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Winter with Poe
By Julie DiNisio
The Halloween season may be over, but Richmond, Virginia’s Edgar Allan Poe Museum still has a host of upcoming events. This petite treasure of a museum houses the largest collection of Poe related antiquities. Which basically means Richmond can claim this ultra-famous American author. Not Baltimore.
Friday, December 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
In honor of Richmond’s Grand Illumination, the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Garden will be resplendent with Christmas lights and décor. Local band Beggars of Life will be playing at this family friendly event, and special exhibits and activities will be held. While there will be a charge for (hot!) drinks, admission and food are both free.
Saturday, December 3, 1 to 2 p.m.
“My Adventures with Poe” Lecture by Richard Kopley
Unlike most of the Poe Museum events, this one will not actually be at the museum. Instead, lecturer Richard Kopley (a renowned Poe scholar) will be speaking at the historical St. John’s Church in honor of the bicentennial of the death of Poe’s mother. He will be sharing how this woman and her reputation may have influenced the dreary writer’s works. Admission is free.
Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15
Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Bash
The Poe Museum will be celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s life – not death – during their birthday bash. After all, this poet achieved fame only after dying his mysterious death, and for many, he still lives within the pages of his poems and stories. Details for this event are pending, be checking the museum’s website for more information.