2014 Convention Details -
Updated March 25, 2014
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The Mystery Behind Following in Nancy Drew's Footsteps...
Our mission is to walk in Nancy Drew's footsteps each year at our conventions. We select a theme book--one of the classic 56 hardcover Nancy Drew books printed from 1930 to 1979--that is set in a real location and we do things that Nancy Drew and her chums did in the books. This adds that nostalgic flair to our conventions so they're much more special than a generic location! While we may not chase villains down dark alleys or sleuth for secret passageways (yet!), we do manage to mix real-life locations with book hunting and activities based on the mystery in the theme book(s) for a fabulous event of mystery and "mayhem."
The convention is a great time for series book collectors to
meet, trade books and stories, and hunt for missing books from their collection. Conventions are open to both Sleuth members and non-members, but Sleuth members receive special
discounts and perks. For more information on our conventions, check out our
Convention FAQ Page.
2014's Theme Books - Files #19 Sisters in Crime
Nancy Drew Files #19, Sisters in Crime finds Nancy traveling to San Diego to a California college to visit an old friend whose sorority sister drowned mysteriously. Nancy poses as a transfer student to get to the bottom of the sinister happenings in San Diego.
and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys SuperMystery #36 Process of Elimination
- We will loosely base some of our activities and our Saturday mystery dinner on some classic Nancy Drew books: The Clue in the Diary, The Crooked Banister, and Mystery of the Glowing Eye.
Real life book locations: Likely UCSD & Birch Aquarium at Scripps; the Pacific Ocean/Beach.
Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mystery #36, Process of Elimination involves both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in a tangled mystery in the LA area and also San Diego at the San Diego Zoo. A truckload of bamboo is stolen from the zoo--but there's more than meets they eye. Nancy's case involving a murder at an international conference converges with the Hardy Boys in a mystery of international intrigue.
Real life book locations in San Diego: San Diego Zoo.
Register To Attend Our Convention...June 2 - June 8, 2014:
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Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109.
HOTEL RATE: $149/night + tax for doubles/kings. They are including the convention rate for 3 pre and 3 post days before/after June 2-8 for anyone coming in early or staying later. We do have a rooming list if you need a roommate! E-mail us for info. We encourage everyone to stay at our convention hotel as our low rates and convention pricing is based on booking a specific number of rooms for the duration of the convention. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, ONCE OUR BLOCK BECOMES FULL, THE CONVENTION RATE WILL LIKELY NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE!
HOW TO BOOK HOTEL: Book by clicking
here to book online or call 800-576-4229. Be sure to mention "Nancy Drew Sleuths 2014 Convention" when calling to book to get the group rate.
DEADLINE TO BOOK HOTEL: Friday, May 2, 2014 - Book early to guarantee what you want!
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Cancellation policy on rooms booked is 72 hours in advance.
San Diego, Mission Bay area, Pacific Ocean/Beach, Old Town San Diego, San Diego Zoo.
DATES: June 2 - June 8, 2014
LOCATION: San Diego, CA
THEMES: Nancy Drew Files #19, Sisters in Crime and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mystery #36, Process of Elimination. Other classic Nancy Drew themes we'll bring into various activities or events: The Clue in the Diary, The Crooked Banister, Mystery of the Glowing Eye.
Mon. June 2 - A Sleuth Soiree Meet & Greet Party - 7:30PM at Bahia Resort. Dessert to Die For!
Tues. June 3 -Free Day - Take a trolley tour of many fabulous San Diego sites--with stops all over the city for exploring or go off on your own to explore. Evening: Group dinner in Old Town San Diego & 8:30pm Whaley House Ghost Tour.
Wed. June 4 - Bus to San Diego Zoo for the day - private luncheon and activities. Evening: Dinner at the Keeline's for the James Keeline Collection Tour.
Thurs. June 5 - Nancy Drew Convention/Sleuth Con II Begins. Day: Presentations from 9am to 3pm with merchandise and prize raffle. Evening: 7:30pm Nancy Drew TV Show Mystery Dinner Party with Special Guests, actress Pamela Sue Martin - TV's Nancy Drew plus actor Parker Stevenson - TV's Frank Hardy! Also attending: 70s TV show producers Arlene Sidaris & Joyce Brotman. Special TV Show Memorabilia Raffle. Autograph Session with Ms. Martin.
Fri. June 6 - Day 2 of Nancy Drew Convention/Sleuth Con II. Day: Presentations from 9am to 4pm with merchandise and prize raffle. Evening: 7:30pm - Scott Paulson's Old-Time Nancy Drew & Series Book Pals Radio Show. Bahia Belle Cruise at 9:30pm.
Sat. June 7 - Day 3 of Nancy Drew Convention/Sleuth Con II. Day: Presentations from 9am to 3pm with merchandise and prize raffle. Evening: 6:30pm - A Vintage 30s/40s Sleuthpunk/Steampunk Mystery Dinner & Nancy Drew Gift Exchange.
Sun. June 8 - Breakfast at hotel restaurant at 9:30am - farewells until Hawaii April 2015 - Nancy Drew's 85th Anniversary Land & Cruise Event.
A Few Clues To The Mystery:
2014 will find us celebrating Nancy Drew at our 14th annual convention in San Diego with our combined all-series book Sleuth Con II taking place Thurs.-Sat. Our themes range from San Diego set Nancy Drew modern books to some themes at various parties and events involving classic Nancy Drew books with inventor themes to tie into our Tom Swift connection for Sleuth Con II.
Mon. June 2 - A Sleuth Soiree M&G Party: We'll be kicking off the convention with a mystery theme Nancy Drew/all-series meet & greet party! 7:30pm at the hotel. Goody Bags, Dessert to Die For & Icebreakers. Calling all Sleuths!
Tues./Wed. Tours: Tues.=Free Day - take the Old Town Trolley Tour through San Diego with many stops throughout the city including: Balboa Park (zoo & lots of museums), Old Town San Diego, Coronado Island, Midway/Harbor area, and more! Evening: Meet up in Old Town San Diego for a Mexican dinner and an evening ghost tour at the Whaley House Museum. Wed=Day trip to the San Diego Zoo with a special private lunch and activities. Evening: Dinner at Sleuths James & Kim Keeline's home to view his spectacular collection including Stratemeyer books and Tom Swift.
Thurs.-Sat. Convention Activities: Each day from 9am to 3pm (4pm on Fri.), we will be having our convention days at the Bahia Resort Hotel with speakers, displays, merchandise, and our raffle for neat Nancy Drew and series book prizes. Speakers include: Kelly Boettlin - Uncle Sam Wants You! - An Overview of the Fighters for Freedom Series, Jennifer Fisher - Mildred Wirt Benson - A Real Life Nancy Drew, Pamela Hancock - The Many Faces of Aunt Gertrude (Hardy Boys), Linda Joy Singleton - From Judy Bolton Fan Letter to Series Author, Dean Burcham - Book Hunting: What to look for, where to look, Lorraine Rogers - Connie Blair, Career Girl and Detective,
JoAnn Olson - Bonita Granville in Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem
(Nancy Drew), George Dombi - State of Fan Fiction in the Tom Swift Universe, Lea Shangraw Fox - Around the World with Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Foreign Editions), Todd H. Latoski - Nancy Drew, the Sincerest Form of Parody, Lindsay Stroh - Part I-Judy Bolton and The Strange Likeness &
Part 2-Judy Bolton and the California Connection, James Keeline - Building a Series Book: The Production, Publication, Promotion of Twentieth-Century Juvenile Series Booksand Jex Malone Series By V.C. Stanley & C.L. Gaber.
Thurs. Evening: 7:30pm - Nancy Drew 70s TV Show theme dinner party with special guest, actress and TV's Nancy Drew, Pamela Sue Martin plus actor Parker Stevenson - TV's Frank Hardy! Also attending: 70s TV show producers Arlene Sidaris & Joyce Brotman. It's a vintage 70s theme, so come in your groovy best and prepare to sleuth for mystery will be afoot! Meet Pamela Sue Martin, special autograph session, and special 70s TV show raffle. Special commemorative booklet & party favors.
Fri. Evening: Scott Paulson will dazzle us again with another great old-time radio show featuring Nancy Drew and series book pals at 7:30pm. We'll hop the Bahia Belle, the hotel's sternwheeler, for a short cruise on Mission Bay at 9:30pm.
Sat. Evening: Wrapping up our exciting week in San Diego will be our vintage 30s/40s "Sleuthpunk"/"Steampunk" mystery gala featuring Nancy Drew and some of your favorite series book heroes and heroines and a host of villains too! Go back in time to "sleuth-tacular" mysteries and adventures from the 1930s/1940s series books for an evening of mystery and mayhem as you play sleuth to solve the mystery. Dress in vintage garb for a "Sleuthpunk" look and/or add in a little Steampunk with a great Tom Swift/Inventor/Victorian influence. Come in costume as your favorite character or villain from a 30s/40s series book - we'll have a costume contest.
Nancy Drew & Series Book Gift Exchange: If you want to participate in our Nancy Drew gift exchange we have three tables--1 for handcrafted Nancy Drew gifts and a 2nd for store bought Nancy Drew gifts. The 3rd table will be for non-Nancy Drew series book theme gifts. Store bought items must be Nancy Drew items. Handcrafted gifts must feature Nancy Drew imagery. The all-series table can feature vintage or handcrafted non-Nancy Drew series related items. Gifts are wrapped anonymously and left on the appropriate table. They are to be marked "for a man/woman" if gender specific.
HOW TO REGISTER:
HOW TO REGISTER: OUR REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED
If you are finding our site and learning about our convention in March/April 2014, you might e-mail us and check on availability--it's possible we might still have room on some or all events. Otherwise, if you're local or in the area see below on attending on convention days.
***SAN DIEGO AREA LOCALS: For local/non-Sleuth members in the San Diego area, you can attend our Convention days from Thurs. June 5-Sat. June 7 (see schedule info at left) at Bahia Resort at just the cost of paying for raffle tickets as admission! Raffle ticket pricing begins at $10.00 and goes up. Pay at the registration table when you arrive each day. Our raffle includes lots of fun Nancy Drew and other series book prizes from vintage books and collectibles to modern merchandise and handcrafted goodies too. New raffle items each day.***
***PLEASE NOTE: If you are just attending the Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys TV Show Bash on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30pm and want to purchase a ticket for that--please see below for details.***
NANCY DREW & HARDY BOYS 70s TV BASH
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PAMELA SUE MARTIN,
PARKER STEVENSON, ARLENE SIDARIS & JOYCE BROTMAN
DATE: Thurs. June 5
DEADLINE TO BUY: May 1
LOCATION: Bahia Resort-Mission Bay/San Diego
DINNER/PARTY COST: $75.00pp or $199.00pp with hotel
If you want to purchase a ticket to just attend the Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys 70s TV Bash on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30pm--they are $75.00 per person and that includes meeting our special guests at the party, a special booklet, and dinner.
We also have a ticket option for both the dinner/party and also 1 night's hotel stay at Bahia Resort for $199.00pp. A great deal--their regular room night rate is much higher and this includes the party/dinner too!
Deadline to purchase your tickets is May 1st!
To purchase a ticket, please visit our Nancy Drew Square Shop online to pay via credit card or send a check or money order to us at:
Nancy Drew Sleuths
P.O. Box 128
Higley, AZ 85236-0128.
Bring items for our special guests to sign or purchase signed photos and items at the event. Special 70s TV show raffle too. It's a 70s bash, so come dressed in your 70s groovy best--costumes optional.
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DEADLINE TO REGISTER ABSENTEE: MARCH 24, 2014.
***For Absentee Registration, you have 2 options noted below. You will receive our goody bag from this year's convention. Includes shipping. *** (IMAGE SHOWN OF BAG IS A SAMPLE OF BAG/GOODIES FROM OUR 2010 EVENT)
OPTION 1: $40.00 (includes goody bag/shipping)
OPTION 2: $75.00 (includes goody bag, convention program, & Advertising Sponsorship--with your name in our convention program, and shipping)
OUTSIDE USA PLEASE NOTE: If you are outside the US you need to add additional shipping for the priority shipping--everything is too heavy
to ship first class international: Canada/Mexico: Add $20.00. Overseas: Add $40.00. Any excess shipping will be refunded following shipping.
HOW TO PAY: You may pay by check or money order: Payable to Nancy Drew Sleuths, P.O. Box 128, Higley, AZ 85236-0128. Or you may pay via
our Square Nancy Drew Sleuths Market Shop. Click here to visit the shop and purchase an absentee registration--be sure to select the appropriate one to add to your cart depending on whether you are in the US, in Canada, or Overseas.
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from the convention.
We also sell Nancy Drew merchandise in our
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Our Next Adventures...
2015 - Nancy Drew 85th Anniversary Convention - Hawaii (The Secret of the Golden Pavilion theme)
2016 - Nancy Drew Sleuths' Convention & SLEUTH CON 3 - All-Series Book Convention with Nancy Drew Events/Mystery Party - Texas - Location TBD
2017 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Maine (The Mystery of the Tolling Bell/The Ghost of Craven Cove theme)
2018 - Nancy Drew Sleuths' Convention & SLEUTH CON 4 - All-Series Book Convention with Nancy Drew Events/Mystery Party -
NYC/NJ - Location TBD
2019 - Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention - Florida Keys (Black Keys & Crocodile Island Theme/etc)
2020 - Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Convention & SLEUTH CON 5 - All-Series Book & Nancy Drew Convention with Additional Nancy Drew 90th Cruise Following - ND/All Series - Land: Seattle, WA & ND 90th - Sea: Cruise to Alaska
Other classic locations we'll be visiting in the near future: Maryland, New York, Chicago, New Orleans. Following that we will revisit some classic sites and mix in modern paperback locations.
Where We've Sleuthed...
The original "Carolyn Keene"
Mildred Wirt Benson, Toledo, OH, at first annual Sleuth convention
Photo Copyright 2001, J. Fisher, All Rights Reserved.
Past Conventions & Highlights
March 2001: Toledo, Ohio. Members met the original "Carolyn Keene," Mildred Wirt
Benson, and had
books signed and asked lots of questions. They toured sites of Toledo, went book hunting, and ate dinner at a haunted
April 2002: Iowa City, Iowa. Members visited The University of Iowa to view Mildred Wirt Benson's archives
of photographs, outlines, letters, columns, stories, and ephemera. They visited with the organizers
of the 1993 Nancy Drew Conference, held at the university, Carolyn Stewart-Dyer and Nancy Tillman
Romalov and presentations were given. A trip to Ladora, Mildred's hometown, to view her childhood
home and meet her family was a wonderful experience for all who attended.
April/May 2003: New York City, New York. Members spent a week touring sites of New York including
Stratemeyer themed sites. Visits to the New York Public Library Stratemeyer archives were met
with enthusiasm of members who got to delve into Stratemeyer Syndicate lore. Highlighting the week's
activities and book hunting was a visit to a book dealer's home with thousands of series books and a local
collector's huge Nancy Drew® collection spanning books, collectibles, and artwork. Capping off the
week was a successful day of presentations from the Stratemeyer family, the Russell H. Tandy family,
Simon & Schuster, Applewood Books, and Sharon Reid Harris.
March 2004: New Orleans, Louisiana. Members spent the week visiting historic and haunted sites in the
French Quarter and outer lying areas, Nancy Drew® theme sites mentioned in the books set in New Orleans,
went book and antique hunting, joined in on a crawfish boil and BBQ at a local collector's home, visited a
historic plantation, attended a Nancy Drew® murder mystery party aboard a "haunted showboat" on its dinner
and jazz cruise, and attended a day of presentations from Sleuth members Sharon Reid Harris, Todd Latoski, Meredith Jaffe, Rachel Smith,
and presentations by Simon & Schuster and Gumshoe Girls.
October 2005: Phoenix, AZ. Members were treated to a Shadow Ranch and Kachina Doll Nancy Drew®
theme during their week in Phoenix, AZ. Highlights include: Meet and Greet Dinner, Ghost Town tour and Dirk Valentine Treasure
Hunt, Western Dinner, Kachina Doll collection tour, book hunting, Kachina Doll dinner and mystery hunt at "hacienda", tour of
Jenn Fisher's collection, day of presentations from: Garrett Lothe, Renee Walker, Jenn Fisher, and Dean Burcham, book dealers set up. Game play
of life size version of Nancy Drew® Mystery Game from the 1950s. Lots of prizes given out and trivia contests. 3 Goody Bags given
The Nancy Drew 75th & Stratemeyer Syndicate 100th Anniversary Conference was held June 16-19, 2005 in NYC,
with a few
Sleuth events. For details on the conference, click
October: 2006: Chicago, IL.
Members toured "River Heights Country" while solving mysteries at Red Gate Farm and found a Hollow Oak treasure! Activities
included: All Day Bus trip of book hunting, antiquing, visit to a real life Red Gate Farm, Hollow Oak treasure hunt,
Red Gate Farm party, Chicago sightseeing, visit to the American Girl Store to view Nancy Drew® book on display, Danger on
Great Lakes dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, presentations at the Chicago Children's Museum, a Chicago Style Deep Dish
Pizza dinner, a Joker's
Revenge game, and a fun Nancy Drew® theme gift exchange.
June: 2007: Pasadena, CA.
The Sleuths had their first movie & TV theme convention, timed to the release of the Warner Brothers movie, Nancy Drew.
Members toured the Huntington Library and viewed some sights where the Nancy Drew® movie was filmed, went book hunting, and played a Nancy
Drew® cover art game. On the day of the movie's release, members held a Nancy Drew® 101 event at the Burbank Public Library, toured
Warner Brothers Studios, and saw the Nancy Drew® movie. The Sleuths held their big convention day at the Pasadena Hilton and featured 7 speakers on a
variety of topics, had book and merchandise sales, and that evening held a special 1930s Nancy Drew® murder mystery party complete with
skits, a prize, and a fun Nancy Drew® theme gift exchange. A tour of Dave Farah's collection and BBQ was a highlight!
Sept-Oct: 2008: Bird-in-Hand, PA.
The Sleuths headed to Witch Tree Country for a fun-filled convention! Members visited Hershey, PA and had their photos printed
on chocolate bars, went book hunting and antiquing and found a few goodies, toured Amish farms, quilt shops, and went on a Witch Tree Clues Hunt.
A hayride and a ghost tour were especially fun! Members spent a day in historic Philadelphia touring sights around Independence
Square and those that Nancy visited in the SuperMystery, A Question of Guilt. A dinner at City Tavern complete with Revolutionary War era costumed
servers was a treat. The Sleuths held their convention day at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn complete with speakers: Author Jennifer Fisher,
Nancy Drew Files Artist Tricia Zimic, Author Penny Warner, Crafty Sleuth Lea Fox, and Author and Professor Michael G. Cornelius. Dinner was a special
smorgasbord and that was followed by a "barn dance" complete with our crafty Nancy Drew gift exchange, some singing, and a raffle for neat
Nancy Drew prizes. And no one was hexed or accused of being a witch like Nancy in The Witch Tree Symbol!
Sept-Oct: 2009: Las Vegas, NV.
Nancy Drew Sleuths followed in Nancy Drew's footsteps in Las Vegas and around the Valley of Fire State Park where the classic
Nancy Drew book, #52 The Secret of the Forgotten City was set. A 70s disco style Nancy Drew meet and greet party was
held to kick off the convention. Members bused to the Valley of Fire to compete in a Sleuth Survivor challenge--George Tribe won
reward! A visit to the Lost City Museum just like Nancy and her chums in the book was informative and provided great background
material for the book and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams who researched there in person before writing the book. Members completed a
CSI: Nancy Drew mystery challenge complete with miniature crime scenes. Our big convention day featured 40 local fourth grade
girls who were excited to learn more about Nancy Drew. Speakers Jennifer Fisher, Lea S. Fox, Dean Burcham, and guest of honor
David Farah rounded out the event along with a Nancy Drew scrapbooking session. A 1940s Old-Time Vegas Gangster Mystery Dinner Party
capped off the week's events including a festive Nancy Drew gift exchange.
April 6-10 & April 11-15: 2010: Merritt Island, FL and Cruise to Bahamas.
Nancy Drew Sleuths held their 10th annual convention and an 80th anniversary cruise! Members followed in Nancy Drew's footsteps around Merritt Island for our Moss Mansion theme. We held parties at the homes of area collectors, attended a professional Nancy Drew trivia show, book hunted, visited NASA, toured an orange grove, lunched at Historic Cocoa Village, toured 2 treasure museums, visited Cocoa Beach Pier, hosted our annual convention with speakers, activities and a charity raffle to benefit the Merritt Island Public Library. Our honored guest was Nancy Drew illustrator Rudy Nappi. Members attended a Mystery dinner costume party and held our annual gift exchange.
Following our land event we took a 4 day Carnival Cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas for the 80th anniversary of Nancy Drew. We held events on board, went sighteeing in the Bahamas, and held a convention day at sea with honored guests Rudy Nappi and Carolyn S. Dyer and a Nancy Drew costume party plus a fun scavenger hunt.
March 30 - April 3, 2011: Charlottesville, VA.
Members attended this 11th annual convention by following in Nancy Drew's footsteps around Charlottesville for our Hidden Window theme. We held a festive meet and greet, visited Monticello, Michie Tavern, Ash Lawn-Highland, Seven Oaks, held an event at the local library with Nancy Drew ghostwriter Alison Hart, particpated in a stained-glass craft activity, book hunted, went on a ghost tour, and held our annual convention day with speakers and a charity raffle to benefit the local library. Members attended a 50s/Clue theme mystery dinner costume party and held our annual gift exchange.
March 19 - March 25, 2012: Phoenix, AZ.
For our 12th annual convention with our Kachina Doll Mystery and Shadow Ranch themes, we hosted a sub-convention - Sleuth Con, an all series book convention. Members stayed at the Gold Canyon Resort and spent the first part of the week touring around the Phoenix area viewing Jenn Fisher's collection, book hunting, Scottsdale house party, book discussion at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, visited a ghost town and took part in The Amazing Case challenge, took a cruise on the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake, and had a chuckwagon dinner at the Rockin' R.
Ranch. The latter part of the week found guests solving a mystery with clues to hunt for around the resort and we hosted 3 days of presentations and activities culminating with our western theme mystery dinner party and annual gift exchange.
May 28 - June 2, 2013: Boston, MA.
For our 13th annual convention with our Wooden Lady theme, we visited the Boston, MA area to tour local sights including local used book stores, The Wayside Inn, Louisa May Alcott's home, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, a vintage collection tour of a local collector, spent the day in Spooky Salem, MA and went on a ghost tour and clipper ship ride, and spent a day in Boston with historic sites and a clambake on Thompson Island. Our convention day of speakers included our Guest of Honor, Nancy Drew illustrator, Ruth Sanderson who we presented with our Honorary Sleuth Award. Rounding out our week was our mystery dinner party and annual gift exchange.
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