Mrs. Cavanah took the 8th graders to the Alhambra to see Helen McKenna, an Edgar Allan Poe impersonator, “whose renowned personification of the horror master has been described as astonishing.” McKenna performed several of Poe’s poems and short stories, asked volunteers to come on stage, and answered every question from the student audience about Poe and his works. This event kicked off The Big Read sponsored by the Pennyroyal Arts Council.