Officially recognized as a Scion Society of the Baker Street Irregulars in January, 1978, they took their name from a passage in The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot, whose Cornish coastal setting in South-West England bears a resemblance to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, where the Blustering Gales originated.
Among the local scions, the Gales occupy a point midway between informal and structured, alternating casual get-togethers at a member’s home with teas, theatre parties, picnics and an annual banquet, often featuring a mystery writer guest.
In recent years, the Gales have celebrated the anniversary of the Devil’s Foot in late March by hosting an all-day conference featuring panels, presentations and entertainment covering many aspects of Sherlockiana.
The Gales have two unofficial sub-scions: The James Phillimore Society, our long-established science fiction/fantasy branch (not to be confused with the official scion of professional magicians of that name); and The Lyceum Loungers, for devotees of mystery theatre.
The Blustering Gales publish The Zippy Zephyr, a monthly bulletin announcing their upcoming events. Their literary journal, The Poldhu Bay Breeze, includes news, pastiches, essays and other Sherlockian literature.
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