All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.
All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Drinks at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
- December 6 Reservation deadline for December 9 Red Circle Meeting
- December 9 Red Circle Dinner Meeting with James Grady
- January 4 - 8 Sherlock Holmes Birthday Weekend New York City will once again be home to what has become the longest "weekend" on the annual Sherlockian calendar, with five days of doings across Gotham. Although it's called the "BSI Weekend" by many, we point out once again that only the Friday night dinner is restricted to BSI members, and that the always enjoyable "Gaslight Gala" dinner is held simultaneously for those not anointed. The huge majority of events welcome all who wish to attend. A complete schedule, along with a registration form for BSI events and discounted hotel information can be found here.
- October 19 - 22 Mr. Wodehouse Goes to Washington The major conference of the Wodehouse Society will be held in Washington. Prelimnary information can be found here, and further details about how local Sherlockians can attend will be forthcoming. Watch this space.
For a much more comprehensive list of Sherlockian meetings and events around the United States and beyond, see Ron Fish's
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.
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.
Your Sherlockian Christmas List Ever since 2009 our friend Randall Stock has been publishing his "best of" lists just in time for the holidays. This year's list is chock full of carefully selected books and DVDs that would make excellent additions to any Sherlockian's collection. You'll find evergreens for new fans plus new releases that will please veteran devotees. Randall has a well-developed critical eye that guides him to the cream of the crop, and we recommend perusing his picks. You can find Randall's recommendations here.
Compliments of the (Halloween) Season There's a local Sherlockian who takes both the Canon and Halloween pretty seriously. If you're walking past the corner of Cedar and Tulip Avenues in Takoma Park, Maryland, you'll find 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 brings 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. Can we expect a goose at Christmas?
Ken Ludwig's Postmortem on deck at Montgomery Playhouse Ever since the film version of William Gillette's 1916 portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was discovered, rescued, preserved and projected on screens large and small during the past two years, there's been renewed interest in Gillette and his seminal dramatic interpretation of the Great Detective. But it was way back in 1983 that
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 Tom will have it available again at our December 9 dinner at the holiday discount price of $5.00. You can also 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.
A proper Sherlockian breakfast As is our early August custom, your webmaster along with a gaggle of family and friends spent a summer weekend at the Oak Grove Folk Music Festival in the pretty Victorian town of Staunton, Virginia. Before the music started on Saturday we repaired for breakfast to a restaurant we'd never visited before. The Store is a farm-to-table bakery and cafe, and Saturday morning is definitely the time for Sherlockians to visit. That's because the special is Eggs Cumberbatch, in which they substitute prosciutto for the traditional ham. Five of us ordered it, and five of us were very pleased we did. Mrs. Hudson could not have done better. Not that we ever doubted it, but again and again we prove Mycroft's eternal truth: We hear of Sherlock everywhere.
'Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that's a murder! Roberto Saviato's book Gomorrah: A Personal Journal into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System was adapted as an Italian movie Gomorrah (2008) and as a continuing Italian television series Gomorrah (2014). The title Gomrorrah is a pun: the organized crime system in Naples is the Camorra, which is mentioned in the manuscript of "The Adventure of the Red Circle" when Emilia Lucca explains that her husband joined a Neapolitan society, the Red Circle, which was allied to the famous Camorra. When the story was published, the Red Circle was allied to the old Carbonari, a change possibly made by an editor who didn't want to offend any members of the Camorra active in London. And happily, the television series is being broadcast with English subtitles on the Sundance cable channel on Wednesdays. There's a video teaser for the series here, and an interesting Wikipedia entry here. The earlier film also is available on DVD with English subtitles here.
from The Red Circle's June 4 meeting featuring Donna Andrews are reported by Jaime Mahoney. They're available here.
Know a Beekeeper? Give us a Buzz! One of your webmaster's cousins is an actor in Los Angeles. He sent along a note about an opportunity he came across out there: "CASTING NOTICE Are you or do you know a guy between 30 and 60, with Beekeeping experience or who IS a Beekeeper? Must be able to run." It seems a bit soon to be doing a remake of Mr. Holmes, so we wonder if there's another Sherlock flick in pre-production. In any case, would an actor who auditions but doesn't get this job suffer a stinging rebuke? Sorry.
Your Toast! Following an online investigation, the
A Quick Puzzle--Winners Announced, Solution Revealed! Our proprietor of puzzles Dana Richards sends along a "Sherlock Holmes Puzzle" by Harold Jacobs, which appeared in the February issue of
Wanted! John Turner On a recent visit to
RIP Douglas Wilmer Douglas Wilmer, whose acting career included multiple turns as Sherlock Holmes, died on March 31 at age 96. Mr. Wilmer made his stage debut in
from the Red Circle's March 18 dinner meeting are available here. Ray Betzner's presentation "Celebrating Vincent Starrett" is reported by Carla Coupe. Plus, a full transcript of Ray's talk is available on his blog here.
The Plays Were a Thing March was a vibrant month for Sherlockian theater in our metro area. At least five members of the
Monograms Quiz Winners Announced, Answers Revealed After being downloaded by well over 200 Sherlockians, three correct solutions were submitted to Dana Richards' "Monograms" quiz. Congratulations to Nancy Stanley, Denny Dobry and, ahem, your webmaster for correctly linking all 60 clues to the characters they describe. If you haven't looked at this clever challenge (or even if you have), you can find the quiz here, and the answers here. Trivial but heartfelt prizes will be awarded the winners, and we trust that Dana is already working hard on his next test of our Sherlockian savvy.
Website Tallies 100,000 Visits On January 2, 2016 The Red Circle website marked 100,000 visits since its launch in October of 2010. But more gratifying than the total is the steady increase in traffic each year. From 5,500 visits in 2011, our first full year, we logged some 32,000 in 2015--a six-fold increase. So we're pausing for a little cock-a-doodle of victory as we press on. Thanks to you for your interest, and thanks to all who help us keep the content reasonably fresh and the memory green: Peter Blau's "Scuttlebutt" is still the gold standard for all things Sherlockian, Carla Coupe writes our Meeting Notes, and many others are credited in our Writings section. All are due a bow, as is Bob Howard who provides our bandwidth and our troubleshooting. Finally, a tip of the deerstalker to our muse, Horace Harker of the Central Press Syndicate! -- Alan Rettig, Webmaster
Start Her Up, Watson! This previously unpublished photo of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was taken by Nils Rettig, a Swede who visited the German health resort Bad Homburg vor der Höhe on July 5, 1911 in connection with the Anglo-German motor race Prinz Heinrich-Fahrt (the Prince Henry tour). Nils Rettig, who your webmaster hopes is an ancestor, took photos of many of the royal drivers, along with this photo of Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle and his wife Jean took part in the tour, which went from
- Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for more than four decades, 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.