Hemingway’s wedding reenactment highlights celebration at Lake Wallon



Walloon lake – This northern Michigan resort continues its year-long celebration in Hemingway this weekend with a series of events that include a statue unveiling and a special reception marking the centenary of the author’s first marriage to the nearby Horton bay.

Hemingway Homecoming organizers will unveil details of the Hemingway statue, which will be installed in Village’s Circle Park, after the ceremony on Saturday. Other activities include walks at Hemingways (actors portraying the author at different stages of his life), fly-throwing demonstrations by Brian “Koz” Kozminski from True North Trout, and Hemingway-themed food and drink. at Barrel Back, a restaurant on the shores of Lake Walloon.

Chris Struble, president of the Michigan Hemingway Society, will give a presentation and note the spot along Lake Wallon where the Hemingways are said to have boarded a boat, the last stop on their long journey from Illinois to their summer cabin.

A series of panels telling the story of Lake Wallonia and the Hemingway family’s links with the village will be installed in the fall.

Lake Walloon became a seaside resort at the end of the 19th century, with visitors from the Midwest traveling by train to the village, then by boat to hotels and their own chalets on Lake Walloon. The Hemingways were among them.

Ernest Hemingway was only 3 months old when he made his first trip from Oak Park, Ill. To Walloon Lake. His parents, Clarence and Grace (Hall), had bought a property along the north shore of the lake to build a cottage. Hemingway would spend some or all of his summers in northern Michigan until he was a young man.

Northern Michigan’s landscape of woods, rivers and lakes would later become the setting for some of Hemingway’s best-known short stories, published over the years and eventually compiled into a collection, “The Nick Adams Stories”. The book was the subject of a virtual series several weeks earlier this year.

As part of the weekend’s festivities, the Michigan Hemingway Society will announce that Lake Wallon will be added to its Michigan Hemingway Tour. A historic bronze plaque will be consecrated later. Walloon Lake will become one of the 15 sites in the Petoskey region with plaques explaining their connection to the legendary writer.

A highlight for many will be the special centennial wedding reception on Friday night at the Talcott Center in Walloon Lake. The event, capped at around 100 guests, is also a fundraiser for the Michigan Hemingway Society.

Hemingway and Hadley were married on September 3, 1921 in a Methodist church in Horton Bay; the building no longer exists. It was a modest affair, attended by family and friends from northern Hemingway. The reception took place around the corner in a guesthouse that is still standing. There was no alcohol; his parents did not allow drinking (and that was the ban).

The couple spent their honeymoon at the family cottage, Windemere. The chalet is owned by descendants of the Hemingways.

Elements of the reception will be reproduced at the Talcott Center. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a Hemingway-themed Happy Hour, with a cash bar featuring wines from Walloon Lake Winery, Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery, cocktails and Papa’s Pilar, a brand of rum endorsed by the Hemingway Foundation. .

Actors, dressed in clothes from this period, will embody the newlyweds. Hadley was the first of Hemingway’s four wives.

“I like to joke that Michigan is home to 25% of Hemingway’s weddings,” said Struble, who is also the founder of Petoskey Yesterday, which offers tours related to Hemingway and local history. “We were looking for something substantial to associate with an event. Even though it was 100 years ago, we still hear about it. The book “The Paris Wife” did everything to bring Hemingway back to center stage. And then there’s Ken Burns’ recent documentary on Hemingway.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m., with a menu recreated from recipes from the original guesthouse, the Pinehurst Inn in Horton Bay. The inn was known for its fried chicken and the Hemingway family dined there during summer retreats at the family’s cottage.

“We don’t know for sure what they ate,” says Dianna Stampfler, Hemingway Homecoming coordinator for the village of Walloon Lake. “The menu is provided by the Dilworth family, the owner family of Pinehurst. We’re pretty sure they had fried chicken. We went through the family cookbook and chose some dishes that could have been served at that time. It is likely that some of these things would have been served to the Hemingways. “

As part of the fundraiser, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique items and experiences on the theme of Hemingway and Lake Wallon. Among the most coveted items was a VIP tour for up to eight people of Chalet Grace Hall, the cabin Hemingway’s mother built across the lake to escape her children. The private chalet has been restored. The tour includes wine and cheese. Other auction items include a fly fishing package, a private Hemingway tour, and a book autographed by Hemingway’s favorite sister, Madelaine “Sunny” Hemingway Miller.

Hemingway’s reunion

11am Saturday

Parc du Cercle, Wallon Lake Village

Activities include:

Inauguration of the statue

Used books sale by The Friends of the Crooked Tree District Library

“Hemingway Through the Years”, actors portraying writers at different stages of his life

Fly casting demonstrations

Hemingway-themed food and drink at Barrel Back

Information: WalloonLakeMi.com or Facebook.com/WalloonLakeMi.


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