Club Info & Events
SHPC Meeting News
Those of you who read this newsletter regularly know that since July of
last year our club has been dealing with homelessness due to the MA State
Smoking Ban. But the heavens have opened and God has smiled down upon
us. Psalm 124 from the Old Testament might better explain how we're feeling
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Why am I getting all religious on you now, you ask? I'll
tell you why. Because we have at last found safety and solace in a house
of Worship and my faith in God has once again been renewed.
I was asked after our January meeting if it had dawned on me that we've
been banished from restaurants and bars, hotels and workplaces and for
some of us, even from parks and open spaces, but we can still find refuge
in God's house. God does work in mysterious ways!
The icing on the cake is that our new location falls within
the guidelines of the Mass
Smoke-free Workplace Law. I urge all of you in need of a place to
meet and smoke or just need some spiritual guidance, to pursue this option
(gently) . Undoubtedly, it will still be up to each individual
facility to allow smoking or not, but at least we have some options that
should allow us to continue meeting in a way we are more accustomed to
without feeling like outlaws.
Below is the excerpt from Section 22 (a) from the
Mass Smoking Law that was mentioned above:
"Membership association", a not-for-profit entity
that has been established and operates, for a charitable, philanthropic,
civic, social, benevolent, educational, religious, athletic, recreation
or similar purpose, and is comprised of members who collectively
(i) a society, organization or association of a fraternal nature that
operates under the lodge system, and having 1 or more affiliated chapters
or branches incorporated in any state; or
(ii) a corporation organized under chapter 180; or
(iii) an established religious place of worship or instruction
in the commonwealth whose real or personal property is exempt from
We invite our members who have
been away for a while, to rejoin us this March and celebrate our victory.
Northampton Pipes & Antiques
Perry has invited us all out to his neck of the woods on Saturday March
5th for a smoke in his smoking room then it's off to Northampton to check
out the Aurora Borealis Smoke Shop and some antique and books shops. If
there's time left we may take a ride up to Deerfield to to check our a
few more antique shops. So if you've been looking for just the right accent
table or wall adornment for your smoking room or den, maybe a first edition
of your favorite book or if you just want to hang out and smoke with friends;
this might be your lucky day. Come and join us.
If you're interested in taking the drive out to Northampton (about 2 hrs
or so from Boston), send me an email
and let me know. Or better yet, come to the March meeting and you can
get all the info and directions first hand.
13th Annual New York Pipe Convention
Otherwise known as the March New York Pipe Show, happens on Fri, Sat &
Sun. March 12-14. We have about 10 people interested in going so far this
year and it should prove to be a great time, as always. If you're interested
in going, be sure to come to our next meeting so you can get all the details
and make your hotel and travel arrangements with others that are going.
& Tobacco News
Bring Back Cigs
[January 30, 2005] If state MA Senator Charles
E. Shannon has his way, you could be smoking in bars again soon.
Read the story
No Smoking in Cuba: By James
This may be the last straw, or cigar. What was once thought of as
a giant natural humidor for cigars is on the way to becoming smoke-free
the Story at Cigar Aficionado
What's Next... our living rooms?
San Francisco board votes to ban smoking in city's parks
[January 26, 2005] Smokers, take heed:
A new law is kicking your butts out of San Francisco parks and open
spaces. The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday to outlaw smoking
outdoors in all recreational areas managed by the city except for
golf courses. Read
Citizens for Smokers Rights. More smoking
news for Massachusetts and around the world.
United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter
Worth A Look
Dan Pipe Catalog
For those of you who haven't see it yet, you may not have much
time. The European Communities health authorities have passed a
bill on tobacco advertising and soon this catalog will no longer
be available online. The full color catalog is in .pdf format and
is 12.7 mega bytes (fairly large for you dial-upers) but it's worth
the wait and depicts all pipes in their actual size. I saw quite
a few keepers as well. Download it to your computer so you'll always
To read the page about tobacco advertising in Europe, click
here, then click on "You've gotta see this!"
To just download the catalog, click
Ever want to watch a movie where people are smoking pipes? These
days they're hard to find. But there's one website out there that
has put together a nice collection of them. From the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (a particular favorite) to The Young Philadelphians, they've found just about all of them. Take a look for yourself and see if anything fills your bowl.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Since we spaced out the raffle at the
January meeting and February's raffle was graciously donated by Ernie
Quintiliani of Watch City Cigar (thanks Ernie), we will be
raffling off the January tobacco in March... Did you get all that? So
here it is again.
Peter Heinrichs #312
is a mixture of dark and light Virginia with Curly Cut and is the
perfect all day smoke for those who like straight Virginia flavor
without condiment tobaccos.
CAO Patriot Flake
New England Patriot lovers. This tobacco features U.S. Virginia
grades and Virginia tobaccos from Mysore with additional fermentation
under pressure. It is press aged, sliced thin and kept in flake
form. Easily rubbed out. This blend has an excellent cool burn with
a satisfyingly rich, but smooth flavor Medium Strength.