Each fall, our Poetry Festival Committee meets to begin planning our yearly events. For the past several years we have included a fall fine arts mini-festival to supplement our week long spring poetry festival. This year we decided to host the two day event at the end of October and call it the “POE”try Fall ‘Fest (with the emphasis on Poe – as in Edgar Allan).
We normally have open mics during all three lunches, but because past participation was often sporadic at best, we asked one of our Creative Writing classes to lead us in the open mic by reading poetry and short stories. English classes attended both Thursday and Friday, with several students from many classes adding to our open mic readings.
Another addition this year was a huge hit. We extended our celebration into fourth block on Friday. The German class recited a poem in both English and German by a poet who is considered Poe’s German counterpart. The orchestra delighted us with their performance of a creepy tune, and students from our art classes rocked the house with original skits based on their interpretation of “American Gothic” brought to life.
The decorations for the festival were over the top! The art students created the haunted house backdrop which included the tombstones of the two American masters who provided the inspiration for our festival: Edgar Allan Poe and Grant Wood. Mrs. Stafford spent hours working her magic with all the other decorations, many of which focused on Poe.
The success of this year’s fall mini-festival is due to the efforts of our talented teachers and students. Thanks to all who participated!