December 2014 Meeting

Sherlock Holmes to John Hector McFarlane: “…beyond obvious facts that you are a Freemason…” (Norwood Builder) Watson describing Mr. Baker: “…a dark man with gray-tinted glasses and a large Masonic pin projecting from his tie.” (Retired Colourman) Sherlock Holmes describing Jabez Wilson: “Beyond the obvious facts…that he is a Freemason…” (Red-Headed League)

Have you deduced the topic of December’s presentation paper? The Petrels are honored and pleased to have Mr. Dan Polvere BSI, speak about “Holmes and Freemasonry”.

Was Sherlock Holmes a Freemason? Was Doyle?

Find out more on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Hampton Place.

* Also note that our Sherlockian Petrel Tree will make an appearance once more, with additional Canonical-themed ornaments.

For more information, please contact Fran at

“The Resident Patient”

“The Resident Patient” first appeared in the Strand Magazine in August 1893. Doyle’s own medical background is most evident in this story.

Who is Dr. Watson describing? “He loved to lie in the very centre of five millions of people, with his filaments stretching out and running through them, responsive to every little rumor or suspicion of unsolved crime.”

What is the “thought-reading episode” and why does it appear in some editions, but not others?

What does it have to do with “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”?

How does a Russian Count and his son figure into this case? Why Russian?

When Dr. Watson’s hand stole toward his own old wound, was it to his arm or leg?

“…your eyes fixed themselves upon your newly framed picture of General Gordon…..your eyes turned across to the unframed portrait of Henry Ward Beecher…”


The Stormy Petrels of BC will be discussing this story on Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 7:00 pm at Hampton Place.
Also, as an added treat, we will be pleased to welcome Daniel Polvere BSI (of Boston, Mass) to give a talk on “Holmes the Music Critic”

For more information, please contact Fran

Events Update

A dozen Stormy Petrels, along with Dan Povere BSI (from Boston) met with Peter Blau BSI (Washington DC) along with several of his geologist/Friends of Sherlock Holmes colleagues for dinner on a rainy Wednesday night at Mahoney & Sons at Burrard Landing.




Sherlockian fellowship at its best. Drinks turned into dinner, turned into toasts, turned into entertaining stories.
Thanks to all who attended this fun event. Always very happy to get together with fellow Sherlockians from far and wide!

Thank you to Mahoney & Sons for ensuring we had a perfect evening


Oct. 22nd: Stormy Petrel dinner with Peter Blau, BSI

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” by John Longenbaugh.

“After being presumed dead for three years, a hardened Sherlock Holmes resurfaces, turning his back on the people who need him  most.  Three unexpected callers arrive on Christmas Eve, uncovering clues from the detective’s past, present and future.  The Canadian premier of an instant classic filled with mystery, intrigue and song for the entire family.” (Meredith Pechta,

“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes”

Nov 21 – 23, 2014, tickets online from Nov. 1st, or at the door.
The Venue, 5708 Glover Road, Langley

Sherlock Seattle Convention: at the Broadway Convention Centre, Jan. 9-11, 2015

“…where we celebrate all things Sherlock, from the original ACD canon to the latest incarnations of the world’s most infamous detective…”

Registration fees increase Oct.21st.!membership/c18zw


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