A Junior Bloodstain was held at The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, on Saturday January 12, 2013 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
It featured the premiere performance of The Riddle of the Starving Swine by Gayle Lange Puhl (adapted for dramatic reading by William Hyder) with hand puppets by Ken Vogel. Gayle is from Evansville, Wisconsin and William is from Catonsville, Maryland. Many enthusiastic Wodehousians and Sherlockians read the parts and manipulated the puppets in the jovial spirit of the playlet. The Dramatis Personae in order of speaking were:
DR. WATSON: Bill Hyder, Stu Nelans and Philip Cunningham
SHERLOCK HOLMES: Ken Shuttleworth, Allan Devitt and Burt Wolder
LORD EMSWORTH (Clarence, Ninth Earl of Emsworth): George Vanderburgh
BEACH (Butler at Blandings Castle): Ed Van der Flaes
LADY CONSTANCE (Sister of Lord Emsworth): Norma Hyder
ANGELA (Niece of Lord Emsworth and Lady Constance): Margret Fleesak
LORD HEACHAM: Dick Sveum
JAMES BARTHOLOMEW BELFORD: Christopher Music
THE EMPRESS OF BLANDINGS: Albert J. Danforth
The story (one of thirteen) was included in Gayle’s first book Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries which was also illustrated by her and launched on the BSI Weekend. The script is available on request to George Vanderburgh (firstname.lastname@example.org) at no charge as a nine page pdf for those interested in reading it.
Also introduced at the Junior Bloodstain was the new Clients pin designed by Laurie Fraser Manifold.