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Who runs Sherlock DC?

June Matics and Lacy Baugher started Sherlock DC in the Summer of 2012.

Lacy lives in Northern Virginia. By day, she does digital things for public media and spends the rest of her time being a huge nerd. Nine is her Doctor and Cumberbatch is her current Holmes-of-the-moment.

June Matics lives in Maryland. Web and new media is her full-time occupation. When she isn’t attached to a computer she plays artist, naturalist, and skull-whisperer. Jeremy Brett was her first Sherlock Holmes.

Susan Bailey lives in Norther Virginia. With a background in religious studies, she manages a pet store as her day job. She spends her free time watching British television of all sorts and admiring British actors. Benedict Cumberbatch is her first love, but now participates regularly in our Thursday Granada Holmes tweet-a-long.

Vicki Eleni lives in Maryland. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Media and Communications studies, and enjoys swing dancing, sailing, costume design, and watching cooking videos on Youtube. She and Liz Huxley co-founded GridLOCK DC, an annual event for Sherlockians in the DC metro area, in April of 2014. You may contact Vicki at vicki@gridlockdc.com

Samuel Matics is our consulting designer who made our logo.

This is a volunteer effort. If you have ideas, or skills that you think would help Sherlock DC we want to know about them! Tell us via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

What other Sherlock Holmes groups are there in the DC Metro area?

There are lots! The Sherlockian community is worldwide with roots that go as far back as the original stories. Washington, Maryland, and Virginia all have groups:

Did we miss a group? Let us know!

Are there any other Sherlockian groups I should know about?

Whether they’re old-guard or new-blood, you’ll find there’s a wealth of welcoming individuals and groups who love Sherlock Holmes. A few favorites below:

Looking for more Sherlockians? Check out the Sherlockian Who’s Who.

What is Save Undershaw?

Undershaw is a former residence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  and Save Undershaw is the movement to preserve it, and keep this historic building from being redeveloped into a multi-unit apartment building.

At Undershaw Sir Arthur Conan Doyle resurrected Sherlock Holmes in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” and wrote, among others works, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”
It was also at Undershaw that Doyle entertained writers Bram Stoker, J.M. Barrie, and Virginia Wolfe.

Saving Undershaw is no small task, but as Sherlockians we can’t let such a historic treasure be destroyed. As Undershaw patron Mark Gatiss wrote in the forward to “An Entirely New Country – Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes”, “If Sherlock Holmes could so happily return from the dead, surely Undershaw can too.”

Learn more about Save Undershaw and The Undershaw Preservation Trust.

I want to learn more about Sherlock Holmes. What do you recommend?

A good place to start is the beginning! Read canon: the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes holds the world record for the most portrayed literary human character in film & TV. That means lots of options for the hungry Sherlockian! Everyone has their favorite version (or two!) of their favorite Holmes. Be sure to check out:

  • 20th Century/Universal (circa 1939-1946) with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
  • Granada (circa 1984-1994) with Jeremy Brett and David Burke or Edward Hardwicke
  • Warner Brothers (2009 and 2011) with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law
  • BBC Sherlock (circa 2010 to present) with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

You can also try the myriad of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, fan fictions, and the often hilarious products of the Sherlockian internet fandom.

And of course, ask your friendly neighborhood Sherlockian! We’re always eager to talk about our favorite consulting detective.

What’s with the hedgehogs and otters?

Remember the “often hilarious products of the Sherlockian internet fandom” we just mentioned? There are a lot of in-jokes, including comparing Martin Freeman to a hedgehog and Benedict Cumberbatch to an otter.

Uncanny, isn’t it? Hope you enjoy this lighthearted take on two of our favorite Sherlock Holmes alumni as much as we do!

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