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
in1965 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!
The 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
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
PatsyKelly, W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin,
and all the great comedians of the golden age.
Our next meeting will be Sunday, December 11th, at 3:00pm. This will include our Annual screening of BABES IN TOYLAND. A special added treat will be THE JACK BENNY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SHOW. After the films which we will head to the White Wolf Restaurant for dinner.
Of 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
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. The 21st International Convention will be hosted by The Chimp Tent and will be held July 12-15, 2018,
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dues for membership in the THEM THAR HILLS Sons are $20. annually for individuals
and$35. annually for families (couple and one child between the ages of 12 and 18; $5 for
eachadditional family member). Guests are welcome but are asked to pay a $2. guest fee.
Afterguests 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 membersand
are encouraged to join the fraternity!
Our meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:
5th April 2nd May 7th June 4th July 2nd August 6th September
10th October 8th November 5th December 3rd
If you're interested in joining the fun, or need DIRECTIONS to the
Sons, please write to:
Sons of the Desert - Oasis # 281
HERE and download a Membership