How long you been kicking around that Pamplona trip to run with the bulls? Festival starts next week... you'll never make it. Reckon a sail down to Cuba will scratch your itch? Not unless you fancy a full cavity search by the U.S. Treasury... and they know all the right places to look.
No, best advice I can give as you think about how to celebrate the life and spirit of Ernest Hemingway (born July 21st, 1899) is to gird your liver and head down to the First Edition Society party at the Hotel Havana.
Saturday, July 21 (6-11:30p)
$30 per person gets you open bar, good eats, and live music by Son y No Son.
Proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and capacity is limited, so hurry on and get your tickets here.
If the party is sold out, there's a come-one-come-all gathering downstairs. The fine people at Ocho have agreed to donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to the SAPLF, and they'll be serving up a five dollar mixture of Bacardi 1909, Lime, Grapefruit, Maraschino... something they call a Hemingway Daiquiri. And while his is a name that "conjures as many cocktails as there are bars in the world" (ref), this is one that's not to be missed.
1015 Navarro Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
The First Ed Society is a group of young San Antonians who support the mission of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.