Famed American author and humorist Mark Twain, who “wowed” a wild, young nation in the 1800s with his short stories and novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, will visit The Garden City Historical Society Museum on Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
How can this be, you ask? Through the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Garden City’s own, incomparable Rob Alvey! Portraying Mark Twain—whose wit and satire earned him praise from critics and peers—Alvey will present “A Reading by Mark Twain,” which will surely be an entertaining experience. All are invited to attend this unique event at the Museum, 109 Eleventh Street. Light refreshments will be served.
Alvey is offering his portrayal as Mark Twain in Garden City as a benefit for two local non-profit organizations, The Garden City Historical Society and the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, which was founded by Rob and his wife, Suzie Alvey. He previously starred in an off-Broadway performance of this original performance as a benefit for the Village Light Opera Group in 2010.
Admission is $25. For information and tickets, please call the Museum at 516-746-8900, Brian Pinnola at 516-456-0433 or the Bird Sanctuary at 516-326-1720 or email email@example.com.
Mark Twain, born in Missouri in 1835 as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, overcame childhood illness to become a Mississippi riverboat pilot’s apprentice and then a licensed pilot. When river trade was brought to a stand still by the Civil War, Clemens turned to journalism, working as a newspaper reporter. He gained fame when his humorous short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County,” appeared in the New York Saturday Press in November 1865. He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches, and his travelogues were also well received.