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3rd Annual Ernest Hemingway Birthday Celebration

Posted on June 12th, 2017

You’re Invited! Tickets to the 3rd Annual Ernest Hemingway Birthday Celebration are now available for Friday, July 21 at 5:30 pm. 

Before he was a Nobel Pjfkeh2616p-copyrize-winning author, Ernest Hemingway was a young boy who enjoyed summers in northern Michigan. Now a historic landmark in Emmet Country, The Hemingway family’s cottage, “Windemere”, is settled on Walloon Lake, only nine miles outside of Petoskey. It was there that Hemingway developed a passion for adventure and nature which would inspire his writing for years to come.

To celebrate Hemingway’s work and his time in our great state of Michigan, a statue will be dedicated to him near City Park Grill in downtown Petoskey on his birthday, Friday, July 21, 2017. City Park Grill, formerly known as The Annex, was one of Hemingway’s favorite spots and can be read about in his stories.

Following the dedication, Stafford’s Perry Hotel will be hosting its 3rd Annual Ernest Hemingway Birthday Celebration. Guests of the event will enjoy a four course dinner alongside Hemingway historians including University of Pennsylvania Professor and best-selling author Paul Hendrickson.

Our dinner menu for the evening includes:

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres 
Seared Duck Breast on Wild Rice Pancake 
Chantrelle & Applewood Bacon with Leek Tart
Stuffed Dates

Salad
Summer Waldorf – Bibb, romaine, frisse, strawberry grilled peach, fennel, red onion, tomato, radish, toasted almonds and a lemon-yogurt dressing

Entree
Grilled Salmon & Beef Filet – Citrus salsa verde, fresh mint, orange supremes, red wine butter, French beans, smashed Yukon potatoes 

Dessert
Panna Cotta – Brandied Michigan sour cherries 

After dinner, there will be a premier screening of George Colburn’s new documentary, “Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden”, which is set to air on television in 2018.  Along with the documentary premier, Robin Lee Berry of Boyne City will be performing her original song, “Gone Wild”, written for the film.

Tickets for the event are $65 per guest and can be reserved by calling Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231-347-4000. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Young Hemingway Project.