The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall
About this event:
The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall: Cognac & Roses Masquerade is the Official Party for The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, Saturday, October 5th at 7:30PM.
Join us for a fantastical masquerade of the senses as we dance into the night, explore a garden of culinary delicacies, then raise a glass to the inimitable Edgar Allan Poe with a special grave-side toast! Guests will wander and sample delights at a dozen Chef stations, plus enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails highlighting the best food and spirits Maryland has to offer. Dress to impress in your very best masquerade attire and walk our Gothic Red Carpet!
Ticket options include General Admission and LIMITED VIP & Catacombs Tours. Both packages are all-inclusive for food, cocktails, and entertainment. The evening’s program includes:
- Special entry march performed on the famous Westminster church organ
- The Raven, interpreted by Calixta Starr
- Actor Stephen Meade will allow the audience to vote for their favorite, The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart, and perform the chosen piece live
- Danse Macabre/Waltz of Death by Susan Zhang & Nick Luby (The Concert Truck)
- Winners of the 2019 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards, presented by author Louis Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye)
- A grave-side cognac toast to Edgar Allan Poe, presented by Poe Baltimore and ACF Board Presidents
VIPs only: your package includes a private performance in the famed Westminster catacombs by David Keltz!
Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located in downtown Baltimore. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Ground was established and is the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry. For more info visit: https://www.law.umaryland.edu/Westminster/Tours-and-History/
Additional Weekend Events
Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the 2nd Annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 5 & 6, 2019. This free, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts. The festival will be directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore, in the newly-built “Poe Park” at Center/West.
The festival includes Poe-themed performances, vendors, booksellers and music, plus family-friendly activities, poetry and art. Attendees will also get to learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places”, with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (Baltimore), The Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia), The Poe Cottage (Bronx Historical Society, NYC), and The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. October 5 & 6 is also “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 170th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit our event page on Eventbrite or PoeFestInternational.org for more vendors and program details, even more TBA. Admission and festival parking are FREE.
NOTE TO POE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: the party takes place at a location away from festival grounds. Entry requires ticket and check-in. Call 410-706-2072 for questions and parking details.