A website outlining pre-convention and convention activities is now available. Point your browsers to https://www.laurelandhardy2018.com.
Please check the site regularly as many things will undoubtedly change between now and July 2018! On the site you can sign up to receive regular email updates about the convention.
I thank you, our tent thanks you, and Ethel (especially) thanks you.
The Call of the Cuckoos
Tent of Glasgow had around eighty folk at its
August meeting, when Sons of the Desert was
screened amongst other films. The reception was
fantastic. The next presentation will
be on 5th October. Earlier in August, three
members of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent went to
Edinburgh to see the play Mr Laurel and Mr
Hardy and had a delightful chat and drinks with
the actors after the show.
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent of Glasgow had around eighty folk at its August meeting, when Sons of the Desert was screened amongst other films. The reception was fantastic.
The next presentation will be on 5th October.
Earlier in August, three members of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent went to Edinburgh to see the play Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy and had a delightful chat and drinks with the actors after the show.
Here is the press release for a new LeRoy Shield CD, due to be available in November/December
This album recreates the atmosphere and feeling of the 1930s comedies from the Hal Roach Studios, the 'Lot of Fun', where Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, Charley Chase, The Boy Friends and Thelma Todd created their biggest successes. These short films were usually enlivened by the catchy background tunes composed by LeRoy Shield (1893&endash;1962). Although the titles of these tunes remained known only to insiders, the music is all too familiar to anyone who ever saw Stan and Ollie embark on one of their doomed journeys.
Alessandro Simonetto, the pianist
Those Sons who are large collectors of L&H memorabilia are most likely familiar with the below poster. But for those Sons who have not seen it, I thought it was interesting enough to share it.
This is a vintage 1968 Royal Screen Craft Lithograph poster created by graphic pop artist Elaine Hanelock. She created these unusual posters of Golden Age Movie Stars with a psychedelic motif.
The colors are very brilliant, consisting of red, orange, tan, lavender, yellow, black and white. The size is 28-1/2" x 22-1/2" inches. Very unusual, indeed.
Cafe in Buffalo
The above photos were taken by three Sons who visited a neat place called Laurel and Hardy Café, located in Buffalo, New York. The Sons are Irv Hyatt, Cliff Sawyer, and Mark Eisler, and they were there the weekend of September 10, 2016. These Sons were in Buffalo to attend a film show.
Mark Eisler is on the left of our photo and Cliff Sawyer is on the right.
Information about this place is: Laurel and Hardy Café, 1388 Broadway Street, Buffalo, New York. Phone: 716-896-6350.
If you're not familiar with the location of Buffalo, it is just 30 minutes from the US/Canada border.
Exhibition in the Netherlands
Below are photos of a Laurel and Hardy Exhibition in Noord-Schardwoude, a small town north of Amsterdam. The exposition opened earlier this month and will run till the end of January 2017.
Geoffrey Donaldson (who is staging the exhibition and who is seen in our second photo) was an Australian film historian who lived and worked in The Netherlands and did extensive ground breaking research into Dutch silent cinema.