the March Meeting
March meeting was a great medicine to help ease the pain caused
by all this snow we've been getting lately. It was filled with
many new things that reminded us that Spring is not far away.
To start things off, it was good to see Mike back for a visit
after being away for a few months. It would be nice to see more
of that from others who used to be regulars. Next, Neil encouraged
two friends he has all but converted from cigar smokers to pipe
smokers to come by and check out our meeting. It's always nice
to get some new blood in the room to go give the place a little
atmosphere (just checking to see who's actually reading this).
Both of them fit in nicely and look forward to returning.
But the the main event of the evening was the distribution of
the 2013 club pipe. Tim, Neil and I drove up to NY in late February
to meet pipe maker Peder Jeppesen, pick up our new pipes and check
out Cup 0' Joes. We had a great time and you can read all about
our trip in the article below. Peder did an outsdanding job on
the pipes and we look forward to hearing many reviews at the April
The New York Pipe Show Report
by Rick Frederics
Pipes smoking was alive and well at the recent New York Pipe
Show this past March 9th. And while you can't smoke at the pipe
show itself, pipe smokers came in great numbers; and not just
men, but women attended as well, and it was also nice to see some
young college students there.
Tim Hynick and I made our annual trip to Newark, New Jersey where
the pipe show has been for at least the last ten years (as long
as Tim and I have been going, though this was the New York Pipe
Show's 18th year, I believe).
It was great seeing our pipe smoking friends - many from the
recent Kaywoodie smoking contest were there. The distributors
from Savinelli were there, Smoking Pipes.Com, Steve Monjure, Don
Seatter from The James Island Piper, Sally Gottliebson - the Pipe
Tart was there and we met a supplier of Algerian briar, Steve
Norse, from Vermont who Tim and I plan to visit this summer. There
were many others - Russ from Pipes and Cigars, Pipe Smoker's Haven
and Joe Skoda - and happily I can say most were carrying new pipes.
This show was not dominated by estate pipes as it has been in
Tim had a successful show and I was very happy about that. Besides
visiting all the various tables, we spent a lot of time talking
to attendees. It is a great experience and I really love talking
about tobacco, pipes, and in one instance - Scotch Whisky which
Tim was kind enough to bring for me.
You may not believe this, but the restaurant in the Windham Hotel
where the show is held has an outstanding restaurant and we both
had a great Greek lunch. On the way back we stopped at Reins Deli,
outside of Hartford CT. You see, it is not only about smoking,
but food also plays a big role.
Attending a pipe show is a wonderful time, a wonderful chance
to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. If you haven't
attended a pipe show, you should strongly consider it. You will
not be disappointed. Hope to see everyone again next March - and
my fellow SHPC friends - why not join us next year. Can't wait!