We Meet the First Tuesday
of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Info & Events
First let me start off by wishing all a Happy Easter and Happy Passover
later this month. Spring certainly is a marvelous time of year.
We get to witness all of the wonderful changes of the season as
Mother Nature transforms gray and gloomy to green and bright...
I do hope all is well since the last time we had a chance to sit
and enjoy a bowl together. For those of you who were not present
at our previous gathering, I’d like to re-cap what’s
going on with the club.
We tabled any discussion for the possibility of
forming any sub-chapters of the SHPCB until our April meeting. So
once again, I cannot stress enough that your input is very important
and you should make every effort to try to attend the next few meetings
if you have any concerns either positive or negative. The reason
we had to postpone any business is that we had a very special guest
join us last month. Joyce Beck from Lane Limited paid us a visit
and spent the entire meeting with us. It was an open forum and there
were lots of questions and answers concerning our hobby including
very informative information about the FDA rulings as well as the
future of Dunhill tobacco in the USA. It was a great night and everyone
received multiple gifts care of Joyce and Lane Limited.
I can’t think of a better way to engage in
an important discussion than with pipe in hand. There must be a
reason why some of history’s most intelligent men smoked a
pipe. So we as (gentle) men shall indulge in some of history’s
great tobacco blends and argue the pros and cons of the formation
of associate clubs. The pipe you must bring yourself, the tobacco
is none other than “Father Dempsey” from the famed Kramer’s
Pipe Shop in Beverly Hills, California. Tom Nyzio has scoured the
internet for hours and hours going without food or sleep to procure
some of this fine concoction. He even has a tin or two that will
be the tobacco raffle. His hard effort and sacrifice alone should
be enough reason to join us, let alone the free samples and possibility
of going home with your very own tin!
It has been implanted in our brain that, “Wednesday
is Prince Spaghetti day”… Well, Tuesday is “Prince
Pipe Day”! Bring your Prince shaped pipe and smoke it at the
meeting and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pipe from
my private collection of estate pipes beautifully restored to factory
condition and ready to smoke.
Upcoming events to remember:
May Meeting, Jarrid Trudeau from Kristoff Cigar, Guest Speaker
June Meeting, Dave Mooney from Philips & King, Guest
Speaker, Cook Out, Pipe Swap\
July Meeting, Need to discuss to change date because 1 st Tuesday
is the 4 th
August Meeting, Sherlock Holmes Movie Night??
Would also like to see if there is any interest in a road trip
some Saturday to the “Owl Shoppe” in Worcester.
All my best, Kevin
Enemy - A short story by Ernie
the Intro.... Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated
to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as
Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation,
and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to
the East and Soviet Russia.
.... When Clancy returned to the table, he noticed Fox filling
his pipe from a familiar red pouch of PA and followed suit with
Sherlock’s Choice. As the smoke billowed upward to the large
smoke-eater in the ceiling, the three devised a signal for the three
escape routs, plus the men’s room and bar end for talking.
They decided on Platoon codes for danger and help and scratching
an ear for, come here now. Next, they decided to eat at the Silver
Skates; Clancy and Otto together at a table and Fox alone. The end
of another round and they were off to the BOQ to spruce-up; deciding
Fox to take a motor pool car to the club 20 minutes later than Otto
and Clancy who left promptly at eight o’clock.
A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization
book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now and I
kept telling myself I was going to read it eventually. Unfortunately,
I'm not a big fan of reading so was happy to see that it is also
in audio format and available through my Audible subscription.
This a a good sized book and kept me entertained for many hours
(12h 35m) during my commute to Boston. It contains a very detailed
history of tobacco from it's very early beginnings straight through
to the ninety's. As you can imagine my primary interest was to
hear about pipe smoking which was well represented in a number
of the earlier chapters but as time moved on waiting for a reference
to pipe smoking was like waiting for a canonical reference in
the final episode of BBC Sherlock. Even still, the history of
tobacco was still quite interesting and sad all at the same time
but there was plenty of humor thrown in to help ease the pain
of the demise of our favorite plant. If you like tobacco and history,
you'll like this book.
is a great way to read books with your ears. First time subscribers
can get any free book, with their subscription. My free selection
was the Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a $70 value. Subscriptions
start at $14.99 a month which gives you a credit for one book.
Here is a link to this book on Audible.
This book is also available on Kindle.
You can find it on Amazon for $9.99.
Barry Fitzgerald (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961) was
an Irish stage, film and television actor. In a career spanning
almost forty years, he appeared in such notable films as Bringing
Up Baby (1938), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was
My Valley (1941), None but the Lonely Heart (1944) and The
Quiet Man (1952). For Going My Way (1944), he won the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actor and was simultaneously nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth
Road, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland, the son of Fanny (Ungerland)
and Adolphus Shields. His father was Irish and his mother
was German. He was the older brother of Irish actor Arthur
Shields. He went to Skerry's College, Dublin, before going
on to work in the civil service, while also working at the
Abbey Theatre. His career with the Abbey Theatre was from
1914–1936 where he was involved in numerous productions.
In 1945, Fitzgerald achieved a unique Academy
wards feat. For portraying Father Fitzgibbon in Leo McCarey's
Going My Way (1944), he was nominated for both the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actor (which he ultimately won)
and the Academy Award for Best Actor; voting rules were changed
shortly after this occurrence to prevent further dual nominations
for the same role. An avid golfer, he later accidentally decapitated
his Oscar while practicing his golf swing. During World War
II, Oscar statuettes were made of plaster instead of gold-plated
bronze to accommodate wartime metal shortages. The Academy
provided Fitzgerald with a replacement statuette.
Video of the
Month Scene with Barry Fitzgerald from The
Pipes & Tobacco Around the
Squire Radio - TIME
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that
aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings
at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Tobacco Raffle I'm pretty excited about April tobacco raffle.
In addition to tins of two blends from the legendary Beverly Hills
shop, Kramer's Pipes & Tobacco, we also have a two ounce bag
of each blend to try before the raffle (just don't bring your biggest
pipe!). Kramer's was founded in 1949, and here's a link to their
story . - Tom
Kramer's Father Dempsey
(50g tin) Though
originally blended to match Father Dempsey's own preferred smoke
(Father Dempsey's parish was behind the shop, and he worked with
Kramer's to develop the blend), this full-bodied English mixture
is now Kramer's most popular house blend and has been enjoyed
by the likes of Cecil B. DeMille, Samuel Goldwyn, Gene Barry,
Fred McMurray, and many others.
Kramer's Blend for Cary Grant (50g tin) Kramer's
created this medium-bodied mixture especially for one of their
customers, the iconic actor Cary Grant. Using our English Blend
as a base (The English Blend is a clean, crisp, cool smoke with
just a hint of natural sweetness, and was a favorite tobacco of
Leonard Nimoy, Tony Curtis, and Charles Bronson), they carefully
layer in a small portion of Irish Aromatic for a little more sweetness.
If you like these blends, let me know and we'll try a couple
of their other blends at a future raffle!