There are no membership requirements other than an interest in the tenants at 221B Baker Street.
There are no membership dues other than postage costs if you want meeting notices mailed to you. Most people get this information via e-mail or at this website.
Dinner meetings are held four or five times a year at the National Press Club, Washington's answer to Mycroft's Diogenes Club. After all, what group in Washington is more "unclubbable" than journalists? Each meeting notice lists the agenda.
Drinks and dinner at our meetings are Dutch treat.
There are no business meetings, no board of directors, no treasury. There were four founding officers, but two of them have died, one has vanished, and the fourth makes only occasional appearances. No replacements have been named.
There are numerous committees, such as the Committee on Quizzes, the Committee on Victuals and the Committee on Commercials. However, these committees never meet and their membership is unknown.
Members are often found at other Sherlockian goings-on, such as plays, films, talks, and gatherings of mystery lovers. The Committee on Things Like That keeps members up-to-date on these opportunities via this website and announcements at meetings. Many members participate in a number of Sherlockian groups.
Black Peter - Peter Blau
Webmaster - Alan Rettig
Technical Guru - Bob Howard
For more than half a century the Red Circle has been a meeting place for those interested in Sherlock Holmes and his world. The Red Circle is one of many such societies worldwide, and we're proud to be Sherlock's home in our nation's capital.
When Sherlockian extraordinaire John Bennett Shaw was asked about the requirements for establishing a Sherlock Holmes society, his legendary answer was, "All you need are two Sherlockians and a bottle of booze." Then he added, "In a pinch you can dispense with one of the Sherlockians."
In the spirit of Mr. Shaw's prerequisites, the Red Circle is probably one of the more informal Sherlockian societies. See the evidence at the right.
You are more than welcome to join the fun. Just click Next Meeting and come along!
The original two Sherlockians
Today's Red Circle