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
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
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 Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 3:00pm. Our film program will be loaded with sleuthing! We'll start
off witn one of Stan and Babe's first silent shorts as a team, DO DETECTIVES THINK, followed by a Flip the Frog cartoon
THE CUCKOO MURDER CASE. As our showcase comedy we will have Laurel and Hardy in their 1944 Fox feature THE BIG NOISE.
After the show we'll head to Cranky Frankie's Tavern at the Gunk for dinner.
Here is the original trailer to THE BIG NOISE (text restored)
Of course, a Sons meeting is much
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
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
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 19th International Convention will be held in June, 2014, in
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 each
additional family member). Guests are welcome but are asked to pay a $2. guest fee. After
guests joins 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 2015 are as follows:
If you're interested in joining the fun, or need DIRECTIONS to the Sons,
please write to:
Sons of the Desert - Oasis # 281