White Water, Sunny Skies Abound for The SOBs 2017 Wreath Throw!

A blue sky with temps in the high-60s allowed twenty members of The Sound of the Baskervilles to enjoy our 35th Annual Wreath Throw on May 6, 2017.


This long-standing club event commemorates the final confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen, Switzerland for, in Sherlock’s words, “…the final discussion of those questions which lie between us.” Our memorial took place at the Tumwater Falls Park along the Deschutes River in Tumwater, WA.

In SOB terms, as with any Sherlockian gathering, this meant good friends, lots of laughs and great feasting.


As is our custom, we all walked down to the lower falls, seeing small waterfalls and blooming rhodies all along the way. Our host, Wreath Throw Chair SOB James Romnes had again made arrangements for our mini-violin concert—to the masterful strains of violinist Steven Lovenger!  A great touch when accompanied by our libations!


Cups were then filled with champagne and sparkling cider in preparation for toasts to our heroes Holmes & Watson and to honor SOB Members who have passed over the Reichenbach.


SOB PFL David Haugen read the list of names of the nineteen SOBs whom we’ve lost over our 37 years, then James tossed a beautiful, completely biodegradable flower and greenery wreath—made by his lovely bride SOB Ginie Romnes—over the full and rapidly-flowing lower falls. The rest of us offered our toasts, listened to the wonderful violin music, and talked with curious on-lookers wondering what the heck we were doing.


Following a slower trek back up to the Falls Terrace Restaurant, we convened for lunch at 1 p.m., enjoying their wonderful service and excellent menu and, of course, our own Sherlockian company, as always.