The International Buster Keaton Society’s 2022 Convention


Buster’s Back! The Damfinos are returning to the place Buster called home - Muskegon, Michigan - for an in-person Convention for the first time since 2019 (can’t think what happened in between…!) Join us on October the 7th & 8th 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. And what’s more, as it’s our 30th year, we dropped membership to $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!

* Our 30th year! *

A welcome at the historic train depot Buster and his family would have been very familiar with.
Talks and films at the historic Muskegon’s Woman’s Club.
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’.
A table-read of a new play about Buster and Eleanor’s life together, ‘Second Act’.
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 main Theater – this year “Backstage”, “The Electric House” and “Our Hospitality”, all 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.

Unfortunately our special guest, Gerald Potterton, has had to pull out of the event due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we are proud to announce that Buster Keaton’s grand-daughter, Melissa Talmadge Cox will be attending and giving a presentation on her dear ol’ Grandpa!

Hotel booking details

The Shoreline Hotel

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

Block Name: Buster Keaton Convention 2022

Block Dates & Rates:

Wednesday, October 5th $109 +tax Thursday, October 6th $109 +tax Friday, October 7th $129 +tax Saturday, October 8th, 2022 $129 +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 15th, 2022 – 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 9/15 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 2022 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 6, 2022

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 2022 (code BKC).

Convention Schedule Friday October 7th Saturday October 8th

Friday 7th October

I9-1. Registration at the Shoreline.

10-12. Welcome at the Depot.

12-2. Lunch*

2-4. Presentations at The Woman’s Club.

        2.00. Gerald Potterton: Filmmaker – Chris Seguin.

        3.15. Grandpa’s House – Melissa Talmadge Cox.

        4.00. Le Roi Des Champs-Elysees. 70m.

        5.15. Hollywood Hobbies. 10m.

        5.30. The Adventures Of Mr. Pastry. 25m.

4-6. Ron’s Bluffton Tour.

6-8. Dinner*

8-10.30. Presentations at The Woman’s Club.

               8.00. Buster Keaton Rides Again.

               9.00. Our Hospitality – David Macleod.

               9.30. Paul Gierucki’s Cavalcade Of Stuff.

Saturday 8th October

9-12. Presentations at The Woman’s Club.

9.00. Ten Girls Ago – Jack Dragga.

          10.00. The Villain Still Pursued Her – Jennifer Hargis.

          10.30. Paul Gierucki’s Cavalcade Of Stuff.

          11.30. Solving For The Saphead – David Kalat.

12-1.30. Lunch*

1.30-4.30. Presentations at The Woman’s Club.

             1.30. Second Act – Table read. Kevin McGue.

             3.30. Auction.

4.30-6. Break.

6-8. Banquet at the Frauenthal.

8-10. Films at the Frauenthal.


          The Electric House.

          The Eckard-Lees

          Our Hospitality.

10-12. Speakeasy.

*not provided