The Red Circle is Sherlock's home in Washington DC. Now in our seventh decade, we continue to celebrate his immortality and enjoy each other's company.
All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.

Next Meeting

Friday, March 10, 2017
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Drinks at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
Guest Speaker
Harrison "Terry" Hunt
"The Long Island Cave Mystery"



  James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor, joined us as guest speaker at the Red Circle's December 9 meeting. Carla Coupe reports on the proceedings here.

There's No Charisma in Christmas -- Winner Announced, Answers Revealed  The Red Circle's intrepid quizmaster Dana Richards was in the holiday spirit with a new test of our Sherlockian knowledge. Dana challenged us to complete a series of Canonical quotations using only the letters in the word "Christmas." You can read and download the challenge here. The only correct solution was submitted by Nancy Stanley, to whom go profuse congratulations and a trivial but heartfelt prize from the trivial but heartfelt prize locker in a remote corner of Peter Blau's holdings. Click here for the answers.

Sherlock Holmes in Washington. . .again!  Yes, we hear of Sherlock everywhere, including at the fan website for Washington's own professional soccer team, DC United. There we find a clever, well-researched Holmes pastiche, "The Black and Red Band." Since the story contains some abstruse references to the game of soccer as well as to the world of the great detective, the authors have thoughtfully provided a glossary to explain the esoterica to Sherlockians and soccer fans alike. For instance, in the glossary we learn that "Conor Doyle" is not a misprint! At the core of the story is Washington's Buzzard Point, the site of the new soccer stadium set to open in 2018. The story--and the glossary--are lots of fun, and thanks to David Rusk and Adam Taylor you can read and/or download "The Black and Red Band" here. You can do the same with the glossary here.

A Political Animal  The Red Circle has long pursued links between politics, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. "This is the first fault of our politics, where one party rejoices to break what the other has bound," Conan Doyle wrote in Through the Magic Door.  And it was Sherlock Holmes who said in The Mazarin Stone, "When the other fellow has all the trumps, it is time to throw down your hand." But there's more to be learned about Conan Doyle's political beliefs. We offer as proof this election poster, issued when he was a candidate for for the Border Burghs in 1906. Thanks to Dan Stashower for remembering the poster, which was included in Christie's auction of the Conan Doyle family archives in 2004. You can read and/or download a full size .pdf version of the poster here.

Carla Coupe's report on the Red Circle's September 23 meeting is available here. It was a special treat to welcome the FBI's Charlie Rooney as our guest, and hearing of his exploits fighting organized crime made for a fascinating and enjoyable evening.

Compliments of the (Halloween) Season   There's a local Sherlockian who takes both the Canon and Halloween pretty seriously. If you were walking past the corner of Cedar and Tulip Avenues in Takoma Park, Maryland in October, you'd have found a yard display featuring skeletons, a Baker Street sign, a small memorial to Dr.Watson, and Sir Charles Baskerville's final resting place--among other seasonal tableaux. The ghoulish foolishness brought a big grin, and it certainly stopped your webmaster's good friend Alison Rosenberg in her tracks. There are no Red Circle members from Takoma Park in Peter Blau's active file, but we hope the homeowners will hear of our interest and pay us a visit sometime.

Red Circle pin available   Tom Fahres unveiled his new Red Circle pin at the September meeting. The colorful memento notes the year of the Red Circle's founding, and you can get a pin by mail for $10.95 postpaid. Send your request and your check to Tom Fahres, 521 Beacon Hill Terrace, Gaithersburg, MD  20878.

Your Toast!  Following an online investigation, the Red Circle's Ross Davies determined that there's a need for a central repository of Sherlockian toasts. So Ross started one himself. His aim is to gather as many toasts as possible from all who are willing to participate. The first few are already online, and you can see them here, along with information about how to add your own toast--or toasts!--to the archive. The toast doesn't have to be to the Master himself; any Sherlockian reference qualifies. So if you've ever lifted a canonical glass and said a few words, you're invited to join the fun. We're looking forward to seeing the list grow into a good old index of Sherlockian tributes.

  • Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some 45 years, and has a permanent home right here on our website. It's the most remarkable collection of Sherlockian news and notes anywhere, and your webmaster recommends a monthly visit. The very latest edition is available now, as are past numbers. It's just a click away--use the "Scuttlebutt" button at the top of the page.
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