Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 28, 2012

Take a Twain Ride to Tecumseh

The Boulevard Market is one of the locally-owned shops on the historic Chicago Road through downtown Tecumseh

The Southeast Michigan town of Tecumseh was not even a half-century old when a rascally writer and raconteur named Mark Twain made it a stop on his “American Vandal Abroad” tour.

Tecumseh is named for the Shawnee Chief of the War of 1812

Twain had completed the manuscript but not yet published his book The Innocents Abroad when he hit the lecture circuit in November 1868 to share his observations about his experiences in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Holy Land.

His five-month U.S. tour stretched from Iowa to New York City and in addition to Tecumseh his Michigan schedule included performances in Detroit, Lansing, Charlotte and Marshall.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, in 1871 (photo by Matthew Brady from Wikipedia)

Twain, in the person of interpreter Michael Bateson, returns to Tecumseh on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 for special events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society. The SMRS maintains vintage rail equipment and operates train rides over the nearly 14 miles of track between Clinton and Tecumseh.

All aboard the Southern Michigan Railroad Twain RideDepart the Clinton station with Mark Twain along for the ride at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and roll into Tecumseh in time to enjoy the annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. The train returns to Clinton post-parade. The excursion is $15 per ticket, $9 for kids ages 2-12.

Spend “An Afternoon with Mark Twain” at the Tecumseh Center for the ArtsAt 1 p.m., Saturday, December 8 Bateson will recreate the 144-year old “Vandal Abroad” performance in a benefit for the SMRS. Tickets are $15, $9 for children.

Pentamere Winery in Tecumseh will be open late for the Friday evening Christmas festivities

NOTE: Tecumseh’s Promenade Candlelight Home Tour takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 7-8. Tickets are $5 for the self-guided stroll through three homes decked out for the holidays, and are available at The Daily Grind cafe and at the homes that evening.

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