The Society will start our 2016-17 Lunch and Learn season with a bang! Local actor, author and reporter Bill Hand will perform a variation of his one-man show, Mark Twain, Day and Night Hand, a columnist for the New Bern Sun Journal takes on the role of the writer who has been described as “the original rock star.” Though known now for his writing, Twain also found fame on the lecture circuit, touring America early in his career and, later, speaking around the world to pay off huge debts. Bill Hand’s performance brings those later tours to life, portraying Mark Twain with a mix of his stories and observations about the “damned human race” with stories specifically about New Bern. Folks that missed his performance earlier this year will want to make sure to attend.
Hand is a reporter and photographer for the New Bern Sun Journal. He is active in local theatre recently in the role of Willie Loman inDeath of a Salesman at Rivertowne Players. He also directed The Rainmaker at New Bern Civic Theatre. Hand is writer and director for his own production company, Athens of the South Productions, that is known for its dinner theatre shows. One of his favored projects is Ghostwalk for New Bern Historical Society where, for more than 20 years, he has directed the ghosts that appear in Cedar Grove Cemetery. On more than one occasion, he has taken on ghostly roles himself.
Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. Tickets are $16 for Historical Society members and $18 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or online at the Tickets page. Lunch choices are Shrimp & Grits or Chicken Bruschetta with rice and string beans. Iced tea, coffee and dessert are included.