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2017 is the 130th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. What an amazing journey it’s been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more!
In March 1998, legendary radio dramatist, producer, writer, director, and founder of Imagination Theatre Jim French listened to this request and broadcast the first of an astounding number of Holmes radio shows over their United States network of stations. In the intervening years, 128 original Holmes episodes (and an additional recently found “lost” episode”) were broadcast before Imagination Theatre closed its doors in early 2017.
Additionally, the cast and crew performed their version of the entire Holmes Canon between 2005 and 2016, featuring the same actors as Holmes and Watson, (John Patrick Lowrie and Lawrence Albert, respectively,) as well as having every script adapted by the same author, M.J. Elliott – something that has never been done before. Astonishingly, this great number of episodes were written by a relatively small group of dramatists.
Imagination Theatre’s departure from the airwaves in 2017 left a great void, both in terms of those seeking “movies for your mind”, but also those wanting new quality stories about the true Sherlock Holmes, set in the correct time period, and featuring tales that truthfully represented Holmes and Watson.
This book serves both to honor Jim French and his lifetime of achievements, and also Mr. Sherlock Holmes, along with the dramatists, cast, and crew who brought the new adventures to life. Inside this volume, you will find scripts from the authors who wrote about Holmes for Imagination Theatre, representing some of the finest Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honoring the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest … whom I have ever known.”
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes features contributions by:
Jim French, M.J. Elliott, Lawrence Albert, John Patrick Lowrie, Gareth Tilley, Matthew Booth, J.R. Campbell, Jeremy Branton Holstein, John Hall, Roger Silverwood, Steven Phillip Jones, David Marcum, Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett, and Daniel McGachey, and with forewords by David Marcum, Jim French, Lawrence Albert, John Patrick Lowrie, M.J. Elliott, Dennis Bateman, Rick May, and David Natale.
🎃 If you see this you’re invited! 🎃 Respectful visitors and guests are welcome 🎃 Oakdale Grove - Reformed Druids of North America Samhain Ritual 🎃 Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road “E,” Saint Anthony, MN 🎃 Sunday, October 29th, 2017, 1:15 PM 🎃 Ritual site is the canoe-shaped fire pit on the island 🎃 Rain or shine 🎃 Last chance for rites of passage until Beltane! 🎃 Waters-of-Sleep will likely be a sparkling cider in a shared chalice. 🎃 A spare chalice may be available if need be 🎃 Feel free to bring your own chalice if you desire 🎃 Waters-of-Life (diluted whiskey) would be used if anyone needs a last minute rite of passage 🎃 Feel free to bring a plant-based offering/sacrifice (seasonal plants are encouraged) 🎃 Themes are the Final Harvest, Onset of Winter, Memorial of Ancestors 🎃 Feel encouraged to bring a bardic piece to share 🎃 Feel encouraged to bring a meditation to share 🎃 Ritual garb is encouraged 🎃 A light pot-luck will follow. Please feel encouraged to bring something seasonal to share. (Not mandatory) 🎃 If you need to contact me (John the Verbose), contact my gmail which is “MNdruids”
🎃 DISCLAIMER: Oakdale Grove, an autonomous fellowship within the Reformed Druids of North America, does not claim to represent all druids, nor does it claim to represent the whole of the Reformed Druids of North America (henceforth RDNA). Oakdale Grove of the RDNA does NOT claim any direct connection to the ancient druids. The RDNA is merely one interpretation (among many) of how the druids might have evolved over the milennia, had they not been wiped out. This does NOT represent a “Celtic Warrior Religion” or Celtic Reconstructionism, nor does the RDNA subscribe to tribalism, nationalism, “folkish” heathenism, nor any ethno-centric ideology.
🎃 The RDNA (according to the 20th Century founders of the Order) can be described as a universalist and pantheist/panentheist philosophy or means of spiritual expression.
🎃 NOTES FOR VISITORS: The RDNA celebrates the cycles of Nature, personified as the Earth-Mother. Other ancient deities invoked are interpreted as aspects of the Earth-Mother. Deities that are commonly mentioned in RDNA rituals include Gaulish deities such as Grannos (of healing springs), Braciaca (of malt & grain), Belenos (the sun), Sirona (also springs, lakes & rivers), Taranis (weather), Llyr (Welsh god of the sea), Dalon Ap Landu (bad Welsh for Lord of the Groves).
Irish deities such as Danu (fertility/mother goddess) and Be'al, an abstract deity, sometimes attributed to Bel/Belenos, though in this case is a likely holdover from the Druid Revival Movement sometimes described as a cosmic supreme being or “Source.” Isaac Bonewits described the Earth-Mother as the physical personification of the divine, and Be'al as the nonphysical. Not all Reformed Druids agree with this interpretation, which is what makes the RDNA so great! Visitors are not coerced into participation or membership. We are open to new membership if you are interested.
Short rituals such as in winter or poor weather are as short as 15 minutes, some elaborate rituals (especially with rites of passage) can be 30 minutes to an hour. Circle casting is not a part of RDNA tradition. Ritual starts with opening invocation, centering, praise of the Earth-Mother, sacrifice of plant matter (animal sacrifice is forbidden), followed by augury/aeromancy/or other divination, consecration and partaking of the Waters-of-Life (diluted whiskey) or Waters-of-Sleep (non-alcoholic sacramental beverage in the winter months). Any rites of passage follow, if applicable, followed by the libation of the Waters. Next is a meditation or time of open forum, followed by the Benediction & potluck.