History

The Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle was founded on January 6th, 1971 and led by James T. Covert; the eleven charter members first met on the campus of the University of Portland. The singular purpose of the Order is to promote, extend, further, advance, encourage, dignify, elevate, and generally improve the study and employment of the Sacred Writings and Sherlockian Studies. The name is taken from “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” published by Arthur Conan Doyle in January 1892.

The Society is dedicated to the scholarly pursuit and appreciation of the singular exploits, of the Wisest and Noblest of men, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Meetings
We have regular business & discussion meetings in October, November, February, March and April. The meeting content may include:

  • quizzes
  • story discussions
  • scholarly presentations
  • items of Sherlockian interest

Special Events

  • December Goose Dinner – Holiday Celebration in early December with the “grilling” of the “eggs” (new members ready to become full members)
  • January Masters Dinner – Members-only Banquet in January to celebrate Sherlock Holmes’s Birthday
  • May Wreath Throw – Memorial For the “death” of Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach Falls, held at Multnomah Falls or Willamette Falls
  • July/August Watson’s picnic – al fresco event in July or August (alternating) to celebrate Watson’s Birthday
  • September Annual Retreat – A weekend of Sherlockian pastimes held in early September
  • Other ad hoc events can include: plays, meetings with visiting Sherlockians, High teas, and other special field trips

Officers 2018

  • Grand Gander            Patrick Ewing
  • Trusted Associate      Dan Teeples
  • Jabez                            Elinor Gray
  • Stockbroker’s Clerk   John Ellis
  • Pledge Master             Terri Zensen
  • Feathers Editor           Janice Eisen
  • Gazetteer                     Janice Eisen