After my recitation, I will briefly mention the tradition of the Poe toaster—the mysterious person who paid homage to the famous American author by visiting Poe's gravestone under the cloak of darkness on Poe's birthday for more than 60 years. The shadowy figure is famous for pouring himself a glass of cognac and raising a toast in Poe's memory, then leaving the unfinished bottle and three roses at the grave before vanishing into the night. As far as I know, this is the only known image of the Poe toaster.
The Poe toaster's visits stopped in 2010 as mysteriously as they began in the late 1940s, and he has not visited the grave since. Now that it's been three years since his last appearance, most assume the tradition has officially ended. Some surmise it's because the toaster passed away. Others speculate that 2009, which marked the bicentennial of Poe's birth, marked a logical ending to the tradition. I guess the toaster's true identity will remain shrouded in mystery—for now, at least.
On a cheerier note, be sure to stop by my previous post to see some charming little quilts that I recently had the pleasure of viewing at my local Prairie Women's Sewing Circle.