Saturday, December 16, 2023
Alfio's La Trattoria
4515 Willard Avenue, Bethesda
Drinks at noon; lunch at 1:00
Harrison "Terry" Hunt
All times US prevailing Eastern
- September 18 and continuing VIRTUAL Sherlock Mondays Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library presents a weekly series of 90-minute programs covering 27 of the stories (from A Study in Scarlet to “The Empty House”), featuring senior manager of public programs Edward G. Pettit and a rotating group of co-hosts. You can watch live, or view the videos at the Rosenbach’s YouTube channel. Each episode begins at 7:00pm, and a complete list of dates and stories, along with registration information, is here.
- December 16 Red Circle Holiday Lunch Information in Inner Circle at left.
- January 10 - 14 Sherlock Holmes Birthday "Weekend" in New York. Full information and registration form here.
- February 1 - 25 The Victorian Ladies' Detective Collective The play is billed as "Sherlock Holmes meets Arsenic and Old Lace," although neither the great detective nor Abby nor Martha appear in the cast. But there is a brazen 1893 serial killer terrorizing London and two sisters giving chase. The game's afoot at the Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre, and full info is here.
- February 25 The Polyphonic Motets of Lassus mentioned by Watson in "The Bruce-Partington Plans" will be performed by Chantry at St. Mary Mother of God Church in DC. Information is here.
- April 25 Beekeeper's 30th -- Russell and Holmes Day A full day of Russell and Holmes fun, celebrating 30 years since the publication of Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Laurie and guests (inlcuding Peter Blau, of course) will happily wax on during this honey of a day. It all happens at the Bethesda North Marriott on the day before Malice Domestic begins. Register early here. It's likely to sell out.
- April 26 - 28 Malice Domestic The 36th annual gathering of the mildly murderous will convene at the Bethesda North Marriott. Information is here.
For a much more comprehensive list of Sherlockian meetings and events around the United States and beyond, see Ron Fish's
The only known surviving Sherlock Holmes cover art from Classics Illustrated comic books, published by the Gilbertson Company
Peter Cushing portrays Sherlock Holmes in this piece by pop artist David O'Keefe. David is a well known caricaturist who created this image under a commission from Jerry Margolin.
The Show Must Go On A throng of Red Circle stalwarts was on hand at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg for the September 30 performance of R. Hamilton Wright’s play Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem. Even so, the meeting of the Red Circle, scheduled to coincide with the performance, was cancelled at the last minute. Peter Blau was under the weather (nothing serious) and was unable to attend. Upon learning this, Carla Coupe and your webmaster made a dramatic decision just before the house lights dimmed: we formally cancelled the Red Circle meeting, thereby preserving Peter’s record of never having missed one since he reconstituted our merry band more than a half century ago. Despite our decree, the Kentlands Community Players proceeded with the performance, and all in attendance were very glad they did, agreeing unanimously that both the play and the performance were very enjoyable indeed. After the curtain calls, the evening concluded with a lively talkback among the cast, director Vanessa Markowitz and the enthusiastic audience. 10/2/23 AR
"Operation Sting" remembered. Peter Blau is not the only Red Circle veteran who remembers the mid-70s law enforcement operation that resulted in more than 100 arrests of theives who fenced their plunder to FBI and DC police officers posing as wise guys of the Italian mob. FBI agent Bob Lill and DC lieutenant Bob Arscott adopted comical (not to say offensive) "noms de sting" like Rico Rigatone and Angelo Lasagna to front the operation. Later, Arscott was a featured speaker at Bouchercon at the National Press Club, with many from the Red Circle participaing in the festivities. A humorous four-minute video from WETA details the operation. Watch it here. 9/20/23 AR
A "Red Circle" Compendium A lasting Sherlockian legacy of the COVID plague is The Legion of Zoom, an amalgamation of Sherlockians who have participated in more sciontific Zoom meetings than ought to be permissible under international humanitarian law. The Legion, via sparklug Steve Mason, is providing its members cannily curated compendiums of canonical chronicles, and has graciously allowed us to share with you the edition devoted to “The Red Circle.” It’s great fun to see “our” story’s story, with characters, plot points, publication history, artwork and more wrapped in a handsome package. Have a look for yourself, and enjoy! 2/6/23 AR
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