Monday, October 10, 2011
"If Poe's accomplishments are not preserved, what does that say about our own lives?” asks actor M.S. Sanders.
“Poe was always great not only in his noble conceptions but also as a prankster …” —Charles Baudelaire The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe has been floating around town these last few weeks, unmoored and searching for an abandoned dwelling in case he is locked out of 203 N. Amity Street on Jan. 1. In these sparse economic times, funding for the Poe House has been slashed and its doors are slated to shut. Lined up across from center, his apparition spooked Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez before his first fumble last Sunday night. Poe has significant ties to the purple and black, just ask Raven mascots Edgar and Allan. Pennies for Poe, PoetryInBaltimore.com, The Hamilton Arts Collective, and Area 405 have joined forces to put up the corporeal form …
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Slippery roads led to several accidents in the area, Stevenson students returned to school and Owings Mills High dominated in sports — all while the county mourned a firefighter killed in the line of duty.
Tragedy and treachery marked the week's top headlines this week, starting with the death of firefighter Mark Falkenhan, who died while responding to a blaze in Hillendale Wednesday. The first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the county since 1984, he has since been awarded the medal of honor and a purple heart. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, followed by his burial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. Snow turned to ice Thursday night, leading to slippery roads and at least three single-vehicle accidents along the back roads of Owings Mills and Reisterstown. One incident required the removal of the roof and door of a car so that the victim could be …
The lack of a Poe Toaster, Upstagers who upstage, 'An Underground Railroad Diary' and more in this week's arts round-up.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Patch elevates daily life in these parts to an art form, so indulge your inner snob with the following Week in Regional Arts. Toaster’s Tribute to Poet Edgar Allan Poe May Be ‘Nevermore’ Who were all those people wearing capes, carrying roses and arriving in limousines in Baltimore late Tuesday? They were Edgar Allan Fauxs, revelers who carry on the memory of the poet of the macabre every year on his birthday. They were hoping the legendary Poe Toaster, a mysterious man who lays roses on Poe’s grave, might show up. But, alas, it was not to be—as our resident Poe Toaster expert, Bruce Goldfarb, discovered after staking out the Poe cemetery all night, along with photographer Diana Soliwon from Owings Mills Patch. Poe Fans Left in the Dark …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The unusual annual ritual honoring the master of the macabre may have run its course.
It may be time to quoth the raven and say, "Nevermore." For the second year in a row, the mysterious stranger known for leaving three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at the grave of famed poet Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore failed to show. The unusual tribute, steeped in folklore and speculation, had occurred since 1949. The last known visitation of the Poe Toaster was 2009, the bicentennial of Poe’s birth. “I think he’s done,” said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Jerome has watched for the Poe Toaster from within Westminster Church since 1977. “We’ll wait one more year, then see what happens,” Jerome said. Crowds around the cemetery this year were lighter than usual, partly due to last year’s …