The 2018 HEM FEST went to SPAIN and featured two signature events:  the Patron Party and Running of the Bulls to benefit the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland.

On Friday, July 20 from 7-10pm, dance the night away to Spanish tunes by Flamenco guitarist Shan Kenner.  Live the full life as you indulge in a “moveable feast” of cuisine and signature cocktails on the 119th Birthday of Ernest Hemingway at the Waveland Civic Center.  Celebrate the life of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author who left a powerful legacy for his zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the islands.
“Events that celebrate Hemingway’s legacy can be found throughout the United States and for the second year we are bringing this to Waveland through our own signature celebration,” said LiLi Stahler Murphy, Chairman of the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum.

During his Key West residence, Hemingway wrote some of his most enduring works and spent his leisure hours fishing and socializing with local and literary cohorts. “Each year, we want to invite fans of his writing and exuberant lifestyle to come together in Waveland for HemFest to celebrate his life,” said Starr Chapman, co-owner of The Rum Kitchen there.
Ernest Hemingway once said, never confuse movement with action and with this in mind, Starr and her husband Chappy are preparing a tantalizing four course moveable feast of the delicacies of Spain that also feature signature cocktails with each course.

The event also offers guests a tempting “cigar lounge” and for those who can, enter the Hemingway look-a-like contest to win some exciting prizes.  Literary buffs can expand their library with titles from Bay Books, and the work of Artist Scharonne Herrington will be featured in a live auction.
Advance tickets are $66 per person or $119 for two and are limited to the first 250 patrons.  At the door, tickets are $75 per person or $140 for two.
On Saturday, July 21 HEM FEST IN SPAIN continues with the RUNNING OF THE BULLS.  This NO BULL FUN RUN is for all ages.  Participants are invited to wear their best whites and red scarf and run with the special roller bulls and referees from the Civic Center to a route around Waveland streets and back to the finish line at the Civic Center for the After Party.

Advance registration for the Fun Run is $25 per person or $35 on the day of the event.  On-site registration opens at 5:30pm at the Waveland Civic Center at 335 Coleman Avenue.  The one mile Fun Run will start at 6:30pm with the After Party following at 7:00pm.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  Whether you run or not, come to the after party which features Spanish music, paella by The Rum Kitchen, sangria and cold brew, a full bar, a cigar bar and more.

Register online for both events through the Hancock Chamber of Commerce.   Go to www.hancockchamber.org, click on the events calendar and then go to July 20 for the HemFest in Spain party and July 21 for the No Bull Fun Run.

To find out more, contact Linda Aiavolasiti at 228-216-0561 or linda@wavelandgroundzero.com or LiLi Stahler Murphy at 228-243-3235 or lilistahler@gmail.com.