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Library to bring in Mark Twain impersonator

A Mark Twain impersonator will be performing at the library on Monday.
Zina Kumok
Posted on June 8, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Public Library will be presenting an evening with Dave Ehlert, a Mark Twain impersonator. He will perform at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the main branch downtown.

Circulation manager Jeanne Hobik said the idea came from a member of the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library, a membership group of people who want to support the library by providing various events. This event is free and open to the public. The library can hold up to 150 people, and Hobik said she is not sure how many will attend.

“We will continue to promote the event up until the last minute,” she said.

Ehlert, who is based in Branson, Mo., said that the speech will be based on one that Twain gave when touring the world in the late 19th century. He’s performed as Twain in more than 40 states, including several stops in Indiana. However, this will be his first time in the Elkhart area.

“I was drafted into this part but once I got into it, it was so interesting and I got hooked into it,” he said.

His performance will include Twain’s famous humor and reenactments from “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Ehlert said that after shows, people have stopped to tell him that even though they’ve read Twain before, his performance has encouraged them to reread his work.

“It makes you feel good when people are inspired to say that,” he said.

The library is at 300 S. Second St., Elkhart. For information, call 522-2665 or go to www.myepl.org.

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