The Hansom Wheels Christmas Party

The Palmetto Club, December 8, 2016

Photographs by Richard Blenko, Phil Dematteis, and Mary Snead Dematteis






(Left) Phil Dematteis, aka The Tantalus, calls the meeting to order after dinner; (right) Myrtle Robinson conducts the drawing for door prizes, which Al McNeely seems to find amusing


Ann Saylor wins a hand-blown decanter donated by Richard Blenko




Tim Robinson looks at the book he won, while his sister, Linda, does her impression of Beetle Bailey. Hey, wait a minute . . . it was Tim's mom who was running the drawing! I would probably complain about this, except that I won a prize, too.



 

Alida Rawl and John Wrisley lead the group in singing Christmas carols

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The Play




The screen was supposed to say "The Blue Carbuncle," but it somehow got changed into a bunch of geometrical figures


Sherlock Holmes (John Wrisley) examines the Blue Carbuncle, which has just been delivered by Commissionaire Peterson (Richard Blenko), while Watson (Al McNeely) checks his script



Henry Baker (Phil Dematteis) arrives at 221B Baker Street in his Scotch bonnet to retrieve his hat and his Christmas goose




The goose


Holmes and Watson encounter a Cockney flower seller (D’Michelle DuPre) in Covent Garden Market




They negotiate with the belligerent goosemonger Breckinridge, who has a copy of The Pink ’Un sticking out of his overcoat pocket



Jewel thief James Ryder (Ellys Haynes) tries to get information from Breckinridge



Ryder begs Holmes for mercy, while Watson turns the page of his script

 


Crowd shots

 



                                                                                            Selfie                                                      



My favorite part of the meeting


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