15 JAN 2012 | Posted by Admin

As we launch Poe-Palooza this week here at Monsterpalooza Magazine, celebrating the life and work of the great American author Edgar A. Poe, we thought we’d share with you some of the great events happening around the US celebrating his 203rd birthday!

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (where Poe grew up as a boy…later married his cousin…)

Poe Richmand Birthday 2012

POE BIRTHDAY BASH Saturday, January 14, 2012 10 AM to Midnight
The Poe Museum
1914 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223

The Museum will be open from 10am – Midnight with events starting at NOON. Admission is $5 for the whole day, and you may come and go as you please so you can check out all the events you want to see!!! Events are still being added to the schedule, but see the current line-up below:

10:00am- 1:00pm: Gift shop sale! (Take 15% off your entire purchase of $10 or more!)
12:00pm: Exhibit Opening (Stormier, Wilder and More Weird: James Carling and “The Raven” | and Curator talk.) *A MUST SEE*
1:00pm -1:15pm: Lucretia and Lavinia (belly dance duo )
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Aeon Yahweh (musician)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Lucretia and Lavinia (belly dance duo)/ Sadira (dancer) and DragonSong (band)
5:00pm- on: Mulled Wine, Butter Beer and non-alcoholic beverage cash bar with free snacks.
5:30pm: Poe Birthday Cake
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Lucretia and Lavinia (belly dance duo)/ The Muse (dancer)/ Madame Onça (dancer)
8:00pm: Theatrical Victorian Seance. (See a Victorian Seance combining 19th century tricks and modern day effects)
9:00pm: Theatrical Victorian Seance. (See a Victorian Seance combining 19th century tricks and modern day effects)
11:30pm: Champagne Toast to Poe

*Additional events are still being finalized. Call the Museum at 804-648-5523 for more information (or) e-mail: info@poemuseum.org Richmond Poe Museum website: www.poemuseum.org

PHILDELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (where Poe worked as an editor…)

EDGAR ALLAN POE IN THE DARK Thursday, January 19th, 2012
532 North Seventh Street (near 7th & Spring Garden Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19123
Celebrate the 203rd Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe by taking a special candlelight tour of his house focusing on the famous stories Poe wrote in Philadelphia. 4:30-5:30 PM FREE, but reservations are required: 215-597-8780. Limit 25 people. (Thursday, January 19 only)
Website: http://www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (where Poe won his first money for writing…and much later, died mysteriously…)

Baltimore Poe Birthday 2012

POE’S 203rd BIRHDAY OBSERVANCE Thursday, January 19th, 2012 8 PM

Sponsored by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore
At Westminster Hall, Poe’s grave
19 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

NOW! For the first time in 29 years the Poe Grave ceremony returns!

This is the only Poe Birthday Celebration where you can be with the man and his bones!

Join us with live readings as we observe Poe's birthday. This is an outdoor event, free and open to the public.
Appearances will be made by:
The Reverend Rufus W.Griswold
Poe Biographer.
Mr. Griswold will read Annabel Lee since it first appeared in his obituary of Poe in October of 1849. Mr. Griswold has been chastised for his biased opinion of Poe but he agreed to appear at his tribute to honor Poe.

Black Cat Narrator
Crazed Murderer.
This gentleman will read Eldorado, The Conqueror Worm, and Alone. He will also say a few words about his participation in Poe’s classic tale The Black Cat.

The Noble Fortunado
Wine Expert.
Fortunado is a noted connoisseur of fine wines and is well respected member of the community for his acumen with amontillado. He will present The Haunted Palace, Lines on Ale.

Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin
Noted Private Investigator.
Monsieur Dupin traveled from Paris France to pay homage to Poe. He will read the bone chilling conclusion of Berenice!

Mark Redfield
Actor, film producer will present his tribute to Poe.

Three individuals selected from a contest will be invited to read their tribute to Poe.

Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House, will be the master of ceremonies.

The event will also include a tribute to The Poe Toaster who may or may not have appeared in the early morning hours of January 19th. If the Toaster didn’t appear Jeff Jerome will make a special announcement regarding the world famous tribute.

Jeff Jerome will place a memorial wreath on Poe’s Monument.

A procession will allow all members of the public in attendance to place flowers on the monument at the conclusion of the ceremonies.

This event is free but available standing space is limited due to tombstones and landscaping. Chances are most people will be standing on the sidewalk looking into the cemetery. Alcoholic beverages will not be allowed in the hallowed grounds.

This is the first time since 1983 that a public ceremony has been held on Poe’s birthday!

Program starts at 8pm and runs approximately to 8:45pm. Restrooms facilities are not available. Video taping and photography are most welcomed. Please dress according to the weather conditions. The Westminster Cemetery and Hall will not be open for viewing. Please come back during the day. Flowers are permitted but bottles of any kind are not allowed. On street parking is available but we are suggesting the Grand Parking Garage at 5 North Paca Street which is a few short Raven footsteps from the Westminster Hall.
Website: www.poeforevermore.com

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTES (where Poe was born…)


Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

The Boston Room 7:00 PM

On January 19th, to commemorate the 203rd birthday of America’s master of the macabre, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston is sponsoring a free public celebration at The Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
The event will feature a talk on Poe's connections to Boston by Poe Foundation Chairman and Boston College Professor Paul Lewis, the presentation of design proposals from the three finalists in the Edgar Allan Poe Square Public Art Project by project manager Jean Mineo, a fun-filled Poe Trivia Game with prizes awarded to audience members for their Poe knowledge, plus a rare appearance by the author himself.  Held in the Boston Room. 
Website: www.​bpl.​org