Sherlocked: Beach Hounds fill The Vue to celebrate sleuth’s 160th birthday


Founding members Chick Huettel, Joe Stanko, and Jim Radtke in 2005

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 04:05 PM.

There were 114 people who showed up at The Vue on 30A Monday night — many in strange-looking attire. And by evening's end, more than half of those lined up against the wall with eyes closed and outstretched “paws.”

After taking a sleuth's oath, the tooth of a hound was place in their hands as well as a pin identifying them as members of the local Sherlock Holmes Society.

Once a year around the world, Sherlock Holmes chapters meet to honor to the immortal sleuth. While an attendance analysis is still under way, this year may have drawn more newcomers than usual thanks to the global popularity of the BBC series “Sherlock.”

There are estimated to be more than 1,020 clubs worldwide and six are in Florida . Most groups were males only in the beginning. Our local Beach Hounds chapter, named after “Hound of the Baskervilles,” can be found on the national listing website.

This local fan club was formed in 2005 by 18 charter members. Several of those attended Monday night to celebrate the birthday of the sleuth, who according to most experts, would have turned 160 in 2014.

Following a social hour, guests dined on traditional British fare of fish and chips, and bangers and English peas.

After dinner, the highlight of the evening was hearing a real unsolved mystery presented by guest speaker John T. Andrews, a U.S. Homeland Security Foreign Counter and Domestic Intelligence Specialist who teaches at Florida State University . He spoke about the suspicious death of a U.S. assistant attorney from the Attorney General’s office. Guests were encouraged to offer their opinions on who they thought committed the crime.

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