After a successful 9th European
convention in Gent in 2009, the Me and My Pal Tent of
Belgium decided to have another go in 2017.
The 12th European convention of the
Sons of the Desert will take place from
Friday 4th August till
Monday 7th August 2017 in
the historic city of Gent.
The convention hotel will be the
Holiday Inn Hotel Gent-Expo. The hotel is easy to reach, as
well by car as with public transportation.
This is the provisional program that we have in store for
you (this is subject to changes):
Friday August 4,
As of 2 pm all delegates
are welcome to check in at the hotel. Register yourself
and receive your name badge, goodie bag and convention
T-shirt (if you ordered one).
At 7 pm you can enjoy pre-dinner
drinks after which the Convention will be officially
opened. After the official welcome we will enjoy a
wonderful banquet and after dinner it is time for the
Parade of Tents, a special film show and live
entertainment with The Almost Swinging Jazz
Saturday August 5,
Get an early breakfast
because the coaches are waiting to take us to Brussels,
the capital of Europe.
In the morning we will visit
Mini-Europe (get your picture with a Big Ben that is
hardly bigger than you). Lunch will be served in the top
sphere of the Atomium (enjoy your meal 100 meters above
the ground and admire the wonderful panoramic view of
After lunch we head for the
centre of the city where the guides await us for a city
walk with special attention for the places where Stan and
Babe stayed in December 1947.
In the evening we go to the
Intermezzo Rooms in Lede (the meeting venue of the Me and
my Pal Tent) for BBQ and a film show.
Sunday August 6,
No better way to cure a
hangover than the Laurel and Hardy Games. Take part in
the peewee contest and try to break all distance records,
whether in length or in height. Or become the new world
champion in the Babes in Toyland dart competition.
After that we have the mother of
all games: test your knowledge and triumph (or go down
with honour) in the inexorable Laurel and Hardy
To wash down the efforts and
emotions we invite you to strengthen the inner man or
woman at our unique all you can eat lunch
Be sure to have some energy left
because after lunch we depart for a trip of discovery in
wonderful Gent. In 1500 Gent was the second largest city
north of the Alps after Paris and birthplace of emperor
Charles V. Be a Sap at Sea and board the boat for a
40-minute ride through the historic centre of
After returning to the hotel
there will be pre-dinner drinks before we enjoy dinner
and the fancy dress party. Come dressed as your favourite
character from a Laurel and Hardy film and surprise
everyone with your ingenuity. Maybe you win the first
prize. If you don't win the fancy dress competition there
is always the raffle, we have some amazing prizes and a
great first prize. Bill and Jamie will treat us with
their performance of "The Marriage of Stan Laurel". After
dinner there is live entertainment with the fantastic
cover band Chez Kit.
Monday August 7,
After breakfast there is
the Grand Council where the host of the 13th European
convention will be announced.
Oliver Hardy's passing away 60
years ago will be remembered by showing the much
acclaimed DVD "Babe" again.
After the Passing of the
Pineapple it's time for Goodbyes.