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Mark Twain 180th Birthday Bash

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Mark Twain's 180th Birthday Bash

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum invites you to attend Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Bash on Saturday, November 28th at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery, 120 N. Main.  The celebration begins at 1 pm with a Mustache Competition followed by the announcements of the winners in the Masquerade Mask Art Show, the unveiling of the Commemorative Mark Twain Coins and cutting of the cake.

Think you have the perfect mustache?  Enter the museum’s Mark Twain Mustache Competition at 1:00 p.m.

 Categories include:

1.  The “Dapper Stache” which is full of character and artistic impression.  If your stache is creative and full of originality then this is the category for you.  Styling aids are acceptable and encouraged, including the use of mustache/hair wax, hair spray, hair lacquer, hair gel and styling foam.

2.  The “Most Impressive” stache represents the manliest of staches to be selected by a panel of esteemed judges.

3.  The “Mark Twain” which bears a striking resemble to Samuel Clemens’ famous witty mustache commonly referred to as the Walrus.  It is bushy, and full, drooping over the mouth and also extending downward at each corner.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.   A $5 entry fee and registration required.   

Express your creativeness in the Museum’s Masquerade Mask Art Show.  The competition is free and open to all artists or artists to be.  Required base is a paper mache mask, available at the museum gallery.  Masks will be on display in the museum auditorium November 21st through Saturday of the event.  A Silent auction and “People’s Choice” will be held during this time.  Announcement of the “Judge’s Choice”, “People’s Choice” and Silent Auction winners will be held at 2:00 pm in the museum gallery.

At 3:00 p.m. the Mark Twain Museum will hold an unveiling party in the museum gallery to share the designs for two special limited mintage commemorative coins by the United States Mint in honor of Mark Twain for 2016.  A gold and silver Mark Twain Coin will be unveiled. The Museum will have enlargements of both the obverse and reverse designs for both coins for review.

The coins will go on sale around February of 2016.  Sale through the Mint will end on December 31, so there is a limited time to obtain these at Mint pricing. Once on sale, the coins will be available in the Mark Twain Museum gift shops as well.

The commemorative coin program is designed to benefit organizations related to the subject of the coins. A portion of the purchase price will be divided equally to go to four sites: The Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, New York; the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley; the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.

Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Bash concludes with cake and punch.

Contact Melissa Cummins, Marketing and Community Relations Manager for registration and information on events.  573-221-9010 ext. 404