I, along with Krista Lee, editor of our ‘Flyer’ had the opportunity to attend a very interesting gathering of Sherlockians in Seattle on January 9th to 11th.
Not the usual type of conference that I am used to, it was definitely an eye-opener. It made me more aware of what this ‘fandom’ is all about.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of these younger folk (who are more into the BBC “Sherlock” and/or the “Elementary” TV series) are Jeremy Brett fans. Also, many of these fans are actually reading the original ‘canon’.
There were many panel discussions to chose from. I tended to veer towards the panels on which guests of honour, Peggy Perdue and Tim Johnson, sat.
Both librarians and custodians of special collections. Peggy from Toronto and Tim from Minneapolis. Also on some of these panels was John Longenbough, the author of the excellent play “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” (among other works)
From the ‘alternate universe’, the cosplay, fan art, and demonstrations of Victorian martial arts, there truly was something for everyone.
The two guests of honour are presented with gifts.
Peggy Perdue, Curator of the Toronto Public Library’s Arthur Conan Doyle Collection and Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books and the E.W. McDiarmid Curator of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Congratulation to Krista for willing the prize draw held by the Sound of the Baskervilles!
Thanks to Terri and David Haugen for their hospitality!
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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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