Flavors on display at Taste of Twain

  • By Kelly Wilson
  • 30 Aug, 2017

Get ready for the Taste of Twain Wine, Food and Beer Festival, which will showcase Missouri and regional wineries; local, state and regional craft breweries; and Hannibal-area restaurants. In addition, there will be two stages of live music, and it all will be surrounded by the historic homes of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.

The event will be 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on the grounds of the home and museum at the corner of Hill and Main streets.

Participants may stroll among more than 30 booths of wine, food and beer at the Mark Twain Interpretive Center parking lot and gardens of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home.


Hannibal’s own Cave Hollow West Winery will be at the event with samples of its featured wines, as will be Stone Hill Winery, Missouri’s oldest winery, in Herman. Don Sebastiani and Sons of Sonoma County, Calif., and Spirit Knob Winery of Ursa, Ill., also will be on site. Lost Vineyards will be on hand with samples of its Tiki Sangria.  

Craft breweries

Hannibal’s Mark Twain Brewery will feature two new beers at the Taste of Twain.

Also participating will be O’Fallon Brewery from the St. Louis area with its new pumpkin brews; Odell Brewery of Fort Collins, Colo., with Oktoberfest-style beers; Urban Chestnut Brewing Company of St. Louis; Sierra Nevada Brewery of Chico, Calif., and Mills River, N.C.; and Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Odell will introduce two new releases — Sunny Rain Golden Tart and Rupture Fresh Grind Ale. A range of beers will be available for sampling, including several pale ales, stouts, sours, porters, brown ales, cream ales and wheat beers.

Other breweries to be represented include Bur Oak Brewery of
Columbia, Mo., Friendship Brewing of Wentzville, Mo., Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore., and Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, Calif., and Chicago.

Members of the Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association will be on hand to discuss home brewing methods, offer samples and discuss brewing processes for those who may be interested in making their own beer.


A number of Hannibal eateries will provide samples of some of their best dishes. Among those participating will be Mark Twain Dinette, Rustic Oak Grill & Pub, Mark Twain Brewing Company, Badger Cheese Haus, Huckleberry Bakery & Bistro, Ole Planter’s Restaurant, Rumor Has it Bar & Grill and Hannibal Country Club.

Bourbon and cigar lounge

Wood Hat Spirits of New Florence, Mo., will present samples of its award-winning bourbons. Noted as the first craft distillery in Montgomery County, it has the only wood-fired distillery still operating in the country. Cigar connoisseurs will enjoy a variety of cigars available for purchase in the cigar booth.

Live music

Taste of Twain will includes two stages of live music, featuring Frate and Mike Moore with a variety of original tunes and covers on the acoustic stage, and the sounds of jazz, rhythm and blues and favorites on the main stage on Hill Street near the Boyhood Gardens.

About the Taste of Twain

Taste of Twain is a fundraiser in support of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties. The festival is sponsored by Mark Twain Brewery, Golden Eagle Distributing and Lohr Wines & Spirits of Ladue, Mo. Each guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass, provided by Mark Twain Brewery, and enjoy unlimited tastings.

Wristbands for the event may be reserved, in advance by calling the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum at 573-221-9010, ext. 404. Bands are $25 in advance and will be available at the event for $35. Participants must be 21 years old or older to purchase a band. 


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By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
The Mark Twain Museum is celebrating Mark Twain’s 182nd birthday with an old-fashioned birthday party for children, a mustache competition, masquerade mask exhibit and contest — and the official lighting of the Boyhood Home Christmas tree with music, Mark Twain and Tom and Becky.
All are invited to join in the festivities Saturday, Nov. 25, for a day full of fun and merriment.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Faith is the central theme of Bluff City Theater’s fourth full season that begins in February 2018.
BCT Executive Director Joe Anderson said that he chose the theme of faith because there is a rich selection of theatrical material that explores the concept in a variety of ways. In announcing the 2018 season, he stressed that while religion plays a central role in many people’s tenet of faith, it is not the only thing that sustains us. Consequently, the season’s offerings explore both religious and secular themes.
“I don’t want audiences to confuse the theme of faith with religion,” Anderson said. “Those who have followed our work will know that we want to engage our audiences in a dialogue. The time just seemed right to explore this theme in 2018. We succeed best when you’re still thinking about something you saw days earlier, so while most of the plays do touch on religion in some way, they are all very entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.”
Next season’s shows are:

“The Sunset Limited”
By Cormac McCarthy
Feb. 15 to 24
Black is a former convict who became an evangelical Christian in prison. White is a university professor and an atheist. One morning, White decides to end his life by jumping in front of a train — the Sunset Limited. Black, in the right (or wrong) place at the right time, saves his life. Feeling responsible for him, Black takes White back to his tenement in Harlem, where the men engage in a spirited discussion about life, religion and the rights of man. Best known for his novel “No Place for Old Men” which became an Academy Award-winning film, Cormac McCarthy is one of America’s most prolific and significant authors. “The Sunset Limited” was adapted into an HBO film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Directed by Alex Freeman.

“Becoming Dr. Ruth”
By Mark St. Germain
March 22 to 31
While everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous sex therapist, few know her full story. From fleeing the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Israel as a sniper, to coming to America as a single mother, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is a story of struggle, honesty and faith in oneself. Bluff City Theater audiences will know Mark St. Germain as the author of 2016’s breakaway hit “Best of Enemies.” This production stars Susie Wall, last seen at Bluff City Theater as Alice B. Toklas in “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” in a role she made her own at the New Jewish Theater in St. Louis.

“My Name is Asher Lev”
By Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
May 31 to June 9
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.
Directed by Jennifer Stewart.

“Trees Die Standing Tall”
By Alejandro Casona, American premiere, adapted from the Spanish by Lia Beeson
June 28 to July 7
A comedy in three acts, this is the story of one woman’s faith in her grandson, even while facing the undeniable. Alejandro Casona was a Spanish-Argentinian playwright, considered one of the major talents of his era. This production was originally staged by BCT’s sister theater, Talk is Free Theater in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. While playing, in many ways, like a traditional British farce, “Trees Die Standing Tall” is a clever and funny narrative that belies its structure to explore themes and ideas that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel”
By Tom Key and Russell Treyz, music by Harry Chapin, based on “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan
July 26 to Aug. 4
This “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is set in rural Georgia and features country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As “Gospel” begins, they sing that “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.” Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. This is a spirited and rocking musical production featuring a bluegrass orchestra and supported by the BCT Young Company. “The Cotton Patch Gospel” will be performed environmentally.
Directed by Alan Knoll.

Ticket information
Season subscriptions for 2018 are available for sale now at eventshannibal.com by searching 2018 Subscriptions. Regularly priced at $115 for all five productions, early bird subscribers can lock in the discounted price of $99 until Dec. 1.
Subscriptions also may be purchased by calling 573-719-3226 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Tickets are on sale for Hannibal-LaGrange University’s 76th Annual Booster Banquet, which will feature former football coach Steve Spurrier as keynote speaker. The banquet will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
Spurrier is well known for his lengthy and successful career in football. He served as head coach for three college and two professional teams and also was an exceptional college football player before spending nearly a decade playing professionally in the NFL.
Ticket prices are as follows.
• $75: General admission, includes banquet admission.
• $200: Executive admission, includes reserved parking, admission to a private reception with Spurrier from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and reserved seat at the banquet. Attendees of the private reception will be able to meet Spurrier and have a photo taken with him.
• $1,500: Sponsor a round table, includes eight executive tickets.
The number of executive tickets is limited, and they may be purchased with a credit card by calling 573-629-3124.
Growing up in Tennessee as the son of a Presbyterian pastor, Spurrier was a multisport all-state athlete in high school. A graduate of the University of Florida, he served as the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons and won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of fame as a player in 1986.
In 1967, Spurrier was a first round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL draft. He went on to play for the 49ers as a backup quarterback and punter until 1976, when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the starting quarterback for their inaugural season.
Spurrier became the youngest head coach in professional football when he accepted the position with the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits in 1983.
In 1987, he began coaching the Duke University Blue Devils. Spurrier went on to lead them to the conference championship in 1989.
Spurrier then began his tenure as head coach at his alma mater and led the Florida Gators to unprecedented success. He led the team to six SEC championships and a national championship. In 1996, Spurrier became the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner when Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the award.
After the 2001 season, Spurrier left Florida to coach the Washington Redskins for two years before returning to college football in 2005 as the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
In 2015, Spurrier resigned as coach of the Gamecocks and retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina history. He has the second most coaching wins in the history of the SEC and in 2017 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach, one of only four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach.
Spurrier now serves as an ambassador and consultant for the University of Florida’s athletic department.
Spurrier is author of “Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football.”
More information is available by calling 573-629-3126 or sending an email to lauren.youse@hlg.edu.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
For two decades, the first Saturday of November has seen motorcyclists from around the Tri-State area gather and ride together to support the children at Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch.
This year’s ride will be Saturday, Nov. 4.
The effort began two decades ago as the dream of the late Johnny Watt, a man who loved motorcycles and children. Initially a small event, it has grown to include many groups, clubs, people and organizations. Participants feel Watt would be proud of the event, which takes place in the Clarence, Mo., area. Watt’s vision was to provide money for the children and their house families to have a little extra at Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.
Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is a safe haven for abused, neglected and at-risk children. It receives no government money; its funding comes entirely from churches and individual gifts.
Riders will meet at 9 a.m., with those from the east meeting at Ayerco/Rocket Truck Stop, 7233 Route MM, Palmyra. Riders from the west will meet at Trustee’s Cycle Shop, 1402 Route JJ, Moberly.
Registration will be $10 per rider or car, and proceeds will be donated to the ranch. A commemoration patch will be available for $5.
Riders will meet at Casey’s and, led by Santa Claus, will ride to the ranch, where families will line the drive to watch the motorcycles roar in.
More information about the ride is available by calling or texting 573-406-4909 or 573-795-6335.
More information about Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is available at shilohranch.org.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council again will present the Victorian Festival of Christmas, a month-long celebration that will kick off Saturday, Nov. 25, and run through Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24.
Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates the magic and wonder of Christmas in cozy, decorated, family-owned shops and restaurants. The sounds of carolers strolling the streets, bells from a horse-drawn wagon ride and warm greetings will take you back in time to an authentic and genuine Christmas.
Here is a preview of what you can expect throughout the 2017 Victorian Festival of Christmas:
• Pictures with Santa Claus
• Holiday horse-and-wagon rides
• Magical holiday decorations throughout downtown
• A children’s stocking-decorating contest
• House decorating contest.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Alliance Art Gallery’s November guest artist Terry Britton says, “I am not conventional.”
She never abided by how-to-do-portrait art books.
“I may paint the eye first. Then the brow. No face yet,” she said, “I love doing eyes.”
Her bold commissioned acrylic portraits, with a hint of modernists such as Picasso, carry such a sense of personality that one feels welcomed into their world. She works from family photos, sometimes including family pets, in her studio in Quincy, Ill. She asks each client to talk about what makes them tick? Laugh? Excite them? Makes them unique?
For her, personality contains the critical element to be captured in the portrait. It guides her brush, just as much as the color of the eyes and the set of the chin. After all, each portrait tells a story. She wants a true story, revealed in the way the portrait will eventually unfold.
Her parents celebrated her “artsy” endeavors, including the eighth-grade portrait of a Cherokee chief which she still has — somewhere. Her grown twin daughters carry on the tradition, showering her with unconventional made-by-hand cards for every conceivable occasion. After all, they grew up in a household where all the neighborhood children showed up with pre-Halloween orange pumpkins.
“I was born creative,” Britton explains. “I did artsy stuff all my life.” So when she retired, she allowed freeform creativity to flow, and eventually came up with a type of portraiture that satisfied her.
She and her husband Roberto Stellino, part owner of Tiramisu restaurant, sit across from each other in the studio — she at the easel, he at his desk working on his business computer.
“My husband,” Terry admits, “has been my favorite person to draw since we met 30 years ago.”
She adds, “He is brutally honest.” If the personality hasn’t emerged, he will comment, “It’s just not right yet.” In the beginning years, this happened often. She’d ferret out the problem, white out the canvas, and start afresh.
But today, that rarely happens. Her inner eye seeks and finds that underlying personality, and she hones in on that in every aspect of the ensuing portrait.
She never has advertised or promoted herself. But when her loft got too full of canvases, she moved all the paintings to Tiramisu.
“Everything was for sale,” she laughed. “I had my own gallery.”
The rest, as is often said, is history. People loved her work and asked for commissioned portraits.
Her mischievous streak shows up on Facebook. As the painting barely begins to emerge, she posts painted clues — chin, angle of shoulder, nose. Her followers try to guess. As she progresses, she uploads the eye, mouth, cheek. After all, art lovers create a tight-knit community in Quincy. Perhaps the three cats will be the giveaway or eyeglasses.
Through vibrant color, a touch of abstraction, and a belief that personality underlies all portraiture, Terry Britton has created a unique body of art highly prized by those who have encountered it.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Hannibal Regional Auxiliary hosted the fourth annual Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction at the Hannibal Arts Council on Oct. 5. The Glitz Gala, officially sponsored by the Century 21 Broughton team, raised $13,000 to support Hannibal Regional Auxiliary.
Jim Quinlin of Quinlin Auction Services led the live auction, and the emcee for the evening was Rajah Maples from KHQA. Guests were treated to appetizers from Fiddlestiks, wine from the Hannibal County Market and music by Michael Gaines. Attendees bid on 55 exquisite jewelry pieces, which were donated by various community members and a three-piece designer collection compliments of Ava Goldworks.
Guests were also entered into a raffle to win one of seven different prizes. The raffle prizes were a Kate Spade purse, a Michael Kors purse, an Eagle Creek suitcase, sunglasses from the HRMG Vision Institute, a gift card for a pedicure at the Powder Room and a photo session at Photos To Remember.
“The auxiliary’s accomplishments are a reflection of teamwork, and the community’s generosity and support is essential to our success,” said Alicia Rollins, director of Guest and Volunteer Services. “The community’s continued participation is what enables us to continue enriching lives and making our community better.”
Proceeds from the Glitz Gala will continue to help the auxiliary fulfill its pledge to the linear accelerator portion of Hannibal Regional Foundation’s Believe Campaign. This equipment has brought new technologies to the community and offers state-of-the-art cancer treatments and procedures at the James E. Cary Cancer Center.
Hannibal Regional Auxiliary was formed in 1993 to help patients, families and visitors in a variety of ways and contribute to the comTmunity. Today, with more than 260 members, the auxiliary donates about 25,000 hours of service each year. The auxiliary provides service in several areas including Judy’s Boutique Gift Shop, James E. Cary Cancer Center, Caring Cup coffee bar, reception desk, waiting rooms and more.
For more information contact Alicia Rollins at 573-248-5272 or visit hrhonline.org.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Kids in Motion and Teens in Motion will host a music trivia night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hannibal.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will start at 7 p.m. Cost is $100 per table of eight people, with no more than eight people permitted on a team, and a single payment per team.
Reservations will be confirmed when payment is received. There is a limited number of tables, so early registration is recommended.
The competition will include the playing of audio clips to test knowledge of songs, artists and missing lyrics. Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase, and teams are welcome to bring snacks and refreshments for their tables. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
Kids in Motion/Teens in Motion is under the umbrella of Douglass Community Services and is a United Way recipient.
For more information or to register a team, call Kids in Motion at 573-221-3892, extension 246, or email kids@douglassonline.org.
Proceeds will provide support for the Kids in Motion and Teens in Motion programs. The event is sponsored and supported by Hannibal Clinic, Prestige Realty, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Scottrade, Abel’s Quik Shops, Hannibal Jaycees, Hannibal Knights of Columbus and Douglass Community Services.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance. This year’s open enrollment is only six weeks long, from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Health coverage starts Jan. 1.
The Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace is available to shop for an affordable plan that meets your family’s needs and to see if you qualify for financial help. If you meet certain income rules, you may be able to lower your health costs through a tax credit to lower your monthly premium or out-of-pocket spending on health care services like co-pays. If you do not have health insurance, you may face large penalties when you file your 2017 taxes.
Families and Communities Together — F.A.C.T. — has certified application counselors who can help enrollees through the process at no charge. Call 573-221-2285 to make an appointment to discuss your family’s health insurance needs. Free assistance is available in Marion, Ralls, Pike, Lewis and Clark counties.
If you now have insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, F.A.C.T. strongly encourages you to make an appointment to update your account information. This will ensure your tax credits are current and that the health insurance policy you choose is the best fit.
Appointments are expected to fill quickly.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
For decades people in the community have depended on Hannibal Regional for comprehensive health care and specialized services.
In order to continue meeting the ever-changing and increasing needs of the community, Hannibal Regional has begun the first phase of a three-year expansion project, investing $61 million in the health of the region. This major expansion project will allow Hannibal Regional to accommodate the growing needs of Northeast Missouri and ensure an even higher level of care and service.
“Our community has relied on Hannibal Regional for over 110 years for quality local health care. We work tirelessly to make sure we can guide all of our patients to better, and with that we are continuously analyzing and expanding services and resources to make sure we are meeting the health needs of our community,” said Todd Ahrens, president and CEO of Hannibal Regional.
Site improvements already are underway for the relocation of major utility systems, additional parking lots, expansion of the receiving dock and support service areas at Hannibal Regional. Major construction began in October with the two-story expansion of the Intensive Care and Progressive Care units. Following that will be a complete surgery department renovation and the addition of six new surgery suites including advanced medical imaging operating rooms. Further construction will include a new, four-story, 88,000-square foot addition to Hannibal Regional Medical Group, as well as interior renovations to the hospital mall and new entrances to the hospital and medical buildings. The expansion will add over 137,000 square feet of new construction and 50,000 square feet of newly renovated space to Hannibal Regional.
“While this is an exciting time for Hannibal Regional and our community, we know that construction on our medical campus can be challenging for patients and guests, which is why we will be doing everything possible to minimize disruptions as we continue to grow,” Ahrens said.
The scheduled completion for all phases of new construction and renovations is 2020.
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