The Red Circle is Sherlock's home in Washington DC. Now in our eighth 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

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Alfio's La Trattoria, Bethesda

Drinks at Noon
Lunch at 1:00

Special Guest: Glen Miranker, BSI
Full details mid-February


Inner Circle Meeting Notes Wrinting and Videos Quezzes and Puzzles


The Red Circle luncheon meeting on December 17 was a tremendous success. Read all about the proceedings in Carla Kaessinger Coupe's Meeting Notes here.
The Red Circle meets Artificial Intelligence  With all the commotion about artificial intelligence lately, your webmaster decided to see what the now-famous online guru called Chatbot has to say about us. On one hand, it's amazing that it got some things right; on the other, well, maybe it needs a little work. See for yourself. Chatbot's "term paper" is available for you to peruse. Click here to share the fun. 2/3/23 AR
BBC offers a musical Hound  You can add Mark Gatiss to the list of actors who have played both Sherlock and Mycroft. The BBC has recorded Neil Brand's 90-minute dramatization of The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Gatiss as Sherlock Holmes, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Watson, and a wonderful score played by the BBC orchestra. Auntie Beeb is currently offering the production online for free, but it will only be available until February 20. A word to the wise: turn off the lights, click here, and enjoy. 1/27/23 PB
Dan Stashower nominated for Edgar Award  The Mystery Writers of America have announced nominations for this year's Edgar Awards, and The Red Circle's Dan Stashower is on the list in the "Best Fact Crime" category for his new book, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper. Dan talked about the book at the Red Circle's virtual meeting on October 1, and the recording is available here. The Edgar winners will be announced on April 27 in New York. Good luck, Dan!  1/19/23 AR
AFI Celebrates Barrymore's 1922 Sherlock Holmes with Centennial Screening  The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland was the perfect place to present John Barrymore's star turn in the classic silent film Sherlock Holmes on the 100th anniversary of its release. A number of Red Circle members joined other film fans at the AFI's showcase theatre for the November 13 event, which was greatly enhanced by a live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Your webmaster was also on hand to introduce the film. The AFI's programming director Todd Hitchcock was a gracious host, and tells us that he's aiming for more Sherlock Holmes programming at the Silver in the near future. Watch this space!  11/14/22 AR
Sherlock Everywhere!  Both seasons of the excellent British television series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971 and 1973) will be available on WETA Passport beginning September 22. WETA Passport is one of the perks available to those who donate to the station. . .Enola Holmes 2 will debut on Netflix on November 4. This is the second film in the franchise starring Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock and Mycroft's younger sister. . .and Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade, the latest young-adult novel in her long-running series, was published on September 6.  9/8/22 AR
"Jerry's Gems" to be Regular Website Feature  Jerry Margolin's "Art in His Blood" presentation at the March 26 Red Circle meeting brought enthusiastic comments along with lots of follow-up viewings of the video. Jerry's holdings of Sherlockian art are so vast and so fascinating that we asked if we could feature some of them here at our website. He graciously agreed, so we'll be presenting a rotating gallery from his collection. Keep checking back for more, and thanks to Jerry for sharing.  6/22/22 AR

Beacon Society Publishes Senter Contest Winners  It’s always refreshing to be reminded that the world of Sherlock Holmes is populated by friends of all ages. The R. Joel Senter Essay Contest, administered by our friends at the Beacon Society, showcases student observations on the Great Detective, with essays written by young people in the fourth through twelfth grades. The 2022 winners have been announced, with their perceptive perspectives published for all of us to enjoy. You can read them here, and we recommend them highly.

Red Circle Pins Available  The pin has been proudly worn all over the Sherlockian world, from Rockville to the Reichenbach, so Red Circle members (which includes everyone who's ever been to a meeting) will treasure having their own. The price is $14.95 each, which includes shipping anywhere. Send an email to Tom Fahres to order.
Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter E. Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some 50 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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