Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West during throughout 1930s and the 1950s. On the second floor of his converted den, Papa hammered away at the bulk of his writing, working in the mornings, and drinking and fishing (and drinking) in the afternoons and evenings. He was well-known in the city, often carousing in public. To honor his legacy, Key West holds an annual event known as Hemingway Days. This year, the event runs from July 17-22.
The celebration includes a number of Hemingway-inspired events, like:
- A Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s, which will crown Papa 2007
- A short story competition
- A commemoration of the 108th anniversary of Hemingway’s July 21 birth
- A one-man play exploring the legendary author’s life
- A museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia
- A zany “Running of the Bulls” (no bulls; just many Ernests)
- The Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament
- An Arm Wrestling Contest
I’ve actually wished that I had white hair, a big belly, and a thick white beard so I could participate in the look-alike contest, but I don’t look nearly as Ernest-like as these guys do. Whether or not you look like the stocky, bearded literary giant, Hemingway Days would make a great excuse to get to Key West and celebrate. If you go, you absolutely must NOT miss a visit to Hemingway’s Home. You must also NOT forget to take mosquito repellent, as the bugs are as big as Papa’s belly this time of year. Cheers!