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

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Alfio's La Trattoria
Drinks at Noon; Lunch at 1:00
Special Guest: Dr. Bradley Harper
"Sherlock Holmes as Science Fiction"



The Pawky Humorists. . .was a society for Sherlockian punsters, created once upon a time by Red Circle member Peter Ashman and reactivated by Red Circle member Norm Davis. Both of its leaders now are beyond the Reichenbach, and the society no longer is active, but its members would have enjoyed a letter to the editor of the  Daily Mail published on January 17 and kindly forwarded by Karen Murdock.  Written by Dave Cullen of Leeds, the letter is titled "Wordy Wise" and reads:
     Sherlock Homes -- ideal accommodation for private detectives.
     Doctor Whatson -- mess around with TV schedule.
     Mrs. Hadson -- Holmes's housekeeper is mother to a boy.
     221B Biker Street -- the address of Holmes' motorcycle assistants.
     Telementary -- transmitting pictures and sound is simple, my dear Watson. 
     The Sign of Pour -- dark, threatening sky.
     A Stud in Scarlet -- a charmer wearing bright red.
     The Round of the Baskervilles -- wealthy Dartmoor family buys the drinks.
While it may seem less than prudent to invite additions, your webmaster is an adventurous sort and will be happy to post same if they are sufficiently groanworthy and meet our high standards of taste and decorum. Send them along to alan@redcircledc.org. For starters, your webmaster proposes:
     Scuttlebutt from the Spermicidal Press -- a monthly broadside advocating birth control.
     The Bialy of Schmear -- unboiled onion bagel slathered heavily with cream cheese.
     Silver’s Blasé -- The Lone Ranger's horse is indifferent.
Two Red Circle members tapped for BSI  Congratulations to the two members of the Red Circle who received Irregular Shillings and Investitures at the annual dinner of the Baker Street Irregulars in New York on January 17: Ken Ludwig ("Jack Stapleton") and Dave Richards ("Colonel Warburton's Madness"). They now are among those who "can go everywhere, see everything, overhear everyone" (as noted by Holmes in The Sign of the Four). 

March meeting details set  Ever want to try your hand at being a medical examiner? Well, snap a rubber glove on that hand and join us for The Red Circle’s luncheon meeting on March 21. Our guest will be pathologist, medical examiner and Sherlockian author Dr. Bradley Harper. Brad will give us a look at forensic science, then explain how Holmes inspired the creation of the world’s first crime lab. And yes, he promises the opportunity to hone our own forensic skills as coroners-in-training. Much more information is on the Meeting Notice here.

 Notes from the Red Circle's December 13 dinner meeting can be found here.
"X"mas Marks the Spot  At the Red Circle's December dinner, quiz maven and part-time Santa Dana Richards left his latest Sherlockian stumper under the tree. It's a quiz with 25 quotations from the canon, each of which has a missing word containing the letter "X." All you have to do is supply the missing words. Easy, right? Give it a try. The first two pages contain the questions, and the second two pages add the answers. No fair peeking at pages 3 and 4 until you've finished or thrown in the towel. Take the quiz here.
Each year we compile the items of more than passing interest from this column and store them in the Archive. As the new year begins we highlight the Inner Circle doings from 2014. The items range from information on "The Giant Rat of Sinatra" to a talking Holmes statue to some noteworthy rulings by Federal courts. There's also news of a large-scale wordle map of literary London that's still available in 2020. It's worth a look back for some memories and some smiles. You can find the Inner Circle highlights from 2014 here.
 Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some four dozen 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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