The Avenging Winters of Albany was born on a quiet Sunday in Saratoga Springs while (honorary member) JJ and I were enjoying cookies and milk in a local shop (yes they really sell milk and cookies). Well, she was enjoying cookies and I was bemoaning the fact that the cookie shop’s gluten free cookies all contained coconut – which I cannot eat.
It was then for some reason I blurted out I wanted to start my own local Sherlock Holmes Society in honor of Kitty Winter. But had it already been done before? If not what the heck would I call it? In typical best friend fashion JJ set to work on looking up all known Sherlock Holmes scions and societies. As luck would have it there were none named for Ms. Kitty Winter. Now came the task of naming the society.
Which is of course when JJ came up with The Avenging Winters of Albany. I won’t lie to you, this is why she’s an honorary member. I have been known to be clever when needed, but that day it just wasn’t meant to be. I blame the lack of gluten free cookie options! On the ride back from Saratoga I quickly began shooting off emails and tweets to everyone I could think of. “Could I just start a society?” The answer of course was YES!
I also discovered that it would also be rather easy to request to become a scion. Meaning we would be an off shoot of the Baker Street Irregulars. I have yet to make this request due to being part chicken, and also as I don’t know that we’ve done enough to warrant the request. But I’m building my courage up! But for the time being I’m very ok with simply being a society.
I know what you might be thinking? So why Kitty Winter? What’s so special about her? Beg pardon, but have you read or watched the Granada Holmes version of The Illustrious Client? Too long, didn’t read/watch. Kitty Winter is a word a badass! Don’t believe me? Go and read Lyndsay Faye’s piece on Ms. Winter for the Baker Street Babes. Kitty was a total bad ass. Plus Sherlock Holmes didn’t treat her like she was anything less than an ally who could help bring down a truly horrible man. Thought I don’t think he was counting on the method she used at the time of their alliance.
Really the point of The Avenging Winters of Albany is to yes talk about all things Sherlock Holmes. But we’re also here to stand up for Kitty and her total badass-ery!
Live in/near Albany, NY (or hell within 3 hours of) and care to join us? Come on over to our facebook group and ask to join up (then join the conversation) or get in touch with me on twitter – @avengingwinters, we’d be happy to have you!
CP, Founder – The Avenging Winters of Albany