Papa Hemingway look-alike contest
Seems there are a lot of chubby, white-bearded men who resemble Ernest Hemingway. See for yourself during the Sloppy Joe’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, part of Hemingway Days, July 16-21.
Besides the look-alike contest, Hemingway Days includes authors’ readings, an offbeat “Running of the Bulls,” a marlin tournament and the culmination of a short story contest directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.
Events begin July 16 with a museum day celebrating the island’s two leading literary residents. Featured is the “Hemingway in Key West” exhibition at the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House, 281 Front St., and the Tennessee Williams exhibit at 513 Truman Ave., behind the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center.
The festival’s top literary event is the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and awards reception. The reception is scheduled July 19 and takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West residence. For more information, visit www.hemingwaydays.net.
Girlfriends find fun in Fernandina Beach
You meet the nicest people at bed-and-breakfasts. Say hello, for example, to Jill Little, Shirley Osler, Rachel Sindlinger, Camille Smith and Becky Overholser from Newcomerstown, Ohio. These girlfriends have been taking getaways annually for the past nine years. This year’s destination was Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, north of Jacksonville.
They stayed at the Fairbanks House B&B, and innkeeper Theresa Hamilton says it’s likely they will return.
“They’ve been enjoying boat tours, carriage tours, consignment store shopping, the beach, their private Fairbanks House cottages, and our lively Social Hours with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres,” Hamilton says. “They’re a blast!”
For more information or reservations at The Fairbanks House, call 904-277-0500 or visit www.fairbankshouse.com.
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak book lovers, a road trip to the Young At Art Museum in Dania is in order. The museum’s current show, “Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures,” continues through Sept. 15, and invites viewers to explore their own inner “wild thing.” The traveling exhibition includes interactive exploration of iconic images and characters from some of Sendak’s most popular books.
Visitors can slide into a bowl full of foam soup and rice, stuffed carrots and rubber chickens, or bake an imaginary meal in the kitchen designed from Sendak’s book “In the Night Kitchen.” Or, they can don costumes of their favorite Sendak characters and prance in front of a Wild Things Fun Mirror.
The museum is at 751 S.W. 121 Ave., Davie. Admission is $13 for adults, and $12 for seniors and children. For more information, call 954-424-0085 or visit YoungAtArtMuseum.org.
Teacher appreciation rates
School is out, and it’s time to kick back and reap one of the greatest benefits of being a teacher — summer break and the chance to travel. Sagamore, The Art Hotel, is giving teachers a lesson in savings through a summer deal that includes a 20 percent off standard room rates and complimentary WiFi. Rates start at $175 and are available through Sept. 30.
The oceanfront hotel has easy access to local landmarks and activities, including the Art Deco District, the Fillmore theater and shopping on Lincoln Road.
To reserve the “Teachers and Educators” package, call 877-242-6673 or visit www.sagamorehotel.com . Guests must present a teacher ID card upon check-in to get the discount.
Shrimping tours offered
Amelia River Cruises & Charters is offering its Eco-Shrimping Tours this summer through Aug. 17. The tours give guests opportunities to spot wildlife, including local dolphins that are giving birth, manatees that have migrated from the fresh water rivers in South Florida into salt marsh creeks to mate and give birth, as well as sea turtles and an abundance of shore birds.
The tours also give folks a chance to experience the operation of the Otter Trawl shrimp net, much like the nets used in the commercial shrimp industry. Guests are actively involved in the process of deploying and retrieving the net, as well as viewing the catch as it is displayed in an onboard aquarium. Each of the creatures will be identified and then released back into the wild.
Tours depart every morning Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Tickets are $27 for adults (13 and over) and $17 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 904-261-9972, or online at www.ameliarivercruises.com.
Mary Thurwachter is a West Palm Beach freelance writer and founder/producer of INNsideFlorida.com. Email: email@example.com