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HEMINGWAY DAYS 2017 Schedule of Events July 18-23

TUESDAY, JULY 18

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Depicting Hemingway" museum exhibition. Discover 59 original pen-and-ink drawings by world-renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey — all providing a visual narrative to Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." The sketches are paired with rare artifacts from Hemingway's Key West years, as well as a life-size bronze of the author. Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Mention Hemingway Days upon entering to receive discounted admission. Exhibition continues throughout Hemingway Days and beyond. For info visit kwahs.org.

6 p.m. "Hemingway & Harry's Way." Join Ted Geltner, author of "Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews," at the Custom House Museum as he delves into Hemingway's influence on novelist and educator Crews — in everything from adventurous living to creative risk taking and commitment to their craft. A champagne reception follows. Custom House Museum. $5 per person for Key West Art & Historical Society members; $10 for nonmembers. For info and registration, visit kwahs.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

4 p.m. Final registration for the Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament. Anglers compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes for targeting marlin, spearfish, dolphin fish, tuna and wahoo. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, upstairs, 951 Caroline St. For info visit keywestmarlin.com.

5:30 p.m. Meet the "Papas." Get to know the contestants and previous winners of Sloppy Joe's Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Sloppy Joe's, 201 Duval St. For info visit sloppyjoes.com.

6-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament captains meeting, auction and raffle. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, upstairs.

7:30-10 p.m. "Voices, Places, Inspirations." This evening of readings features authors Chuck Ball, Selena Chambers, Mandy Miles and Terry Schmida — plus a highlight appearance by Ted Geltner, author of "Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews." Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County, the event also includes a "meet the authors" reception. Key West Woman's Club, 319 Duval St. For info visit hemingwaydays.net.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's first day of fishing.

Noon to 4 p.m. Key West Art & Historical Society's Hemingway Symposium. Discover insights into Hemingway's life and work in a series of three readings and presentations. Presenters are Kirk Curnutt, author of "Reading Hemingway's To Have and Have Not"; Robert Elder, author of "Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park"; and Brewster Chamberlin, speaking on "Facts and Fiction in the Hemingway Industry." Custom House Museum. Each presentation will be followed by a book signing and admission is $5 per person for KWAHS members and $10 for nonmembers. For info and registration visit kwahs.org.

4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, stage.

6 p.m. Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. Onstage at Sloppy Joe's Bar. For info, visit papalookalikes.com.

6-8 p.m. "The Hemingway Suite" film premiere and performance. Composer and pianist Bill Lorraine is to premiere a short film showcasing the 2015 debut of his orchestral piece inspired by Hemingway's works, performed by the Havana Orchestra at Cuba's Teatro Marti de la Habana. The film is paired with a short performance by Lorraine and Cuban virtuoso pianist Lianne Vega and a discussion of the suite's composition and staging by Lorraine and Cuban conductor Zenaida Romeu. A champagne reception and film DVD signing follows. The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. $5 for KWAHS members and $10 for nonmembers. For info and registration visit kwahs.org.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 37th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, first preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch. For look-alike event info, visit sloppyjoes.com.

6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party and island-style pig roast. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, upstairs. Free to tournament participants.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's second day of fishing.

4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, stage.

5:30 p.m. "The Poetry of Ernest Hemingway." The Key West Poetry Guild presents a reading of Hemingway's poems and guild poets' work — and chronicles the poetry that helped launch Ernest's writing career — at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. For info, email alvarado-edgardo@monroecounty-fl.gov.

5:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's birthday party for "Papa." Celebrate Ernest's birthday (complete with cake) alongside former winners and contestants in the Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Sloppy Joe's Bar.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 37th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, second preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.

6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament dockside cocktail party and fish fry. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, upstairs. Free to tournament participants.

8:30-11 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament party with the Havana Club team. Enjoy an exuberant gathering for tournament participants.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's third day of fishing.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Caribbean Street Fair presented by Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County. Much of Key West's famed 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, visit lva-monroe.org or email info@lva-monroe.org.

Noon Photos with "Papas." Hemingway look-alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit sloppyjoes.com.

1 p.m. Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe's Bar and features past Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners and current entrants dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of "bull" found only in Key West. The fun takes place on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit sloppyjoes.com.

3-5 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dante's Key West Pool Bar and Restaurant, stage.

3-7 p.m. Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race registration. Register and pick up race packets for the popular run and paddleboard challenge. Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. $45 entry fee for either race or $85 for both. For info, visit keywestspecialevents.com.

6 p.m. Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race. Competitors follow a 3-mile Atlantic Ocean course that begins and ends at Key West's Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the ocean. For info and registration, visit keywestspecialevents.com.

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 at 7:30. Open to tournament participants and their guests only. Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 37th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, final round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. Free to watch.

7:30 p.m. Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk. Racers start at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States at Whitehead and South streets, and proceed through Old Town Key West. A post-race awards party is scheduled on the beach at the Southernmost Beach Café. For info, visit keywestspecialevents.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10 a.m. Bloody Marys with "Papa." Start the day at Sloppy Joe's Bar. For info, visit sloppyjoes.com.

10 a.m. Sloppy Joe's 31st annual Arm Wrestling Contest. Registration is set for 10 a.m. and the contest begins at 11 a.m. Prizes await winners in multiple weight categories. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $5 entry fee; free to watch. For info, visit sloppyjoes.com.

7:30 to 10 p.m. "To Have and Have Another" gala. Hosted by the Key West Art & Historical Society, this unique evening features a presentation by Philip Greene, author of "To Have and Have Another; A Hemingway Cocktail Companion," followed by a soiree — all in the garden venue at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, 907 Whitehead St. $50 per person for KWAHS members and $75 for nonmembers. For info and registration, visit kwahs.org.

This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.

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