What a wonderful evening with Alspaugh family in Bernville. Tim and Susan Alspaugh hosted their family reunion and invited Mark Twain to visit and share some stories. They were a great audience (that means they got my jokes….ALL OF THEM) and we dined on a 6-foot hoagie and pizza.
Tim and Susan have a large loving family. Tim is a deacon at this church and Susan is a musician and singer with The Singing Snyder Sisters. I spent time perusing a collection of incredible hunting photos with son Chad and grandson Dalton, 10, who have been successful big buck, turkey and and bear hunters. I appreciated the time they spent sharing their memories. Thanks again to the Alspaugh family. I am hoping we will be lasting friends.
Just returned from visit in Hannibal, MO, where I spoke a few lines as Mark Twain for film maker Bill Brown, film professor at University of North Carolina. He’s doing a documentary about the Mississippi. Got a chance to walk about the riverboat Mark Twain . My brother Chris came down from Kansas City, MO, and I met my sister, Robyne, for breakfast at the O’Hare Hilton. Wonderful trip, but I’m tired and glad to be home.
Many thanks to the folks at Spring Valley Village in Bechtelsville, PA for the standing ovation they gave to my Mark Twain performance Friday night. One homeowner in the audience said he has lived there for six years and it was the best show he’s seen. Another audience member said she didn’t want the show to end. Thanks again, very much.
The stage of the Strand Theater in Zelienople, PA was the venue, October 11, for “Here’s Mark Twain”.
It was a charity fundraiser conducted by the HarmonyMasonic Lodge 429 and proceeds benefited local food banks.
My son Jeff and I traveled together and stayed Friday night at the Comfort Inn/Cranberry, had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and spent Saturday before the show enjoying Zelienope’s Fall Community Festival.
The Strand Theater is old movie theater in town being rehabbed and upgraded for both live shows and movies. It was the nicest I have ever worked on, and I truly appreciated the attention given to stage setting, sound and lighting. The was a green room and dressing rooms, and I want to thank Ron Carter and Mike Potemra for their professionalism and generosity.
The show went off without a hitch and the audience was wonderful. It was one of the few times I had an audience that was there to see “Mark Twain” rather than an audience of good folks who were just expecting “Entertainment” at their banquet or meeting.Lastly, I want to thank Jim Knights of the Masons for putting this show together. Audience comments have been posted on the “Testimonial” page. Thanks to all.
Thank you to writer Eric Algeo and photographer Melanie Russell of Exeter High School’s “Talon” newspaper for the great review and feature of the recent “Mark Twain” appearance at the school.
“Twain captured the attention of everyone in the room,” wrote Algeo.
Mark Twain was out and about this week. On Tuesday he joined the Berks County Visiting Nurses for
a volunteer appreciation luncheon, and then Friday he spoke for two hours to an audience of students from Exeter High School.
When asked if he enjoyed his speaking engagements, the man in the white suit said, “The nurses were most caring and kind. I felt surrounded by a room full of Florence Nightingales. As for the students, I kept the paddle close, but never took it out of the sack. I enjoy my time very much with the young scholars.”