2017-04-22 / News

‘Mark Twain’ to appear locally


Anecdotes about life on the Mississippi River, the newspaper business and biting political satire will be part of the program when Mark Twain impersonator Charles Kiernan visits Emporium on April 29. Anecdotes about life on the Mississippi River, the newspaper business and biting political satire will be part of the program when Mark Twain impersonator Charles Kiernan visits Emporium on April 29. A noted impersonator of American writer and humorist Mark Twain will be making an appearance on Saturday, April 29, at 3 pm in the Emporium Firehall.

Professional storyteller Charles Kiernan of Schnecksville will recount excerpts from some of Twain’s most popular novels, such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Kiernan performs at theatres, listening clubs, schools, libraries, arts festivals and even a sculpture garden. He is also coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, state representative for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase, and state liaison for the National Storytelling Network.

“Mark Twain is wont to ramble on about his boyhood memories, the newspaper publishing business, life on the Mississippi and frogs,” Kiernan noted. “Mostly, though, he likes to talk about the river.”

Intent of the show is to give the audience a bit of Twain’s biography, his humor and his viewpoint. The subject for his talk is his evolving view on what is man. To illustrate his view on this subject at various points during his life, he feels compelled to give the audience some of his personal history (himself being his favorite topic).

His conclusions are what you might expect if you know something about Twain. It’s the journey to that conclusion that is the fun.

Cameron County Historical Society, Barbara Moscato Brown Library and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to bring this event to the community.

Refreshments will be available and a questions and answer session will follow the performance.

For more information, call 486-4314.

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