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Chappaqua Library Wraps Up "Twain's Domain"

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Chappaqua lost a familiar face on Friday when the library closed out "Twain's Domain," its month-long celebration of Mark Twain. The author's image has hung over South Greeley Avenue since October.

To wrap up the celebration, the North of Broadway Players, a theatre company of senior actors, performed sections of Twains' plays, “Is He Dead?” and “Adam and Eve” in the library's theater.

"We’ve been having this Twain series since Oct. 16, and today is the last day for these programs," said Joan Kuhn, Chappaqua Library's program director, before the show. "There were 23 programs in all, and they were all funded by the Friends of the Chappaqua Library."

The final Twain-themed event came later in the evening when the library held a showing of the 1939 film-adaptation of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Other events honoring the 19th century author included a field trip to the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford, Conn.; a performance by a live band; and a scavenger hunt.

“It’s been really huge, very popular,” said Miriam Budin, children’s librarian. Budin believes it was even more of a hit than the similar celebration the library did for Edgar Allan Poe two years ago. “It’s a pretty hopping place”

Budin said she suspects the library will return with another author-centric celebration in the future, but to not expect it anytime soon. "They need some rest," said Budin of the "Twain's Domain" organizers. Budin is lobbying for “The Age of Innocence” author, Edith Wharton, as the next featured author.

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