Hotel Hosts Annual Hemingway Birthday Celebration


The Stafford’s Perry Hotel will once again host its annual Hemingway Birthday Celebration. The literary event is scheduled for Friday, July 21, and involves a statue dedication, dinner and documentary screening.

Hemingway drew inspiration from summers spent in northern Michigan while he was young, and much of his early writing references well-known Petoskey establishments, such as the former Jesperson’s Restaurant, The Annex (now City Park Grill), and The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Station (Pennsylvania Plaza Office Complex). 

Events kick off at 4 p.m. with a statue dedication near City Park Grill. The statue, sculpted by Andy Sacksteder, is dedicated to Hemingway’s summers spent in northern Michigan. The dedication is open to the public.

Later in the evening, Birthday Celebration attendees will enjoy a four-course dinner at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. In attendance will be Paul Hendrickson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Hendrickson is a noted Hemingway historian who authored Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost. His book will be available for purchase after dinner.

Guests will have the chance to end the night with the premiere of the documentary “Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden,” by George Colburn. The film will go on to screenings throughout Europe before airing on television in 2018.

Tickets are $65/person. To reserve a spot visit or call 231-347-4000.

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