Gasfitter's Ball Canceled!

Hello All,
Due to a lack of paid reservations, we are sorry to inform you that this year's (2010) Gasfitters' Ball has to be canceled. We will be contacting you via phone and surface mail and will be issuing full refunds to those of you that did send checks etc. We will do our best to return all funds in a timely manner..., but we do have some deposits that will need to be refunded to the society, before we can cover all amounts owed. We thank all of you for your support and please know that this is being done with a great amount of regret.
                         In Sherlock's Service,
                                   Chrys and Jerry Kegley

Gasfitter's Ball Holmes at the Movies
Sherlock Holmes in the Movies

he world of Sherlock Holmes, has been portrayed in over 200 films and numerous television adaptations throughout the ages. He has investigated crimes of the Victorian era, as well as confounding Nazis, busting Egyptian cults, and facing his greatest nemesis both human and hound, in every decade from the 1900's to 2009 and beyond to the final frontier. Those attending the 2010 Gasfitters' Ball have the opportunity to recapture some of that adventure and enchantment. Travel back to the monochromatic world of backlot and sound· stage produced films, or perhaps you're more of a Vista Vision, Technicolor enthusiast. Could be you love the small screen versions the best. All are fair game. Assume one of the many personalities found upon silver screen both large and small, or in the pages of the Sherlockian Canon.
     Join a vast array of movie and television stars, bit players, directors and producers, as we celebrate "Holmes at the Movies". Be inventive! (You may come as any character from any Sherlockian movie or television adaptation, or any figure associated with those productions). We ask that you attend the Ball in a costume befitting the rank and station of your chosen character.

Note: This is not a requirement for participation. Your character selection must accompany your reservation.

     Please keep in mind, that for all intents and purposes this is still a Victorian Ball with dances and music appropriate to the era. You may dress the part from the 1900's to the 23rd century, but we want to make you aware of the type of Ball you will be attending.
     Please include your "character" with your RSVP, along with your phone number, so that we may contact you if a second selection becomes necessary. You will be notified if there is duplication. Send in your reservation early so that you are guaranteed your first choice!

Price: $75.00 adult/child until Oct. 31st. $85.00 Per Person after.

All monies must be received no later then November 3rd
Tickets are by advance purchase only!

Mail to: C. C. O. B. S.
Jerry & Chrys Kegley
18014 Sherman Way #275
Reseda, Ca 91335
Information phone: (818) 675-5399

Our music is proudly performed by
The Philadelphia Quadrille Band & Promenade Orchestra,
Prof. Thomas Axworthy, Director.

A dinner and dessert buffet will be served by
Affairs of Elegance
No-host cash bar: Beer, Wine and Champagne only.

The Nineteenth Annual Gasfitters’ Ball
5:30 PM Saturday, November 6, 2010
South Pasadena Woman’s Club

2010's Ball theme is "Holmes at the Movies."  Be inventive! You may come as any canonical character from any of the 200 + movies or television adaptations, or you may attend, as any canonical character from the 60 stories comprising the Sherlockian Canon.  We do ask that you attend in a costume befitting the rank and station of your chosen character.
Time Line
(Subject to change)

          5:30 P.M. Hall Opens
          7:00 P.M. Dinner
          8:00 P.M. Dancing Begins
          10:30 P.M. Dancing Ends
          11:00 P.M. Hall Closes

Sherlock Holmes on the Silver Screen

he Guinness World Records has consistently listed Sherlock Holmes as the "most portrayed movie character" with 75 actors playing the part in over 211 films.
     William Gillette's 1899 play Sherlock Holmes, or The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner was a synthesis of several stories by Doyle.  This play formed the basis for Gillette's 1916 motion picture, Sherlock Holmes.
     Basil Rathbone starred as Sherlock Holmes, alongside Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson, in fourteen US films (two for 20th Century Fox and a dozen for Universal Pictures) from 1939 to 1946.
     Ronald Howard starred in 39 episodes of Sherlock Holmes a 1954 American TV series with Howard Marion Crawford as Watson.
     Until the 1980's, Douglas Wilmer's genial and believable version of Holmes (1964-1965) was regarded as definitive.  By comparison, Peter Cushing's 1968 series and a Hound of the Baskervilles movie (1959) were more of a hammy caricature, then the public perception of Holmes.
     Fritz Weaver appeared as Sherlock Holmes in the musical Baker Street, which ran on Broadway between February 16 and November 14, 1965.
     Jeremy Brett is generally considered the definitive Holmes, having played the role in four series of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, from 1984 to 1994.
     Between 1979 and 1986, Soviet television broadcast a series of five made-for-TV films in a total of eleven parts, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, starring Vasily Livanov as Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Watson.
     In 2002 a made-for-television movie Sherlock: Case of Evil, James D'Arcy starred as Holmes in his 20s. The story noticeably departs from the style and backstory of the canon and D'Arcy's portrayal of Holmes is slightly different from prior incarnations of the character, psychologically disturbed, absinthe addicted, a heavy drinker and a ladies' man.
     In the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes, the role of Holmes is performed by Robert Downey Jr. with Jude Law portraying Watson. It is a reinterpretation which heavily focuses on Holmes's more anti-social personality traits as an unkempt eccentric with a brilliant analytical mind and formidable martial abilities, making this the most cynical incarnation of Holmes.
     Benedict Cumberbatch plays a modern-day version of the detective in the three-part TV series Sherlock. The series changes the books' original Victorian setting to the shady and violent present-day London.
     More information about Holmes and the movies may be found at:

Calling All Curious Collectors

We need your help decorating the site for the Gasfitters' Ball this November 6th If you have any Sherlockian movie or television related items such as posters, lobby cards, photos, press kits or props we need your help!
     Those of you that have attended the Gasfitters' Ball in the past know that we take great pains to provide an atmosphere unlike any other.
     This year should be no exception, as our movie theme allows you to travel back to the Silent Era of the 1920's, or cinemas Golden Age during the late 30's, or the gritty Noir black & white of the 40's, all the way to to day's glitz and glamour of the red carpet.
     If you have something that you would like to lend to the Gasfitters' Ball, for decorating purposes please call Chrys or Jerry Kegley at (818) 675-5399. We will arrange to pick the items up prior to and return them promptly following the ball.
The Woman's Club of South Pasadena 1424 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, California 91030
Corner of Fremont & Rollin St.
Parking across the street at the S. Pasadena High School
(click here for map)

This year, prizes are awarded for the following:
Best Costume (Male & Female)
Best Dancers (Male & Female)
Most Creative Film Adaptation (Male & Female)
A King and Queen of the Ball will be appointed.

Please Note: there will be no dressing on site; please be in costume upon arrival.

Call Jerry or Chrys at: (818) 675-5399 or E-Mail at:, for information.

Woman's Club of South Pasadena
1424 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-9309

If you are interested in becoming a Curious Collector of Baker Street or would like additional information please call Jerry Kegley, BSI at (818) 675-5399, E-Mail us at:, or write to: Jerry or Chrys Kegley, 18014 Sherman Way #275, Reseda, CA 91335

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