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Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library holds annual ‘A Toast Among Ghosts’ fundraiser

The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library kicked off the Halloween season in the county with its annual haunt, “A Toast Among Ghosts,” on Oct. 15.

The event took place at the Reisterstown Library and next door at the historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery. Along with live bands including Edgar Allan & the Poe Boys, and plenty of food and drinks, there were portrayals of historic Reisterstown residents, ghost stories around a fire pit and guided tours through the cemetery, which was established in 1764.

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The event’s special guest was Edgar Allen Poe - in the person of impersonator David Keltz. Keltz has told tales at the event for several years.

According to the foundation, the historic Reisterstown Branch was formerly the Franklin Academy, where in 1831, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. “He wasn’t selected, but every year, Poe returns to one of his old haunts,” the foundation said.

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This year’s theme was “MoonLit Masquerade.” Attendees who wore a mask or costume competed in a contest, some featuring literary-inspired costumes.

The spooky event raises funds for the library system.


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