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Paris Gibson Square celebrates Edgar Allan Poe during First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 2

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The famous American poet Edgar Allan Poe once said, “I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.”

Fans in Great Falls next Friday celebrate that rhythmical creation of beauty written by Poe himself at the annual Night of Poe. Afterward, the museum throws a new event titled “UnSquare Night at the Square,” as well.

The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 during the Octoberfest First Friday Art Walk.

A Night of Poe features fans paying tribute to the man behind the works such as “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “Annabel Lee,” by reading their favorite stories and poems by him such as those listed and others.

If you are still interested in reading, please contact Aaron Kueffler at the Square at Aaron@the-square.org or by calling 727-8255.

Area artists will show off their pieces inspired by the late-great writer, as well. Snacks and beverages will be served, also.



Unsquare nightFollowing the readings, the Square debuts a new event that will put members of the audience into groups at tables, where they will have the opportunity to play an array of games and mini events. The UnSquare Night is scheduled to kick off with signups around 8:30. The games begin at 9.

According to the news release on the event, “Groups in consideration are NDM, The Downtown Chicks, Toastmasters, Miss Linda’s, Act Normal, Electric City Creative, and The Mister Sisters.

“Each game is unique to the table/group, for instance, NDM would draw from singers in the audience who would choose a song to sing, with accompaniment. Here’s the twist though, the words would be changed to something humorous or absurd! They would be screened on a Teleprompter, also.

With visual and listening aids we’ll be able to present players as if they were professional entertainers, with just a little prep time,” it states.

A host will lead each performance, along with sponsor assistants. UnSquare Night, “gives anybody who wishes a chance at stage time, in front of a warm audience, with the help of supportive sponsors.”

For more information on the Night of Poe or the Unsquare Night, check out the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art’s Facebook page here.

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