Mark Twain comes alive at Sacramento Valley Museum


The Sacramento Valley Museum is haunted! Not really, although Mark Twain’s ghost will be materializing on the evening of Saturday, April 6, when the doors open at 6:30 PM.

“An Evening of Wine and Wisdom with Mark Twain” is the theme for the night. Appetizers will be served along with Grindstone Wine, which is produced here in Colusa County.

McAvoy Layne is the man who will be embodying the spirit of Twain. 

“When I know I’m going to have a good cultured crowd, I really do prepare – and I try to tailor my programs for the interests,” Layne said. “(Twain) was most comfortable in the West, that’s where he developed that sagebrush humor.”

Layne carefully prepares his one-man-show with “mostly the humor of Mark Twain, a little bit of social criticism, but (I) don’t get into politics at all.” Layne aims to entertain, not inform, stamping the sentiment with, “I don’t vote for politicians, it only encourages them.”

Twain was not necessarily politically correct, nor was he the inventor of doing roasts. Patrons can be reassured that Layne is not planning on a verbal repartee with the attendees. 

The event’s age limit of 21 and older is purely due to the alcoholic libations, not in anticipation of shenanigans.

Staff at the Sacramento Valley Museum booked Layne to help them raise money to help with the cost of operations now that the museum has reopened after winter break. 

James Pearson, director and curator for the museum, cites the reason for the event: “It’s our first event after we’ve opened.” Pearson said, “We’re always trying to raise funds just for the upkeep of the museum.”

Pearson believes that the event will be “the perfect date night opportunity.” 

A limited number of tickets for the event are on sale now at the museum for $30. For more information, contact the Sacramento Valley Museum at (530) 473-2978. ■