Twain returns to highlight Steamboat Days


 One of history’s most celebrated authors returns to the Clermont County Park District Aug. 10.

Living historian Eric Rotsinger portrays Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain – as the featured entertainment during the Park District’s second annual Steamboat Days celebration from noon to 3 p.m. at Chilo Lock 34 Park.

Rotsinger – who has played Twain for nearly two decades – will be on site beginning at 12:30 and plans to commence his talk at 1 p.m.

“We are so glad to have him back,” said Mark D. Motz, community relations manager for the Park District. “His visit last year was one of the highlights of our entire year. People really enjoyed his presentation.

“From the white suit to the wild hair, from the vocal inflection to the depth and breadth of his storytelling – complete with wonderful tangents and asides – he brings the era of steamboats alive in a unique way.”

Rotsinger won’t be the only star on hand. The legendary River Men – some of the Park District’s most veteran volunteers – will share their expertise on steamboats and river lore as well.

Guests may tour the Lock 34 river museum in the visitors center, where they can learn about the natural and cultural history of the Ohio River. Among the exhibits on display are a trio of steamboat models and an interactive steamboat whistle display.

“We are lucky to be able to tell the history of the river right on the river,” Motz said. “None of the other museums dealing with river history have our proximity to the water itself. Our location brings that history to life in a tangible way.”

In addition to the entertainment and museum, the Park District offers complimentary hot dogs and lemonade for guests. This is a family friendly and free afternoon.