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The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest

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!


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!

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.

An Evening with SANDRA BERNHARD!

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30PM. VIP Reception with Ms. Bernhard begins at 6PM

Actress/comedienne and host of the SiriusXM Radio show Sandyland, Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.

Tickets: $40
VIP package includes preferred seating down front and reception at 6PM with Sandra Bernhard: $75

For tickets, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.


On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take a LIVING HISTORY TOUR!

Thinking about an EXTRA special event? Here's a great idea: tour the Mark Twain House with someone who actually "lived" there! Our Living History Tours come to life in March. Take a tour with that sassy, brassy housemaid Lizzie Wills, or thoughtful lady's maid Katy Leary, or even Olivia Clemens herself. These historically accurate tours are unlike anything you've experienced here before! Be among the first to bring friends and family for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at "the loveliest home that ever was."

What could be more special? For more details or to pre-register for your living history tour, click here.

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