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The Brushwood Gulch Gazette is the newsletter of the Way Out West Tent. It is published six times a year, shortly before regular tent meetings. Members receive the complete printed edition in the mail. The online edition features most of the articles found in the printed version, minus photos.

Special Event September 21st

Click here to read more about our special event on September 21st. Meal reservations required by September 12th.

Joan Del Mar and a Trio of L&H Films August 13

For our August 13th meeting, I'm happy to announce that our special guest for the evening will be Joan Del Mar. When Joan was 10 years old, she spent a long, hot afternoon in a Hollywood park, acting as the football score-keeper in Laurel & Hardy's Nothing But Trouble. During our meeting, Joan will talk a little about her film career and the people she met as a young actress in Hollywood. We will screen three Laurel & Hardy films.

In our first short for the evening, Hog Wild (1930), Ollie once again lets Stan help him. This time the job is to put up a radio antenna on the roof of the Hardy home. In typical Laurel & Hardy fashion, almost everything that could go wrong, goes wrong. Stan & Ollie never let us down!

In Scram! (1932), our second short for the evening, Stan and Ollie tango with the law. When Judge Beaumont (Rychard Cramer) tells vagrants Stan and Ollie to leave town immediately, the Boys do take him seriously. However, after they leave the courtroom they find a very drunk man (Arthur Housman) standing out in a driving rain. The man has dropped his car keys down a grating in the sidewalk and very much needs the Boys to help him get his keys and get him home. Vivien Oakland later appears as the judge's wife.

Our feature film for the evening will be Nothing But Trouble (1945). This is the Boys second to last film. I'll admit that Nothing But Trouble is far from Laurel & Hardy's most classic film, but it has some funny scenes. I also find the plot interesting. The trouble with the film is that the writers for the movie don't seem like they ever saw a Laurel & Hardy film. The film has some good gags, but just not Laurel & Hardy gags. The plot for the film finds the Boys befriending a young man who seems to be an orphan, but in reality is a young King in exile. Mary Boland also has a good part in the film as a wealthy socialite, who hires Ollie as a cook and Stan as a butler for a large dinner party.

The Mayflower Club is located at 11110 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Our meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. "Fisher Franks" (100% beef hot dogs) with your choice of chips will be sold at The Mayflower Club Kitchen. Refreshments will be sold at The Mayflower Club Bar. Free cake will be served on our second break. Hope to see you Tuesday, August 13th!

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South of the Border With Stan & Babe Sept. 21st

We will have our annual Saturday night special event on September 21, 2019, at the Mayflower Club. The doors will open at 5:00 to a dinner by Yuca's Catering of Pasadena. They received the James Beard Award, America's Classic category and Zagat: 2018 Best Mexican Restaurants in LA. They come highly recommended to us. Dinner will be from 5:00-6:00 and served up to you as you arrive.

On the menu will be a Taco Bar: Cochinita Pibil (pork), Pollo ala Yuca's (chicken), mini corn tortillas, Yuca's pico de gallo, guacamole, chips and salsa, Mexican white rice, pinto beans, cheese, and onions (vegetarians just omit the meat...lots of good food available for all). Cakes will be served for dessert.

Flyers with reservation forms will be sent out soon. Please save the date and join us for lots of good food, fun, movies, and surprises on Saturday, September 21st at the Mayflower Club.

Notes From Our June Meeting

At our last meeting, we screened Putting Pants on Philip, Dirty Work, Blotto, and clips of Margaret Kerry's work. We had a good turnout and another enthusiastic audience. Thanks to our special guest, Margaret Kerry, who lights up a room whenever she walks in. I also want to thank Bob Satterfield for bringing Margaret to our meeting and "Butch" Sorensen for providing the Three Stooges television clips that we screened. Finally, thank you to everybody who did a toast. As always you were great.

2020 Sons of the Desert Convention

With less than a year to go, now is the time to start planning to attend the next International Sons of the Desert Convention. The 2020 convention will take place June 10-14th in Providence, Rhode Island. Conventions consist of film screenings, trivia contests, games, touring local attractions, and other socializing. Laurel & Hardy fans from around the world will be in attendance. Registration Forms will be available at our next meeting. The main convention cost is $375 (paid in full by January 31, 2020) or $425 (paid AFTER January 31. 2020).

Mickey Daniels Headstone

A Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for a headstone for Our Gang's Mickey Daniels recently reached its goal. Mickey passed away in 1970 and was buried in a family plot without a headstone. Bob Satterfield has been working to get permission for the headstone, and the recent campaign has provided the funds. This will be a proper tribute to an important member of the Gang.