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The Birthday Weekend 2002

Editorial note: Since so much is written about the weekend in other publications we’re focusing on Adventuress activities during the weekend.

Congratulations go to Adventuresses Mary Campbell and Marilynne McKay, who both received investitures as Baker Street Irregulars during the 2002 Birthday Weekend. Mary, a well-known Canadian Sherlockian, will now be called Brenda Tregennis, while Muse co-editor Marilynne is Violet de Merville. Adventuresses had even more reason to rejoice as Susan Rice (left) received the Two Shilling Award for her service to the BSI and the Sherlockian community. Jean Upton’s toast to Watson’s second wife was another high point of the BSI dinner.

An Adventuress was also awarded the highest honor at the Baskerville Bash – Francine Kitts received the coveted Hugo Award for her work in conjunction with the Bash. Once again, congratulations! You’ll find all the details on the Bash in Allan Devitt’s report elsewhere in this issue.

As always, the weekend began with ASH Wednesday. Approximately 40 Adventuresses and friends gathered at O’Casey’s that evening — no program, just lots of good conversation. The next morning an intrepid dozen met for the informative Morley Walk, led by Jim Cox and ASH Dore Nash. We went from the Algonquin to the Gotham Book Store on 47th Street, then downtown to the Woolworth Building, a hot-dog stand and more, ending at McSorley’s Ale House, a favorite Birthday Weekend haunt.

Noontime Friday found most Sherlockians at Moran’s for the Gillette luncheon, as always superbly organized by Susan Rice and Mickey Fromkin. As part of the program, S.E. Dahlinger — the authority on William Gillette — read a description of the actor’s technical facility from a 1901 issue of Stage magazine.

At the Saturday cocktail party, bidding was spirited for Jean Upton’s original sketch of Sherlock Holmes as Pooh. Muse contributor Warren Randall is now the proud owner. A popular guy was 7-week old Peter Brennan Minichello (son of Adventuress MaryKate Brennan) — it’s never too early to initiate your children into the Sherlockian way of life.

That evening Maribeau Briggs and Paul Singleton presented “A Hound It Was…”— their compilation of film clips from, of course, the various cinematic versions of HOUN. Limited engagements of this work have played to packed houses and it’s worth a viewing. To order, send a check for $15 per copy plus $5 for shipping (U.S. only—contact Maribeau for foreign shipping charges) to Maribeau Briggs, On-The-Fly Video, 46 E. 29th St., 3F, New York, NY 10016. Checks should be payable to Maribeau.

On Sunday approximately 75 Adventuresses and their friends gathered for the annual brunch. As our Principal Unprincipled Adventuress remarked at the end of the event, ASH-sponsored informal events now are the “bookends” for the weekend, a tradition ASH looks forward to continuing in future years. Kudos go to Marina Stajic for organizing brunch.


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