Welcome to the THEM THAR HILLS tent, Number 281, of the Sons of the Desert!
The Sons of the Desert is the international Laurel and Hardy
appreciation society and strives to perpetuate the memories and movies
of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
The Sons of the Desert was founded
in 1965 by John McCabe, Al Kilgore, Orson Bean, Chuck McCann, John Municino and with
the blessing of Stan Laurel himself.Since that time, more than 300 chapters have joined the fold
and we are proud to be the 281st"Tent". Each tent is named after a Laurel and Hardy film and,
since we are here in the heart of the Catskills, we felt that Them Thar Hills was an appropriate appellation!
Sons meet at the Chelsea
Rialto on Briggs Highway in Ellenville, NY. We look forward to growing
our membership and
are confident that there are fans of "The Boys" in the area anxious to
satisfy their need to enjoy
the timeless comedy that originated at Hal Roach Studios. In addition
to Laurel and Hardy, we enjoy the antics of Our Gang (aka The Little
Rascals), Charley Chase, Thelma Todd and
Patsy Kelly, W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin,and all the
great comedians of the golden age.
Our next meeting will be on SUNDAY, October 1st, at 3:00pm. We will showcase Robert Youngson's landmark compilation feature WHEN COMEDY WAS KING. After the show we will head to The Paper Mill for dinner.
course, a Sons meeting is much more than merely watching movies. The primary reason for getting
together is, well, getting together! Below is the Constitution's
instruction as to how the Sons of the Desert annual meeting should unfold: 1. Cocktails.
2. Business meeting and cocktails.
3. Dinner (with cocktails).
4. After-dinner speeches and cocktails.
6. Coffee and Cocktails.
7. Showing of Laurel and Hardy film.
8. After-film critique and cocktails.
9. After-after-film critique and cocktails.
10. Stan has suggested this period. In his words:
"All members are requested to
park their camels and hire a taxi;
then return for 'One for the desert'!"
We mix up our monthly meetings with meals, snacks, and rendezvous at local hot spots. And
all members will receive information about, and be eligible to attend, the International Conventions,
which take place every-other year in locations all around the world.
for membership in the THEM THAR HILLS Sons are $25. annually for
and $40. annually for families (couple and one child between the ages of
12 and 18; $5 for
each additional family member). Guests are welcome but are asked to pay
a $2. guest fee.
After guests join us for two meetings they are asked to join as a
regular member. And don't let the "Sons" of the Desert mislead you -
gals are more than welcome as members and
are encouraged to join the fraternity!
Our meeting dates for 2023 are as follows:
SUNDAY April 2nd
SUNDAY May 7th
SUNDAY June 4th
SUNDAY July 2nd
SATURDAY August 5th
SUNDAY September 3rd
SUNDAY October 1st
SUNDAY November 5th (End D.S.T.)
SUNDAY December 3rd