The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239

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Last Meeting - June 14, 2014

The Early To Bed Tent meeting of June 14, 2014 was a celebration of the 124th anniversary of Stan Laurel’s birth.  Bob Duncan started us off by leading everyone in the singing of the Sons Of The Desert song along with the traditional toasts to those great supporting players from the Hal Roach Studios.  A special toast was offered to Grand Sheik Gene Sorkin and his Chimp Tent in Cincinnati, Ohio as they were celebrating Stan Laurel’s birthday on the same day and the same time as we were having our meeting.  After some announcements of several upcoming local events, Bob introduced our first two films for the evening. First up was Hollywood Steps Out, a Warner Brothers cartoon featuring many of Hollywood’s greats including a dancing Oliver Hardy.  This was followed by a Stan Laurel short comedy, Eve’s Love Letters.  After a brief break, the boys took charge of the laughter starring in Thicker Than Water and Come Clean.  During our next intermission, Bob Duncan and Stan Taffel delivered the good news to nine happy winners of some very nice prizes in our raffle. The evening concluded as Stan and Ollie were reunited after 20 years and picking up right where they left off in Block-Heads.  A Laurel and Hardy thank you to all of you who joined us for the evening from near and far.  We want to express a special thank you to ETB Tent member Roberta Goldberg for bringing copies of the words to the Sons Of The Desert song and sharing them with everyone in attendance.  Our gratitude goes out to the student volunteers of Temple City High School who helped us set up the room before our meeting.  Plus our sincere appreciation to those faithful “Night Owls” who stayed after the meeting to help us close up shop.  

 Next Meeting - August 16, 2014
The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will be hosting their next meeting on Saturday evening, August 16, 2014. This will be our 4th annual fundraiser for the Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. All of the proceeds from our raffle and silent auctions will be donated to this great effort to preserve the films of Stan and Ollie.  A comedy film program, a chance to socialize with fellow Sons and guests along with our traditional raffle will be a part of the evening's fun. Plus, the ETB Tent refreshment bar will be ready for you with hot dogs, beverages and more. As always, our gathering will take place at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Temple City, California.  The doors open up at 6:00PM and the meeting will begin at 6:45PM. We hope that you will be able to join us and we will look forward to seeing you there.

Film Program

Porky's Road Race  (1937)

On The Wrong Trek  (1936)

Night Owls  (1930)

Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's  (1965)

Stan and Ollie in Night Owls (1930)