The 1st of December marked our annual Christmas Bookshop meeting at Brown’s Books. Our little Sherlockian tree, all trimmed with ornaments representing various cases from the Canon stood proudly amid delicious treats.
Many thanks the Roger Brown for leaving the door to his bookshop open for the flock of Petrels this chilly December night.
The first gathering of Petrels in the new year will be in celebration of the birthday of the world’s first consulting detective.
The Sherlock Holmes Birthday luncheon will take place at “The White Spot” located at the corner of West Georgia & Cardero at 11:15 on January 9, 2010.
This is an informal event, but we may have a guest speaker at this time. Mr. Eric Swanick of “special collections” at Simon Fraser University may be on hand to tell us about the collection and our part in it. Please join us if you want to learn more.
The next regular meeting will take place in February. Details will follow at a later date.
Until then, please accept my “Compliments of the Season”
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Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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