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The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota is a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars of New York, dedicated to keeping green the memory of the Master, Sherlock Holmes, and honoring his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In keeping with the heritage of our group, which unlike some other early scions that have excluded females from membership, the Explorers remain open to all! We welcome anyone who has an interest in Sherlock Holmes, regardless of age, sex or level of knowledge.
The group meets informally -- and irregularly -- to discuss latest happenings in the world of Holmes four to six times a year in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, usually at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. As the situation arises, we also attend performances of Holmes plays or movies as a group. We hold our annual meeting and dinner in December, featuring a Victorian-era meal, quizzes and a talk from a regionally known author. We have another annual event, Baker Street West, in January to celebrate the birthday of the Master. The group's newsletter, Explorations, is published
irregularly two or three times a year, and the Sherlock Holmes Study Group meets monthly to discuss a tale from the Canon. An affiliated vocal-acting troupe, The Red-Throated League, performs vintage Holmes radio scripts once or twice a year complete with music and sound effects. If you are interested in joining a fun group of like-minded Holmes enthusiasts, please see our Membership page!
Norwegian Explorers Study Group: Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM
Saturday December 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Mary Loving will lead the group in a discussion of "The Beryl Coronet." Discussion questions will be provided at the event. We are continuing to gather via Zoom at least through December. See the link and other information below and please forward to any Sherlockian friends and colleagues who may not be members of the Norwegian Explorers.
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Upcoming Dates and Stories
The group normally meets the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We're using the Jay Finley Christ four-letter abbreviations for the tales and taking them in alphabetic order. Thus, we will tackle BLAC January 15 and BLAN February 19.
Know that many other Sherlockian societies are offering virtual get-togethers open to all during the pandemic via Zoom, providing a perfect opportunity for many Norwegian Explorers who have not been able to travel to in-person events in the past to enjoy the camaraderie.
The Norwegian Explorers 2021 Annual Business Meeting and Dinner, Thursday December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Our annual English Buffet dinner will once again be held in person at the Minneapolis Golf Club. Geoffrey Curley, Principal of Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates and one of the creative forces behind the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, will be our keynote speaker. It is particularly exciting to know the Exhibition will be here in Minnesota next year.
We'll celebrate the season and hold a brief business meeting along with enjoying the traditional English dinner. The evening will feature Canonical Toasts, presentation of this year's Sigerson Awards, poems, limericks, carols, etc. Attendees will receive a limited edition copy of the much-anticipated and coveted Norwegian Explorers Christmas Annual. (We will not be mailing them to all members as we did last year, when our meeting was held virtually.)
IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Given the average age of our group and the fact that some are living with increased health risks, only those individuals who have been vaccinated should attend. The Minneapolis Golf Club is not imposing any vaccination or mask requirements, though the staff and employees will be masked. Since we will be eating and drinking nearly the entire time, it will be impractical for us to wear masks, and no mask requirement will be imposed on attendees.Join us for the meeting and dinner at the Minneapolis Golf Club, 2001 Flag Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55426 (952) 544-4471. The cost is $40 per person. You can pay by check including a printout of this form or via PayPal by clicking the button below.
Note: Reservations must be received by November 29!
Baker Street West, Sunday January 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Join us for our traditional celebration of the Master's birthday -- once again in person! We'll enjoy dinner, drinks and conversation as we hear reports from some of our more intrepid traveling members' trips to the Baker Street Irregulars' New York City extended birthday weekend. The event will take place at The Local at The Shops at West End, 1607 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416, (952) 247-0200. In order to get a headcount estimate, please RSVP to Lindsay Hall, 2170 Ridge Drive, Apt. 22, St. Louis Park, MN 55416, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (651) 235-5647. The only cost is your own food and beverages.
* * *The Norwegian Explorers are closely affiliated with the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, housed in Andersen Library, which contains the largest assemblage of Sherlockian materials in the world. The Explorers and the Collections have sponsored several highly praised conferences, also open to all, which are held every three years.
For further information, email Tom Gottwalt, president of the Norwegian Explorers, at NorwegianExplorers@gmail.com.
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