The Stephen Crane House, 508 4th Ave., Asbury Park, and the one-time home of the author of the first great novel about the Civil War, salutes the son of a Confederate Army soldier wounded at the Battle of Antietam during a program scheduled for Jan. 28.
On Oliver Hardy’s grave is a plaque that reads: “A Genius of Comedy (1892-1957), his talent brought joy and laughter to all the world.” One half of the brilliant and beloved team of Laurel and Hardy, Oliver was born 125 years ago this month and 2017 also marks 60 years since his death.
He and his partner and friend for life were personal heroes of Frank D’Alessandro who is hosting the program at the Crane House at 3 p.m.
Knowing that our world could use a double dose of joy and laughter this month, the Crane House will screen a double feature and a short subject beginning at 3 p.m.. After a brief biography of Hardy, “Blockheads” (57 minutes, B&W, 1938) will be shown. This will be followed at 4:15 by the 3-reeler (30 minutes) “Chickens Come Home” (1931).
At 4:45 p.m. the tribute will concluded with Laurel and Hardy’s one and only “western”, “Way Out West” (65 min., B&W, 1937).
Light refreshments, including an Oliver Hardy Birthday cake will be available. As usual, there is no charge for admission, but any and all donations by check or in cash will go to the Asbury Park Little League (or to the Asbury Park Historical Society if you so wish and designate).