New, anonymous ‘Poe Toaster’ selected to honor poet
BALTIMORE (AP) — The next “Poe Toaster” in charge of performing a tribute at Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite has been selected.
The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1HCgUrZ) reports the Maryland Historical Society, Poe Baltimore and Westminster Burying Grounds decided to hold a contest to select a new Poe Toaster.
They accepted proposals for how each candidate would pay tribute to Poe. The winner was selected by a secret ballot.
The tradition started after a mysterious visitor would leave three roses and a bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave on the night of his birthday. The visitor started the tradition in the 1930s until 2009.
The new Poe Toaster will perform a tribute at Poe’s gravesite during the writer’s birthday in January.
The identity of the new Poe Toaster is a secret.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com