Once again, I was able to go to a meeting of the Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem, the local Sherlockian society here in Nashville, Tennessee. It was an enjoyable time, chatting with other fans about Sherlock Holmes, and other things. In fact, the conversation turned to Shakespeare for awhile, and some of us talked about film versions of Hamlet. Also, a newbie in the group was a Doctor Who fan, which related both to Sherlock Holmes (Moffat and Gatiss, the writers of Sherlock also write for Doctor Who) and to Shakespeare (my favorite Hamlet on film is David Tennant, a former Doctor). There was Show & Tell time (I passed around a book I had acquired a few years ago) and a quiz (a very funny one this time). The discussion centered on the story entitled "The Adventure of the Red Circle." (Not my favorite Holmes story, but not bad.) It was nice not to be "the new guy" this time around, even though I have felt quite welcome from the very first moment.
If you live in the Nashville area and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I certainly recommend that you consider attending a meeting. A more friendly and welcoming group of readers would be hard to find. You can find more information about the group at their official website.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.