The International Buster Keaton Society’s 2023 Online Convention


‘The Three Ages Of Buster'

The Damfinos are back in Muskegon, Michigan for our 2023 Convention. Join us on October the 6th & 7th for two full days of our favorite comedian.

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You can attend for the full event, just one day, just for the film and banquet – but if you’re a member of The International Buster Keaton Society you get $10 off the full event. Membership is just $30 wherever you are in the world, with family memberships now just $40. With all profits going towards our preservation projects plus membership card, pin, three exclusive magazines a year, monthly members-only content and a discount in our store it’s win-win!
Highlights include:

A welcome at the historic train depot Buster and his family would have been very familiar with.

Talks and films covering the three ages of Buster – the early vaudeville days, the Silent years, and the later years – at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Local expert, Ron Pesch is your guide on a walking tour of the Bluffton Actors’ Colony, where the Keatons and many other fellow Vaudevillians stayed and played during their summer lay-off.

Incredible Keaton rarities courtesy of ‘Paul Gierucki’s Cavalcade of Stuff’.

Our regular Damfinos Auction – a chance to bid for some tempting Keaton items and raise money for the Society.

Our spectacular Saturday night at the magnificent Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon: our Thanksgiving Banquet in the Reception Gallery; our evening of films in the main Theater – this year, a couple of newly restored Educational shorts and commercials, courtesy of Paul Gierucki, and a centenary presentation of Buster’s first independent feature, “Three Ages”, accompanied by our maestro, Dennis Scott at the magnificent theatre organ; and our traditional Speakeasy onstage at the Frauenthal.

We have a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate for the convention at The Shoreline Inn and the Delta Hotel. Please call for reservations to get the discounted rooms – full booking details further below.

All this and more, so join the Dam-family BACK in Muskegon.

Hotel booking details

The Shoreline Hotel

The Shoreline Inn and Conference Center
750 Terrace Point BLVD
Muskegon, MI 49440

Block Name: BTPUTZ

Block Dates & Rates:

Wednesday, October 4th $109 +tax Thursday, October 5th $109 +tax Friday, October 6th $139 +tax Saturday, October 7th, 2023 $139 +tax

*no minimum night stay requirement*

Number of Rooms: 50 (standard rooms with one king bed and standard rooms with two queen beds)

Payment: Guests are paying for their own rooms. Guests will be asked to provide a credit or debit card to confirm their reservations when they call.

Cut Off Date: September 8th, 2023 – reservations MUST be made on or before this date to guarantee a room at the block rate. Reservations will not be accepted in this block after the cut off date. Any rooms not reserved by 9/8 will be released from the block.

Cancellations: Guests should cancel any group room reservations by 4PM local hotel time, at least 2 days prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty.

How to Make Reservations:
By Phone: Guests should call the hotel at 231.720.4200 and use prompt ‘5’ to speak to the front desk. Be sure to mention that you are reserving a room with the Buster Keaton Convention 2023 block.

Or alternatively call: +18555161090

Online: Use this link to book on a computer (please note this link is not currently working on mobile devices):

Hotel Information & Amenities:

check in time is 4PM
check out time is 11AM
100% non-smoking hotel on beautiful, lakefront property in-room microwaves, mini-fridges & Keurig coffee makers complimentary wifi
indoor pool, two hot tubs & fitness center
seasonal outdoor pool
two restaurants on property:

The Lake House Waterfront Grille

The Lake Effect Bistro & Lounge

onsite shop with snacks, drinks, health/beauty items, souvenirs, etc

24/7 coin-operated laundry

complimentary self-parking

close proximity to bike/walking paths

close proximity to Downtown Muskegon (restaurants, bars, museums, local shopping, farmer’s market, etc – please visit for more information)


The Delta Hotel

The Delta Hotel
939 Third Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Last Day to Book: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Delta Hotels Muskegon Convention Center for 129 USD per night

Call In Reservations: 1-833-999-0181 – You will need ask specifically for the Group Block under Buster Keaton Convention 2023 (code BKC).



Convention Schedule

***Please note that all registrations purchased after Thursday Sept 28th will not include the banquet since this is the deadline date for the caterers. All other events including the movie and speakeasy are still included.***