A dozen Petrels and three guests flocked to “Toad Hall” (Haffenden residence in North Vancouver) on Saturday, July 16th 2016 for a day of remembering and refreshments.
After a delicious picnic lunch, President Fran, uttering the oft-quoted words “…the best and wisest man….” offered the hand-crafted memorial wreath over the edge to be carried down the mountainside.
The flock of Petrels then retreated to the back lawn to enjoy a game of “Getting Getrie’s Garter” (aka The Leg Game)
Pictured below: Bob C., BSI and hostess extraordinaire Elsa H.
Tim M. managed to lob one small hoop (garter) over the high-heeled, fish-netted stocking leg. Father of Ana S. (guest) managed a larger hoop. The rest of us just had a lot of fun!
Next came the auction. Bob C. kindly volunteered to play auctioneer.(pictured below). 100% of monies raised will go towards the Stormy Petrels’ 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.
Relaxing on the lovely sun deck, enjoying the company and hostess Elsa’s coffee and cake, we all marveled at Len’s show and tell.
The evening came to a close with everyone reminding each other of our next event:
The “Silver Blaze” races on the borders of Surrey on Saturday, August 13th. Details to follow shortly.
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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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