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May 2004
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A Hemmingway Regatta

James Hartwell, owner of Horton Bay's Red Fox Inn, has long cherished the memory of Ernest Hemingway, who stayed in the Inn as a young man and set many of his Nick Adams stories here. Now Hartwell has proposed organizing a Regatta on Hemingway's birthday, July 21st, in which both sail and power boats would cruise together from Horton Bay to Beaver Island. Boats from Beaver Island would gather at Horton Bay, and after a ceremony set off in mid-morning–thus some boaters would have to leave Beaver the night before and anchor in Horton Bay's harbor, from which shuttles would bring them ashore. Possibilities being discussed: sequenced readings of the Nick Adams stories from boat to boat, and captains or crew dressed as representative Hemingway characters–with not everyone allowed to be The Old Man and the Sea.

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