In medieval times on the day after Christmas, nobles presented gifts to people who lived on their land. Their gifts, intended to welcome outsiders as family, were presented in boxes, hence the name of the day. Traditional English music and food will entertain guests all afternoon at the Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Ave. This year, the Foundation is proud to partner with Books to Devour, which distributes reading material to food pantry patrons and builds community through literature and learning. Donations of books will be accepted at the Hemingway Birthplace and Museum during the month of December, and donors will receive admission to Boxing Day. Simply bring in your books on or before the day of the event, and receive a coupon for one free admission. Admission can also be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boxing-day-tickets-4876420505?ref=ebtnebtckt.
Honestly, I probably never would have visited the Hemingway homes in Oak Park if I hadn't been assigned an article on the topic of the author, but I'm glad I visited all of them…because, apparently, the world thinks a lot of this guy, and running into him all over the world is largely unavoidable.
This Saturday, April 12, the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., will hold its first pop-up book fair. More than 40 independent Chicago publishers will be on hand with books to sell, authors signing, plus family and children's programming.