The Stormy Petrels will take a break from our usual study session for the month of July.
It’s time for our annual “Reichenbach Falls” event. Good news to some, we will not drive the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Shannon Falls this year, but will honour the occasion with tossing our wreath into MacKay Creek at Heywood Park in North Vancouver.
Heywood Park is located at 1621 Hamilton Street at Marine Drive. It will be a very short walk from “Toad Hall” (aka the Haffendens’)
Park your car at the house at 12:00 noon, (Sheldon will forward the address of “Toad Hall” in his reminder e-mail to all members) and we shall all take the short walk to the end of the block into the park.
Once at the park, Fran will gracefully toss the memorial (bio-degradable) wreath into the stream, where, she is assured, she will be less likely to follow the wreath into the water. The small falls at Heywood Park are quite tame compared to waters of Shannon Falls.
We will trek back to “Toad Hall” to enjoy our picnic lunches on the patio before engaging in our auction of Sherlockiana, Victorian and mystery-related items.
Len will also open the “company store” to give everyone an opportunity to purchase items such as our Stormy Petrel note pads, pens, key chains, etc.
All proceeds of the auction will go towards the Stormy Petrels 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.
If you would like more information, please contact Fran at the Stormy Petrel address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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