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The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum has provided a list of events for the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Click on a month to see what events will be held at that time.


January

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February

February 28

Mark Twain Museum’s 9th Annual Trivia Night

Trivia Night 2020

     Boogie on down to the American Legion Hall, 3819 Hwy. MM, Hannibal on February 28th for the Mark Twain Museum’s “Groovin’ to the 70’s” Trivia Night. $100 cash prizes awarded to Winning Team and also to the “Best” 70’s dressed team! So throw on those bell bottoms, tie-die, fringe, polyester leisure suits and brush up on your 1970’s trivia.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with rounds of trivia beginning at 7 p.m. Groovin’ to the 70’s Trivia Night also includes a free team challenge, 70’s speed round,  50/50 raffle and a silent and live auction.  

Trivia teams consist of up to 10 players per team at $10/10 members or $100 team entry. Teams compete in 10 different categories dedicated to the 1970’s. 10 questions per each round. Prizes awarded to the first-place team, hippest 70’s dressed team, team challenge winners and speed round winner.

Donations for the live and silent auction as well as sponsors for rounds of trivia are needed. Click here to register your team.  For information on sponsorship opportunities click here.  A sponsorship form to donate to items or gift certificates to the auction or sponsor a round of trivia for $100 can be found here . Contact Melissa at 573-221-9010 ext. 404 for questions.

   Gather up your hippest friends, don your coolest 70’s threads, load up on your favorite snacks, and boogie on over to the Mark Twain Museum’s Trivia Night. It’s sure to be a Groovy time.  Beverages available for purchase at event (no outside beverages).


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May

May 9 through October

Actor Jim Waddell returns as Mark Twain in recounting Mark Twain’s childhood experiences that led to the creation of his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 


June

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public) 

 


July

 

Live Mark Twain Performances

by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting the childhood experiences that led to the creation of Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 

 

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public)


August

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting the childhood experiences that led to the creation of Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm through August on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public):

 


September

The Taste of Twain Wine, Food and Beer Festival

 

Taste of Twain, September 12, 2020

Whether you’re a craft beer drinker, wine lover, or a foodie, you’ll find something to savor at the Mark Twain Museum’s Taste of Twain.  Fill your glass and pair your drink of choice with delectable food from some of Hannibal and the surrounding areas best restaurants, learn how to brew your own craft beers, or kick back and listen to all the live music.

When

Held September 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Taste of Twain is a one-day culinary festival that brings some of the best breweries, wineries, and restaurants from the region to Hannibal, Missouri.  A chance to sample all of what Hannibal and the area has to offer in one place.

Bourbons

Come thirsty to the Museum’s Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival, as there’s an endless supply of mouthwatering beverages to try. Featuring such purveyors of Missouri and Illinois-made spirits as Wood Hat Distillery’s famous bourbons.

Craft Brews

And craft beer enthusiasts will savor the samples by the Mark Twain Brewing Company, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Heavy Riff Brewing and Earthbound Beer.

Wines

 Wine connoisseurs will enjoy sampling from some of the many wineries including,  Stonehill Winery, St. James Winery, HAHA and Small Batch Winery.  You’re sure to find something that will please your palate. Yet there’s much more to the festival experience than just trying out the wares. Meet the winemakers and learn about the micro brewing process from the Hannibal Area Home Brewers Association.

For the Foodie

The Taste of Twain also has samplings for the food connoisseur.  Area restaurants will be showcasing some of their favorite dishes, from sliders, to gourmet cheeses, dips, cakes and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sample from past Taste of Twain winners including the Mark Twain Brewery.  

Music

The Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival appeals to foodies, wine enthusiasts, craft brew connoisseurs and music lovers.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music from one of our two stages.  Local musicians perform on the two stages from 2 – 5:00. 

Located on the grounds of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Properties between Hill Street and Front Street, the Taste of Twain has something for everyone and all ages. Follow Taste of Twain on Facebook for updated listing on all of our vendors.  

Tickets

Festival arm bands to the Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival are available by calling 573-221-9010 extension 404.  Adult bands include unlimited wine, food and beer tastings and a complimentary festival tasting glass. Adult bands are $30 in advance and $35 day of event and must be 21 or older to purchase.  Designated drivers bands are $20 and include unlimited food tastings and non-alcoholic options.  Childs bands are $10 for children 10 years and under and include unlimited tastings from participating restaurants and non-alcoholic beverages.

Taste of Twain is sponsored by the Mark Twain Brewery, Lohr Distributing and the Mark Twain Museum.

Proceeds from the Taste of Twain support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties.

 

 

 

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting Mark Twain’s childhood experiences that led to the creation of his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are provided free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Missouri Arts Council and the Community Foundation.


October

 

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting Mark Twain’s childhood experiences that led to the creation of his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 

Tom and Becky Quilt Raffle at Folklife Festival

Stop by the Tom and Becky Program’s Quilt Booth at the Annual Folklife Festival for your chance to win the Hannibal Bicentennial Quilt.  Proceeds from raffle sales support the Tom and Becky Scholarship Fund which honors one former Tom and one former Becky, graduating from Hannibal High School, for their continued ‘goodwill’ with voluntarism throughout the community, service during their high school career and future endeavors.  The Tom and Becky Quilt Raffle is sponsored by Pat Waelder and The Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, who donate a quilt each year to the Tom and Becky Program.  Purchase raffle tickets at the museum gallery at 120 N. Main or at the Tom and Becky Quilt Booth during Folklife Festival weekend.  Drawing to be held in December.  Tickets are one for $2.00 or six for $10.00.

 

Living Dead Windows

Downtown Hannibal Halloween Event

Ghouls and Goblins return to downtown Hannibal in October for the return of Living Dead Windows and the Annual Halloween Parade. Hannibal’s Halloween Parade begins at 6:00 pm at Grand and Broadway and concludes on North Main Street. 

Beginning at 5:00 pm downtown will transform into a haunted street as merchants’ windows come alive with frightfully scary displays.  Stop by the Museum Gallery window at 120 N. Main to have your fortune told and experience the “Haunted Mansion”.  Stroll along Main Street to view other Halloween inspired windows.  Similar to the Victorian Festival of Christmas’ Living Windows, the Living Dead Windows will be held in October from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  Check back for exact date.

 

Tom and Becky Halloween Carnival & Main Street Trick-or-Treat

Tom and Becky Ambassadors will host an old-fashioned Halloween Carnival during the downtown’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat event. North Main Street, Hannibal will come to life with little goblins, witches, ghosts and princess’.  Downtown businesses will hand out candy and numerous other activities are planned. Stop by the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main for a Halloween Treat!

And children of all ages will enjoy playing Halloween inspired carnival games with Tom and Becky on Hill Street.  Mummy Bowling, Pumpkin Putt-Putt, Knock the Cans, Ring the Witches Hat and other games will be available.  Children will receive a ticket after completion of each game which they will redeem for small toys and prizes.  The Museum’s Tom and Becky ambassadors will host the Halloween Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Halloween night, October 31st on Hill Street.


 

November

6th Annual Mark Twain Birthday Bash

Twain’s Old-fashioned Birthday Party

Children are invited to join Tom and Becky ambassadors for Twain’s 185th Birthday Party on November 28th!   Tom and Becky are celebrating Sam’s Birthday with old-fashioned games including Hide the Button, Pin the Stache on Twain, and Musical Mustaches.  there will also be a variety of crafts children can make and take home with them including a mustache on a stick and beaded necklaces or wooden snowman ornaments and rag and twig tree ornaments that can be hung on the Boyhood Home Christmas Tree for the holidays.  And no party is complete without cupcakes and juice!  Mark Twain’s 185th Birthday Party will be held on the main floor of the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main, Hannibal from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.  Free for children to attend and must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Museum’s Annual Beard and Mustache Competition

Think you have the perfect beard or mustache?  Then enter your stache and beard in the Museum’s 6th Annual Beard & Mustache Competition beginning at 3:00 pm in the Museum Gallery on November 28th.  In honor of No-Shave November, the Mark Twain Museum and the Schmidt & White Barbershop are cohosting the Beard & Mustache Competition which brings together mustaches of every shape, size, color and artistic flare.

Categories in the 4th Annual Mustache Competition include:  

Moustache Categories:
 1.  The Dapper Stache – 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 Natural Stache –  This category is all natural. No styling aids allowed.

3.  The Mark Twain Stache – Bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Clemens’ famous witty mustache, referred to as the Walrus. It is bushy, and full, drooping over the mouth and also extending downward at each corner.

Beard Categories:

1.  Business Beard – This category is for shorter beards groomed by means of shaving and trimming. There must be an unbroken line of unshaven face from the temple to the chin to the other temple. Short, tight, and edged.

2.  Full Beard Natural – Portions of the cheeks can be partially shaven as can the neck, but there must be an unbroken line of unshaven face from the temple to the chin to the other temple. Trimming is allowed but this category is for fuller, longer full beards that have been allowed to achieve their natural fullness and shape.

3. Freestyle – Anything goes. In this category the judges will be asked to determine which contestant’s facial hair is the most creative and artistic. Note: Competitors that do not fit into another category will be placed into Freestyle.

A $5 entry fee and registration per category is required and winners of each receive a $50 Chamber Certificate and Beard Trim & Shave Certificates, sponsored by Schmidt & White Barbershop.  In honor of No-Shave November, which strives to raise awareness of cancer by encouraging men to “put down those razors”, all proceeds from the Mustache Competition will be donated to the James E. Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal, MO.

 

Annual Chritmas Tree Lighting & Lighting of the Boyhood Gardens

The Mark Twain Museum and Salvation Army invite you to join us as we celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with the Annual Lighting of the
Boyhood Home Christmas Tree and Museum Gardens on Saturday, November 28, 2020.   The Salvation Army Brass Band will fill the streets with the sounds of the Holidays on the Hill Street stage beginning at 5:00 p.m.   The evening festivities include Santa Claus, Mark Twain impersonators and Christmas Carols led by Tom and Becky Ambassadors.  The countdown to the Tree lighting will be held at dusk.  

 


December

Gingerbread House Contest & Display

Put your baking skills and creativity to work in the Mark Twain Museum’s 3rd Annual Gingerbread Contest and Display! Sponsored by Hannibal’s County Market and Walmart, you won’t want to miss the delectable display of Gingerbread Houses in the Museum Gallery Window during the Holiday Season and vote on your favorites during the Victorian Festival of Christmas’ Living Windows on December 12th

Enter your Gingerbread House design in one of our 3 categories. Children’s Division is up to age 12, adult ages 13 and over or the Gingerbread House kit category. Enter your decorated Gingerbread House from a kit accompanied by proof of purchase.   Houses must be received between November 28th and December 11th to be eligible.  Click here for our Gingerbread Recipe!

Gingerbread Houses will be on display to the public in the Museum Gallery window. People’s Choice voting will be held during Living Windows on Saturday, December 12th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. The Winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th and will receive either a County Market or Walmart Gift Card valued at $50 to $100. 

Click here for entry details or call Melissa at 573-221-9010. ext. 404 for more information.

Living Windows

Hannibal’s Annual Living Windows will be held in December from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Stroll along North Main Street as you take in sights and sounds of Christmas with Carolers, wagon rides and living window displays. The Museum invites you to stop by the Museum Gallery to view our “Whoville” window and be sure to vote for your favorite Gingerbread Houses in the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Display in the gallery window during Living Windows.

 

A Clemens Family Christmas

Have you ever wondered what Christmas was like for the Clemens family?  Join museum Executive Director Henry Sweets as he shares stories of Christmas in Hannibal and Hartford.  Mr. Sweets will give insight to what Christmas was like in the Clemens’ house and will read a letter written by Mark Twain, as Santa Claus, to his daughter Susie. This is a free event. check back for dates.

 

Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Sticks

The Mark Twain Museum Gallery Gift Shop invites you to enjoy a cup of hot Candy Cane cocoa as you browse our wonderful selection of gifts for the holiday season.  Select from our wide array of Mark Twain books and books written by local artists for the avid reader on your list.  The Museum Gift Shops also carries a large selection of items from our talented local artists.  From old-fashioned toys, stocking stuffers, jewelry and a complete line of Huckleberry flavored items, you’re sure to find everything on your Christmas list at the Gallery Gift Shop.  Check back for dates.