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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL - The Holiday Ghost Tour of The Mark Twain House; Celebrating Hartford Stage’s "A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas"

Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22; tours from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Hartford’s most popular ghost tour joins with the city’s #1 holiday spectacular for a very special and spooky experience!  Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is, at heart, a ghost story.  Michael Wilson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol features a dizzying array of the undead that will augment The Mark Twain House’s Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour with a sinister holiday twist.  Dickens, Twain and Christmas – the perfect combination for some surprising winter chills!

Tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism.

$22; $17 for MTH&M members and Hartford Stage Subscribers.

Reservations required:  Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The MOuTH with Chion Wolf: "I Quit!"

Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf -- and invites stories about quitting---your job, a relationship, smoking, and more.

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.

Special guest will be Joey DeFrancesco, a Providence, RI hotel worker fed up with poor working conditions who quit his job on video with the help of his brass band, the What Cheer? Brigade.  Less than a week later, the video had over 1 million hits on YouTube and had been watched all over the world. In the United States, it was featured on popular news sites like the Huffington Post, AOL.com, and Yahoo.com, and on major news networks including ABC, NBC, FoxNews, and CNN.

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 performer, 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 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.


"An Evening with Nell Bernstein" will be rescheduled for a future date.


Nook Farm Author Talk: "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" by Katha Pollitt

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Musuem and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center present authors on works that may be considered controversial, in the spirit of fostering open and civil dialogue.

Katha Pollitt is a longtime columnist for The Nation.

Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive. Meanwhile, with each passing day, the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright.

In this urgent, controversial book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In Pro, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, andreaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.

Nook Farm Author Talks are presented in partnership with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

34th Annual Holiday House Tour

Sunday, December 7, 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.

The tour will feature Mark Twain's 19-room home and The Hartford Club, where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was a member

Several historic homes will be opened for viewing for the 34rd 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.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Please visit our dedicated Holiday House Tour website here for complete details about the afternoon.

Once again, Viking Fuel Oil Company of West Hartford will be a sponsor for this non-profit event.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Tickets: $30 in advance. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here. Tickets will be $35 each on the day of the tour, Sunday, December 7, and can be purchased at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Tickets purchased after 12/1 should be picked up at The Mark Twain Museum Center only.

New Virtual Tours of the Mark Twain House

Each Monday we'll be rolling out a new 360-degree virtual tour of a room in the Mark Twain House. Check it out here!

Chief Curator Job Opening

Our wonderful Chief Curator, Patti Philippon, has left us to head the American Clock & Watch Museum, and we need another! See our Employment Listings.

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