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"Excellent, Watson! You scintillate today" [ILLU ]

Scintillation of Scions VIII - the celebrated Sherlockian event

In mid-June, A Scintillation of Scions VIII (SoS VIII) was held at the Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWI.

The event began with a reception on Friday night. Saturday included a day of presentations, vendor tables, a traditional English afternoon tea and plenty of fellowship and camaraderie.

The Parthian Shot and the Sussex Vampire were two of the inspired drinks

The organizing team, led by the SoS creator, Jacquelynn Morris, BSI ("The Lion's Mane"), ASH, did an amazing job. The venue for the event has grown each year, but has maintained a cozy atmosphere.

The presentations were wonderful. There were so many highlights. Among them were a presentation about Sherlock and Mental Health, and a genealogist's Sherlockian Family Tree. A couple of the presentations focused on spiritualism, including Doyle's friendship with Houdini. There were presentations about BBC Sherlock, Guy Ritchie's Holmes and costuming.

Before settling in for our tea, a fencing demonstration burst into the event. Attendees had a chance to learn about techniques from the charming couple who fought their way through a presentation.

The last presentation of the day was from Lee Shackleford, the author and star of the off-Broadway hit play "Holmes and Watson". He screened the pilot of Herlock, a new webseries in which the
familiar characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are interpreted as two young women living in contemporary America. [Ed. note: Please check Herlock's Indiegogo page and help support it.]

Lee Eric Shackleford of Holmes & Watson fame.

The vendors brought books, videos, jewelry and other things Sherlockian for the attendees to pursue.

The Bag Auction and door prizes were numerous and diverse. Photos with the "Flat Basil" benefitted the House of Ruth.

In honor of the 123rd anniversary of Basil Rathbone's birth, Saturday night had a Basil Rathbone Celebratory Birthday Dinner/Black and White Dinner that included a viewing of a move starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The spiritualism theme was carried through in the choice of movie, The Scarlet Claw.

Flat Basil

The attendees were a diverse and enthusiastic group, and included many people new to the world of Sherlock Holmes. Old and new friends met. Those new people I met were planning to come back to future events. It was lively event, full of thought provoking and entertaining speakers.

The proceeds from registration and fundraising were used to cover web costs, all event expenses, and donations to Sherlock Holmes-related projects and The House of Ruth.

Each year, Jacquelynn and her team surpass their previous success. Here's looking forward to SoS IX, which takes place June 10-11, 2016.

If you'd like to see more photos from the event, check out this album on Flickr.