Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mark Twain House Invites Polite Princesses to Mother's Day Weekend Tea

Princesses of all ages are invited to join Mark Twain's daughters Susy, Clara and Jean as they serve up a delightful Mother's Day Weekend Princess Tea Party 2 pm Saturday, May 7.

A tea service featuring sweet and savory treats will be offered in the Mark Twain Museum Center followed by a special performance by The Hartford Children's Theatre and a visit with the authors of the "Mom's Choice" Gold Award-winning children's book Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners.
Hartford Children's Theatre, Connecticut's premier home for theatre for children and families, will provide the girls portraying the famous author's beloved daughters. In addition, HCT kids will perform the short play The Princess & The Dragon. In the play, a very mean princess lives in a kingdom near a dragon that loves ballet and plays the piano. Can this gentle dragon help tame the fire-breathing princess? This delightful comedy teaches us all that even the grumpiest creatures can learn good manners.

As an added treat, we get to meet another princess with some bad manners. Connecticut authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple, the authors of "Merrilee Mannerly and Her Magnificent Manners," have created a story about a girl who befriends a princess from a land with no manners. Together Merrilee and Princess Posy, with the help of Grandmother's Manifesto of Magnificent Manners, learn all about how to host the most perfectly pleasing party. 
Copies of the book will be for sale and can be personally autographed for your princess. Merrilee Mannerly recently won the Gold level award from the Mom's Choice Awards in the Children's Picture Book category. The Mom's Choice Award is a national award that recognizes "the best in family-friendly media, products and services."

An added bonus for mothers will be a chance to visit the American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell & Mark Twain exhibition, featuring dozens of classic Norman Rockwell illustrations that depict the joys of childhood.

Princesses are invited to wear their favorite princess dress and bring her favorite doll or stuffed animal. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children or Mark Twain House & Museum members. Tickets can be purchased by calling 860-280-3130. For more information on the event or The Mark Twain House & Museum, visit For more information on Hartford Children's Theatre and their programs, visit  And to learn more on Merrilee Mannerly, visit

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Lauren Yarger with playwright Alfred Uhry at the Mark Twain House. Photo: Jacques Lamarre)

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