By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- The mystery and macabre of Edgar Allan Poe go hand-in-hand with the eerie fascination of Halloween.
To celebrate this Gothic union, the Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science will host "Poe-try and Predators" on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the event is $15.
The event will be an evening filled with the works of Poe, presented by former BCC playwright director Arlan Ropp, as well as an interactive, educational experience with birds of prey by the Florida Wildlife Hospital.
"The museum has held events, featuring Edgar Allan Poe's poetry, in previous years," said Rachel Burris, director of education and assistant director of the Brevard Museum. "Sue Perry, the Board of Trustees Secretary, was inspired to contact the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary to see about doing a presentation about birds of prey, based on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.'"
In "The Raven," the poem's narrator struggles with insomnia after the loss of his love, Lenore. A raven swoops into his room, and while the narrator asks him questions, the raven only responds by saying, "Nevermore."
"Poe's works tend to have a dark theme, which keeps with the spirit of October," Mrs. Burris said. "The museum annually has an event in October for families. A reading of Poe's work brings a combination of culture and exhilaration that upholds this tradition."
The Florida and Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary will be bringing owls to "Poe-try and Predators," where these feathered predators will be presented, prior to Mr. Ropp's reading of Poe's works, including "The Raven" and "The Telltale Heart."
"The owls' handlers will do a presentation about owls, all of which are rescue birds," Mrs. Burris said.
Following the presentation, the handlers will hold a question-and-answer session about these birds of prey.
The Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science Board of Trustees are very excited for "Poe-try and Predators," many of whom have had the honor of attending some of Mr. Ropp's performances; however, this will be executive director Nancy Rader's first time seeing Mr. Ropp perform.
"I have heard that Mr. Arlan Ropp is a great success," she said. "I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to see his performance."
A nonprofit entity, the Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science relies on community support to keep its doors open.
"In order to continue to be a vital part of the community, events such as 'Poe-try and Predators' are vital to the museum," Mrs. Burris said. "People should attend this event for a unique way to spend an evening in October, while supporting the museum. 'Poe-try and Predators' offers a different diversion from the usual October events, yet still celebrates the spirit of October."
The Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science will host "Poe-try and Predators" on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $15.
The Brevard Museum is located at 2201 Michigan Ave., Cocoa.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.BrevardMuseum.com.