BSI Weekend Recap

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2015 BSI Weekend Recap


The 2023 BSI Weekend

The BSI Weekend will be held January 4–8, 2023 

Details can be found on the Baker Street Irregulars Weekend Activities page.


Master Schedule of Events for 2022

ATTENTA: The information below is for the previously held BSI Weekend in 2022.


Please visit the BSI Event Covid-19 requirements PDF for the latest BSI event details. Check that PDF again on January 11 in case there are any last-minute changes

For a summary of these events, you can see this listing or this visualization. (click to open)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

ASH Wednesday
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes formally kick off the weekend with a dinner, for those who are already in the city.
6:30 p.m. Dinner upstairs at Annie Moore's, 22 E. 41st Street (map
Cost: Attendees pay their own checks, including tax and tip, but a reservation is required. Please let Ira Matetsky know if you're coming to the event; have your response to him by January 5.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Christopher Morley Walk
The 16th annual Christopher Morley Walk led by Jim Cox and Doré Nash. The walk is free, but be prepared to pay for a Metrocard and lunch. Doré tells us that there are mugs of light and/or dark ale served two at a time, along with corned beef on rye or a cheddar cheese platter with raw onions and crackers.
9:15 a.m. The walk commences at a location TBD (likely the Westin Grand Central Hotel)
1:30 p.m. Lunch at McSorley's (15 E. 7th Street) following the walk
Cost: The walk is free; lunch is pay-your-own 
Please let Jim Cox know if you're planning to attend.

The ACD Society's Inaugural Doylean Awards

Awards for Doylean excellence in four categories: fiction and poetry, performing and visual arts, scholarly writing, and service. They will be presented in The Mysterious Bookshop. Each honoree will receive a $250 Bookshop credit and a certificate featuring a doily selected by lace expert Bev Wolov.
11:15 a.m. The awards celebration kicks off (30 minutes in length) at The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street in Tribeca. (map)  
Cost: Free. The event will also be streaming online for those not available to attend in person. Please register at the ACD Society site.

Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects
A special viewing of Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects, items from the collection of Glen S. Miranker. The Grolier Club will feature this special exhibition from January 12 – April 16, 2022.
2:00 p.m.  Cost is free, but RSVP is required and admittance is limited to the first 125 people who respond. On display in the main floor Exhibition Hall at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St. (map) 
 More info available on Episode 227 of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere and at


The 25th BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
This year's speaker will be Mary Bendel-Simso. Dr. Bendel-Simso is a professor of English at McDaniel College, and is an expert in the history of detective and mystery fiction. She and previous Distinguished Speaker, Leroy Lad Panek, are co-editors of The Westminster Detective Library and have also co-edited Essential Elements of the Detective Story 1820-1891, and Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology. In addition to mystery and detective fiction, Professor Bendel-Simso’s research interests include African-American literature and literature by women authors. Her talk begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. 
6:15 p.m.  BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture at the Westin Grand Central Hotel, Madison Ballroom (NOTE: new location — map)
Cost: $17.00 per ticket; advance purchase only (no sales at the door).
For tickets to this event, print and mail this reservation form (PDF).

Friday, January 14, 2022
Open House  Mysterious Bookshop
11:00 a.m. Otto Penzler opens the Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warren St. — map) to Sherlockians; open until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free 


The William Gillette Memorial Luncheon
The organizers have been unable to find a venue that is sufficient for the large size of the luncheon gathering with COVID safety precautions in place.
We expect the Gillette Luncheon to return in 2023.

Luncheon Alternative
12:00 p.m. There will be a luncheon available to Sherlockians who wish to gather at The Tailor Public House at 505 8th Avenue at 35th Street (map)  
Cost: $30 per person. Please send via PayPal to by Monday, January 10.
Menu (buffet): NY steak on toast with horseradish cream and chives; risotto croquettes, Buffalo style, gorgonzola sauce; stuffed vegetable mushrooms; Maryland crab cakes w/ English mustard aioli.

The Baker Street Irregulars Dinner 
6:00 p.m. The BSI dinner at the Yale Club at 50 Vanderbilt Ave. (map) — invitation only


Souvenir Packets
Those who wish to have seasonal souvenirs in the dinner packets can send 190 copies (for the BSI and The Woman dinners) Alex Katz at 11 Van Beuren Road, Morristown, NJ 07960-7008); your material must arrive by Dec. 10

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Covent Garden West
A wide variety of Sherlockiana will be offered for sale at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel (212 East 42nd St. — map)
9:00 a.m. Doors open; runs until 12:00 pm
For information about selling at the vendor tables, contact Ralph Hall (2906 Wallingford Court, Louisville, KY 40218) (502-491-3148).

The Baker Street Irregulars Luncheon Reception
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends. Cocktail party buffet and open bar of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks. Entertainment.
1:00 p.m. Doors open at The Yale Club in the Grand Ballroom on the 22nd floor (50 Vanderbilt Avenue, map
Cost: $90.00 advance purchase only (no sales at the door).
For tickets to this event, print and mail this reservation form (PDF).

The Very Irregular Lost in New York with a Bunch of Sherlockians
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends, reservations required. 
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Playwright Tavern (202 West 49th Street (between Broadway and Seventh Avenue) — map
Cost: $56 per person, including tax and tip, PayPal to Jerry Kegley by December 31. More information is available at the Curious Collectors of Baker Street site

Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Literary Agents — Annual Meeting
10:00 a.m.: Online via Zoom, discussing ‘Conan Doyle’s India’ with Jayantika Ganguly BSI, Sumal Surendranath, and Paul M. Chapman. Also, Xander Sobecki will share a "firsthand account" from a medieval archer within an immersive re-enactment of the14th-century military unit that inspired The White Company.
Cost: Free, but seats are limited. For more details and to register, see the Literary Agents page
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes — informal brunch
11:30 a.m.: Brunch at The Long Room, 120 West 44th Street between 6th Ave and Broadway. (map)
Cost: $35.00, including tax and tip. Informal brunch buffet. Payable on the ASH website via PayPal only. Open to all, but RSVP is required to this email address:


Accommodations for the BSI Weekend

For all Sherlockians attending the BSI Weekend, arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at the Westin Grand Central Hotel, 212 East 42nd Street, NY, NY 10017 (map) with special BSI tax-free rates (subject to deadlines).

The hotel is a full-service non-smoking facility. Breakfast is available at the hotel but is not included in the room rates; you will need to arrange for incidentals charged to your room to be paid at check-out.

Please note that if you choose to book directly with the Westin Grand Central Hotel or elsewhere, you will not receive the BSI tax-free group rates and you will be paying New York City and State taxes amounting to approximately 20% of your total hotel bill.

To secure BSI room rates, and save the 20% tax, the BSI is accepting reservations for lodging and BSI activities via the BSI Weekend Registration Form (PDF) – see the form for deadlines.

Another option for those who are comfortable with a non-traditional place to stay is Airbnb. They have many accommodations in a wide variety of areas around the city.

Reservations for events and rooms may be made via this downloadable form.