Mall Santas in Margaritaville? No, it’s over a hundred Ernest Hemingway doubles arriving in Key West to compete in a Look-alike Challenge. The Challenge is just one highlight of the 30th annual Hemingway Days festival scheduled for July 20 to July 25, 2010.
Held to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the literary legend’s July 21st birthday, Hemingway Days 2010 events include an awards ceremony for the literary competition directed by Hemingway’s granddaughter (and author) Lorian Hemingway, a one-man play exploring the writer’s life, a fun faux “Running of the Bulls”, a three-day marlin fishing tournament and the popular Look-alike Challenge.
The “Papas” make appearances around town before competing at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Hemingway’s favorite watering hole when he lived and wrote in Key West during the 1930s. Preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 22 and 23, with the winner chosen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24.
From A Farewell to Arms to The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) wrote many classics of 20th-century American literature and influenced many with his distinctive, economic style and adventurous life.
Did you know that Hemingway was a reporter for the Toronto Star in the early 1920s? He lived for a time at 1597-1599 Bathurst Avenue before running off to Paris. There he served as foreign correspondent for the Star, filing stories that were ultimately collected in a 1985 volume titled Dateline Toronto.
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