BSI Weekend Recap

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2015 BSI Weekend Recap


Master Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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 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 5, 2017

The Christopher Morley Walk
The 15th 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 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 20th BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
This year's Distinguished Speaker is Sara Paretsky Through her protagonist, V.I. Warshawski, she has contributed to the reshaping of the mystery genre with her female private eye. Ms. Paretsky holds the Triple Crown of crime fiction writing, having earned three lifetime achievement honors: the Edgar Award for Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America (2011); the Anthony Award at Bouchercon (2011); and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (2002). She’s received additional awards for individual titles.
6:15 p.m.  BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture at the Yale Club (map)
Cost: $11.00 per ticket; advance purchase only (no sales at the door).
Tickets available via the BSI Weekend Online Reservation site.

The Daintiest Thing Under a Palm Tree Beach Party
The Baker Street Babes present a charity event to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Trust. Beach / Sherlockian attire is encouraged. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the DAV Trust.
8:00 p.m. 3 West Club (3 W. 51st St. - map)
Cost: $75.00 for Buffet dinner, cash bar, raffle, quiz, costume competition, toasts and entertainment.
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends. Beach attire / Sherlockian costume strongly encouraged. For reservations and details, see their website. Please contact with donations for the silent and live auction.

Friday, January 6, 2017
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 Connolly's Pub and Restaurant, 121 W. 45th Street. Please note that this is a new location. (map)
Cost: $45.00 for stuffed sole, chicken marsala or pasta primavera; $55.00 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 at 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 Annie Moore's, Annie Moore's, 22 E. 41st Street (map) - open to all Sherlockians and their friends. Inquiries to
Cost: $65 per person includes a salad, entree and dessert, as well as coffee and tea; 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 Christopher Zordan.
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 Nick Martorelli (c/o Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019), 100 copies (for the Gala) - contact Christopher Zordan, 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 7, 2017

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
9:30 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.
10:30 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.
12:30 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 Dec. 10 or at the door
Tickets available via the BSI Weekend Online Reservation site.

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)
'Please make reservations by paying in advance. The cost is $55.00 (includes tax and tip) and payment can be sent via PayPal to:, or by check to: Ashley Polasek, 1612 Chapman Rd. Anderson, SC 29621. Please direct any questions to Ashley at that same email address or by phone at (864) 607-4145.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes - informal brunch
11:30 a.m. Brunch buffet and cash bar at St. Andrews Restaurant and Bar 140 W. 46th Street (map)
Cost: $25.00, including tax and tip. Informal brunch buffet. Payable by check or online via PayPal. Checks payable to Tiffany Knight at 25-38 18th St. #2 Astoria, New York 11102. Checks must be received by Dec. 15. Open to all, but RSVP is required:

Summary of Events

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Accommodations for the BSI Weekend

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 Online Reservation site 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.

For both the Yale Club and Roosevelt click here:

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 BSI Online Registration Site along with your payment by the DUE date listed on the form.