Sherlock Holmes’s 161st birthday was celebrated with great mirth, scholarly presentations, toasts, and memorable moments.
Burt Wolder toasted Mrs. Hudson. Jacquelynn Morris gave the toast to Mycroft Holmes. John Baesch had us raise our glasses to Watson's second wife, and Hartley Nathan toasted Sherlock Holmes. Marsha Pollak led the responsive reading of the Musgrave Ritual.
Raymond Betzner spoke movingly on the real reason that Holmes returned to London after the hiatus. Michael Dirda spoke on Langdale Pike's participation in the Civil War and other important events. Harrison Hunt celebrated the quasquicentennial anniversary of an event, without which, there would be no BSI. David Stuart Davies delivered his one-man play about the four Ms and the poison hedgehog. Lou Lewis read the BSI’s Constitution and Buy-Laws. As usual, Henry Boote led the musical entertainment. Francine Kitts, once again, performed a moving “Standing upon the Terrace” ceremony, remembering those whom we have lost.
Eight deserving Irregulars received their Shilling. Inez Bergquist was toasted as The Woman. Mary Ann Bradley received the Two-Shilling Award for extraordinary devotion to the cause beyond the call of duty. Mike Whelan presented the BSI's “Tip of the Deerstalker Awards” to Marsha Pollak, Ralph Hall, George McCormack, and Jim Saunders.
The evening concluded with SJ Rozan reciting William Schweickert’s “A Long Evening with Holmes.”
At the next day’s Sherlockian Cocktail Reception at the New York City Bar Association, Judge Albert Rosenblatt and his daughter, Betsy Rosenblatt, once again performed their remarkable rhyming summation of the previous year and of the Festivities.
Dinner Details: January 9, 2015
The Yale Club, New York
Dinner Photo InformationClick on the above photo to see a larger version of it, and maximize your browser window to see the most detail.
Key to People in the 2015 BSI Dinner photo (not available at this time, but see the 2015 Table Seat Assignments (PDF)
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
Marino C. Alvarez as Hilton Soames
Kiyoshi Arai as The Shoso-in Near Nara
Jeffory Hart as Henry Baker
Chrys Kegley as Rachel Howells
Kristina Manente as Grace Dunbar
Bill Mason as White Mason
Emily Miranker as Lady Hatty St. Simon
James O’Brien as Knowledge of Chemistry.--Profound
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?
Mary Ann Bradley.
What is a Two-Shilling Award?
Inez (Mrs. John) Bergquist.
What is The Woman honour?
"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
Daniel Griffin (General de Merville,1968)
Andrew Page (Lord Saltire, 1974)
Dr. Rodney Mannion (Shoscombe Old Place, 1969)
Samuel Gerber (The Final Problem, 1980)
Joseph Moran (Sir Augustus Moran, C.B., 1991)
Peter Ruber (Camden House, 1964)
Thomas Russo (The Boscombe Valley Mystery, 1983)
Charles Adams (The Winter Assizes at Norwich, 1990)
Dr. Marvin Aronson (Penrose Fisher, 1968)
Irwin Deutsch (The Intricate Matter from Marseilles, 1962)
Donald Redmond (Good Old Index, 1969, Two-Shilling Award, 1994)
George Sturm (Neil Gibson, The Gold King, 1979)
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”
Timothy S. Greer, "Murger in Baker Street"
The Baker Street Journal 64.3 (Autumn 2014): 14-20.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?
The BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture:
Alan Bradley, “Ha! The Stars Are Out and the Wind Has Fallen”
The Baker Street Journal 65.1 (Spring 2015): 10-20.
What is the BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture?
Reports on the DinnerThe Baker Street Journal 65.1 (Spring 2015): 54-63.
Blau, Peter, Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, (January 2015): 1-2.
List of 2015 BSI Dinner Attendees (PDF)
RecordingsA recording of portions of the 2015 BSI Dinner is available at Harvard as part of the BSI Archive.
Related MaterialRosenblatt, Albert M., and Betsy Rosenblatt, “BSI Poem 2015,” The Baker Street Journal 65.1 (Spring 2015): 64-66. The Rosenblatts’ rhyming retrospective, delivered at the January 10, 2015 Sherlockian Cocktail Reception.
Betzner, Ray, “A Case of Identity: Sigerson’s Choice,” The Baker Street Journal 65.1 (Spring 2015): 6-9. Presented at the 2015 BSI Dinner.
Previous dinner: the 2014 BSI Dinner
Next dinner: the 2016 BSI Dinner
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