Museum News

Enjoy some holiday cheer at the Poe Museum Illumination

The Poe Museum is helping to usher in the holiday season with a special event of our own on Friday, December 2nd.

Our Enchanted Garden will be looking extra-enchanted with thousands of Christmas lights and assorted decorations.

There will be hot cider as well as tea, coffee and gingerbread for sale, and we’ll also have some free food.

Live music with a holiday twist will be provided by Beggars of Life.

We’ll also be visited by Poe’s mother, Eliza Poe (as portrayed by the lovely Debbie Phillips) and will be debuting a new exhibit in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mrs. Poe’s demise.

Miss Emmeline Edens, a lovely 19th century lady will also be on hand to assist with trimming our Christmas tree and to tell people a little about Christmas in her time.

So come on out to this event and pick up some presents for the Poe fan in your life in our shop while you’re at it – we have everything from ornaments and parasols to busts of Poe and a wonderful assortment of books.

Admission is free and holiday cheer is guaranteed! (We’ve even gotten a mention in RVANews!)

(We’ve even gotten a mention in RVANews – how exciting!)

Unhappy Hour on the Night’s Plutonian Shore

Our September Unhappy Hour featured Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”.

The evening was visited by a veritable flock of winged visitors thanks to some lovely Raven masks – some of which were made for the Poe Museum by a local craftsperson.

Ravens having fun at Unhappy Hour

The evening featured the U.S. debut of an art exhibit entitled “The Raven, Terror and Death” featuring works by U.S. and Mexican artists inspired by the famous poem.

People checking out the new Raven-inspired exhibitPeople checking out the new Raven-inspired exhibit

People checking out the new Raven exhibit

We also had several readings of the poem by people during the course of the evening. Here is a video sample featuring the actor Chris Patrick as Edgar Allan Poe:

(Chris Patrick is playing Poe this weekend in a Haunts of Richmond / Poe Museum co-production of Poe’s Haunted Homecoming Tour. We are grateful that Mr. Poe was able to give us a reading of “The Raven” at the Poe Museum before the show began at historic Shockoe Hill Cemetery. )

Excellent jazz accompaniment for the evening’s festivities was provided by Jack Winn Duo and Poe fans young and old (plus a stray bat or two) really got into the spirit of the event.

Fun at Unhappy HourThe Jack Winn Duo at Unhappy Hour Cute Kid getting into the Unhappy Hour spirit

Of course, this Unhappy Hour also served as the Poe Museum’s first event of our busy fall season. Make sure that you check our events calendar for information about all kinds of exciting things that will be happening in October.

First up on Sunday October 2nd from 2-4pm is the launch party for Richmond Macabre a horror anthology dedicated to Poe and featuring stories set right here in the River City. We hope to see folks at as many of our October events as possible. October is Poe’s month after all!

Bat in the Poe Shrine

We don’t have bats in our belfry here at the Poe Museum, but as of this afternoon it was observed that we have a bat in our Poe Shrine!

Bat in the Poe Shrine!

This lovely little fellow will make an excellent winged addition to our Unhappy Hour series! I’d take this to be a good omen for tonight’s Unhappy Hour festivities!

Roses in the Enchanted Garden

Thought I’d post a few more pretty pictures from the Enchanted Garden at the Poe Museum for your enjoyment on this humid Monday.

(Just click the photo to be taken to a larger version of the image!)

Enchanted Garden roses in bloom

Enchanted Garden roses in bloom

Violets with Old Stone House in the background

Enchanted Garden flowers

There are still plenty of beautiful flowers blooming away, just in time for our next Unhappy Hour coming up this Thursday, May 26th, which will feature a visit from Poe’s mother, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe (as portrayed by Debbie Phillips).

Spring is coming to the Enchanted Garden

It is turning out to be a rather lovely late February day here at the Poe Museum (albeit a bit blustery).

The fountain in the garden is on for the first time since last fall.   It gets turned off during the winter to prevent unfortunate things like cracks and breakage during the cold winter months.

There are other signs that spring is on its way showing themselves all over the Enchanted Garden – more and more every day.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of some harbingers of spring over the past couple of weeks:

Bulb growth in the Enchanted Garden
Daffodils beginning to poke through the soil

New grass in the Enchanted Garden
New grass (with the Old Stone House in the background)

First Flowers of Spring!
The first flowers I’ve spotted in the garden so far this year.

More early flowers in the Enchanted Garden
Some more flowers near the fountain

You, too, can share photos that you’ve taken in the garden at the Poe Museum by posting them in the Poe Museum photo group on Flickr (a great photo sharing website). It’s free to register, so why not share some of your Poe Museum photos with us?

Here’s a link to a flickr album I am using to attempt to document the onset of spring in this lovely little corner of the City of Richmond: Spring in the Enchanted Garden. Slowly but surely the garden is coming back to life after its winter rest.