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Details of the November Meeting
SHPC 2008 Club Pipes - Are On Order!!!
The usual crowd was in attendence for the November meeting along
with and old friend and a new face. It's been a year since we've
seen Decoy (Rich L.) and we hope it won't be that
long between visits the next time. So how about a few others...
like Editor, Mr. Dunn, Suit, Teddy, Uncle Fester, you know who you
are.... Why not stop by and share a bowl with some old (and new)
friends and let us know what you've been up to. We don't expect
you to become regulars again (but we'd be happy if you did). C'mon...
As I mentioned, we also had a new arrival and a
member of the new generation of pipe smokers. Derek brough his friend
Joe along this month and we hope to be seeing more
of him in the future as well.
Dinner in December. We didn't make specific plans
last month for where to have our December pre-meeting dinner but
if I'm not mistaken, the general concensus is that people like Bertucci's
much better than our other choices. So unless I hear otherwise,
dinner will be at Bertucci's for the December meeting.
Why not join us this time an enjoy a holiday dinner together?
were unable to meet the 12 pipe minimum for our LePeliter Pipe order
and members were not willing to let the club pay for the remaining
pipes. I contacted LePeltier to see if they would accept a smaller
order. They agreed but it meant that the extra cost would have to
be absorbed by those who were buying pipes.
Seven of our regular members ordered a pipe, the club agreed to buy
one additional pipe to use as a raffle item at this year's Kaywoodie
Holiday Party (more on that later) and our old friend Don Powers couldn't
let his collection of club pipes be incomplete. So we had 9 in total.
I also received a bonus order from Ernie in Utah which brought our
total to 10 and helped to decrease the cost of each pipe to $82.50
(Thanks Ernie & Don!!). The pipes should be completed before
the end of the year but they plan to send one before the Kaywoodie
event. All members who ordered a pipe
must bring the full payment to the December meeting. If you
are unable to attend the meeting you will need to send a check or
money order asap. Contact me
Kaywoodie Holiday Party &
Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest
of the first signs of Christmas for me is receiving my invitation
to the NE Regional Pipe Smoking Contest which hosted by the Hudson
Valley Pipe Club at the home of Kaywoodie Pipes, S. M. Frank &
Co. This event also doubles as a holiday party and it's always a great
time. The Pipe Smoking Contest is sponsored by the United Pipe Club
of America and everyone leaves with a prize or tow. But only one person
takes home the coveted slow smoking trophy. In addition to the Hudson
Valley gang, this event is event is usally attended by contingents
from the Pocono Intermountain Pipe Enclave, the NY Pipe Club and of
course SHPC. Our own Rick Frederics gave up his title last year to
two time champ Dave Bull of the the Pocono Club. This year we hope
to have a nice group of members attending with the hopes of bringing
the golden pipe back to Boston (ok, so it's not gold... but it sounds
You must be a member to attend so if you want to go you need to come
to our December meeting and sign up. Send us and email
if you're interested.
Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd
has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December
edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it
Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York.
You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in "The
Have A Great Holiday Season!
Contributions ...... By Horace Harker
Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow
recently made my first trip across the pond to the land of leprechauns,
rainbows and pots of gold. Where the fields and valleys are so green
they can be easily distinguished from space and are decorated with
downy balls of fluorescently painted sheep. Where even the smallest
glimpse of the mighty Cliffs of Moher will take your breath away
then resuscitate you with shower of cool sea spray. Where majestic
castles slowly uncover from behind a heavy mist stirring up thoughts
of fierce battles, brave warriors and beautiful Irish maidens. And
let’s not forget a few of the more
& Tobacco News & Info
Public Health Commission Board Postpones
Vote on Tobacco Limits
BOSTON --The Boston Public Health Commission board
will postpone until December a decision on
proposed regulations to limit the sale of tobacco products
and reduce workplace exposure to secondhand smoke.
The board had been scheduled to give final consideration
to the rule changes Thursday, Nov. 13, but decided to take
more time to review transcripts from two public hearings held
in October and written
comments submitted during a 60-day public comment period that
ended Nov. 3.
The vote is now scheduled for the board’s next regular
meeting, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
11, at the Public Health Commission’s offices, 1010
Massachusetts Avenue, on the second floor, in
the Hayes conference room.
the full press release]
Worth A Look
I received a copy of this newsletter through
the club's email account. I was surprised to see when I checked
it out that our
club was hightlighted in the Pipe Club Corner. This is a
nice little newsletter that showcases a different pipe and a
different club each week and their website also has some feature
articles on a number of pipe makers. Why not take a look or
better yet, sign up for the newsletter. [check
The Oom Paul Podcast - Lee von
Check out the latest Oom Paul Podcast with American pipe carver
von Erck. If you haven't listened to one Olie's podcasts
yet you're definitely missing out, he's a great interviewer
and gets some great information out of his guests. I promise
you won't be disappointed. These podcasts are released on an
irregular basis so be sure to check back often or sign up for
the newsletter to find out who's brain he'll be picking next.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
As a holiday gesture this year the club has agreed to purchase
a number of tins of tobacco and raffle them off to members at
no charge at the December meeting.
Here's what we got:
Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding (2oz tin)
English/Balkan Pressed Tobacco Rich blend of Latakia, Orientals,
Virginias, Perique and a little something extra.
Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River (2oz tin)
Rich Virginias Pressed Tobacco Spiced with Oriental leaf Latakia,
Spilman Mixture Pipe Tobacco (7oz Can)
Spilman Mixture is a classically complex English blend of
Virginia, Latakia, Turkish and cubed Burley that hasn't been
available for 70 years! [details]
Gawith & Hogarth Tin - American Delight
"A blend of mature, sweet Va,Burleys and Cavendish tobaccos.
A top note of Vanilla, caramel and fresh fruits."
Hearth & Home Sunjammer (2oz. tin)
A smooth and sweet blend of Bright and Red Virginias, Macedonian
and other Oreintals, smoky Latakia and a touch of unflavored
toasted black cavendish.
Peterson Tin - Irish Flake (50g tin)
A full-bodied blend made of equal proportions air-cured, flue
cured, and dark fired.
McClelland Anniversary 2005 (100g tin)
A Virginia Mixture Celebrating 25 Years of Quality
Tobacco Manufacturing 1977-2002
important things that Ireland offers… it is the home of Peterson
Pipes, Guinness Ale and more pubs than you could ever possibly imagine.
This country is an absolute paradise and if you didn’t have
a drop of Irish in you when you landed there, I guarantee you’ll
have at least a pint or two when you leave.
Unfortunately, this trip did not include a trip to Dublin so visiting
the Peterson factory and Guinness brewery were not an option. As
our plane reached the terminal at Shannon airport the cabin became
alive with passengers eager to get moving after the long flight.
One of the first things I noticed upon standing up was a man about
ten seats ahead of us pulling his bag from the overhead compartment;
a pipe was clenched tightly in his teeth. A smile came across my
face. I couldn’t wait to get out there and see what tantalizing
tobacciana Ireland had in store for me.
We got on the bus and headed for Killarney and after a short nap
we hit the town. First things first, we stopped at the nearest pub
for an Irish Coffee followed by a pint of Guinness, then took a
stroll around the town in search of a tobacco shop. We looked and
looked only to realize…. there weren’t any. Could this
be right? When I think of Ireland I think of pubs filled with smoke
and old Irish men smoking their pipes by the roadside. You all saw
"The Quite Man"... right? I know they banned
smoking in the pubs but they didn't ban smoking.
We popped into a gift shop and while looking around something caught
my eye. Up behind the counter hung a small cardboard rack of Peterson
Pipes. “Is this all you have for pipes,” I asked the
woman. “Yes it is,” she replied. “Are there any
tobacco shops in town?” I asked. “No, she said, but
you can try the news agents.” So off we went to find the closest
news agent, which was a fairly easy task. But every one we found
had no pipes for sale and a very limited supply of pipe tobacco,
and nothing very exciting at that.. I finally did find one news
agent that had a pretty good selection of Peterson pipe tobacco
but that was about the extent of it…. pretty disappointing.
I had heard something about beer gardens, small areas outside of
a pub with heaters, a place where people could sit and enjoy a smoke.
But I found none of these either. We spent two days in Killarney
then headed for Galway. Maybe I’d have better luck there,
I thought.... but alas, it was no different. The most prominent
reference I found to pipe smoking was the image you see above which
I found on the men’s room door at Taffe’s Pub (highly
recommended by the way). Cigars were not much different, I found
only a handful of brands (and nothing too exciting) in any of the
stores. It appeared that cigarettes were plentiful though... and
hand rolled at that
Fortunately for me, every two or three storefronts bore the name
of yet another pub and after a short while I didn’t seem to
care too much about the sad state of tobacco in Ireland. I did have
a conversation with a bartender at one of the pubs who confirmed
my dismay and said that the only tobacco shop he knew of was in
Cork, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be making it there this
trip. So it looks like my quest will go unfulfilled and plans for
a return trip to Dublin and Cork are already in the works.
So we found our rainbow in the Emerald Isle but the pot at it's
end was filled only with a few gallons of hearty Guinness brew.
Not what I was looking for necessarily, but a very suitable subsititute
nonetheless. And although the existance of pipe and tobacco in Ireland
seems to have now sadly become just a part of this country's rich
history, the trip as a whole was pretty damned awesome. I highly
recommend that every human being visit this beautiful land at least
once in their lifetime. I look forward to my return and hope to
bring back more encouraging news for the pipe smoker upon my return.
Just a few thoughts this holiday weekend and for the coming month.
The only acceptable whiskey this holiday is Wild Turkey 101, for
obvious reasons. You could add it to eggnog if you must.
Enjoy a pipe with it. No brainer there. But which tobacco? It should
be a Turkish blend. So the tobacco comes from Turkey. Duh!!!
If you like the drumstick, you may smoke, what else?. Drum tobacco.
As Christmas nears, you may break open the 1986 Christmas Cheer
from McClelland. It should now be smokable without biting you back.
But just in case, leave it open for two days.
As you open your Christmas presents, and gaze upon the wonderful
new pipe the loving person in your life bought you, remember to
say thank you and be grateful. Remember, I don't get one for Chistmas.
I don't get anything for Chistmas. So if you don't like it, I'll
Lastly, as you view your credit card bills for the holiday season,
call your congressman and ask for a bailout. (You didn't think I
would let a Korner pass without a political comment, did you?)
Happy New Year
Hey Eric... don't forget Merry Christmikah