Museum News

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!

It was a dark and stormy night …

Our first Unhappy Hour of the season took place on April the 28th.
Since April marked the 170th anniversary of the publication of the first modern detective story, Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, we had a murder mystery of our own that Unhappy Hour participants could help to solve.

The suspects included characters from various Poe tales that had been brought together so that their creator could announce which of them was to have further adventures in a “new” tale from the esteemed Mr. Poe. This seems to have provided some motivation for the characters in question to want to bump off the competition.

Rogue's Gallery

Our rogue’s gallery gathered around the bust of Poe in the Poe Shrine (from left to right, you can see Fortunato, Marie Roget, Madeline Usher, Eddy, Berenice, C. Auguste Dupin and Jupiter)

There are lots more photos of the proceedings to be found here:
If anyone else took photos that they’d like to share, you can post them yourself on the Poe Museum’s flickr group or you can email them to us at [email protected] We love visitor photos!

Appropriately enough, the mayhem of the evening opened with a crack of thunder and an impressive thunderstorm that only lasted for a little while but frightened away a few of our less intrepid Unhappy Hour participants. Thankfully, the majority of our guests proved to be hardy souls who wanted to stick it out and find out who was responsible for the nefarious crime.

We were even rewarded with a lovely rainbow just after the storm passed over!

Music was provided by the fabulous Jack Winn Duo.

As always, there were free nibbles and a cash bar.

And a good time was had by all!
Thanks to all who came out and stuck with us … we hope to see you again at future museum events!

We hope to see you again for our next Unhappy Hour, which will be taking place on Thursday, May 26th – we will be celebrating Poe’s Mother’s Day with a visit from the late Eliza Poe herself. It will be an unforgettable evening, so mark your calendar!