Saturday, November 06, 2010
Once again the family made the trip to Mt. Hope Estate and Winery to see and hear the Poe Festival. That's Actonbell on the left, me standing up in my used-once-a-year Poe shirt, husband Niks, and 3D in the green sweater. Acton's husband Ekim is behind the camera. Can't see him. Can you?
Poe Evermore is a great treat. We generally also enjoy a meal in the tavern on the estate grounds.
A good time was had by all. Well. Maybe not by the prisoner of The Pit and the Pendulum. Hrmpf. That whiner.
The creepy writer himself always appears and has a good time, by a deeply depressed man's standards anyway. He's been dead about 140 years or so. Doesn't look that bad really.
They decorate the grounds for this occasion.
Tryin' to look all scary and stuff.
The old mansion is scary enough in itself.
Was once a beautiful place, and still is a little bit.
We usually go for a dinner with Poe, and for the performance at midnight which is super creepy and fun. This time we went for lunch and an early show, and thereby saw stuff I had never noticed before like this pretty bench.
On balance, I think we'll probably stick to daylight after this. Once you're inside the mansion for the different literary sketches, you can't tell if it's day or night. And the drive to and from the estate is easier and safer.
This time different actors performed The Pit and the Pendulum, The Mask of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, which I had never even heard of, and of course, The Raven. They do different poems and short stories every year.
So. What did YOU do this weekend?
(Granddaughter K. has my best camera, so I stole these pix from the ones 3D and Actonbell took. Well, SIL Ekim took some too.)