"In the history of the Wood River Valley, the biggest things are mining, sheep ranching, railroads, the development of skiing—and Hemingway," Community Library Regional History Librarian Chris Millspaugh said.
To celebrate the acclaimed author, his accomplishments, and autumn in the place he loved, the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce inaugurates the Ernest Hemingway Festival this weekend with an array of informative entertainment.
"I think there comes a time to celebrate him. This community was part of what he loved," Millspaugh said.
The community welcomes Hemingway scholars and enthusiasts congregating for lectures, films, talks and tours.
The "Hemingway Hangouts Guided Tour" leaves the Ketchum-Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum at 1 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for an hour and half visit to Hemingway's favorite establishments. The free event meanders through the streets of Ketchum, as Hemingway once did.
"He was a part of this community...he lived in the community, frequented the bars, the restaurants and the stores," Millspaugh said.
A theatrical presentation "Papa: A Sun Valley Story" runs 9 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Featuring Millspaugh and David Blampied, the evening event takes actual Hemingway quotes, formulated into a theatrical question and answer interview. The performance delves into the Hemingway character, with topics ranging from Hemingway's writing to his wives.
Lectures and panel discussions slated throughout the weekend evaluate the many dimensions of the American author. Sunday brings eight "Progressive Literary Talks," held at various Sun Valley Gallery Association member galleries.
The weekend highlight arrives 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with "An Evening with Friends and Family" at Trail Creek Cabin. Hemingway's friends and family congregate for a festive and intimate dinner that includes toasts from Hemingway's closest friends, his daughter-in-law, and his former secretary. Company of Fools will also make a special presentation during the evening. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 726-3423 to make a reservation.
For further details and to register for the festival, visit www.ernesthemingwayfestival.org or call 725-2101.