Sherlockian Fun and Shenanigans with Robert Fritsch

Where: Chelmsford Center for the Arts
When: 03/03 , 10:30AM-1:30PM

SHERLOCK HOLMES has been fascinating audiences for 130 years. What is it about this character that has made him a world-famous phenomenon? Join the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime as they present Sherlockian Fun and Shenanigans on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:30AM to 1:30PM at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA). Sherlockian aficionado Robert Fritsch will be the presenter and moderator for the program.

The event starts with the major players in the saga, Holmes himself, Watson, and Conan Doyle. Highlights of the four novels and 56 short stories (known as the Canon) will be briefly examined, with emphasis on the women of the Canon. But the Holmesian story is so much more than these literary works that have never been out of print since their initial publication.

The influence of these works is profound. Without a doubt, forensic science as we know it was originated in these stories. The stories also serve as the prototype of "Buddy" stories, where two or more friends have adventures together. And they formed the framework for the modern detective story, involving the reader not as an observer but as a participant.

The "Great Game" has captured the imagination of countless people worldwide. In it, Holmes and Watson are historical, not fictional, characters. Watson is the true author of almost all of the stories, and all adventures actually happened. This has caused a huge amount of Sherlockian scholarship to be discussed and published, and hundreds of societies seeking "to keep the memory of the Master green" to be formed.

It goes further. It is estimated that about a quarter million separate items have been published about Holmes - books, movies, TV shows, magazine articles, the list goes on and on. The amount of merchandise is staggering.

Each of the subjects will be covered, and audience participation is part of the program. Mini-quizzes with prizes will be interspersed throughout the event. Participants are encouraged to submit questions to the moderator who will attempt to answer them "off the cuff." We anticipate a delightful time which will be enjoyed by one and all.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Donations to Chelmsford Center for the Arts will be gratefully accepted during registration and/or at the event. Click here to register.  (Any questions can be directed to programs@sincne.org.) 

Light food and beverages will be available.

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Robert Fritsch
first read about Sherlock Holmes in his pre-teen years and has been a fan ever since. He has read the Canon several times, and conducted a series of courses about Holmes for five years at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College in New Hampshire. His Sherlockian library numbers over 500 books, magazines, movies, and games. He is a member of several Sherlockian societies and a founding member of The Fourth Garrideb, The Numismatics of Sherlock Holmes.

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