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It's that time of the year! I don't know about you, but I'm always excited from the time I receive the official word of the BSI Weekend to the time of the event. It's like a second Christmas for a Sherlockian like me.

The year 2007 marks Sherlock Holmes' 153rd birthday and Sherlockians in New York City will celebrate it in style. Events are listed below, with appropriate links to maps, resources, RSVPs and the like. A printable RSVP form is available at the Baker Street Journal site. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what goes on, what to expect, etc.

Wednesday, January 10

ASH Wednesday
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes' formally kick off the weekend with a dinner, for those who are already in the city.
6:30 p.m. Dinner at O'Casey's (map)
Cost: Attendees pay their own checks, it's a good idea to let Susan Rice know if you're coming to the event.


Thursday, January 11


The Christopher Morley Walk

Jim Cox and Dore Nash lead the Christopher Morley Walk.
9:30 a.m. The walk commences at the Algonquin Hotel (map)
1:30 p.m. Lunch at McSorley's following the Walk

Cost: The walk is free; lunch is pay-your-own
Please let Jim Cox know if you're planning to attend.

The BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
This year's Distinguished Speaker is none other than Laurie R. King, the Edgar-winning author of the Mary Russell and Kate Martinelli series. Her latest novel is The Art of Detection
6:15 p.m. BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture at the Williams Club (map)
Cost: $11.00 per ticket
You can request a copy of the announcement and reservation form from The Baker Street Irregulars, 7938 Mill Stream Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or you can download it here.

Friday, January 12


Open House - Mysterious Bookshop
11:00 a.m. Otto Penzler opens the Mysterious Bookshop (map) to Sherlockians; open until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Depends on what you buy from Otto (heh, heh)

William Gillette Memorial Luncheon
12:00 noon Lunch and entertainment at Moran's Chelsea Seafood Restaurant (map)
Cost: $43.00 for salmon or chicken; $48.00 for roast beef
Contact Susan Rice for an announcement; send checks to her at 125 Washington Place #2-E,New York, NY 10014.

The Beacon Society
3:15 p.m. The Beacon Society's annual meeting and Fourth Annual Beacon Award in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel (map)
Cost: Free
Nominations for the Beacon Award are open until December 1

Commemorative Visit to Morgans Bar
5:00 p.m. Join a group for a pre-dinner drink at the site of the very first BSI Dinner held in the now-defunct Hotel Duane Grill Room. The site is now Morgans Bar and is located just a block from the Union League Club (map) - open to all. Enter the door to the far left end of the building and proceed downstairs.

The Baker Street Irregulars Dinner
6:00 p.m. The BSI dinner at the Union League Club (map) - invitation only

The Gaslight Gala
6:30 p.m.
The Gaslight Gala (dinner and entertainment) at the Manhattan Club (map) - open to all Sherlockians and their friends
Cost: $75.00 (checks payable to Will Walsh) should be sent to Carol Fish, Box 4, Circleville, NY 10919
Please include your e-mail address and primary Sherlockian society affiliation). Early reservations are advised for the William Gillette luncheon and the Baskerville Bash.

Those who wish to have seasonal souvenirs in the dinner packets can send 175 copies (for the BSI) to James B. Saunders (3011 47th Street, Astoria,NY 11103), 125 copies (for the Gala) to Francine Kitts (35 Van Cortlandt Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301), and 20 copies (for The Women) to The Woman Dinner, 7938 Mill Stream Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278); your material should arrive by Dec. 15.


Saturday, January 13

The Dealers' Room
A wide variety of Sherlockiana will be offered for sale on the second floor of the Algonquin Hotel (map)
9:30 a.m. Doors open; runs until 12:30 pm
Please contact Ralph Hall (2906 Wallingford Court, Louisville, KY 40218) (502-491-3148) for information information about dealers' tables.

The Clients of Adrian Mulliner
Devotees of the works of both John H. Watson and P. G. Wodehouse will hold a Junior Bloodstain
12:00 p.m. Junior Bloodstain, second floor of the Algonquin Hotel
If you are planning to attend, please tell Anne Cotton (12 Hollywood Street, South Hadley, MA 01075).
Cost: Free, old Bean

The Baker Street Irregulars Annual Reception
Open to all Sherlockians and friends. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar.
1:30 p.m.
Doors open at the New York Bar Association (map)
Cost: $65.00 in advance; $75.00 at the door
You can request a copy of the announcement and reservation form from The Baker Street Irregulars, 7938 Mill Stream Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or you can download it here.

Lost in New York with a Bunch of Sherlockians
Presented by Baker Street West 1 and The Curious Collectors of Baker Street will present
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Kennedy's Irish Pub & Restaurant (map)
Cost: $35.00 per person (including tax and tip, and with a cash bar).
Reserve by sending your checks (payable to the CCOBS) to Jerry and Chrys Kegley (9338 Sophia Avenue, North Hills, CA 91343); more information is available from Jerry Kegley.


Sunday, January 14

The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes - informal brunch
11:30 a.m. Brunch at the Oldcastle Pub (map)
Open to all, but space is limited and reservations will be important; please contact Judith Freeman (280 Ninth Avenue #1-C, New York,NY 10001).


Accommodations
The unofficial headquarters of the BSI continues to be the famed Algonquin Hotel.
Tax-exempt rate: $175.00 a night for single or double rooms (Tuesday through Sunday). This is the total cost, since there is no tax due on reservations arranged by the BSI.

The offer is available to all Sherlockians, and room reservations must be made directly to the Algonquin (mention The Baker Street Irregulars) at 212-840-6800 on or before December 8.

Mary Ellen Rich provides advice about hotels that offer reasonable rates, along with a warning about non-optional extras that include 14% in state and city taxes. Sites to consider as you're looking for optional hotel arrangements:

Please consider donating to The Dr. John H. Watson Fund, which offers financial assistance to all Sherlockians who might otherwise not be able to participate in the weekend's festivities. Contributions can be made by check payable to John H. Watson and sent (without return address on the envelope) to Dr. Watson, care of The Baker Street Irregulars, at 7938 Mill Stream Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278; all correspondence is handled anonymously. Requests for assistance should also be mailed (quickly) to Dr. Watson at the same address.

Special thanks to Peter Blau for all of the above information.

2 comments:

Warren said... November 2, 2006 at 4:57 PM

Just showing off with your posting time?

Scott said... November 2, 2006 at 5:25 PM

Glad you noticed.

 
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