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Well Wishers Bid Farewell To Jacques Lamarre At Twain Party

A festive send-off for the colorful former Twain communications director, who moves on to BuzzEngine.

Friends and Mark Twain House and Museum staff bid au revoir Wednesday night to Jacques Lamarre, who ends his nearly seven-year run as director of communications on Friday, April 15.

"I'm a little overwhelmed. Sad, but also excited," said Lamarre, who displayed his usual creative fashion sense by wearing a crown from the home of the Whopper. "It's a lot of history. They allowed me to do wonderful things here."

Lamarre added, "Here they let my creativity run wild."

Lamarre, who is also a playwright, starts a new gig on April 25 as a senior account manager at BuzzEngine, a West Hartford-based events management and marketing company.

"First time ever I am taking time off between jobs," he said.

The farewell party held at the historic home included light refreshments, food from Bear's Smokehouse, dessert and remarks by several people including Cindy Lovell, executive director of the Twain House, who said Lamarre would be fondly remembered and appreciated.

"To describe Jacques' accomplishments would take more than one evening," said Lovell.

Some of those accomplishments included having planned and hosted events with authors Stephen King, Dan Brown and John Grisham, and creating the Twain House Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours.

Well wishers attending included Paul Marte, communications manager for The Bushnell; Joel Freedman, Mark Twain House and Museum board president; David Haddox, trustee; museum volunteer Bernice Manning; WNPR's Colin McEnroe; and Elisa Hale, public relations manager for Goodspeed Musicals, with her husband Donald Grove.

Lamarre expressed his thanks to those in attendance, as well as to the world-famous author whose house and museum he helped publicize.

"He's the best boss anyone could work for," said Lamarre. "I learned so much from Mark Twain."

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