Time: May 28, 2011 at 8pm to May 29, 2011 at 1am
Location: Davenport & Winkleperry
Street: 18A East Salisbury Street
City/Town: Pittsboro, NC
Website or Map: http://www.davenportandwinkle…
Event Type: dance, party, sherlock, holmes, undershaw, silent, auction
Organized By: Snydley Winkleperry
Latest Activity: May 26, 2011
Help Save the Home of Sherlock Holmes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
Come out to Pittsboro, NC on Saturday May 28, 2011 for a night of fun, frivolity, and… charity. Davenport & Winkleperry is hosting a gala affair to get behind a great cause. Gussy up in your finest Victorian and Edwardian frippery and come out for "A Scandal in Bohemia: A Benefit to Support the Undershaw Preservation Trust."
The Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT), an organization based out of London, England, is working to save Undershaw, the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from developers.
The house is located in Hindhead, Surrey, approximately 40 miles southwest of London. Up until 2004, it was a fully operational hotel, but after being sold to a development company, it has been allowed to fall into disrepair. The owners now intend to turn the structure, which was built in 1897, into three townhouse units, forever destroying any possibility of preserving the property as both an example of late Victorian architecture and a monument to the creator of one of fiction's most popular and enduring characters.
Doyle wrote some of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories while living at Undershaw, including "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" collection and "The Hound of the Baskervilles." He also entertained notable literary figures Bram Stoker, "Peter Pan" author JM Barrie, and a young Virginia Woolf during his time there.
Emmett Davenport and UPT's North Carolina representative Kimberly Pifer are working together to bring you music, dancing, and a silent auction featuring a range of artistic works and items related to Sherlock Holmes or with steampunk/Victorian/Edwardian themes.
The Silent Auction is featuring artwork from Bohemian Noir Photography, Jason Chalker, M.S. Corley, Theresa Fine, David Malki!, Renee McHugh, Erin Rae Watson, and more...
The doors open at 8 pm, the music gets underway at 9 pm, and the auction stays open until 1 am. Light refreshments will be provided. Victorian/Edwardian dress is desired but definitely not required!
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[Illustration graciously provided by Erin Rae Watson]