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

1:00p.m. ET -- Via Zoom

Our Special Guest:
Nicholas Meyer
"The Great Escape"
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ATTENTA. . .ATTENTA  The date for our meeting with Nicholas Meyer has been changed. The meeting will now be held on December 4 at 1:00pm Eastern Time.  If you have previously registered for December 11, that registration has been VOIDED. Please click the button below to re-register for December 4, and use the new logon that you will receive to join the meeting.
Registration is open for Red Circle virtual meeting with Nicholas Meyer on December 4  We're excited to announce that the distinguished writer, director, storyteller and Sherlockian Nicholas Meyer will join us at our virtual Red Circle meeting at 1p.m. ET on December 4 (with our customary social time beginning at 12:30). Among Nick's many credits are five Sherlockian pastiches, the latest of which, The Return of the Pharaoh, was published on November 9. See more information here. Zoom registration is now open. Just push the button below! We look forward to having you with us.

High Shticking: Ovechkin as Holmes  DC area hockey fans know that Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is having another fine season, and has just claimed fourth place on the National Hockey League’s all-time list of most goals scored. Meanwhile, back home in Russia, Ovy is appearing in a TV commercial for a local bank, donning the deerstalker to explain to a befuddled Russian businessman how easy it is to apply for a loan using the bank’s app. And the last word in any language is, of course, “elementary.” Click the arrow to play.




Goodbye to 10-year medallion  For the past year we’ve proudly displayed our 10-year medallion here on the home page. But we must now retire it, because November 2021 marks a full eleven years since our website went live. We’ve enjoyed the ride, enjoyed getting to know more and more Sherlockians at every turn, and enjoyed the continued enthusiasm for the Great Detective—even through the convulsive two years just past. As always, we invite you to explore our Archive via the right-hand box above. It's loaded with articles, meeting notes, Inner Circle highlights, quizzes and videos that chronicle our beloved Red Circle. And thanks for keeping us on your “favorites” list!

Around in Circles!  The circles may not have been red, but the century-old Dentzel Carousel at Maryland's Glen Echo Park was an irresistible draw for Peter Blau and Dan Stashower at our September 25 picnic. Peter claimed that he was looking for Silver Blaze! Read the meeting notes here, and take the "Parks and Recreation" Quiz here.
Routes from the Reichenbach captures worldwide audience  The July 10 joint meeting of The Red Circle and The Reichenbach Irregulars of Switzerland boasted some 150 participants from at least 15 countries. It was a grand launch party for the new book from the Reichenbach Irregulars, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle and Switzerland. Drawn from one of the book's main themes, the program for the day was "Routes from the Reichenbach," as three experts on both Sherlock Holmes and Switzerland's challenging terrain presented their views about how Holmes managed to foil Moriarty's henchmen and travel safely from the falls to Florence after the professor's precipitous plunge from the precipice. The research and creativity of our special guests Eva Iggland, Guy Marriott and Bryan Stone were evident as they each mapped a different route, and their exuberant turns at playing the Grand Game were appreciated by all. In the USA, the book is available from amazon; in Europe it's available from Books on Demand. And, the highly entertaining video of the event is available simply by clicking the screen.
Senter Essay Contest opens  Calling all young Sherlockians in 4th through 12th grades! The Beacon Society tells us that the Joel R. Senter Essay Contest is accepting entries for the new school year. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to winners in three age groups. Each entrant must have an adult sponsor, so here's your chance to encourage and mentor youngsters as they make their early contributions to the writings about the writings. All entries are due by February 1, 2022, and complete entry information is here. Let the writing begin!

A Broken Circle  Our friend Randall Stock is well known for his “Best of Sherlock Holmes” lists. Paul Thomas Miller of Portsmouth aims to become just as famous in the opposite direction. His “Doyle’s Rotary Coffin” society was inspired by Will Ferrell’s Holmes & Watson, and features all manner of what he considers Holmes at his worst. Case in point: by mashing together The Red Circle’s namesake story and the popular Christian hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” Paul offers the music video “The Red Circle Will Be Broken.” You’re invited to watch and listen 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.
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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