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Mark Twain kicks off Lake of the Sky events

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MacAvoy Layne will portray Mark Twain Thursday in the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

MacAvoy Layne will once again perform as that “Wild humorist of the Western Slope, Mark Twain” at 7 p.m. Thursday The one-man show portraying Mark Twain’s adventures out west will take place at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

The program is good old-fashioned family entertainment, with stories for the kiddies, humor for the adults and words of wisdom to live by for all.

The old man may even take questions from the audience, and if he doesn’t have an answer, he’ll at least have an opinion. The show is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

MacAvoy Layne has been performing his Twain impersonation at Taylor Creek for more than 15 years. When asked what keeps him coming back to the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Layne said, “It’s the best darn dressing room Twain has ever had. And, the setting is as Twain would have liked it.” The other reason, not often stated, is that if Twain offends anyone (as he is known to do at times) the outdoor setting lends for an easy escape.

Other special programs that will take place in the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater this summer are:

• July 16 at 8 p.m. — Bat expert Pat Winters will present her program “Bats: Winged Fliers of the Night” and introduce some of her favorite bats.

• July 19 at 8:30 p.m. — Author Laird Blackwell’s Wildflowers in the Lake Tahoe Area.

• July 26 at 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. — Photographer Tim Raines will share some of his favorite photos and give tips on how to take a great photograph.

• Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. — Astronomer Tom Dorff will present an entertaining program on the solar system and then come back early the next morning, from 1 to 4 a.m., to observe the total lunar eclipse through his telescopes.

The Forest Service and the Tahoe Heritage Foundation makes these programs possible. The Tahoe Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with the Forest Service to conduct interpretive and environmental education programs in the Tahoe Basin.

For more information about the Mark Twain program or any of the other programs, check the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at (530) 543-2674.

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