BSI Weekend Recap

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2015 BSI Weekend Recap


Master Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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 at The Press Box (932 Second Avenue - map)
Cost: Attendees pay their own checks, it's a good idea to let Susan Rice (125 Washington Place #2-E, New York, NY 10014) or Evy Herzog (301 Warren Ave., Apt. 203, Baltimore, MD 21230) know if you're coming to the event.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Christopher Morley Walk
Jim Cox and Dore Nash lead the Christopher Morley Walk.

9:30 a.m. The walk commences at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th Street (map)
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 19th BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
This year's Distinguished Speaker is Jeffrey Hatcher, who has written the plays "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club" and "Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders", and the screenplay for the film Mr. Holmes.
6:15 p.m.  BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture on the 2nd floor of the Midtown Executive Club at 40 West 45th Street (map)
Cost: $11.00 per ticket; advance purchase only (no sales at the door).
For tickets to this event, print and mail this reservation form (PDF).

The Daintiest Thing in a Dressing Gown Pyjama Party 
Hosted by William Gillette 
The Baker Street Babes present a charity event to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Trust. 
8:00 p.m.  The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South (map)
Cost: $45.00 for Buffet dinner, cash bar, live music, prizes, toasts and entertainment.
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends. Boudoire attire / Sherlockian costume strongly encouraged. For reservations and details, see their website.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Open House - Mysterious Bookshop
11:00 a.m. Otto Penzler opens the Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warrren St. - map) to Sherlockians; open until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

The William Gillette Memorial Luncheon
12:00 noon Lunch and entertainment at The Fillmore Room (map) Please note that this is a new home, but the location remains the same.
Cost: $47.00 for salmon or chicken; $52.00 for strip steak.
Contact Susan Rice or click here for an announcement and reservation form; send checks to her at 125 Washington Place #2-E,New York, NY 10014.

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

The Gaslight Gala
6:30 p.m. The Gaslight Gala (dinner and entertainment) is sponsored by the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes and will be held at The Manhattan Club (52nd St. and 7th Ave., next to Rosie O'Grady's - map) - open to all Sherlockians and their friends. The theme this year is "Thieves, Scoundrels, and Rogues." Inquiries to
Cost: $90 per person includes a buffet dinner; there will be a cash bar. Suggested dress is formal, but Victorian costume is also appropriate.

To register by mail, send your check, made to Christopher Zordan, to 184 Blew Court, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. To register electronically, PayPal to Please select the “send money to friends or family” option. Also, please include the names of all attendees in your party as well as scion/society affiliations (if any) and an e-mail contact if available.

If you would like to include an item in the attendee packets, please contact Carol Fish at

The Gaslight Gala is open to all Sherlockians, regardless of age, scion/society affiliation, academic standing, type of superpower, radio frequency, or Michelin star rating. We pride ourselves on being a fun and inclusive event that mingles our love of the Sherlockian canon with a good dose of humor and friendship. It is a privilege to carry on the tradition of the Gaslight Gala, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Those who wish to have seasonal souvenirs in the dinner packets can send 175 copies (for the BSI) to Al Gregory (118 South Prospect Street, Verona, NJ 07044), 100 copies (for the Gala) to Carol Fish (Box 4, Circleville, NY 10919), and 18 copies (for The Women) to Mary Ann Bradley, 7938 Mill Stream Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278); your material should arrive by Dec. 15.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Merchants Room (Covent Garden West)
A wide variety of Sherlockiana will be offered for sale on the second floor of the Roosevelt Hotel (45 East 45th. St. - map)
9:00 a.m. Doors open; runs until 12:00 pm
Please see the BSI Merchandise page for details and for information about dealers' tables.

The Beacon Society
10:00 a.m. The Beacon Society's annual meeting and 11th Annual Beacon Award in the York Suite of the Roosevelt Hotel (45 East 45th. St. - map
Cost: Free

Junior Bloodstain - The Clients of Adrian Mulliner
Join the society of fans who are dedicated to the enjoyment of the writings of Dr. John H. Watson and P.G. Wodehouse as they gather for the annual Junior Bloodstain and performance.
11:39 a.m.  In the York Suite of the Roosevelt Hotel, Mezzanine level (45 East 45th. St. - map)
Cost: Free.  For more information, contact Elaine Coppola

The Baker Street Irregulars Annual Cocktail Reception
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends. Cocktail party buffet and open bar of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks. Entertainment.
1:15 p.m. Doors open at The Yale Club in the Grand Ballroom on the 22nd floor (50 Vanderbilt Avenue, map
Cost: $69.00 in advance; $79.00 after Nov. 29 or 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
Stranded in Manhattan on Saturday night with nothing to do, trying to stretch the BSI weekend to its fullest? Then join us in an evening of fun and frivolity in the name of the Master. We are planning to have more fun then a human ought to have including a quiz, toasts to every canonical thing under the elm and some that aren't and prizes, prizes, prizes!
6:00 p.m. O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, 145 W. 45th St. - private room on the second floor. (map)
The cost is $55.00 and payment can be sent via PayPal to: For other details, mail Chrys Kegley (18014 Sherman Way #275, Reseda, CA 91335), or email Chrys, or call 818-675-5399

Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes - informal brunch
11:30 a.m. Brunch at The Black Sheep at 583 Third Avenue at 38th Street (map)
Cost: $25.00, including tax and tip. Informal brunch buffet. Payable by cash or check at the door. Open to all, but space is limited and reservations will be important; please contact Lyndsay Faye.

Summary of Weekend Events

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Arrangements for Birthday Weekend lodgings have been made at The Yale Club of New York City at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, NY, NY 10017 (west side of Grand Central Station, map) with special BSI tax-free rates. See the BSI Weekend General Reservation form (PDF) for all room type options and pricing.

Arrangements have also been made for a second block of rooms at The Roosevelt Hotel at 45 E. 45th Street, NY, NY 10017 (a block from The Yale Club, map), also with special BSI tax-free rates, see the Reservations Form below.

Picture galleries are available at their respective websites: Guestrooms at the Yale Club and the Roosevelt Hotel Photo Gallery. Both venues are full-service facilities; breakfast is available at each but 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 either BSI venue, or elsewhere, you will not receive the special BSI tax-free rates and you will be paying New York City and State taxes amounting to 20% of your total hotel bill. To secure BSI room rates, and save the 20% tax, the BSI is accepting reservations for lodging and other BSI functions from Sherlockians who are not attending the BSI Dinner and who are not BSI Members, as described in the form below.

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.

Please submit your reservation request on the General Reservation Form (PDF) along with your payment by the DUE date listed on the form.