Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Winter Meeting Announcement

“… but on my life, Watson, I simply cannot leave that case in this condition.”              
-- Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange.”       

And we sincerely hope that after the holidays, you’ll be in the best condition to join us at the annual winter dinner meeting of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
6:30 p.m.       
Commonwealth Club
30088 Dequindre, Warren, MI                           
                                                                                                                               
Our assigned story and brief discussion is on “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange,” which concerns an abused woman, a vicious murder and a detective who bends the law.

The evening’s presentation will feature member Michael Jones and his investigation into the case of “Sherlock Holmes: January’s Child.”

There will also be toasts, a prize raffle and a celebration of the 164th birthday of Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Members may also bring their Sherlockian memorabilia to sell and/or swap.

Please make dinner checks payable to: Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit and mail to the address below. Or to use PayPal, contact amateurmendicantsociety@gmail.com for instructions.

To join us, please mail your check for $28 per person by FRIDAY, DEC. 29th to:

AMATEUR MENDICANT SOCIETY OF DETROIT
c/o Edward F. Stein
29950 Summit Drive, #108
Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Your entrées include rib-eye roast, roast chicken, green beans, roasted potatoes, salad, and desserts including a piece of birthday cake. As always, there will also be a cash bar.

“Come at once if convenient … if inconvenient, come all the same.”

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall Meeting Report

The annual fall meeting of the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit took place October 1, 2017 at the Station 885 restaurant in Plymouth, Michigan with 33 members and guests enjoying an afternoon of Sherlockian fellowship.

Gasogene John Kramb gaveled the meeting to order at 2:08 p.m., welcoming all and introducing the society’s board. He also noted that two of the society’s past gasogenes, Ed Stein and Tom Voss, were in attendance.

There was also a moment of silence for two recently departed longtime members, Walter Young, a board member for more than 15 years and Ray Mandziuk, who with Roy Pilot, brought the society out of hiatus more than 17 years ago.

Also introduced was Doug Bianchi, who first indicated an interest in the group back in 1987 but whose query was apparently intercepted and purposely mislaid by one of Professor Moriarty’s minions. Other guests included Tamara Christie and Kelly Aydlott of Royal Oak Briars ?????, which crafts custom hand-made pipes and displayed several at the meeting.

Next, the society’s traditional toasts were offered up, with Bev Sobolewski saluting “The Woman,” Al Calderini honoring Mrs. Hudson, Commissionaire Chris Music toasting Mycroft Holmes and Chris Jeryan calling on the assembly to hoist their glasses to Watson’s Second Wife.
Speaking of Mrs. Hudson, the restaurant served up a hearty afternoon meal of roast turkey with gravy, baked salmon and all the usual accompaniments topped by a dessert of white chocolate mousse.

Gasogene Kramb then went over the significant points of the assigned story, “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs,” noting among other things, its resemblance to at least two other Canonical tales.
Then, publisher George Vanderburgh dished up the afternoon’s main course, a presentation on the book covers and internal art for the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. Among the highlights were drawings of Holmes as a marionette operated by Arthur Conan Doyle and a constellation of stars forming an interstellar Holmes pictured with the U.S.S. Enterprise of “Star Trek” fame.

The society’s Tantalus Rob Musial then took a minute to update the assembly about two recent Sherlockian developments, the recent publication of “From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon” by Mattias Bostrom and the world premiere of a rousing new play, “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Elusive Ear” coming to the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan.

The play, which features Holmes and Vincent Van Gogh in a most unusual case, runs from March 29 to May 26, 2018 and the AMS is considering a group outing to see it. In an unplanned and welcome surprise, the playwright, David MacGregor, was in attendance to offer a brief preview of the work.
As the meeting wound down, Musial then did the drawing for the door prizes, with MacGregor taking home (what else?) a Sherlock Holmes book, Bobbie Gorevitz scoring a Sherlock Holmes scarf and Kramb being awarded a Moriarty coffee mug.

Kramb also announced that the next meeting of the society would be at the Commonwealth Club in Warren on January 6, 2018 -- the same date as the actual 164th birthday of Mr. Holmes.
In the meeting’s finale, Anne Musial led the multitude in the singing of “God Save the Queen,” Music recited the traditional closing poem “221B” by Vincent Starrett and Kramb adjourned the proceedings at 4:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Musial, AMS Tantalus

Sunday, September 03, 2017

“If you had killed Watson, you would not have gotten out of this room alive.”                
-- Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs.”      

Fortunately, Watson was only wounded – and we’ll celebrate that fact as we join together in fellowship at the fall buffet luncheon meeting of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Arrival 1:45 p.m., meeting begins at 2 p.m.
Station 885 Restaurant
885 Starkweather, Plymouth, MI                                                                                                                                                                  
Our assigned story is “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs,” which involves an odd name, an unlikely inheritance and a very close call in a cellar.

The afternoon’s presentation will feature George Vanderburgh on his time as a Sherlockian publisher with an investigation into the artwork for the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box Press.

There will also be toasts, a discussion of the assigned story, a prize raffle and the usual folderol.

Please make dinner checks payable to: Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit and mail to the address below. Or via PayPal, at amateurmendicantsociety@gmail.com

To join us, please mail your check for $26 per person by FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 to:

AMATEUR MENDICANT SOCIETY OF DETROIT
c/o Edward F. Stein
29950 Summit Drive, #108
Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Your entrées are roast turkey w/ gravy and baked salmon plus roasted potatoes, vegetables, salad, and a white chocolate mousse dessert. As always, there’s a cash bar.

“Come at once if convenient … if inconvenient, come all the same.”

Thursday, July 06, 2017

June Meeting Report

Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit - meeting report for June 17, 2017

The annual spring meeting of the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit lured 44 erstwhile members and guests to the society’s unofficial home base, the Commonwealth Club, in Warren, Michigan, on June 17, 2017.

Commissionaire Chris Music called the evening meeting to order at 6:34 p.m., welcoming the crowd and introducing the society’s board and the first-time guests – and the guest who came the farthest, Mary Miller, from Indianapolis.

The traditional toasts were offered with George Vanderburgh (in absentia) saluting The Woman, Rob Musial toasting the long-suffering landlady Mrs. Hudson, Eddie Stein raising a glass to Mycroft, and Bev Ellis saluting Watson’s Second Wife.

In addition, Al Calderini toasted Basil Rathbone’s recent 150th birthday and Jerry Alvin saluted Ezekiah Hopkins, the late millionaire of Lebanon, Pennsylvania who so bounteously provided for the Red-Headed League – and making sure that was one of the tales that was “well-read.”
Rob Musial also recited a limerick written by the late sci-fi great Isaac Asimov about the evening’s story, “The Adventure of the Creeping Man.”

Which led to the evening’s main event, with a short detour for a tasty repast of ginger pork, chicken Marsala and all the usual fixings.

Next, Michael Ellis rose to the podium to offer a brief recap of the “Creeping Man” story. Since it concerned a deluded older man’s affections for a younger woman, Ellis next led the multitude through the evening’s presentation, May-December romances and how they’ve been interpreted both in the Sacred Writings and the great mass of writings that followed Watson’s tales.

In the wide-ranging presentation, Ellis touched on gold-diggers, the Fountain of Youth and such romances as seen by Hollywood and songwriters. The highlight was the playing of a recording of “Aunt Clara,” as sung by Sherlockian James Montgomery more than 60 years ago at both Baker Street Irregular meetings and those of the Amateur Mendicants. The multi-versed song concerns an “adventuress” who’s done quite well though the chorus notes that “her picture is turned to the wall,” a chorus that most in attendance were soon giddily singing.

Ellis continued his overview with a look at Laurie King’s popular Mary Russell series about a girl who is befriended by an aging Holmes in retirement. He also touched on early 20th Century spurious research into the use of monkey glands, drug use during the Third Reich and actress Emma Watson – though not in that order.

Next, commissionaire Music presented the society’s annual Beggar’s Cup award to Anne Musial for her long dedication to the current iteration of the club, from welcoming attendees and producing name tags to obtaining the prizes and running the prize raffles that highlight each meeting. In addition to many other unsung duties, Anne also suggested the Commonwealth Club as a suitable venue for the Mendicants.

Then the door prizes were drawn with James O’Keefe winning the Big Book of Holmes’ stories, Eddie Stein taking home the special Life magazine issue on Holmes and Natalie Katkowsky winning the collection of Sherlock DVDs.

As the meeting wore down, all in attendance sang the traditional “God Save the Queen” and actor John Sherwood concluded the evening with the reading of the poem “221 B” and the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Musial
AMS Tantalus

Addendum: The next meeting of the Mendicants will be Sunday Oct. 1 at Station 855 in Plymouth, MI and the speaker will be George Vanderburgh.

Friday, May 26, 2017

June Meeting Details

“When one tries to rise above nature, one is liable to fall below it.”                 
-Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Creeping Man.”       

And we hope that, along with enjoying nature, you’ll rise to the occasion and agree to join us at the annual late spring dinner meeting of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Commonwealth Club of Detroit
30088 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI                                                                                                        
                                                   
Our assigned story is “The Adventure of the Creeping Man,” which involves an agitated family dog, a scared young woman, a deluded older professor and an untimely love affair.

The evening’s presentation will look into such affairs as speaker Michael Ellis considers the question of “May-December Romances.”

There will also be toasts, a prize raffle, the presentation of the annual Beggar’s Cup award to a deserving Mendicant, the collection of annual dues and the usual folderol.

Please make dinner checks payable to: Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit and mail to the address below. Or to use PayPal, contact amateurmendicantsociety@gmail.com for instructions.

To join us, please mail your check for $26 per person by FRIDAY, JUNE 9th to:

AMATEUR MENDICANT SOCIETY OF DETROIT
c/o Edward F. Stein
29950 Summit Drive, #108
Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Your entrée choices include ginger pork, chicken Marsala, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls and light desserts. As always, there will be a cash bar.

“Come at once if convenient … if inconvenient, come all the same.”

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Save the Dates

Save the dates!

The next 2 meetings of the Amateur Mendicant Society will be as follows (please note the change to the previously announced spring meeting).  More details coming soon... Hope to see you there!

Spring/Summer Meeting:
Saturday evening June 17th at the Commonwealth Club - Warren, MI
Speaker: Michael Ellis

Fall Meeting:
Sunday afternoon October 1st at Station 885 - Plymouth, MI
Speaker: George Vanderburgh

Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter Meeting Announcement

“I had called upon Sherlock Holmes to wish him the compliments of the season…”                  
- Dr. John Watson in “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.”       

Along with wishing you the merriest compliments of the season, we’re inviting you to join us at the upcoming winter dinner meeting of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Commonwealth Club of Detroit
30088 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI                                                                                                                      
Our assigned story is “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” which involves a priceless missing gemstone, a special Christmas goose and a wrongly-accused man. And a quiz so read the story.

The evening’s presentation will be “An Irregular Life: Confessions of a Fortunate Sherlockian” by the esteemed Mark McPherson, BSI.

There will also be toasts, a prize raffle, the presentation of the annual Beggar’s Cup award, a cake to honor The Master on his 163rd birthday and the usual folderol.

Please make dinner checks payable to: Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit and mail to the address below. Or to use PayPal, contact amateurmendicantsociety@gmail.com for instructions.

To join us, please mail your check for $26 per person by FRIDAY, JAN. 13th to:

AMATEUR MENDICANT SOCIETY OF DETROIT
c/o Edward F. Stein
29950 Sunset Drive, #108
Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Your entrée choices include rib-eye roast, chicken Marsala, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls and light desserts. As always, there will be a cash bar.

                  “Come at once if convenient … if inconvenient, come all the same.”



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall Meeting Report

The annual fall meeting of the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit brought 45 erstwhile Sherlockians together to the Station 855 Restaurant near the train tracks that bisect the bucolic suburb of Plymouth, Michigan.

Calling the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m. was the society’s Gasogene, John Kramb, who welcomed the throng and introduced the board members, including two new appointed officers, Bev Ellis (Tidewaiter) and Bobbi Gorevitz (Lascar). Kramb also welcomed guests and first-time visitors Jerry Kelly, Rachel Gosch and Lisa Franks, her sister Beverly and mother Mary.

With that, the grateful crowd settled into the afternoon’s repast -- bistro steak medallions with zip sauce, chicken Marsala with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms or broiled Lake Superior whitefish topped with a sun-dried cherry brandy cream sauce. Each of these was accompanied by roasted herbed potatoes, vegetables, salad and a chocolate mousse dessert.

The meal also brought the Mendicant’s traditional toasts. Scott Monty, who oversees the podcast “I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere” (ihearofsherlock.com) made the first salutation, to The Woman, in the poetic style of legendary broadcaster Charles Osgood who had just retired. Next, Bev Sobolewski toasted the “ever-patient” and long-suffering landlady Mrs. Hudson; Rob Musial stepped in to toast Sherlock’s “older and smarter brother” Mycroft Holmes and Ed Stein raised his glass to Watson’s Second Wife (and no doubt the best).

In addition, longtime member Jerry “Red” Alvin offered his customary additional toast. Noting that Jimmy Cagney once got a starring movie role because of his red hair, Alvin saluted the late millionaire from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Ezekiah Hopkins, who so bountifully provided for the maintenance of the Red-Headed League.

Next, Michael Ellis briefly went over the discussion points of the day’s story, “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane,” a story chosen mostly because football season had started again (with the Detroit Lions off to their usual dismal start, with one win and two losses by the end of that afternoon).
Anyway, Ellis documented the facts of the story, which in itself is notable for offering a clear picture of Holmes in retirement and because Holmes himself is the narrator, leaving many to maintain that the story suffers for Watson’s absence. In his examination, Ellis detailed some of the questions left by the story, from the evidence of the folded towel to the all-too-convenient locating of exactly the right book of outdoors (and seaside) creatures. Be that as it may, The Master again solved the mystery and all was right with the world, provided you weren’t Fitzroy McPherson, his fiancé, Maude Bellamy or his dog.

The height of the proceedings came as member Glenn Walters then presented his well-researched paper, “The Sherlockian Pastiche: Prevalent or Passé?” Sprinkling his talk with alliteration, Walters gave examples that were pure or pathetic, with the able assistance of Commissionaire Chris Music manning a small spotlight as a visual aid, no doubt to illuminate the brighter points. Walters related how he had read his first Holmes’ stories in elementary school, thanks to a Bookmobile librarian.
But the enduring popularity of the character (Holmes, not the librarian) has spurred a continuing growth industry in authors penning new tales, some good and some not-so. The problem, Walters said, was too often the new stories miss the spirit of Watson as the narrator, fail to adhere to the Canon of original tales, rely too much on other well-known personalities of that era and try to shoehorn Holmes into decidedly sci-fi or supernatural stories. In conclusion, Walters said that while Sherlockians can never get enough of their heroes, the original Holmes, Watson, Mycroft, Moriarty, Irene Adler, Mrs. Hudson et al can never be duplicated.

As the meeting wound down, Gasogene Kramb told the assembled members and guests that the next Mendicant meeting would be Saturday evening, January 21, 2017 at the Commonwealth Club in Warren. That is the society’s traditional gathering to celebrate a new year, old friends and Holmes’ birthday.

Next, the regular prize drawing overseen by Anne Musial produced several winners of Sherlockian books and trinkets, among them Bob Jurva, Lois Krawczyk, Donna Garrant, Natalie Katkowsky, Mary Proberhof, Rachel Gosch and Bobbi Gorevitz.

 Then the throng rose to sing the traditional “God Save the Queen,” followed by the customary reading of “221B” by Chris Music. And with that, the meeting adjourned at 4:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Musial
AMS Tantalus

Monday, August 29, 2016

September Meeting Notice

“One glimmer of life came to his face for an instant… ”                  
-- Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane.”       

And we hope this invitation brings a glimmer of life to your face and that you will join us at the upcoming autumnal meeting of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Station 885 Restaurant
885 Starkweather Street, Plymouth, MI                                                                                                    
                                                   
Our assigned story is “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” in which Holmes’ retirement is interrupted by strange deaths, a mysterious killer and a beautiful woman. There will be a short discussion of the story so we hope you’ll peruse it.

The afternoon’s main presentation will be “The Sherlockian Pastiche: Prevalent or Passé?” by fellow Mendicant Glenn Walters.

Please make dinner checks payable to: Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit. Or to pay by PayPal, contact amateurmendicantsociety@gmail.com for instructions.

To join us, please mail your check for $26 per person by FRIDAY, SEPT. 16th to:

AMATEUR MENDICANT SOCIETY OF DETROIT
c/o Edward F. Stein
25015 Oakbrooke
Southfield, MI  48033

Your entrée choices are chicken Marsala or broiled whitefish or steak medallions plus baked or roasted potatoes or rice pilaf, vegetables du jour, fresh-baked garlic bread and the usual accompaniments. As always, there will be a cash bar.

“Come at once if convenient … if inconvenient, come all the same.”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Save the Dates

The AMS Planning Committee has been hard at work (for a change).  So much so that we now know the dates of the next TWO events:

Fall Meeting:
Sunday afternoon September 25th - Station 885 Restaurant, Plymouth, MI

Winter Meeting:
Saturday evening January 21st - The Commonwealth Club, Warren, MI

More details coming soon.

Hope to see you there!