Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous 20th century novelists, was born in Oak Park, IL, not too far from the Cantata campus. Using this as inspiration, June was named Ernest Hemingway month for the Wye Valley Residents! Throughout the month, residents learned about this literary superstar through all sorts of festivities.
The first two events that took place this month were “The Armchair Traveler Presents: Hemingway’s Railway Journeys” and “Tea with the Librarian Presents: Hemingway the Man.” “The Armchair Traveler” is a BBC travel documentary that describes Hemingway’s adventures in Italy, Spain, and Africa. After watching it, residents had a short discussion about the author’s exciting life. At “Tea with the Librarian,” a local librarian came to campus and described Hemingway and his writings over a hot cup of tea with the Cantata community.
The next event the Wye Valley hosted was a movie night, showing the movie based on “A Farewell to Arms,” one of Hemingway’s most popular books. The movie go-ers enjoyed popcorn while watching the thrilling Oscar-winning film!
The last event was one of the most entertaining ways to celebrate Ernest Hemingway. Residents and Cantata community members came together to participate in a Hemingway Look-A-Like contest and enjoy a Spoken Word Presentation party. Treats and one of Hemingway’s favorite drinks, dry vermouth martinis, were served. The winner of the look-a-like contest was Cantata volunteer Jack Stephenson, an army veteran, motorcyclist, and Ernest Hemingway enthusiast!
June’s Hemingway theme was a huge success. Residents and community members alike were given a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate the life of Ernest Hemingway. Look out for information on Wye Valley’s next festivities!