Archive | January, 2013

Happy Birthday, Eddie!

21 Jan

Roses laid at the tomb of Poe and his child bride Virginia Clemm Poe on the night of the Birthday Bash.

Roses laid at the tomb of Poe and his child bride Virginia Clemm Poe on the night of the Birthday Bash. Photo courtesy the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum facebook page.

Last Saturday was the 204th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth. The master of the macabre was honored with a birthday celebration held at Westminster Hall in downtown Baltimore, adjacent to Poe’s burial site.

Brad, JoAnn and I attended the Poe Birthday Bash. I had an extra incentive. In a run-up to the event, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum held a series of photo caption contests on their facebook page and I won one of the contests. As a prize winner, I was eligible for the grand prize to be awarded on the night of the Bash.

Well, truthfully, that was not the real reason I attended. The evening promised recitations of works by Poe, a display of rare Poe artifacts, a free tour of Westminster Hall and the catacombs beneath the church, a book signing by the author of a new series of Poe-inspired novels, door prizes galore, and an advanced screening of the pilot of a new TV show, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. And each attendee received a red rose for placement on Poe’s tomb in the tradition of the Poe Toaster.

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This is the site of the original grave of Poe. Bottles of cognac and roses have been left by Poe Toaster wannabes. The original Poe Toaster has not made an appearance since 2009.

It was a fun evening out. I didn’t win the grand prize but JoAnn and I each won one of the door prizes. I won a poster of The Following autographed by all cast members. JoAnn won the Poe birthday cake, decorated with a photo of the Poe House on Amity Street in Baltimore and three red roses in tribute to the Poe Toaster. I gave the poster to JoAnn who has an impressive collection of celebrity autographs. We split the cake. How sweet it was!

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The Birthday Cake

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