Sad news broke last month that Canton’s Poe-themed Annabel Lee Tavern would be abruptly closing after 10 years. Now, its course has reportedly been righted.
In November, a new Poe Toaster was chosen from among the Baltimore masses. But it wasn’t time for this mysterious orator to appear, until this month.
Boston butted in to honor Edgar Allan Poe last weekend. But Baltimore will claim its rightful October stake to the famed writer’s legacy this weekend. On Saturday (Oct. 11), a ceremony and dramatic reading will be held to commemorate Poe’s death (which happened in Baltimore).
Tuesday marks the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. The milestone provides a date on the calendar to link the author with the city that honors him with a museum, tavern tributes and even the name of its football team. But as this year’s anniversary comes faintly tapping, Boston is trying to get a piece of Poe. And he didn’t even like it there!
Perhaps it’s fitting that the Baltimore home of Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who had a rough time in life, has had to struggle for survival. Vandalism, low attendance, and good old fashion lack of funds have plagued the house in recent years, despite the hullabaloo surrounding the 200th anniversary of the writer’s birth. In 2011, the city decided to pull its annual funding ($85,000) from Baltimore’s Poe house, and the Internet buzzed with rumors that the house would be lost to history.