January 5, 2013
Well, I hope I am a better Gaslight Gal than I am a blogger! Meantime, some updates:
Spaces are still available at the Gala, so if you want to come, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Or if you want to contribute to the program, do let me know – we still have room for toasts! And don’t be afraid to participate if this is your first time attending. I can give you a subject for your toast, which is really just a short speech or poem in honor of a person, place, or thing related to Sherlock Holmes, followed, of course, by a drink.
In keeping with tradition, we will be having a small auction and a raffle. Auction items will include a scarf hand-illustrated by longtime attendee and former organizer Laurie Manifold and tickets to Philadelphia’s premier Steampunk and neo-Victorian event Dorian’s Parlor. Raffle items include SherlOtter and JohnHog figurines (tributes to the BBC series, in adorable animal form) and a copy of attendee and reader Maria Konnikova’s new book Mastermind, about the cognitive science of Sherlock Holmes. And more of course — this is just a sample. Proceeds from both support the cost of putting the event on.
I’ve received a couple of questions about attire – I would call the Gala a “black-tie optional” event, and Victorian attire would not be out of place. Think formal and classy, but be yourself and be comfortable! This is definitely a guideline, not a rule, and I have never heard of anyone being turned away due to dress. Coat check is included in our price (though tips are accepted), so you can stash outerwear, boots, and bags as you need.
The evening starts out at 6:30 with a cocktail hour (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres which typically include fruit and cheese as well as warm yummy things like chicken satay and little egg rolls. We’ll start our program at 7:30 – I’m saving some surprises for the night, but we have a book reading and a very interesting short paper, music by The Wandering Cellist, a song by Kristen Taylor of the Radium Angels, a classic skit, and toasts to Adventure! In the midst of this, a pause-
Dinner is buffet-style with carving stations and a number of options. I’ve not seen anyone go hungry, even if they need to be vegetarian, gluten free, or meet other dietary needs.
We pick up the program for entertainment while we eat and after, and of course, there is dessert. Though I am no longer a member of the dessert-eating class because of my own dietary needs (at least at this event), I remember the chocolate cake and cheesecake as being excellent, and coffee and tea are served. This is a good thing, because even though our event ends by 11:30 promptly (if we try to stay late, we will be turned into pumpkins) many of our crowd often meet with those who have attended the Baker Street Irregulars dinner at a Times Square watering hole to compare notes, learn who has been invested, and celebrate one of the high points of the weekend.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Gala and the weekend’s other events. And please, if you have questions, e-mail me – email@example.com. See you soon!
November 26, 2012
Just a quick note that I’m still looking for contributors to the evening’s entertainment! Skits, songs, scholarly work, demonstrations of Sport and Skill in keeping with the evening’s theme, etc. Please comment here or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we typically have an auction and a raffle during the evening. Both help support the Gala, and make it possible for folks to attend on “scholarship” who would not otherwise be able to do so. If you are an artist, writer, collector, etc. and have an item you would like to donate, please do let me know!
November 23, 2012
I have been speaking to some lovely people as organizer of this year’s Gaslight Gala. The title of this post is taken from a conversation I had with a long-attending individual who called to reserve her spot. She told me how excited she iss that Sherlock Holmes is so popular in our culture these days, with movies, television shows, and books new and old, and used the phrase above.
I have also spoken with the lovely folks at The Manhattan Club to discuss our plans for the evening. They are pleased as ever to have us and I can reassure all that our usual arrangements will be maintained.
And I have spoken with attendees who wish to participate in our evening’s entertainment, and am excited to be able to promise a blend of action, humor, music, and scholarship in our program. We are a well-rounded bunch with a lot of relevant interests! I still need toasts around the theme of Adventure, though, so please contact me with your ideas! I can be reached through the comments on this blog or at email@example.com. As we draw closer to the event, I am so excited to see you all and share this celebration with you.
-Becky (The Gaslight Gal)
October 28, 2012
I know, you want all the information. I’m not quite ready to send out invitations to the mailing list (and if you want to be on the mailing list, let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org) but you are quite welcome to register nonetheless:
The Gaslight Gala
January 11, 2013
The Manhattan Club
800 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Send name, number of guests and checks made out to Will Walsh to
111 N. 9th St #300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
questions to Becky Robare at the above address or by e-mail to email@example.com
If you need to register and pay electronically, e-mail me, and we can set something up by PayPal; otherwise, snail mail will be preferred for the moment.
And if you would like to contribute to the program, please let me know – we are looking for skits, songs, toasts, and anything else you’d like to share, as well as contributions to the raffle/auction.
October 2, 2012
The line is from Shakespeare, but the sentiment is pure Sherlock: mysteries are a game, a challenge between villain and hero; scores are counted in the number of lives and fortunes saved. More, they are an adventure. What distinguishes Sherlock Holmes from his brother Mycroft? Mycroft’s distaste for all physical activity. It is why he is a shadowy wing of government, and not a consulting detective. Holmes must keep pace with and surpass police inspectors. He must overcome forbidding terrain and navigate the most dangerous of London streets. He must be prepared to face criminals with a gun or with his fists.
The spirit of adventure infuses the Sherlockian Canon. These are not armchair mysteries; the reader is pulled along into chase and flight, violence and melodrama. It is traditional for the Gaslight Gala to have a theme, one element of the Canon to pick out and celebrate. This year, we will celebrate Adventure. Join us for
- Amusing skits
- A learned talk
- A thrilling dramatic performance
- Toasts and songs
- A diverting quiz
- A raffle with prizes
- And more!
Join us in the elegance of the Manhattan Club for a delightful dinner and all the entertainment listed above. We entertain ourselves, so if you’d like to participate in the program by singing, speaking, acting, or contributing artwork, do comment here or e-mail me at GaslightGal@gmail.com. And continue to follow my adventure in Gala planning here on this blog!
September 25, 2012
This weekend, I attended Intervention, a convention of bloggers, webcomics artists, and Internet-type creative folk. I learned some very interesting things from some very interesting people, and had a great time. I also visited the vendors’ room, which was small and full of shiny things. I found the first (chronologically speaking) prize to announce for the Gala’s annual raffle:
That’s a John Hog and a SherlOtter, animals characters crafted in the likeness of Watson and Holmes. (John Hog and SherlOtter are all over the Internet; I recommend Googling for the curious.) These examples were made by borderline artistic of http://savethewailes.tumblr.com/; you should really check out her art. Why SherlOtter and John Hog? In addition to the super-adorableness, these little guys represent a long tradition of fandom, that of melding a love for Holmes with one’s other interests. In addition to the traditional written pastiche, there are examples of Sherlockian drawings and paintings, theatre, music, curios, crochet, clothing, and toys — and those are just a few examples. John Hog and SherlOtter may have originated in the fandom for BBC’s ongoing series Sherlock, but they are also part of a continuing history of artwork created by devotees who want to share their love with the world.
Now about that raffle…
For as long as I’ve attended the Gaslight Gala, and if I remember correctly, back into the Baskerville Bash days (Note: The Baskerville Bash predates the Gaslight Gala, but was essentially the same party: an alternative celebration for Sherlockians not members of the Baker Street Irregulars, who hold their own, invitation-only dinner at the same time.), the evening’s entertainment includes a raffle with tickets sold by the arm- and leg-length. The proceeds of the raffle help keep the Gala running and able to afford a home at the Manhattan Club. I’ll post more about prizes as they are determined, but I wanted to offer a preview of what you can expect at this year’s Gala. And, of course, you will be able to find all the relevant details about attendance here, at our Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/events/239390936168705/, and at http://www.gaslightgalanyc.org.
September 22, 2012
Welcome to the official blog of the Gaslight Gala, a yearly celebration honoring the birthday of the eminent consulting detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. My name is Becky, and I am pleased to be your Gaslight Gal. The Gala’s previous organizers, Carol and Laurie, have done me the honor of asking me to take charge of the Gala, and in true Adventuress fashion, I have jumped in headfirst.
The main Gaslight Gala site continues to be GaslightGalaNYC.org, but this blog will be regularly updated with content about the features of this year’s Gala and other information our friends and attendees may find fun or useful. In addition, you are invited to join our event’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/239390936168705/.
Looking forward to seeing you in January!