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"I'll keep my eye on the parties, Mr. Holmes" [LADY]

Another BSI Weekend has come and gone, and it's safe to say that everyone there made some wonderful memories, both for themselves as well as for the organization at large.

The Baker Street Irregulars is a literary society dedicated to preserving the memory of Sherlock Holmes, and the BSI Weekend is its annual signature event for Sherlockians worldwide. With the exception of the BSI Dinner, every event hosted by the BSI and the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes is open to the public.Some of the events are higher end, and others are informal and pay-as-you go. but the message is clear: all are welcome.

It's difficult to fully describe the Weekend for those who haven't attended, but at its core, it encapsulates the very reason that many of us continue to enjoy this hobby: it's about a gathering of like-minded people. Yes, we all enjoy the stories, films, shows, art and whatever other pursuit we associate with Sherlock Holmes, but the pure joy for many Sherlockians is about a shared experience.

You may have heard Al and Julie Rosenblatt describe this phenomenon in Episode 103:

"it began with Sherlock Holmes, but it ended in friendship."

Old friendships were revisited, new friendships were forged, and it was all centered around the 60 Sherlock Holmes stories that Christopher Morley very aptly observed were a textbook of friendship.

And so it continues.

This year, the Baker Street Irregulars stood on the terrace for 10 late members, and welcomed seven new members to the fold. The incoming class is in the photo above, and they are (L-R):
  • Ross Davies ("The Temple")
  • Michael Quigley ("A Large Brass Bound Safe")
  • Bonnie MacBird ("Art In the Blood")
  • Charles Blanksteen ("Cavendish Square")
  • Tamar Zeffren ("The London Library")
  • Charles Prepolec ("The Man with the Twisted Lip")
  • Christopher Zordan ("Bunsen Burner").
Not pictured: photographer Ben Vizoskie, upon whom the Two Shilling Award was bestowed.

For our part, we managed to show up a few places and secure a number of interviews for the year ahead for our audio show, which we think you'll enjoy. We also were able to meet some of our listeners, who were very generous with their praise — this means more to us than you can ever know.

And so we forge ahead for Anno Holmes 164. We hope you'll continue to enjoy Sherlock Holmes in the ways that you do.

Can we ask you one favor? If you're on Facebook and have photos from the BSI Weekend, would you share them to our album? Just ask Scott for permission to post them.

Photo credit: The Baker Street Irregulars