and will be followed by a Onyx Moonshine Tasting. Rervations are highly recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

Book Launch of "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3" with editor Ben Griffin

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. (note that this is not at the usual Trouble Begins time of 5:30 p.m.). The event will be proceeded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

For this extra-special edition of "The Trouble Begins", the third and final book in Mark Twain's Autobiography will be launched. Editor Ben Griffin will be in attendance to talk about the three-volume series and what it took to produce these books over a 5-year period--100 years after Mark Twain's death.

When the first volume of Mark Twain’s uncensored Autobiography was published in 2010, it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorist’s life and times. This third and final volume crowns and completes his life’s work. Like its companion volumes, it chronicles Twain's inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads.

Created from March 1907 to December 1909, these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life: receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt; founding numerous clubs; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays; relaxing in Bermuda; observing (and investing in) new technologies. The Autobiography’s “Closing Words” movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. Also included in this volume is the previously unpublished “Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript,” Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his “putrescent pair” of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residency.

Fitfully published in fragments at intervals throughout the twentieth century, Autobiography of Mark Twain has now been critically reconstructed and made available as it was intended to be read. Fully annotated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project, the complete Autobiography emerges as a landmark publication in American literature.

"The Trouble Begins" is The Mark Twain House & Museum's popular evening lecture series on Twainian subjects, held on the second Wednesday of every month other than January and August. The series has offered good food and drink, good conversation and intriguing talks since 2010. It takes its name from Twain's own lecture posters, which were headed "The Trouble Begins at Eight." 

ASL signing for the lectures is provided courtesy of students of the Interpreting 1 Class in Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Interpreter Preparation Program.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is supported by generous grants from Voya Financial®, and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Trustees.

Additional sponsors include Connecticut Explored magazineHot Tomato's RistoranteManchester Wine & Liquors LLC, and The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

ASL signing for the lectures is provided courtesy of students of the Interpreting 1 Class in Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Interpreter Preparation Program.

This is a free event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

An Evening of Standup Comedy with IAN HARVIE, Co-star of the Golden Globe Award-Winning TV Series “Transparent”

Friday, October 9, VIP Reception 6:30 p.m.; General Admission 7:30 p.m.; Performance 8:00 p.m. at The Mark Twain House & Museum

A Benefit for True Colors Youth Programs.

As seen on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” “CNN Newsroom,” PBS’s “Roadtrip Nation,” and ABC’s “Comics Unleashed.”

Prior to his co-starring role on the Golden Globe Award-winning TV series TRANSPARENT on Amazon, Ian Harvie was known for being Margaret Cho’s opening act for years, turned cross-country headliner and a groundbreaking transgender comedian, unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched.

In the spring 2014, Harvie, with the help of friend and Executive Producer Cho, Harvie unveiled his first-ever live standup comedy special, poking fun at topics from top surgery, to his fear of public restrooms, to his active sex life in the feature concert film IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO.

Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways that audiences won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites everyone.

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues, including most recently CNN.  Visit them at www.OurTrueColors.org.

Tickets: $40 VIP Reception; $25 General Admission. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

A Conversation with Stuart Woods

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the date has been changed from October 20.)

Stuart Woods is the author of 54 novels; the last 39 of them have been New York Times best-sellers.

Woods' most prolific series of novels focuses on Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned lawyer who is counsel to a prestigious law firm and handles cases with which the firm does not wish to be publicly associated. The novels are noted both for a strong cast of recurring characters such as Barrington's ex-partner Dino Bacchetti, frequent use of the New York restaurant Elaine's as a setting, and Stone's frequent exploits with women, travel and fine dining--almost a "lifestyles of the rich and fabulous" fantasy. Stone, like Woods, is also an experienced pilot and frequent references are made to his aircraft.

In addition to Stone, Woods has written several other character-focused series. These characters include Holly Barker, a retired Army major and Florida police chief recruited to become a CIA operative; Ed Eagle, a Santa Fe defense lawyer;William Henry Lee IV, a Georgia senator who is elected President of the United States; and Rick Barron, a police detective who becomes a security officer and later chief of production for a Hollywood movie studio in the 1930s. All of Woods' novels take place in the same universe and characters frequently appear in other series. 

Woods newest novel, Foreign Affairs, will be released one week before his visit. Copies will be available for sale, and the program will be followed by a book signing. Learn more about the author on his website, www.stuartwoods.com.

This program will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This event is generously supported by The Hartford.

Tickets are $30/$25 for Mark Twain House & Museum members. There is also a VIP ticket available for $75, which includes premium seating, and a meet and greet reception with food and beverages. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

October 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29 and 30. 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some October 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.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

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

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