Hotel Walloon Presents The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake
The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, an Ernest Hemingway Occasion 2017
Hotel Walloon is pleased to present The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, the second annual event celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s connection to the northern Michigan area. The event will take place Friday, April 28th, 2017 through Sunday, April 30th, 2017. The three-day event package includes two nights’ accommodation at the 32-room boutique hotel.
An Overview of Events at Hotel Walloon’s 2017 Ernest Hemingway Celebration
- 2 nights Lodging
- Meet and Greet
- Hemingway inspired drinks and hors d’oeuvres
- Special Guests include:
- Valerie Hemingway-Daughter-in-law and personal assistant to Ernest Hemingway.
- Chris Struble- Local Historian and President of the Michigan Hemingway Society.
- Guided Shuttle Tour of Horton Bay with Chris Struble
- Guided Boat Tour on Walloon Lake with Nick Tahtinen
- Wine Dinner at the Walloon Lake Inn with presentation by Valerie Hemingway
- Breakfast at Barrel Back on the final morning
- Fly Tying by Brian Kozminski
About Valerie Hemingway
The late Norman Mailer wrote of Valerie Hemingway’s memoir Running with the Bulls, “(It) is one of the best books on Hemingway that I have read, and it has material to be found nowhere else of Ernest, Mary, and Greg Hemingway.”
A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place. For the next two years she devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. Following the author’s death, Valerie worked for the Hemingway Estate in Cuba, Key West, Ketchum, and New York—gathering all of the author’s papers and organizing them for presentation to the Kennedy Library.
She came by the Hemingway name by marrying—and later divorcing—Gregory, his youngest son. For two decades she worked in publishing and public relations in New York City, including a year as a fiction reader for Publisher’s Weekly. Her articles have appeared in Saturday Review, The New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. She is a contributing writer for Distinctly Montana.
Valerie Hemingway is a frequent speaker on the U.S. and international lecture circuit. In August 2008 International Impresario Toby Gough invited her to appear at the Edinburgh Festival in “Hemingway’s Havana” alongside a superb cast of Cuban singers, dancers and musicians. The show, for which she wrote and narrated the script, was awarded four out of a maximum five star rating and the company was a co-winner of the coveted “Spirit of the Fringe Award.” Subsequent engagements have brought Valerie to almost every U.S. state and many countries as well, from Canada to South America, from Ireland to Israel. In 2016 Town & Country magazine featured her story in the February 2016 issue in Lesley M. M. Blume’s article, “Papa’s Protégé.” In addition to her appearance at the Hotel Walloon, Michigan in April, 2017, this January Valerie will return to Cuba to conduct a tour of the Hemingway sites with a select group of tourists. In March she will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet at the Hemingway Museum in Piggott, Arkansas and in July will give the keynote at a Hemingway symposium at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and she will join the Boise Symphony in September for their premiere presentation of a “Hemingway Symphony.”
Valerie Hemingway resides in Bozeman, Montana.
About Brian Kozminski
Brian Kozminski, known as “Koz” by his piscatorial pals, has been plying trout from Michigan waters for over 30 years. Originally from Grand Rapids where the Rogue River and Grand River were his home waters, his frequent trips to Grayling to fish the Holy Waters were not enough. Over a decade ago, he and his wife, Lesley, daughters, Simone and Camille, and labs, Moose and Stella, made ‘Up North’ a permanent way of life. A lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and ex officio for the Miller VanWinkle Chapter, he shares his passion for the resources by teaching local children the art of fly tying. He also provides a Salmon in the Classroom experience for kids at Sheridan Elementary School in Petoskey. An advocate for catch and release, he is also northern Michigan’s Ambassador for SUPontheFly and Adipose Boatworks, as well as an FFF member. He has been tying flies since his father taught him at the age of nine. Koz has made trips to Belize to confirm the speed of Bonefish and the illusive Permit, St. Maarten to cast for Tarpon, and the endless beauty of the Rockies in Colorado fishing for Greenbacks and Cuttys. Although Steelhead and large Brown Trout at night are exciting, the true treasure of northern Michigan lies in the orange flecks and blue halos of the native Brook Trout from its cold, clean and clear rivers.
About Chris Struble
Chris Struble, local to Northern Michigan, will be returning to join us at Hotel Walloon for the second annual “The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, an Ernest Hemingway Occasion”. Chris is currently the President of the Michigan Hemingway Society and the owner of Petoskey Yesterday Historical Tours. He is a passionate Hemingway aficionado and is a local historian. Chris has played a large role in helping to make this event a success and we are excited to have him back again this year.