Friday, August 21, 2015

TOP STORY >> Hemingway museum to hold dinner

A dinner and wine tasting benefitting the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott (Clay County) will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in Jonesboro at Arkansas State University’s Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Blvd.

Tickets for the “Taste of Hemingway’s Italy” are $100. Tables of eight are $750. Reservations must be made by Sept. 11 by calling 870-598-3487 or emailing HPMEC director

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and the dinner and wine tasting follows at 7 p.m. The theme for the evening will be “A Taste of Hemingway’s Italy,” and the courses will be derived from Venice.

The family of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, owned a home in Piggott. The writer would vacation at the home, which includes a studio where he wrote part of “Farewell to Arms.”

The home has since been restored and is now a museum under the care of ASU at 1021 W. Cherry St. in Piggott. Tours are on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The dinner will serve as a kickoff for the museum’s upcoming trip to Italy and Switzerland that will take participants in the footsteps of “A Farewell to Arms.” Details of the trip, which is open to the public, will be revealed at the dinner.

For more information about the trip or the dinner, call 870-598-3487.