BSI Weekend Recap

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2015 BSI Weekend Recap


Master Schedule of Events for 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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 16, 2020

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 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 23rd BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
This year's speaker will be Dr. Theodora Goss, World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2004), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019). Her Athena Club novels (The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman)  feature the female monsters that are often voiceless in those texts, such as Catherine Moreau (the puma woman from Dr. Moreau’s island, Beatrice Rappaccini, and Justine Frankenstein. She teams them up with Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, as well as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to solve a series of gruesome murders in the streets of London. The detective and his chronicler had to appear in her novel, not only because a murder mystery at that time would surely have been known to Mr. Holmes, but also because she noticed, while writing about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that the events of Stevenson’s novel take place near Regent’s Park, directly across from Baker Street. Surely Mr. Holmes would have been aware of the doings of Mr. Hyde, particularly the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson also feature in the second and third books of the series, where we find out more about other Conan Doyle characters such as Irene Adler, Mycroft Holmes, and the intrepid Baker Street Irregulars. 
6:15 p.m.  BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture at the Roosevelt Hotel, Vanderbilt Suite (NOTE: new location — map)
Cost: $15.00 per ticket; advance purchase only (no sales at the door).
For tickets to this event, print and mail this reservation form (PDF).

Friday, January 17, 2020
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
12:00 noon Lunch and entertainment at Connolly's Pub and Restaurant, 121 W. 45th Street. (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. Email inquiries to her at

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
7:00 p.m. The Gaslight Gala is an evening of fun and festivity, including spirited toasts, spirits themselves, Sherlockian Mad Libs, a punny quiz guaranteed to make you groan, songs, raffles, and more.  is sponsored by the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes and will be held at The Smith  – 956 2nd Ave between 50th and 51st St. (map
Cost: $85.00 dinner and an evening of beastly entertainment. Cash bar. Send $85 by check, made out to Christopher Zordan, to 242 Rooney Ct. East Brunswick, NJ, 08816 OR  send $85 by Paypal, using “send money to friends and family,” to All registrations must be received by December 30, 2019. 
The Gala is also gratefully accepting donations for the raffle—all Sherlockian-related items are welcome and can be sent to Mr. Zordan per above.

Souvenir Packets
Those who wish to have seasonal souvenirs in the dinner packets can send 170 copies (for the BSI) and 20 copies (for The Women) to Nick Martorelli, c/o Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019); your material must arrive by Dec. 20
Gala souvenirs to Chris Zordan, 242 Rooney Court East Brunswick, NJ 08816  in quantity 66, by Jan 2, 2020.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

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
For information about selling at the vendor tables, contact Ralph Hall (2906 Wallingford Court, Louisville, KY 40218) (502-491-3148).

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 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: $85.00 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 O'Lunney's Times Square Pub (145 W. 45th St., 2nd floor — map
Cost: $59.00 (includes tax and tip). Mail check payable to Chrys or Jerry Kegley, 18014 Sherman Way #275, Reseda, CA 91335 or PayPal to jkegley @ For information call (818) 675-5399 or email Jerry.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
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: $30.00, 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: