A Study in Bull Pups?

Thank you Stamford!
Thank you Stamford!

Today marked the second meeting of the Avenging Winters of Albany! We had five members in attendance to discuss A Study in Scarlet. Having never hosted a meeting like this before I wasn’t sure what to expect (or what to do frankly, but I’m told I did well). It was no accident that I chose a red table cloth for the food spread or that I wore a certain fannish shirt for the meeting. After all we were discussing STUD.

We opted to discuss what we like about the  book and discussed our own theories about this first book. One had to do with why Sherlock Holmes, who seemed perfectly happy to live on his own would choose to have a roommate. Some thought perhaps he did need to money to afford the flat in Baker Street. While others thought perhaps it had to do with him needing a cheerleader of sorts to build him up when he was being brilliant?

Then there was the question of the bull pup that Watson kept. Was it actually a real live creature kept in Baker Street, or perhaps a weapon, or (and I think we all agree) was he warning Holmes that he had a bit of a temper. One of our members RM suggested that bull pup as they found out was slang for temper or bad mood. As we fleshed this out further it seems more likely that Dr. Watson was warning Holmes that he could sometimes be less than charming at times. After all could you really see Holmes putting up with a bull pup in the flat? We all thought said creature might meet it’s end rather quickly (see Gladstone in the RDJ films). I’d be interested to hear what the John H. Watson Society has to say about this, as their members are given the name of a Bull Pup upon joining.

We also discussed “The Mormon bit”, while it is a bit long and heavy to read, it does offer quite a bit of insight into the tale of Mr. Hope. I’ll admit to not understanding it when reading it when I was 17 years old, though I did understand it better when I reread it at around 22. Sometimes age makes all the difference!

There was also talk about the different TV shows that borrow from Holmes and Watson…which the group seemed to agree that House, MD is the closes match to Holmes and Watson with the relationship between House and Wilson. In all it was a lively discussion that thankfully my little one napped through upstairs. But he happily put in an appearance at the end of the meeting.

Our next meeting will be in October where we tackle A Scandal in Bohemia and The Read-headed League. Join us won’t you (more information on our Facebook Page?


Yet another update

Our first meeting was held at a local tea establishment back in April? I think it was April. Time really runs together when you have a little one “running” about (thankfully he isn’t running…yet).

Right back to said meeting. There were five of us in attendance. At the meeting we discussed what we hoped to discuss at future meetings and what brought us to the Canon. We also discussed the most recent convention in Atlanta which included likes and dislikes and hopes for next years event/panels.

We agreed to try to meet every other month and set the next meeting for 7/31 (the June meeting was pushed off due to a scheduling conflict – never forget your mothers birthday). At this meeting we’ll be taking it back to where it all started with A Study in Scarlet. Stay tuned for notes from that meeting.

The post with ALL the updates and then some

It’s been an age since last I updated the blog/website for the Avenging Winters…who knew growing and then having a small person would be so time consuming? (Ok I did, but still I had hoped to update here and there before the wee one arrived). But since the littlest Sherlockian’s arrival on January 1 I’ve been a tad busy, as you can imagine!

Now for some updates: I did see the BBC Sherlock Special when it aired again on 1/10 as I was in the middle of full on labor when it first aired – which tickled some folks to no end that my little one arrived on the same day as the Special. I guess I liked it. Then again I had to have my husband explain the end to me…because now it seems my brain capacity has sunk to that of “everyone else” according to Sherlock. I can tell you baby brain is real and I really dislike it!

I’ve been a bit more active on our Facebook group – join us won’t you? There are some discussion questions posted as well as a poll or two about setting up our first meeting this Spring (finally)! If you are in the Albany area think about joining us! However, membership in the group isn’t limited to Albany area folks.

In other news 221b Con is fast approaching and once again I’m unable to attend for an very obvious reason (can you guess). But I know some of our members will be traveling to Atlanta. If you plan on attending panelist applications are open. Think about applying. I was on two panels at the 2015 GridLOCK event and while terrified I loved every minute of it. So give it a go and meet new Sherlockian friends!

That’s about all I have for now. I hope to have posts from more members soon including a review of some Sherlock Holmes related books and events across the country. Do stay tuned.

Baker Street Irregulars 2015 Silver Blaze Weekend at Saratoga Raceway

Today's program.
Today’s program.

I found myself up at my usual weekday time today for good reason. I was going to spend my morning with Sherlockians for food, presentations, and conversation. Yesterday being the 2015 BSI Silver Blaze Race event….I will note here that I’m told “Silver Blaze” won his/her race (there wasn’t a horse named Silver Blaze, but one was dubbed by the group after the horse of the story)!

It was a pleasure to meet one half of Art in the Blood and find out that both will be attending GridLOCKDC this weekend (looking forward to catching up with them again). After breakfast it was time for short presentations from some of this year’s authors of Saratoga: At the Rail. Topics naturally circled around The Adventure of Silver Blaze and The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place. Fitting for a weekend of horse racing.

Each was very different and educational including discussion of the “What if’s” surrounding the three illustrators of the Holmes stories, and the dog who did or didn’t bark. There were two presentations that also touched on Anti-Semitism in Shoscombe Old Place. Which I must say I never noted before, but will be giving it a re-read in the very near future. We ended the gathering with a group reading of A Long Evening With Holmes by BSI William P. Schweickert.

Looking forward to reading both of these.
Looking forward to reading both of these.

I was lucky enough to pick-up my own copy of Saratoga: At the Rail and Saratoga Studies at the event. Look for reviews of each coming soon here.

Today’s brunch was a lovely event and it was a pleasure to connect with other Sherlockians and societies. Special thanks to our hosts The Hudson Valley Sciontists (Lou Lewis, BSI). It looks as though I will have to make it downstate for their next gathering this fall, while I can still travel.

I was also pleased to hear that word of The Avenging Winters of Albany has spread and I was able to pass around our calling card to those who asked for it and make some new connections with Upstate Sherlockians. I then was off on my own adventure with another of my Sherlockian friends and fellow Avenging Winters member. But that friends is a story for a different blog.


Join us for a #GranadaHolmes Watch-a-long on Twitter!

That’s right a time and date have been selected. Join us on July 23 at 9pm EDT when we’ll be watching The Illustrious Client (for obvious reasons) and tweeting along! Please try to use the hashtag #GranadaHolmes when tweeting that night. This way we can find you and tweet to you.

Creativity may be needed to watch with us unless you have DVDs. Youtube used to be the place to go, but that’s seems to be a thing of the past these days. However, if you need assistance in ahem locating a viewing method our friends at Art In the Blood have offered assistance. Tweet them at @Art_intheBlood if you need help.

We hope to “see” you then.


Granada Holmes Watch-A-Long

It’s been an age since there’s been a Watch-A-Long of the Granada series on Twitter. So I am proposing we bring it back! I’m proposing July 23 at either 8 or 9pm for the return of the watch-a-long. We’ll be watching The Illustrious Client for obvious society related reasons.

Holmes and Kitty Winter in the Granada Holmes adaptation of ILLU.
Holmes and Kitty Winter in the Granada Holmes adaptation of ILLU.

It should be noted this episode is not readily available on youtube any longer. So you will have to have a copy of it on DVD or find ahem – other methods of obtaining a copy.

Join us won’t you? (And let me know in the comments or on Twitter which time works best for you)


BBC Sherlock news from SDCC

If you were lucky enough to be in attendance Thursday night at SDCC you saw the first 90 seconds of the Christmas Special. Or like the rest of us mere mortals you saw series co-creator Mark Gatiss teas on Twitter that a treat was coming around 12:15am UK time. And what a treat it was…take a look!

It was just enough to wet our whistles…for now. Me I may have watched it on repeat for at least an hour…maybe more. But it’s something AND we know it’s really and truly returning soon-ish as the promo promises.

We were also treated to this little gem of a promo photo of our favorite Consulting Detective and his Blogger Boswell in their Victorian garb the day before.

(Source BBC One)
(Source BBC One)

So I’m wondering what everyone thought of this back in time look at Sherlock? And did you note the opening music and shot as a great nod to the Granada Series? I will tell you that made my heart swell and hit me right in all the feels.