Welcome Message:

Each year at this time the Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle meets for a symbolic memorial of Reichenbach Falls where the Great Detective Sherlock Holmes confronts his arch nemesis the master criminal, Professor Moriarty for a final climatic battle, as recorded in the Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Final Problem.

Wreath Placing:

We place this wreath to honor the worlds greatest consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes and his not so untimely demise. Indeed to paraphrase Churchill: Never in the field of literature have so many owed so much ( in reading pleasure ) to a single fictional character.

Toast to Sherlock Holmes

In addition to the Great Detective with all his keen powers of observation and deduction, we have a tapestry of plots, characters, places, details, woven together in excellent and enjoyable English prose in Victorian England.

Where else would we be exposed to opium dens, monographs, secret codes, London fogs, the sound of horses on cobblestone streets…Plus tantalizing untold stories that tease us with unknown perils. Forget about oil spills, tsunamis, collapsing economies…KID STUFF, I tell you. Are you ready now, in the 21st century, for the Giant Rat of Sumatra?

It’s lurking out there…try to sleep on that!

To all or this, but in particular, to the world’s foremost consulting deceive…

Sherlock Holmes, we salute you!

Reichenbach Day

This litany composed by Rev. Robert Dinegar in 1972, of The Brothers Three of Moriarty, ( a Sherlock Holmes Society in New Mexico) is used annually at the NMSOBC’s reenactment of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty’s showdown at “The Falls”!

The litany is read by the president (Grand Gander ) and assembled members and guests.

GG: From him who was one of the three whose name was Jim:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: From him who was ascetic, tall, gray and thin:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: from him who was learned, scholarly, yet steeped in sin:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: By your strength to wrestle and climb wet, rocky walls:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: By your tenacity to hang from a ledge under Reichenbach Falls:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: By your disguise as a poor bibliophile, but first priest of all:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

GG: We plead tonight ( today ) as did those in days of yore

For today is much as time was in 1894:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, We BESEECH YOU, HEAR US.

GG: From ghoulies and ghosties and air guns in the night

From Moriarty, Moran and those who are alike:

Gaggle: SHERLOCK HOLMES, DELIVER US.

Eulogy To The Great Detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes By John Schilke

Dearly beloved Ladies and Gentleman, devotees of the world’s First Great Detective, we re gathered here to memorialize his in fortunate demise at Reichenbach Falls in 1891.

We remember him of course,
For his pipe and his violin,
For his long-suffering friend and supporter Mrs. Hudson,
For his reliable Good Old Index, London.
For his friendship and devotion to his loyal and trusted associate, Dr. John Watson,
For his promptness in unstintintingly helping unfortunate victims of crime and accident,
For his recognition of the absence of the dog barking in the night,
For his renown studies of tobacco ashes,
For his famous monograph on the formation of the human ear,
and his remarkable delineation of Mr. Baker from the appearance of he poor man’s hat,

But most of all, we revere him for his ridding the world of that Napoleon of Crime, the infamous Professor Moriarty ,… Who will or longer darken the world of Victorian and Edwardian London,

It is truly, then, our sacred duty to call to mind this most reverend, this Best and Wisest of Men, to whom we offer our praise and sincere adulation.

Ladies and Gentleman, let us remember our Mr. Sherlock Holmes!