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.

-CP

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)

-CP

Ms. Kitty Winter (Or how did this society come to be?)

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