You may ask what we were doing in Augusta, Georgia. Well, before I was able to give you part two of my travel diary, it seems the Augusta Chronicle was there ahead of us:
Thousands celebrate comedian
By J. Scott Trubey| Columbia County Bureau
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.You can read the whole article, and see several pictures, by going to the link above, though you'll have to sign up for a (free) subscription. And I'll complete my travel diary, I hope with pictures, as soon as possible.
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 . . .
. . . . 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.
Update (27 October): Savannah Morning News has the same story.