Stafford’s Perry Hotel will be hosting its 3rd annual Ernest Hemingway Birthday Celebration on Friday, July 21st, at 5:30 pm. Guests of the event will celebrate the beloved writer, while enjoying a four course dinner as they dine alongside Hemingway historians including University of Pennsylvania Professor and best selling author Paul Hendrickson, who published Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost (2012). Copies of his book will be available during cocktail hour, along with book signing. Prior to the dinner, a statue dedication will happen near City Park Grill. This statue in honor of Hemingway’s youthful summers spent in northern Michigan has been sculpted by Andy Sacksteder of Gladstone, MI. All are welcome to attend the event, which will be held around 4 pm. Final details will be available closer to the event.
While spending a significant amount of his youth in northern Michigan, the area became inspiration for much of Hemingway’s early writing. Some of Petoskey’s most well known establishments such as the previous Jesperson’s Restaurant, The Annex (now City Park Grill) and The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad station (Pennsylvania Plaza Office Complex) can be found in stories.
Following dinner, the premiere of “Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden,” written and produced by George Colburn will be shown. After this premiere, the program will air on television in two segments in 2018, following a Europe World Premiere of the documentary in Paris in July of 2018. Along with the film preview, Robin Lee Berry of Boyne City, will perform her original song written for the documentary, “Gone Wild.”
Tickets for the event are $65 per person and a portion will benefit The Young Hemingway Documentary & Education Project. To purchase tickets and make advanced reservations please call Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231-347-4000 or visit staffords.com.