Friday, June 3, 2011

Mark Twain House News for June

The Mark Twain House & Museum has become a Blue Star Museum, one of more than 1,000 museums nationwide offering free admission for active military personnel and their immediate families now through Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2011.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. Immediate family members include the spouses and children of active duty military.

Spouses of military who are deployed are eligible for free admission with their children, up to a total of five visitors. To receive free admission, spouses should bring a DD Form 1173 ID Card or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card for active duty military family members.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and participating museums. For details on the program, including a complete list of museums, visit http://www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.html.
 
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours resume in June. They run on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at 6, 7, 8 and 9 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults 17 and up; $15 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum; and $13 for children 16 and under. Tours are not recommended for children under 10. Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are by reservation only, and sell out quickly. Call early: 860-280-3130.
 
Bring Dad to the Murasaki Cafe for a Father's Day Jazz Brunch June 19 with Jimmy Roberts, composer of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. There will be two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.. Be sure to reserve ahead of time, as the Father's Day Brunch is likely to sell out. The price of $30 includes performance and brunch, and alcoholic beverages will be available for an additional charge. For reservations, call 860-280-3130.
 
Judith Martin (Miss Manners) comes to The Mark Twain House & Museum for an elegant evening on Wednesday, June 29, in an event sponsored by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum. She will be discussing her career, her affection for Mark Twain -- and, of course, the importance of good manners in an age when all civility seems to have gone by the boards. A 5 pm reception will followed by the 6 pm lecture. A dessert reception and signing of Miss Manners' books follows the lecture.Tickets are $40 and include both receptions and lecture. Call 860-280-3130.

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