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Next Meeting

Saturday, July 10, 2021
A Special Joint Meeting

with the Reichenbach Irregulars of Switzerland
A Worldwide Sherlockian Event
"Routes from the Reichenbach"
Zoom Registration is open. Click button below.


Inner Circle Meeting Notes Wrinting and Videos Quezzes and Puzzles



ATTENTA. . .Special Worldwide Sherlockian Event: "Routes from the Reichenbach" Saturday, July 10 at 1:00pm ET Registration is now open for a special worldwide Zoom event presented jointly by the Reichenbach Irregulars of Switzerland and The Red Circle. In this midsummer Alpine adventure, “Routes from the Reichenbach” will feature three noted Sherlockians from Europe and the UK who will each advocate a different route that Holmes might have taken from the falls to Florence. After the presentations will come a panel discussion, questions from our audience, a “Final Problem” quiz, and a vote to determine which route our audience thinks is the most likely one. It promises to be great fun, and free Zoom registration is available now. Just push the red button below.



Senter Essay Contest Winners Announced and Published   The Beacon Society has announced the winners of the 2021 R. Joel Senter Essay Contest for young people, and has published the prize-winning writings. First prize in the 7th to 9th grade category went to Kaitlyn Polchow for her essay "Thinking Like Sherlock Holmes." She begins, "Ever since I was young. . ." Dear me, dear me. Reading the work of these young Sherlockians is a joy, and you can do it simply by clicking here.

Sherlockian Societies info and interactive map are featured on the new and extremely useful website from the Beacon Society. Most Sherlockians know that the Beacon Society focuses its light on bringing the exploits of the Great Detective to young people. To advance that cause--and to provide an excellent resource for all Sherlockians--the Beacon Society's new website includes great information about Sherlockian societies along with a map pinpointing active groups and giving contact information for each. The Sherlockian Society page is here, and the home page for the new website is here.
To commemmorate the 10th anniversary of the Red Circle website, we've just completed a comprehensive "cleanup" of our pages, with special emphasis on our archive, which has grown substantially and features some truly fascinating content. We've divided the archive into four categories, which you can see in the box at the top of the page. Click on any of the topics to see its table of contents, from which you can call up individual items. This month your webmaster is exercising his "privilege of the chair" to revisit a paper I gave back in 2017 called "A Scandal in Manhattan," which investigated the quiz show scandals of the 1950s and how Sherlock Holmes was the unwitting victim of foul play on the Great White Way. I gave the paper again in 2019 in the Twin Cities at the popular conference  presented every three years by the Norwegian Explorers and the University of Minnesota Libraries. Both text and video versions are available. Click here for the text and click the street sign for the video.
  The Red Circle's March 13 Meeting brought 145 Sherlockians to our fourth virtual get-together. Our special guest was the always enjoyable Catherine Cooke, who Zoomed in from London to tell us about Mr. George Bradshaw and his ubiquitous Railway Guide--one of the references always on hand in the Baker Streeet flat. There were lots of other doings at the meeting as well, and you can read all about them in Carla Kaessinger Coupe's Meeting Notes here. You can also watch the video of the meeting simply by clicking the screen at the right.
"All Aboard" Quiz Measures Canonical Railroad Savvy. In honor of Catherine Cooke's presentation on Bradshaw's Guide, Dana Richards offered a railroad-themed quiz at the March 13 meeting. The winners were Susan Dahlinger, Roger Johnson, Marketa Koci and Karen Murdock. You can take the quiz here. The first two pages are the questions; the second two reveal the answers.
BSI Invests Ten New Irregulars; The Red Circle well represented  Peter E. Blau reports that the Baker Street Irregulars held their first-ever virtual annual dinner on January 8, via Zoom, and the agenda included the usual toasts, rituals and papers. This year the traditional toast to Mrs. Hudson was delivered by the lady herself, splendidly impersonated by Denny Dobry, from his re-created sitting-room at 221B Baker Street. The BSI's "Wiggins," Mike Kean, presented Birthday Honours (Irregular Shillings and Investitures) to ten people, three of them well known to the Red Circle: Debbie Clark ("Mrs. Cecil Forrester"), Carla Coupe ("The London Bridge") and Alan Rettig ("The Red Lamp"). Our congratulations to them all.
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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