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Next Meeting

Saturday, December 17, 2022
Live luncheon at Alfio's


Guest: Dr. Ashley Polasek
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Inner Circle Meeting Notes Wrinting and Videos Quezzes and Puzzles


Ashley Polasek to headline Red Circle luncheon meeting on December 17  The Red Circle will celebrate its return to live meetings with a very special event in December. Our guest, Dr. Ashley Polasek, BSI, wears two deerstalkers: she's a renowned Holmes expert whose Ph.D. is in Sherlockian adaptations; and she's the Executive Director of the Ken Ludwig Company. Ken is the celebrated Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright whose Sherlockian plays, The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery are regularly performed across the country and around the world. Ken has just written another adventure starring the Great Detective. It's called Ken Ludwig's Moriarty, with its premiere scheduled for Cleveland in the spring, and many more productions to follow. The topic of Ashley's talk will be Ken Ludwig's Moriarty: Workshopping a Textbook of Friendship. She'll give us first-hand insights into the development process as a major new play is prepared for production. There'll be plenty of time for discussion after Ashley's talk, and the playwright himself, Ken Ludwig, BSI, will also be on hand for the question-and-answer session. We look forward to welcoming two good friends, Ashley and Ken, back to the Red Circle.
We'll meet at our pre-pandemic stomping grounds, Alfio's Restaurant in Chevy Chase with drinks at noon and lunch at 1:00 on December 17. For more information, menu, directions, lunch price, etc., click here. Then click the button below to tell Peter Blau that you're coming! Note that we will ask that you show proof of COVID vaccination. 11/11/22 AR
Ho-Ho-Holmes  Although Randall Stock's "Best of Sherlock" listings are always worth a look, the holidays are a great time to check them for gift ideas for your favorite Sherlockians. Randall's selections are always thoughtful, well curated and accurately described. Click here for this year's list, and happy hunting! 11/16/22 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
Dan Stashower highlights Red Circle October Meeting. Video available.  Multi-award-winning author and Red Circle member Dan Stashower was on hand on October 1 to give us many remarkable insights into his new book, American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper. A lively question-and-answer period followed Dan's talk, and the meeting included toasts, reports, coming attractions, and a quiz from Dana Richards entitled "ness is on your tail." The quiz challenged us to identify words in the Canon ending with the letters "ness." The video of all the festivities is available simply by clicking the screen at the right. Highly recommended!  10/3/22 AR
And be sure to read Carla Kaessinger Coupe's comprehensive meeting notes about the October 1 meeting. They're available here.
Nicholas Utechin passes  We are sad to report that the distinguished British Sherlockian Nicholas Utechin died on August 18. Nick was an honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and the Red Circle of Washington, and was the guest speaker at our virtual luncheon on September 5, 2020. You can see his fine talk on "British Beginnings" here9/8/22 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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