So in 2015, the Maryland Historical Society and other groups held auditions for a new toaster. People came from around the country, Jerome said.
"The audience chose him to continue this tradition," Jerome said of the man who appeared Saturday. "Not to replace the original Poe toaster, but to do something where everybody during the daytime can witness the tribute."
The new toaster began last year, Jerome said. No one knows the man's identity. Those who auditioned did not submit their names.
"We have an email for him, but that's about it," he said.
Jerome said he first opposed the idea of replacing the original toaster.
They were among about 150 people gathered Saturday, which was two days after Poe's 208th birthday. They listened to viola performances and dramatic readings of Poe's works — poems such as "Alone" and "Annabel Lee," the short stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado."
They raised paper cups of apple cider to toast.
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