Laurel and Hardy in NH

Fans from all over the world are headed to Manchester to celebrate the beloved comedians.




Call me a cab." "You're a cab." Who doesn't know whose joke that was? Even some young people - born long after Laurel and Hardy died - know. That's testimony to the enduring impact of the comic duo's performances.

More testimony, if needed, is the fact that there still are Laurel & Hardy fan clubs - or "appreciation societies," as they call them - operating all over the United States, in Europe and beyond. They even hold yearly conventions. And this year, it's in Manchester.

"It's the first time the convention has been held in New England," says Cliff Sawyer, the grand sheik for the Night Owls Tent. (Tent is Laurel & Hardy-speak for chapter. Each tent is named after one of their movies. The international club itself is called "Sons of the Desert," a movie released in 1933.)

The convention, held from July 19-22 at the Radisson Manchester, gives people like Sawyer a chance to immerse themselves in the Laurel & Hardy phenomenon. They'll watch their movies for, Sawyer says, "the millionth time." But every time you watch, he adds, "you see something you hadn't seen before. And, even though you know what's going to happen, you still laugh." He especially loves it when they get in trouble ("here's another fine mess you've gotten us into").

Some of the convention events are open to the public, like the movies shown at the public library, a putting contest in the park across from the hotel and a vaudeville act at the Palace Theatre.

For more information about the convention and the club, visit the local tent's website at 2012.looserthanloose.com and sotd.org.

Calendar

Popular Articles

  1. Is This the Oldest Known UFO Photo? One NH Researcher Finds Out
    Ryan Mullahy, a UFO writer and researcher, set out to either verify or discredit the photo.
  2. Lyme Disease: Separating the Myths From the Medicine
    Lyme disease is here again and stirring controversy
  3. Best of NH 2014 American & Seafood Restaurants
    In this section you'll discover where to find the best steakhouse, creamy and comforting mac and...
  4. A Close Encounter With Betty Hill
    In time for the Exeter UFO Festival happening at the end this month (August 30), David Mendelsohn...
  5. Best of NH 2014 Desserts, Ice Cream Stands and Bakeries
    We hope you saved room for dessert. There's something for every sweet tooth here - Greek...
  6. Best of NH 2014 Arts, Culture & People
    Discover new local bands, art galleries, music and performing arts venues and much more in this...
  7. Best of NH 2014 Pizzerias and Ethnic Food Restaurants
    Whether you feel like a slice of pizza or want to travel around the world without leaving New...