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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:03 pm    Post subject: Thousands celebrate Babe Reply with quote


    Article published in the Augusta Chronicle - Sun Oct 7th 2007

    Thousands celebrate Babe

    The city of Harlem opened its arms to the world Saturday as thousands of people from across the nation and across the Atlantic gathered for the 19th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.

    City officials said the crowd of about 37,000 featured guests from more than 30 states and Great Britain.

    Mayor Scott Dean said the festival is a chance to showcase Harlem "globally."

    The festival pays tribute to Hardy, Harlem's most famous native son, and his comic sidekick, Stan Laurel.

    Hardy, born in the city in 1892, made more than 100 films with Laurel.

    The festival featured a parade, screenings of Laurel and Hardy films and about 350 arts, crafts and food vendors.

    Birmingham, England, residents Martin and Julie Higgins returned to Harlem on Saturday for their second festival, having attended their first 17 years ago.

    "We've watched their films dozens of times and it still makes us laugh," Mrs. Higgins said. The couple also brought their three children to experience the festival.

    Feeling a little homesick, British transplants Mark and Viola Goodacre and their two daughters, now living in North Carolina, said they felt right at home with thousands of other Laurel and Hardy admirers. Mr. Goodacre said his family used to attend a Laurel and Hardy film festival in Birmingham.

    "We were missing that, but we wanted something locally," Mr. Goodacre said. In England, the comic legends retain their popularity, and Mr. Goodacre said he fondly remembers watching their films as a child.

    "It's like people keep rediscovering them as time goes on," he said.

    Saturday's festival was a special one for Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Preast, and not just because it was his first.

    Three weeks ago, while stationed in Iraq, Petty Officer 1st Class Preast was elected Grand Sheik of Harlem's Berth Marks Tent of the Sons of the Desert, an international group devoted to Laurel and Hardy.

    A lifelong fan, the Grovetown resident said he was unaware of Harlem's connection to Hardy until he stumbled across the city's Laurel and Hardy Museum.

    As Grand Sheik, he said, he will try to energize area fans of Laurel and Hardy and help continue efforts to keep interest in them alive.

    "Good humor never goes out of style," he said.

    Members of the Harlem High School Marching Band perform for the crowd during the 19th annual Oliver Hardy Festival.


    Grovetown residents Kirk Mitchell and his son Collin prepare funnel cakes during the 19th annual festival. People from more than 30 states and Great Britain enjoyed the fun Saturday.


    Harlem officials estimated between 35,000 and 37,000 spectators took part in Saturday's Oliver Hardy Festival. Harlem Mayor Scott Dean said the city knows of guests from at least 30 states and Great Britain.


    Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy impersonators Dennis Moriarty (left) and Dale Walter Sr. served as grand marshals of Saturday's 19th annual Oliver Hardy Festival. It was their 14th time in the job.


    Oliver Hardy impersonator Jamie McKenna whacks Stan Laurel look-alike Bill Leavy with a ukulele during a song and comedy routine for fans at Harlem's Laurel and Hardy Museum. The festival drew about 37,000 fans from far and wide.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is that guy cooking???????????????? Confused Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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what is that guy cooking???????????????? Confused Confused
Obviously some kind of low-fat health food.

It's great to see that people all over are continuing to be reminded of Laurel and Hardy, and that interest is in their films is being sparked as new fans become acquainted with the Boys.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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what is that guy cooking???????????????? Confused Confused

It looks like a brain!

(my wife says "not yours, he wouldn't need such a big pan")
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idle Al wrote:
Oxford Chump wrote:
what is that guy cooking???????????????? Confused Confused

It looks like a brain!

(my wife says "not yours, he wouldn't need such a big pan")


Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Now you're using my brain'.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dean wrote:
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Now you're using my brain'.


Laughing Laughing Laughing

apparantly its funnel cakes he's making Shocked

Thats a good pic of forum member Dennis with Dale as the boys.
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