Stormy Petrels and all Sherlockians! We will begin our study sessions once more. Our last one was in June. Since then we have met up at a pub (Milltown Bar & Grill in August) and our very successful 35th anniversary celebration at the Johnston-Keddis Estate in South Surrey in September.
The October 4th meeting will take place at the Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver (in the heart of the West End).
The meeting will begin at 7:00, but if you are able to be there by 6:30, you will be treated to a tour of the Victorian mansion.
The adventure for discussion will be “The Greek Interpreter”. A story involving kidnapping, extortion and murder.
This adventure first appeared in September in 1893 in both the Strand Magazine and Harper’s Weekly, and gives us a peek into Holmes’s background, such as informing us that he has an older brother, he is descended from country squires and his grandmother was the sister of the French artist Vernet.
What did Mycroft do for a living? What is the Diogenes Club? What were Dr. Watson’s comments on Sherlock Holmes’s character? Did he play golf?
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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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