'Beyond the Pale' and The Homburg Society of New York jointly present a fabulous Procol Harum Fans' Convention 'In Held 'Twas N.Y.' .
You'll find a link at the foot of the page by which to make your booking; but please read the rest of this first, and FAQ page.
|The Convention, like BtP's other major parties –
2000 (Guildford, UK); May
2001 (Kristiansand, Norway); June
2001 (Manchester, UK); July 2003
(Hollywood, USA); August 2006 (Lejre, Denmark);
July 2007 (Smith Square, London);
April 2013 (Wuppertal, Germany)
– takes place because fans are naturally congregating to hear Procol Harum play,
and the pleasure of that is enhanced by making/meeting friends beforehand,
trading stories, showing memorabilia, eating and drinking together; and then
more of the same afterwards! Many significant friendships have formed in such a
way: you'll be meeting people who share your lifetime's love of some eternally great music.
In particular: the Convention venue is Mirelle's Continental Restaurant and Catering, which, at 170 Post Avenue Westbury, NY 11590, is a very short walk from Procol's gig at #250 on the same street. Mirelle's has ample car parking and is close to the Long Island Rail Road, Westbury Station.
The party will start at 2.30, and the ticket-price includes a sit-down
fully-catered meal (with vegetarian option) at about 5 pm to set you up for the Procol show. There's a cash bar, and
music will be provided for the first time by two bands: New York's own 'Broken
Barricades', an expert and polished five-piece unit, and The Palers' Band, a
multinational scratch ensemble who – very probably with special guests – and
after brief rehearsal, will present their own exciting but possibly
less-perfect versions of the Procol repertoire. The main attraction, as always, is the people, your fellow fans.
The Procol Harum
gig – a brief walk away – follows, doors at 7 pm, band onstage at 8.
In a nutshell, then:
|Saturday afternoon 12 July||2.30 onwards||Party at Mirelle's, with meal and music|
|Saturday evening||7pm for 8pm||Procol Harum in concert|
|Saturday night||About 10.15 onwards||Party at Mirelle's, with more music|
|Wee small hours of Sunday||Back to the hotel (see separate page)|
The following day you have plenty of time to find your way to Westhampton – not a problematic journey by road – for the third of three consecutive Procol shows (assuming nobody's missed the Manhattan show on Friday 11 July).
Then, most of us will go back to the Westbury Basecamp hotel (saves the trouble of finding something you can afford at Westhampton)
You will find a very useful convention FAQ here
Entrance to the Convention is by ticket only (one ticket covers two parties): per person, 92 US dollars ... priced, as always, to cover costs and give everyone a splendid time.
Sorry the Convention is sold out
No physical ticket will be send to you; identify yourself on arrival and your name will be on the door list.
Grateful thanks: Tito Davila, Bert Saraco and Gary Celebre of The Homburg Society; Chris Cooke, Procol Harum management
Procol dates in 2014 | Gary Shepard's party pix