SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH — NOON TO 4PM — 700 FAIRMOUNT TO LIBERTY LANDS PARK

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EVENT DETAILS

Keep Northern Liberties weird. It’s what North Bowl owner Oron Daskal has been saying for years. It’s what inspired us to bring you the First Annual Poe Raid. Teams of 4 compete in a singularly different relay race through Northern Liberties ending in a block party at Liberty Lands Park with games, food, booze, and more. The winning team will take home the Coeur de Conte, the Tell Tale Heart trophy.

The event is free to attend, is family and cat friendly (well, maybe don’t bring your cat). Crafts, food, and special beer + cocktails will be for sale..

TEAMS

Team members participants MUST dress as Poe. Mustache required. Pomade suggested.

They will pass a raven baton along a course from Fairmount and N. American into Liberty Lands Park, each leg confronting a unique challenge that will test their sanity, their wit, their perseverance.

To register your team, click the button below.

race SCHEDULE

  • 11:30 - noon Team introductions and line up at start line

  • Noon - 1pm Councilperson Mark Squilla kicks off the Relay Race which starts at Fairmount and American and ends at the southeast entrance of Liberty Lands Park. IF more than 6 teams register, well run two heats with a run-off final.

STAGE schedule

  • 2 - 2:30pm Kids Literary Character Costume Contest - kids dress as their favorite character from a book or author. No superheroes. Judges include NLArts..

  • 3 - 4pm Readings of Poe’s work from the stage

PICNIC AREA SCHEDULE

  • Noon - 1pm Race finish line

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm Poe Quizzo hosted by WHYY’s Peter Crimmins. Think you know Poe? Sign your team up for three rounds of ten questions.

  • 3 - 3:30 Poe Puns by Mike Simons

OTHER HAPPENINGS

  • Monster-Making craft table

  • Face painting by Fabulous Faces

  • Food and booze by El Camino Real

COSTUME RESOURCES

Need a costume? We’ve compiled some resources:

This Burt Wig and Mustache works if you trim the ‘stache.

Buy your team ‘staches in bulk with this 3-pack.

Want to be authentic? Historical Emporium sells replica Victorian shirts like Poe would have worn. They also sell vests and neckties, etc…

VOLUNTEERS

We’d love your help! Available jobs:

  • Set up

  • Baton hand-off spot manager

  • Break down

To register, please click the below button