McMurdo’s Camp

May 27, 2009

Dayton Symposium 2009

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 11:35 pm

Camper Jim Zych (rhymes with bike) attended this year’s syposium and provides the following report, which was delayed slightly.  Jim had a singular mineral adventure on the way home, but that is all in the passed, and everything is fine.

Sherlock Holmes 28th Symposium

Dayton, Ohio

May 15-17, 2009

The Merry Wives of Watson

Friday evening there was a Reception Party hosted by the Agra Treasurers of Dayton. I had a chance to meet several of their members. There were refreshments, munchies and ham and cheese sandwiches. Everybody was looking forward to the papers that were going to be presented and, unlike last year, were very happy with the weather (last year was a blizzard which resulted in this year’s Symposium being scheduled for May).

Saturday morning was registration, which mainly meant pickup the information packets, any T-Shirts or Sweatshirts that participants ordered and tickets for dinner that evening. Since that took about 5 minutes, there was a lot of time left for browsing though the vendor tables. There were 7 or 8 vendors selling anything from books to photographs and prints as well as other Sherlockia such as pins, embroidered items and records.

Saturday afternoon was the main part of the conference. A total of 10 papers were presented including a skit of what Dr. and Mrs. Watson’s life at home may have been like.

There was a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and Readers’ Theater afterwards. Unfortunately I had a commitment on Sunday to attend so I was not able to stay for these.

On Sunday morning they traditionally have a continental breakfast and a “Brain Buster” quiz. Although these quizzes are tough, everyone has a great time with them.

Next year, the theme of the conference will be “Investigating the AmeriCanon” which will concentrate on Americans that Holmes deals with, American Villains and answer the question “Did Holmes ever travel to the Americas?” It will be held May 14-16, 2010 in Dayton.

Contact Cathy Gill for more information. Her email is

Jim Zych

While in Dayton, Jim presented information on downloading and saving readings of the Canon, in complete original form.  McMurdo’s Camp will place this information in our “Trifling Monographs” section in the next few days.

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