We open with a cozy, homey scene of the Watsons enjoying a quiet evening by the fire. Watson, we imagine, about to nod off while reading the latest medical journal and Mrs. Watson straining her eyes, pulling a needle threaded with colourful embroidery thread through a piece of cloth. Their quiet evening is shattered by … Continue reading February 2021 Meeting
2020 certainly was a year like no other! Fortunately many Petrels were able to keep in touch via the internet. Zoom gatherings were held by many societies throughout North America allowing us to observe or take part in their meetings. It also allowed many guests from afar to join our meetings. As is our tradition, … Continue reading Welcome 2021!
"All day the wind had screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows...As evening drew in the storm grew louder and louder..." "...the equinoctial gales had set in with exceptional violence" Watson's description sets the scene for what is to come regarding "The Five Orange Pips" This case, set in 1887, was written early … Continue reading December Meeting 2020
The Stormy Petrels of BC will continue to hold their meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future. There is no doubt that we miss meeting at our usual venue, however, meeting online makes it possible for members and guests who would not otherwise be able to attend in person. Our next case for discussion is … Continue reading November 2020 Meeting
The "damsel in distress" calls upon Holmes to ask if he could shed any light as to the disappearance of her fiance, Mr. Hosmer Angel. There are no mincing of words as Holmes tells her to forget him. How does our detective discover who it was that pulled the wool over Miss Mary Sutherland's short-sighted, … Continue reading October 2020 Mtg
After taking a break in August, the Stormy Petrels will meet in September for a discussion via Zoom. Whether you qualify for The League of the Red-Headed Men or not, please find your own ink, pens and blotting-paper. But, there is no need to copy the Encyclopedia Britannica or any other Encyclopedia. Just read the … Continue reading SEPTEMBER MTG 2020
The Stormy Petrels will continue to meet online for the time being. We had 14 members and guests at the June meeting. Invitations will be sent by our "Priory Schoolmaster", Sheldon, who will treat us to a reading of his Musings. The adventure for discussion will be "A Scandal in Bohemia" The meeting will begin … Continue reading July Meeting 2020
We had a very successful online meeting in May. Sixteen Petrels and guests discussed the first 7chapters of "The Sign of Four". We were very pleased to welcome four out-of-town guests. Our next meeting, once again, will take place online. We will be discussing the final chapters (8-12) of "The Sign of Four" Date: Tuesday, … Continue reading JUNE 2020 MEETING
The Stormy Petrels will "meet" via an e-mail invitation to Zoom. We will be discussing the first 7 chapters of "The Sign of Four" written in 1889. At a dinner at the Langham Hotel, ACD met with the editor, Joseph Stoddart, of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine based out of Philadelphia. Another author attended the dinner. Oscar … Continue reading MAY 5, 2020 “MEETING”
Due to these dreadful circumstances, this year's annual event needed to be postponed. Everything is ready to go once we have a new date set. Games. prizes, place mats, lovely programs (only the date needs to be updated) and members have been busy writing toasts. Please enjoy this flashback to last year's dinner which took … Continue reading “MASTERS’ DINNER” 2019
Dear Fellow Petrels, please note that due to circumstances regarding the nasty virus, the Annual Luncheon has been postponed. The restaurant is closed. We will cancel the April meeting and hope to get together for our regular study session in May. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you. Please stay safe, stay home, and stay calm. … Continue reading POSTPONED
The date, time, venue and menu have been confirmed: We will dine in the Lakeside Cottage (follow the path beside the main building) on Sunday, March 29th. Arrive at 11:30 for refreshments (from the cash bar) on the lawn. Lunch will be served at 12:00, followed by entertainment and, if time permits, croquet on the … Continue reading 32nd Annual Luncheon
Due to the inclement weather conditions and accumulation of snow on Lower Mainland roads, the meeting for Feb. 4th has been postponed until next Tuesday, Feb. 11th. Same time, same place, same story. "It was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day before still lay deep upon the ground..." (Beryl Coronet) … Continue reading FEB. 4, 2020 – SNOW DAY!
The Sherlock Holmes Birthday Brunch, held on January 4th was another success. A good turnout (16 members, including guests) plus Tim brought a birthday cake! The private Fireplace Room was, as always, a perfect location for the event, and the manager, Jake Mees donated three $30 gift certificates for any White Spot Restaurant for … Continue reading February 2020 Mtg
The adventure for discussion at the December meeting will be "The Retired Colourman" first published in The Strand in 1927 and in Liberty in 1926. The adventure is set in 1898 and is the last story in The Casebook. We find Holmes in what Watson calls a "...melancholy and philosophic mood." This seems to change little throughout the story. … Continue reading December 2019 Meeting
Fellow Petrels: Get some Christmas shopping done at the next meeting! Fran has a great selection of Sherlockian books and VHS movies to sell during intermission at the next Stormy Petrel meeting. (50 cents to $2) A bargain, every one! We will also have our Canonical ornaments on display. Please note that we are postponing … Continue reading Book Sale!
A special treat for Stormy Petrels!! Our own "Priory Schoolmaster" Sheldon Goldfarb is offering, to Petrel members attending the November meeting, a complimentary copy of his book: This wonderful book has received many positive reviews by International Sherlockians. "My name is Sherlock Holmes...my business is that of every other good citizen - to uphold the … Continue reading November 2019 Meeting
Please note that due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the meeting, for this month only, will take place on the second Tuesday (October 8th) The adventure for discussion is: "The Veiled Lodger", first published in Liberty Magazine and in the Strand Magazine in 1927. A sad tale of a failing circus, a lion, a love … Continue reading October 2019 Meeting
For the past few years the Stormy Petrels have been treated to musings, written by our "Priory Schoolmaster" Sheldon Goldfarb. Each story of the canon is represented by his informative, insightful and a-musing thoughts. In depth studies of Watson's writings. The book is being published by MX Publishing and will be available for purchase this … Continue reading SHERLOCKIAN MUSINGS
Since our last regular study session back in June, Petrels have been enjoying a lovely summer. Some of us have been travelling, one member, Brian, was able to attend the conference in Minneapolis, and some of us were also able to enjoy the much-anticipated and successful Silver Blaze races in July. A full report will … Continue reading SEPTEMBER 2019 MTG
The horses are training, the grounds are being prepared and the ladies are shopping for the perfect chapeau. All in preparation for the Stormy Petrels "Silver Blaze" races. This annual event will, once again, be held at the South Surrey country estate of Dame Johnnie Keddis. The wine has been purchased and the chocolate … Continue reading Silver Blaze 2019
On Saturday, June 15, 2019 The Stormy Petrels will flock to Shannon Falls on the Sea-to-Sky. [Left: Shannon Falls, BC / Right: Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland] About Shannon Falls Shannon Falls is located just off Highway 99, 58 km north of Vancouver. BC. According to the BC Parks website, it is composed of a series of … Continue reading Reichenbach Falls (aka Shannon Falls) Picnic – June 15, 2019