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Stop by Sloppy Joe’s bar at 201 Duval St. tonight to check in on the 32nd annual Hemingway Lookalike Contest, whose second night of preliminary judging is happening this evening. This incredible event is not to be missed, with finalists gathering at Sloppy Joe’s through tomorrow evening. Come place your bets on which “Papa” has what it takes to bring home the big prize! For more information, check out www.sloppyjoes.com or visit hemingwaydays.net.
Tucked away at the back of an overflowing Caribbean handicrafts store lies one of our favorite Key West secrets: the delightfully kitschy Casa Antigua Garden tour. Behind the looming facade of 314 Simonton Street, through the overflowing artisan shop and a few back-room storage areas, visitors suddenly enter a literal oasis– complete with lush tropical foliage, an impressive orchid collection and a booming, theatrical audio tour to narrate the space. You’d never know it from the street, but this massive building has quite the storied history; both Hemingway’s first residence in Key West and the place where he penned A Farewell to Arms, Casa Antigua also served as a hotel, car dealership and even a brothel in years prior. Now the permanent residence and offices of Key West’s favorite must-read tabloid, Conch Color, visitors are still welcome to sneak through to the interior courtyard for the lowly sum of two dollars, where they can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the most exclusive self-guided garden tours Key West has to offer. We love stealing away for a few minutes to sit beneath the giant palms and imagine ourselves back in Hemingway’s time. Truly a wonderful place to spend a quiet afternoon.
The annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest is coming up later this month at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. This is one of the best yearly bar events for writing enthusiasts, beard lovers, or pretty much anyone interested in having a good time. The contest last four days, from July 21-24th and involves arm wrestling, a running of the bulls, and of course the look alike contest. The whole thing corresponds with a Key West street fair, which gets completely overrun with Hemingways. For more information and entry forms, click here.