OIL BOOM ANNIVERSARY
The southeast Texas city of Beaumont is celebrating the 115th anniversary of an important event in January: the discovery of the Lucas Gusher, which ushered in an oil industry boom.
The gusher erupted from a drilling site south of the city on a hill named Spindletop. Oil flowed for nine days before the well could be capped. It no longer produces oil, but at one time it produced thousands of barrels a day.
Beaumont's Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum creates a replica of the gusher with water as part of the Jan. 9 anniversary celebration, which also includes re-enactments of life in the early days of the oil rush, with craft demonstrations, live entertainment and an old-fashioned "drillers' lunch." The museum is part of Lamar University.
Details at http://www.spindletop.org/ .
NBA ALL-STAR IN TORONTO
Basketball fans from the U.S. will have to pack their passports if they're heading to the NBA All-Star game this year.
That's because it takes place in Toronto on Feb. 14.
It's the first time in the history of the annual exhibition game that it's being held outside the U.S., but it's also a fitting place for the event: Canada hosted the first-ever game of the Basketball Association of America — which eventually merged with another league to form the NBA — on Nov. 1, 1946, in Toronto, according to NBA.com.
The All-Star 2016 game will be played at Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors. The city promises festivities to welcome visitors all weekend. Details at http://nbaevents.com .
EDGAR ALLAN POE'S BIRTHDAY
The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore celebrates the poet's 207th birthday the weekend of Jan. 16 and 17.
Poe lived at 203 N. Amity St. in the tiny brick house — just 13 feet wide — in the 1830s.
Admission will be free for the celebration, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 16, and 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jan. 17.
The house closed for the winter in late December so the birthday events will be among the few days the museum is open to the public before regular hours resume in late May. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/PoeBaltimore/ .
Poe was born Jan. 19, 1809. He died in 1849 after being found delirious on the streets of Baltimore. His birthday was marked for decades by a visitor who left roses and cognac at Baltimore's Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W. Fayette St., where Poe is buried. A monument there bears Poe's likeness; another marker bears a raven in honor of his famous poem, "The Raven," with its haunting refrain, "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'"
This story has been updated with a different website for the All-Star game.