As many of my esteemed SOB colleagues are aware, the Annual International Sherlockian Summit is not an event to be missed, and this year may take the cake as the best one yet. This is of course due to tireless efforts from our organizer, SOB Margie Deck, but also is a great reflection of how well the SOBs are known, respected, and most importantly are enjoyable company in the Pacific Northwest! The 2018 Summit boasted record numbers – 40 people from 9 scions and organizations – and was a lot of fun!
Guests were greeted by a clever “Sherlockian ‘Nom for the Day’ Generator” which was composed of stringing your shirt color, your sign, and the day you were born together. There were definitely some excellent titles that I’d be delighted to read, like “The Adventure of the Part-Time Oyster” or “The Trial of the Maniacal Diva” (that was mine and is fitting to my day-to-day life). The robust program was kicked off by a reading of Mattias Bostrom’s original poem “221B Again”, followed by a toast from Sheila Holtgrieve. There was a lively “roses are red, violets are blue” poem contest – which if you were unable to attend will all be available in this year’s Twaddle – and a great – but as usual incredibly challenging – quiz from Bob Coghill and the Stormy Petrels of British Columbia that resulted in some sweet treats.
There was also a well-done skit, “In Defense of Sherlock Holmes”, run by Margie and Sheila with excellent audience participation (I don’t know if the brewery will ever recover from 40 people yelling “Help Help Murder!” from the balcony), and our featured speaker was SOB and Portland resident Elinor Gray, who talked to us about Sherlock Holmes and beekeeping. A beekeeper herself, she walked us through the different kind of hives there are, including ones Sherlock Holmes likely used and how they evolved over time. She also talked about other interesting elements of bee keeping, such as the hardship of a failed colony, the collection of a swarm, and how bees are “winterized” so that they’re ready for spring. She provided printouts with great visuals and attendees read along as she spoke, hanging on her every word.
We finished up with our usual raffle, gave prizes out for poems and noms, and PFL David Haugen closed with what is our custom – a recitation of Vincent Starrett’s 221B. It was a really lovely event, and I look forward to next year!
By SOB VP Kashena Konecki