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On a personal note, I had occasion to visit Philadelphia and attend a dinner of the Sons of the Copper Beeches, a 60 year-old scion society that is thriving under the able leadership of Headmastiff Gideon Hill, BSI.

Among those in attendance was Michael Whelan, the "Wiggins" (the titular head) of the Baker Street Irregulars. Mike made some great remarks about Sherlockians and the Great Game that are worth paraphrasing here. Among them:
A general truth: at times, we take the Game seriously, but as a rule, Sherlockians generally enjoy themselves. One thing all scion societies have in common, whether they are six decades or six months old, is the desire for fellowship - that quiet confidence and satisfaction that we engage in a common interest.

An observation: that with over 400 Sherlockian/Holmesian societies worldwide, over 300 of them are in the United States. Why is it that more than 70% of the world's Sherlockian groups are in our backyard?

A reminder: the Baker Street Irregulars is not simply a group of people who gather once a year for a dinner in New York. The BSI are not "Jupiter descending," as Holmes once referred to Mycroft coming to Baker Street - they are people in your midst at every meeting; Sherlockians, like you, who have a sincere interest in the stories and in each other.
I can highly recommend Philadelphia and its Sherlockians. The next time you're in town, consider getting in touch with Gideon Hill. You won't regret it.

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