Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Edgar Allen Poe Comes to Mt. Washington Tavern to Kick Off Halloween Season

 Literary Historian Rob Velella portraying Edgar Allen Poe Credit: Courtesy Photo
Edgar Allan Poe- Master of the Macabre rises for special appearance at Mount Washington Tavern on Saturday, October 1.  Literary historian Rob Velella portrays Poe. He will read a combination of Poe's well-known and lesser-known works. Poe will also explain his reasons for writing the way he did and take questions from those in attendance.

Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. Nicknamed the “Prometheus of American literary scholarship,” he has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. He has worked on museum exhibits at the Boston Public Library and at Houghton Library at Harvard University.

In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has dramatically brought to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on National Public Radio and the LA Review of Books.

This special evening program will be held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Washington Tavern at Fort Necessity National Battlefield.  The recommended age for this program is 13 and up. Photographs are welcome.

Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance as seating is strictly limited. Tickets will be sold through Saturday, September 24, as long as space is available. Tickets may be purchased by check through the US Mail or electronically through PayPal.  Phone reservations are not available for this event.

To pay by check, you must mail your check (made payable to Friends of Fort Necessity) to Friends of Fort Necessity, PO Box 413, Carmichaels, PA 15320.  To pay electronically via PayPal, visit www.paypal.com and send the payment to FriendsOfFortNecessity@yahoo.com.   Please include the following information with your payment:  a name for the party, preferred program time – 5 p.m. or 7 p.m., the number of tickets desired, and a phone number or email address to confirm the ticket purchase.

For more information, email FriendsOfFortNecessity@yahoo.com or call 724-880-3897.. Fort Necessity is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40, the National Road.

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