28 October 2010

Nevermore

The Ravens are winging their way to Baltimore

'raven'ous or ravenous??
Halloween? Just hungry?  An avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens?
Or love to read the works of Edgar Allen Poe?
embroidered raven-themed apron

Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Raven"

The Raven filled with stitched verses

Edgar Allen Poe (January, 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American writer and poet best known for his tales of mystery and macabre.

Poe is buried in Baltimore, Maryland, a town I visit often.  The circumstances and cause of his death remain uncertain.  The bar in which legend says Poe was last seen drinking before his death still stands in the Fells Point area of Baltimore.  Now known as The Horse You Came In On Saloon, local lore insists that a ghost they call "Edgar" haunts the rooms above.
Adding to the mystery surrounding Poe's death, an unknown visitor affectionately referred to as the Poe Toaster, paid homage to Poe's grave annually beginning in 1949.  As the tradition carried on for more than sixty years, it's likely that the Poe Toaster was actually several individuals, though the tribute was always the same.  Every January 19, in the early hours of the morning, the person made a toast of cognac to Poe's original grave marker and left three roses.  Members of the Edgar Allan Poe Society in Baltimore helped to protect this tradition for decades. 

For the first year since 1949, the Poe Toaster did not appear on January 19, 2010, leading to speculation that the Toaster himself may have passed on. 

Wonder if he will return on January 19, 2011?

Baltimore, Maryland


Or, as The Raven said..."Nevermore"... 




2 comments:

eddieross said...

We love ravens, especially this time of year! What an amazing embroidery!!

E+J

Pigtown-Design said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38TEH7ft078&feature=player_embedded

this is my little video of edgar allan poe's funeral service last year.