Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience ¬ announces the 7th Annual TwainFest will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 20 in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego.
TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is a free festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old fashioned gathering at the park. Presentations occur at a variety of park venues throughout the day. Returning Festival Favorites:
- Local San Diego performers present 19th Century stories and poems by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Eugene Field, Cervantes and many more at venues throughout the park.
- Prof. Pudd’nhead & Co. puppets will delight the little ones.
- Cygnet Theatre’s Storytelling on the Green troupe presents abridged Shakespeare designed for young people. ? Giant puppets of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe will wander the green.
- An arcade of unique literary games and activities designed especially for TwainFest will enterain players of all ages on the green. The Election of 1872, Jim Hawkins Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fiction and Telegraph Crunch are just a few activities that join sack races, ring toss and other games of the period to assure a fun¬filled yet educational day for all ages.
- A 19th Century Spelling Bee will run throughout the day as well as a community wide Never Ending Story, to which anyone who wishes may contribute.
- A 19th Century Literary Costume Contest for those who want to dress up in period attire
- A backdrop of 19th Century music enlivens the day’s activities.
- Free books are provided to all who participate in five or more activities.
Each year, Write Out Loud strives to expand and diversify the cultural family friendly offerings for TwainFest. This year, three new presentations join returning festival favorites.
- The Authors Salon will provide the opportunity to meet Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson and other beloved writers of the period.
- The Armory Band will recreate the only band that played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, providing patriot music of the time played on vintage instruments.
- A Civil War Field Encampment, complete with General Grant, will provide classes for all ages in fife and drum and artillery.