The ASH Spring Dinner
Traditionally held in April, May or June, the ASH Spring Dinner is for members and friends of ASH.
The 2008 Spring Dinner was held May 31 at Bill’s Gay Nineties Restaurant in Manhattan.
The 2007 Spring Dinner was held at Moran's Chelsea Seafood Restaurant.
The 2006 Spring Dinner was held May 13 at Table XII (formerly Étoile).
The 2005 Spring Dinner was held May 28 at la Prima Donna in the Theater District of Manhattan.
The 2003 Spring Dinner was held at Moran's at St. George Chapel in the Battery district of Manhattan on Saturday 31 May.
The ASH Autumn Dinner
Traditionally held in October, November or December, the Autumn Members Meeting was at one time limited to members of ASH, but has since become, like the Spring Dinner, open to members and friends of ASH.
The 2008 Autumn Dinner was a Chinese Banquet on November 22 at the S Dynasty Restaurant in the Radisson Lexington Hotel.
The 2007 Autumn Dinner was held the afternoon of December 1 at Moran's Chelsea Seafood Restaurant.
The 2006 Autumn Members Meeting was held December 2 at La Bonne Soup.
The 2005 Autumn Members Meeting was held November 4 at La Prima Donna.
The 2004 Autumn Members Meeting was held October 15 at Pete’s Tavern near Gramercy Park.
The 2003 Autumn Members Meeting was held October 18 at Moran's Chelsea Seafood Restaurant.
The 2002 Autumn Members Meeting was held November 8 at Moran's Alehouse.
The 2000 Autumn Members Meeting was held October 27 at the Chemist’s Club in midtown Manhattan
The Birthday Weekend
Sherlock Holmes birthday celebrations are held in New York and London the first two full weekends in January (the order varies between the two cities to enable fun-loving Sherlockians to "cross the pond" and attend both). ASH events bookend the New York Weekend with an informal dinner on ASH Wednesday and a Sunday brunch.
The 2008 Birthday Weekend delighted Adventuresses who had not received an ASH Membership Certificate. The new certificates were welcomed by all ASH invested since the early 90s.
The 2007 Birthday Weekend included an announcement of the first winner of the Jan WHIMSEY award for the most whimsical article in the previous volume of the Muse.
The 2006 Birthday Weekend celebrated an ASH winner of the prestigious BSJ Morley-Montgomery Award and unseasonably beautiful weather for weekend activities.
The 2005 Birthday Weekend was notable for an ASH gathering at Le Train Blue in Bloomingdale’s and a Sunday BSI-sponsored trip to the Gillette Castle.
The 2004 Birthday Weekend was thrilling for Adventuresses who received awards and an investiture -- as always, ASH was front and center at festivities.
The 2003 Birthday Weekend again featured Adventuresses in major roles in activities throughout the weekend and another ASH was invested in the BSI.
The 2002 Birthday Weekend was a resounding success for Adventuresses as two ASH were invested into the BSI and another received the coveted BSI Two Shilling Award for her service to the BSI and the Sherlockian community.
The 2001 Birthday Weekend celebrated an ASH investiture into the BSI and an ASH winner of the Baskerville Bash's HUGO award.
The Gaslight Gala
The Baskerville Bash replaced the ASH dinner traditionally held at the same time as the invitation-only BSI evening. In 2007, the Bash was replaced by the Gaslight Gala.
The 2007 Gala at the Manhattan Club featured "Villains in the Canon" with the remarkable entertainment, food, auction, and fun that participants know and love.
The 2008 Gala theme was "Damsels in Distress" and once again Carol Fish & Laurie Manifold did an outstanding job of planning and bringing off a grand event.
The Baskerville Bash
Although the Bash is not an ASH-sponsored activity, there are many ASH in the B.B.C. (Baskerville Bash Committee) Sherlockian scion. The Bash replaces the ASH dinner traditionally held at the same time as the invitation-only BSI evening.
The 2006 Bash theme was “The Sherl-Oscar Awards,” presented by The Academy of Sherlockian Arts and Scionces.
The 2005 Bash featured a 1930's Radio Hour highlighted by the game show Queen for an Hour and the soap opera, Search for the Days of Tomorrow As The Copper Beeches Turn.
The 2004 Bash was a special treat this year as it featured a Victorian Music Hall with performers who sang and danced some old and new favorites for the admiring crowd.
The 2003 Bash again had 'em rolling in the aisles at the Manhattan Club as the "Canonical News Network" introduced reports, toasts, and a special version of "You Bet Your Life."
The 2002 Bash drew nearly 100 Sherlockians on January 11 to celebrate the 6th annual event -- this one featured the “Bash-In,” a reprise of Rowan & Martin’s 70’s comedy hit, “Laugh-In.”
The 2001 Bash was a howling success as The Baskerville Buskers presented “This Is Your Life, Hugo The Hound” (among other entertaining skits and songs) to the assembled diners and drinkers.
The 2000 Bash was the first at the Manhattan Club, as preceding Bashes outgrew each successive venue. The "What's My Crime?" game show was only one highlight of the festivities.
For the record, the 1997 Bash marked the beginning of a new Birthday Weekend tradition -- the first in a series of escalating extravaganzas. The Baskerville Bash is the granddaughter of the venerable ASH Dinners of yore.