News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

OK, so maybe Sherlock and Watson couldn’t attend the conference at Bennington College in June, but their fans were there to pay tribute and learn. Billed as “Sherlock Holmes: The Man And His Worlds,” it was the second conference in 16 years organized by the Baker Street Breakfast Club, a local Sherlock society in honor of its 20th anniversary. The 90 or so attendees came from near and as far away as Ireland and Louisiana to experience speakers, exhibits, films, music, and mysteries, according to The Bennington Banner. “The committee wanted the conference to be variety of things, not just papers,” said Sally Sugarman, principal organizer of the conference and founding Bakers Street Breakfast Club member. Associated events took place around town to give the participants a chance to explore the surrounding Bennington area. Sherlock is most popular with fans of mystery and, according to Baker Street Irregular Michael Whelan, while he didn’t create the detective story, “he made it what it is today.”

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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