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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Visit Poe's Grave on His 200th Halloween

Looking for a frightful way to spend Halloween night? Or a way to commemorate Edgar Allen Poe’s 200th year? Why not do both at once?

Visit Westminster burying grounds and catacombs at the corner of Fayette and Green streets in downtown Baltimore for more than a glimpse of Poe’s final resting place. The address is 519 W. Fayette St, Baltimore, Maryland.

The event includes eerie music, performed on the restored 1882 Johnson pipe organ, a haunting performance of The Usher Waltz by guitarist Andy Mitchell, words on the War of 1812 from General John Stricker (also buried in the graveyard), ghost hunting tips with a paranormal investigator, a loving tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by his wife, Virginia, a nerve-tingling performance by Frank the Body Snatcher, a stroll through the catacombs and graveyard, and to top it all off … a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven over the author’s grave.

Is that a heart I hear beating below?

Halloween night only there will be continuous tours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. No reservations are required. Tickets available at the door: $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (12 & under) & seniors (60 & over).

Once Halloween is over the event is, quoth the raven, nevermore.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Goose Goes Back to Elementary School

Flightless Goose has another elementary school appearance — today! That’s right. I’ll be presenting Flightless Goose and leading discussions about the book and the lessons it teaches to students at Warren Elementary School in Cockysville, Maryland today from 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be four mini-event as part of the Warren Elementary’s Special Awareness Day. Each event will start with an introduction and reading of the book, move into a discussion, then close with book sales and a signing.

If you’re a student at Warren Elementary, look for the goose there! If you go to another school, ask your teacher to get in touch with Eric & Nataliya at www.RunGoose.com to have an event at your school.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lit and Art Turns Two

Since October 2007, the Lit and Art series at the Watermark Gallery has provided a unique opportunity to sample a variety of artistic sensibilities. Fresh off its Baltimore Book Festival success, the Watermark Gallery will hold the next Lit and Art event on Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. Come help this series enter its Terrible Twos!

Returning writers include Lauren Beth Eisenberg and Nitin Jagdish. Making their Lit and Art debuts will be Sherry Audette Morrow, Elizabeth Moser, and Blanche Cohen Sachs.

Manzar Rassouli-Taylorr will present some of her artwork.

Red Tractor Factory, the Lit and Art house band, will provide live music.

Like previous events in this series, it is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served, and audience members will have a chance to share their own work during the open mic session.

The Watermark Gallery is located in the Bank of America Center Skywalk Level, right across from the Inner Harbor, at 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The phone number is (410) 547-0452.

Learn more about the Watermark at their online gallery.