This Week on the Island 07/24/2011
'This week on the Island' is written by Doug Bennett and is an update to friends about happenings in Key West last week. Everything is true except for those parts that are lies.
The first picture this week (click to enlarge) is ‘Hemingway’. The second picture is ‘Hemingway’s House’ and the third picture is ‘Casa Antigua’ the hotel Hemingway stayed in when he first came to Key West in April 1928.
Weather: Another hot week in the middle of the country, another beautiful week in Key West. In Key West the temperature stays the same most of the day. When I get up in the morning it is already about 85 degrees, but it is very seldom that it gets above 90 degrees during the day. Most of us live here because we like the heat.
This week I finished ‘Full Scoop’ by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes. This book is no where near as good as her other books. I started ‘Hemingway Deadlights’ by Michael Atkinson. Hemingway wakes up in his Key West home with a bad hangover a leg in a cast and the KW police telling him his friend has been killed with a 70 pound harpoon. Then it gets interesting.
Jo and I would like to thank the folks from Iowa that brought us the corn on the cob. It was wonderful.
This Week was ‘Hemingway Days’. If you are a member of this Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThisWeekontheIsland/ you can go there and click PHOTOS and then click HEMINGWAY DAYS to check out 16 photos of Hemingway impersonators.
One of the ‘Hemingway Look-A-Likes’ stopped me to ask just how old my dogs were. He said he remembered me walking those dogs around years ago when he first came to the Hemingway Look-A-Like Contest. I told him this was my second set of huskies. Wyleigh and Nevada are gone and these are Sassi and Boca.
Hemingway Days had lots of ‘doings’ around the island. Check it out at:
HEMINGWAY DAYS 2011
Schedule of Events July 19-24
DAILY Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum guided tours. Visit the home where Hemingway lived throughout the 1930s and wrote some of his most enduring classics. 907 Whitehead St. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For info and ticket prices, visit www.hemingwayhome.com.
DAILY "Hemingway in Key West" museum exhibition. Explore Ernest Hemingway's life in Key West, fishing adventures and Cuban connection in the 1930s. View rarely exhibited Hemingway photographs and memorabilia, including previously unseen items from the Bruce Family Archive. Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House, 281 Front St. Museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For info and ticket prices, visit www.kwahs.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 19
5:30 p.m. "The Key West Bucket List" book debut party. Join author David Sloan at The Porch, 429 Caroline St., for the national debut of his volume offering entertaining suggestions for "must-do" activities in Key West and the Keys. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. For info, visit www.theporchkw.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
4-6 p.m. Registration for the Key West Marlin Tournament. Anglers compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes for targeting marlin, spearfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.
5:30 p.m. Meet the "Papas." Get to know the contestants and previous winners of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Attractions include a cash bar and Hemingway-esque hors d'oeuvres. Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
6-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament captains meeting, auction and raffle. Conch Republic Seafood Co.
8-10 p.m. "Voices, Places, Inspirations." This evening of readings and presentations features critically acclaimed author Lorian Hemingway, "Crazy in Alabama" author and screenwriter Mark Childress, mystery/nonfiction author and photographer Tom Corcoran and mystery novelist/journalist Michael Haskins. Wyland Galleries of Key West, 623 Duval St. Free admission. For information, visit www.shortstorycompetition.com or www.wylandkeywest.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament first day of fishing. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.
9-10:30 a.m. "Coffee and Donuts with the Papas." Join past Look-Alike Contest winners and current competitors for a lighthearted "coffee break" at Cypress House, a historic inn at 601 Caroline St. Visit www.cypresshousekw.com.
4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.
5:45 p.m. Hemingway's Birthday Cake. Proud "Papas" are to celebrate the 112th anniversary of Ernest's July 21 birth with birthday cake on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St. For look-alike event info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.
6 p.m. Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. Sloppy Joe's Bar.
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 31st annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, first preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners and honorary judge Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.
6:30 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party. Festivities for anglers include a Key West-style pig roast. Doubletree Grand Key Resort. Free to tournament participants.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's second day of fishing. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.
Noon "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Fish-Off. Cheer your favorites as the "Papas" compete in this dockside catch-and-release challenge using traditional "Cuban yo-yos." Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks. Free to watch.
4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.
6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament dockside cocktail party and fish fry. Conch Republic Seafood Co. Free to tournament participants.
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 31st annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, second preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners and honorary judge Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.
8 p.m. Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and reception. This literary highlight takes place at Hemingway's first Key West residence, Casa Antigua. Events include a presentation on Casa Antigua's history by owner Tom Oosterhoudt and a reading of the winning short story. 314 Simonton St. Free admission. For info, visit www.shortstorycompetition.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's third day of fishing. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.
10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Caribbean Street Fair presented by HELPLINE. Much of Duval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. For info, call 305-292-8445 or visit www.keyshelpline.org.
Noon-4 p.m. Hemingway/BW Promotions 5k Sunset Run race packet pickup at Caribbean Street Fair. Pick up race packets at the booth at Fleming and Duval streets. Racers can pre-register online at www.active.com. $30 entry fee for those who pre-register, $35 on race day. For info, call 305-240-0727.
Noon Photos with "Papas." "Papa" Hemingway look-alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.
1 p.m. Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe's Bar and features past "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of "bull" found only in Key West. The fun takes place outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.
3-5 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.
5-7:15 p.m. Hemingway/BW Promotions 5k Sunset Run registration. Register and pick up race packets. Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St. For info, call 305-240-0727.
6:30 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament awards banquet and silent auction. Cocktails and silent auction are set for 6:30, with the dinner and awards presentations to follow at 7:30. Open to tournament participants and their guests only. Westin Key West Resort, 245 Front St.
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 31st annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, final round, to be judged by former contest winners and honorary judge Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Sloppy Joe's Bar. Free to watch.
7:30 p.m. Hemingway/BW Promotions 5k Sunset Run through Old Town Key West. Racers start at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, Whitehead and South streets. An awards ceremony is scheduled after the race at the Southernmost Hotel. For info, call 305-240-0727.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
Noon Sloppy Joe's Arm Wrestling Championship. Prizes await winners in multiple weight categories. Sloppy Joe's. $5 entry fee; free to watch. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.
7 p.m. "The Old Man and the Sea" Film Showcase at Tropic Cinema. View the classic film version of Ernest Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Film begins at 8 p.m.; the event also includes a reception and silent auction benefiting HELPLINE. Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. For info and ticketing, call 305-292-8445.
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