Game is afoot for Sherlock fans

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

The local chapter of the Sherlock Holmes Society will soon hold its 8th annual meeting. It’s elementary because it’s the sleuth’s birthday!

Once a year across the globe from New York to Bangkok , New Zealand to Finland , the Sherlock Holmes clubs meet to do honor to the immortal sleuth. There are estimated to be more than 1,020 clubs worldwide, and we have our own, the Emerald Coast Beach Hounds, located in Walton County , which is in the official listing.

This will be the eighth year for this unusual assembly, entitled the “Beach Hounds,” whose members never tire of anything that Holmes or Dr. Watson are involved in.

Each year prominent law enforcement, private detectives, and government agents are chosen for the prestigious Holmes Award.

This year’s award winner and guest speaker is John T. Andrews, who is a United States Homeland Foreign Counter and Domestic Intelligence Specialist and a teacher at Florida State University . He will delve into a suspicious death of a U.S. assistant attorney from the Attorney General’s office.

The swearing in of new Sherlock Holmes’ members is one of humorous highlights with other “secret” events and prizes to be presented. Dress code is “casually smart” and Sherlockian costumes are encouraged.

Most Sherlock Holmes’ Clubs have no dues or membership requirements, however many societies limit the number of participants. The “Beach Hounds” can be found on the national listing website, “Sherlockian,” and the headquarters is located in New York under the name “Baker Street Irregulars.”

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