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Don’t miss the boat — Join in the 2011 ‘Book It’ party on the Mississippi

If you enjoy river-rambling, boat-hopping, show-stopping adventure — and a Mark Twain book or two — this year’s “Book It” party is where you want to be.

If you enjoy river-rambling, boat-hopping, show-stopping adventure — and a Mark Twain book or two — don’t miss this year’s “Book It” party, an afternoon of scenery and theater on the Mississippi River.

Book It: The Party

Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy, Book It is a guaranteed good time filled with witty entertainment, literary and wildlife education and a relaxing, sun-basking riverboat ride.

The celebration begins with an exclusive engagement with one of America’s most famous authors and humorists: Mark Twain.

Best known for the novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) and its sequel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1885), Twain also worked as a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War and penned the travel book and memoir “Life on the Mississippi” in 1883.

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In a one-man show aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat Theater, Twain — portrayed by newsman and MinnPost writer Don Shelby — will amaze one and all with his wit and sensibility.

After the show, the adventure continues as party-goers jump ship to the Anson Northrup Paddleboat for a two-hour, interactive tour up the Mississippi River, led by Mr. Twain himself. 

Sharon Stiteler, a National Park Service Interpretive Ranger from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, will also be aboard to share information about the birds, ecology and history of the River.

Known as “The Bird Chick,” Stiteler will help spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as riders travel back in time from St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park.

We’ll see you on the river!

An afternoon on the Mississippi

Ticket information:

$50 for the one-man show, appetizers and cash bar, followed by the interactive boat ride

$25 for the interactive boat ride only (with appetizers and cash bar; includes one child free per paid adult)

Spaces are limited; please reserve early.

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Purchase tickets now.

Time: 1-4:30 p.m. (Doors: 12 p.m.; Show: 1 p.m.; River tour: 2:30 p.m.)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011
Place: Harriet Island, 204 Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107
Cost: Theater show and River tour: $50; River tour only: $25