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Meeting Schedule for The Sons of the Desert NYC

Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
Time: 7:30 to 10:30

The New York Founding Tent meets monthly at The Church of the Transfiguration, founded in 1848 and home of The Episcopal Actors' Guild since 1923. "The Little Church Around the Corner," as it is commonly known, has welcomed theatrical legends including Edwin Booth, Joseph Jefferson, Basil Rathbone, Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Fontaine, Rex Harrison, and Charlton Heston, so we are in great company!

Meeting Location


The Church of the Transfiguration

One East 29th Street
(Between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10016

Church of the Transfiguration directions
Meeting Guidelines


There is no formal dress code as there was at our former location of The Players, but please dress respectably. We can bring refreshments and snacks, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises. Also, it is our responsibility to clean up after our meeting and leave the room as we found it. 

Cleaning up after our monthly meeting
Our June Film Lineup


  • GOING BYE-BYE! — "Excuse me please, my ear is full of milk." A Laurel & Hardy classic from 1934 that also stars Mae Busch and Walter Long.

  • SONS OF THE DESERT — Our namesake film! The International Laurel and Hardy Society takes its name from this 1933 film.

  • THE ROAD IS OPEN AGAIN — Get ready to sing along with this rare Warner Bros. 1933 short starring Dick Powell. (Up until the early 70s, this was a lost short. Former Sons member of the Night Owls Ralph Celentano found a 35mm nitrate and sent it to the AFI, and they preserved it and sent him in return a 16mm print. This is the print we'll be showing.)

This will be our last meeting until August 16th, our "back to school" special, when we will be running a great program AND we will be having two guests from the Blockheads Tent, Oasis #3: Grand Sheik Tracy Tolzmann and his wife Merrie.

If you want to bring a guest to our upcoming meeting, it's a one-time-only guest fee of $5, and then they will be given a membership form to join our tent! If they join us, we will deduct that $5 guest fee.

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