Nevermore 2009: Bicentennial celebration of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore…


Totally Awesome!!! :0)

The man remembered for mystery, darkness, macabre acts and his poetry and short stories turns 200 this year. And in his adopted city, he will be celebrated with festivals, tours, wine tastings, art exhibitions and theatrical performances.

Mark L. Dennis
Left to Right: Dr. Carla Hayden, Nancy Haragan, Bill Gilmore, Mayor Sheila Dixon, Edgar Allan Poe, Tom Noonan, Jeff Jerome, Photo Credit: Mark L. Dennis
The birthday celebration will take place throughout the year.
For details go to; events include:


* Performances of the “Fall of the House of Usher,” inspired by Poe, will be held in February and June. Other Poe performances include “Berenice” and “POE in Person” in September.

March 27
Time TBA
Westminster Hall and Catacombs
Sample the wines mentioned in Poe’s stories while enjoying the ambience of the Westminster catacombs. Witness Montressor luring Fortunado to a gruesome death in a theatrical performance of The Cask of Amontillado. Enjoy characters from Poe’s stories as they mingle among the living.
June 13
Westminster Graveyard
Enjoy Poe’s classic tale of insanity and premature burial among the graves of Westminster’s historic dead. A local Baltimore historian will present a brief discourse on the history of Westminster and touch upon the many historical figures that now rest in its hallowed grounds. A period drum and fife corps will pay homage to the veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 who are buried in the cemetery. Characters from Poe’s stories will mingle with the living during the pre-show seating. Bring a lawn chair or cozy up to a tombstone.

October 7 – date of Poe’s death
Private viewing, family and friends only – 9-11 a.m.
Public viewing – Noon-11 p.m.
Edgar Allan Poe House in Mourning
This will be the public’s only opportunity to view Poe’s body before interment alongside his grandfather, grandmother and brother Henry in Westminster cemetery on Saturday October 10.

October 7
Midnight to 6 a.m.
Westminster Graveyard
Beginning at midnight, join hundreds of people as a vigil is held at Poe’s grave. Throughout the vigil, celebrities and members of the public will get a chance to read excerpts from Poe’s works or just read their own tribute to Poe at his gravesite. Free.

October 10
Two services – noon and 4:30 p.m.
Westminster Hall
A horse-drawn funeral hearse will bring Poe’s body from his home on Amity Street to the Westminster Hall for burial services. A drum and fife corps will lead the procession. The funeral service will include musical selections performed by a pianist, soloist, violinist and a choir. Guest speakers will include five people who knew Poe, “legacies” such as “Alfred Hitchcock,” “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” “Charles Baudelaire” and “H. G. Wells” will present eulogies. Invited representatives from the literary, stage and movie industries will present their own eulogies for Poe. Tributes from ambassadors from many countries will also be read.

and weird things are happening to this day in the land of Poe:

Since 1949, on the night of the anniversary of Poe’s birth, a mysterious stranger has entered this cemetery and left as tribute a partial bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s grave. The identity of the stranger, referred to affectionately as the Poe Toaster, is unknown. The significance of cognac is uncertain as it does not feature in Poe’s works as would, for example, amontillado. The presumption for the three roses is that it represents the three persons whose remains are beneath the monument: Poe, his mother-in-law (Maria Clemm) and his wife Virginia. Out of respect, no attempt is made to stop or hinder him. Several of the bottles of cognac from prior years are on display in the Baltimore Poe House and Museum.

Ohhhh ! Listen to this FASCINATING tidbit from the  Pratt Library:

In 1942 Pratt became the beneficiary of the collection of Sara Sigourney Rice. Miss Rice, a Baltimore schoolteacher, led a crusade to clear Poe’s name in the year’s following his death. She was responsible for the movement that led to the erection of the Poe Monument and reinterment of his remains from a questionable location to a place of prominence at Westminster Churchyard in downtown Baltimore. Among the numerous clippings and letters in the Rice collection are notes written to Miss Rice regarding the poet by Tennyson, Whittier, Holmes, Longfellow and others.

More at The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore


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