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Chappaqua Library to Host Month-Long Mark Twain Celebration

On Saturday, the Chappaqua Public Library will kick-off “Twain’s Domain,” a month-long celebration of the works of author Mark Twain. The opening ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m., will feature appearances by Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard, Center for Mark Twain Studies Director Barbara Snedecor and Library Board of Trustees President Evelyn Bloom. Some other events include a field trip to the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford, CT; a performance by a live band; and a scavenger hunt (full list of events below).

Teens and adults will also get to start Halloween early with a Mark Twain impersonation contest, which will take place on either October 23 or 24. The library will be running events almost daily until November 18, when they will end “Twain’s Domain” with a viewing of the 1939 film adaptation of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” SCHEDULE OF TWAIN PROGRAMS Mark Twain Family FilmFriday 10/14, 4 p.m.Grades 4 & up, Teens included. Tom Sawyer-style Fence “Painting”Saturday 10/15, 2 p.m. Paint the fence at the Horace Greeley House. All ages. Register. Co-sponsor: NC Historical Society. Opening Ceremonies Celebratory Kick-Off Event:Saturday, 10/15, 3 p.m. With: Barbara Snedecor, Director, Center for Mark Twain Studies; Barbara Gerrard, Supervisor for the Town of New Castle; Evelyn Bloom, President, Library Board of Trustees; Shobha Vanchiswar, President, Friends of the Chappaqua Library; William Gerrard reading from Twain. Concert with River City Slim & the Zydeco HogsSunday 10/16, 3 p.m.  This group brings the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of Southwestern Louisiana and cooks up a spicy musical gumbo that combines the traditional sounds of the button accordion and washboard with a driving, syncopated beat. Open Book DiscussionTuesday 10/18, 7:30 p.m.Discussing Pudd’nhead Wilson with Christine Bobkoff. Books available at the Information Desk. Sam Clemens, Mark Twain, and the Layers BehindThursday 10/20, 7 p.m.          Using images as well as some actual artifacts from the Center for Mark Twain Studies’ collection, archivist Mark Woodhouse, Gannett-Tripp Library, will focus on how the Center serves as an important internationally know resource. Mark Twain’s PessimismFriday 10/21, 7 p.m.   By the latter part of Twain’s life, he had become a notorious misanthrope and extreme pessimist.  He would greet a friend with “How’s the damned human race today?” Prof. Michael Bobkoff, Twain Scholar, WCC, will examine the nature of his pessimism as seen in his later works. Reception for Gallery Exhibition “Fink Town”Saturday 10/22, 2 p.m.           These small-town narrative paintings by Robert Barthelmes were created from childhood memories of the 1940’s. The Mark Twain Impersonation ContestTBA, Saturday 10/22 or Sunday 10/23, 4 p.m.            This juried contest is open to adults and teens. Tour the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford, CT Tuesday 10/25, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.Day includes luxury bus transportation, box lunch and guided tour of the two homes.  $40. Register by Oct. 18, no refunds.  Twain and TiffanyWednesday 10/26, 7 p.m.The Twain Home in Hartford was designed as a showpiece, a visual representation of the author.  Chief Curator, Patti Philippon, will discuss the interior design work of Louis C. Tiffany & Co. and show the splendor that the Twain home is today.  Cosponsor: NC Historical Society Book LoversThursday 10/27, 1 p.m.          Discussing “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” with Barbara Bernstein. Books available at the Information Desk. Teen Cool Candy HousesFriday 10/28, 3 p.m.   Create a home inspired by Twain’s literature to devour, take home or display in the Teen Zone.  Bring two bags of candy to share. Co-sponsor: NC Teen Alliance. Menus in the Movies with Carol DurstFriday 10/28, 7 p.m.Ken Burns’s documentary Mark Twain (part 1) Friday 11/4, 7 p.m.Ken Burns’s documentary, Mark Twain (part 2) Teen Scavenger Hunt & FilmSaturday 10/29, 5 p.m.           Dress in your Halloween best and “scavenge” the library to find clues that lead to a “surprising Twist with Twain” ending.  Register.  Pizza and snacks.  Co-sponsor: NC Teen Alliance Mark Twain and the MinisterSunday 10/30, 4 p.m.  It might come as a surprise that Mark Twain’s closest friend was a New England Congregationalist minister, the Rev. Twichell, Civil War Chaplain. Steve Courtney, Publication Editor at the Mark Twain House is the author of an award-winning biography of Rev. Twichell.  Co-sponsor: Chappaqua Interfaith Council Dining, Stories and MusicTuesday 11/1, 6 p.m.  Twain-inspired dinner at Crabtree’s Kittle House. Join conductor Michael Shapiro as he plays music and tells stories and anecdotes from Twain’s life. $54. Make a reservation at Crabtree’s Kittle House. Stowe and Twain: Effecting Social ChangeWednesday 11/2, 7 p.m.         Craig Hotchkiss, Mark Twain House and Sonya Green, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, will place Uncle Tom’s Cabin & the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in proper historical context to enhance understanding the profound influence these books had on race relations in the U.S. and why they continue to have relevance to our cross-cultural dialog even today. Concert: Music and The RiverSaturday 11/5, 8 p.m. A multi-media tribute to Mark Twain.  A showing of the Depression-era film The River accompanied by the Orchestra’s performance of Virgin Thomson’s epic score.  They will also perform Charles Ives’s gorgeous tone poem, The Housatonic at Stockbridge, and beloved vocal excerpts from Jerome Kerns and Oscar Hammerstein’s Show Boat.  Cosponsor: The Chappaqua Orchestra Mark Twain’s WomenWednesday 11/8, 7 p.m.         Patti Philippon, Curator at the Mark Twain House, discusses the most important ladies in Twain’s life: his witty, powerful and sometimes disapproving wife Livy; and his daughters: the amazingly creative Suzy, Clara who kept an iron grip on his legacy for decades and Jean, the sheltered one who came into her own in her later years. Baseball as Mark Twain Knew ItWednesday 11/16, 7 p.m.       As an owner of Hartford’s own minor-league baseball club, Twain was aware of how the “national game” mirrored the best and worst traits of our national character. Craig Hotchkiss, Mark Twain House, will discuss how these themes were developed into A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Twain ReadingsFriday 11/18, 2 p.m.   North of Broadway Players, a theatre company of senior actors, will present a selection from The Apple Tree (a stage adaptation of The Diary of Adam and Eve) and other Twain stage adaptations. Cosponsor: NC Recreation and Parks Film: The Adventures of Huck FinnFriday 11/18, 7 p.m.   Join us for the classic 1939 version of this Twain masterpiece starring Mickey Rooney, with commentary by Cathy Paulsen and Chris Trzcinski.

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