Dan Hallabrin’s family and friends are going to get together twice in August to mourn his death and celebrate his life. Dan passed away in Spain, last May.
The first commemoration will be in Cincinnati, on Saturday, August 1st, at Arlin’s, 307 Ludlow Ave., at 7 p.m. When Dan and Begona lived in Cincy, Arlin’s was one of their favorite hangouts.
On the following weekend, Dan’s family will gather at the home of one of his aunts, in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Dan’s sister Nancy tells me that Dan’s friends are welcome here, too.
If you’d like more information, send me an email (click on the link to the right), and I’ll put you in touch with Dan’s family.
That’s a photo that I made of Dan and his daughter Carla, in August 1986. He and his then wife Begona (who is still a good friend, I'm delighted to say) were living in Algorta, a beautiful seaside town in the Basque region of Spain. Dan was at his best. Deeply in love with his family. Overflowing with the short stories that he was writing. Ready to argue tiny political points or tell jokes long into the night.
This photo of Dan, Begona, and Carla is also from August 1986. That trip is one of my happiest memories. Dan and Begona radiated a warmth that affected everyone it touched. They’d attracted a large circle of friends, in Algorta, as they did everywhere they lived. Each and every one of those friends welcomed me, an American stranger with very poor Spanish, with open arms.