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We Meet the First Tuesday of Every Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 6th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Meeting

Club Info & Events

Details from the December Meeting
The December holiday meeting is the culmination of our club year where we spend time reminiscing on the past year and begin thinking about new ideas for the coming year. We also say thanks to those members who have supported the club all year by attending meetings and participating in our monthly tobacco raffle. This year supporting members were given a tin of tobacco of their choosing and the opportunity to participate in the raffle for some nice prizes. Tim also graciously donated a very nice (unsmoked) Neerup pipe from his own collection as a raffle prize. Thanks Tim!

Our winners this year were: Nelson - Xikar Scribe Lighter; Rob - Stanwell Hans Christen Anderson pipe; Tim - Vector Elio Lighter; Tom - Tsuge Tankard Pipe; Tony - Neerup Pipe, Derek - Julius Max Pipe Pouch. Contrats to all winners.

This year's holiday meeting was great fun. We were happy John was able to make it from New Hampshire to celebrate with us and it was also great to welcome back Nate (aka Pen) who has not been to a meeting in quite a while. We love it when old members return and would like to see more of you. I know the players have changed but there are still some faces you will remember so if you haven't been to a meeting in a while... and I'm talking to folks like Bob, Dock, Greg, Cindi, Suit, Bulldog, Horatio, Symphony Joe, Barley, Gavel, Mooney, Paul D., Joel, Pete... I could go on. We'd love you all to stop by and reconnect with the club.

The SHPC Club Card - A New Initiative for 2015

For 2015 and beyond we've decided to try something new to help encourage member participation, bring in new members, increase retention and organize more club activities and events. The SHPC Club Card is similar to the loyalty cards you've seen at restaurants and other businesses. Participating members will get their card punched for a variety of reasons like attending meetings, bringing in new members, organizing a club event or presentation and contributing to our website. At the end of the year the winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to an online pipe and tobacco shop. We hope this new incentive will help to make future meetings more interesting and inviting to help keep members coming back every month and encourage new interest in our club. Do you have a good idea for a club meeting? I'll get the punch ready....
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The 2015 Club Pipe
We ran into a little bit of a road block with the 2 pipes we selected for the 2015 club pipe so we may be back to the drawing board. Tim is in communication with the folks at SmokingPipes.com so we may see some additional shapes to choose from in the near future.


2014 Northeast Regional Smoking Competition
and Holiday Extravaganza

Note: A video of this event is in process however there are a few select vendor videos available now for your viewing pleasure. Find those videos included in the event write up.

The 2014 Northeast Regional Smoking Competition and Holiday Extravaganza sponsored by the Hudson Valley Pipe Club was held in a new venue this year. This event has always taken place at the S.M. Frank Co. home of Kaywoodie Pipes in Peekskill, NY but this past year the business had to move to a more compact location and would no longer be able to accommodate the 50+ smoking visitors and vendors from the New England area and beyond. Club members sprang into action to find a new place to hold this year's event and was able to secure a spot at the Southern Duchess And Putnam Sportsman Association's clubhouse. The new location consisted of one large room with a kitchen area, a working fireplace and lots of taxidermy do give it a rustic outdoorsy feel.

The vendors took up one side of the room while the majority of event attendees occupied the other side with the seating situation was much the same as it was at S.M. Frank. There were tons of new and estate pipes available from the familiar faces of Paul Bonacquisti and Andy Camire. There were also a few new faces I had not seen at past events. Bob from Pipes 2 Dream had a table with an impressive display of pipes, all by American carvers and included selections from.....
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Tobacco Raffle
For this month's raffle we have a couple of Virginia blends.

Rattray's Old Gowrie
Old Gowrie is a Virginia tobacco, prepared in the old-time manner. Its essential charm is its coolness and tranquilizing properties.


McLelland's Virginia Woods

Formulated for a smooth, rich flavor with an incomparable woodsy aroma. Blended from matured Red Cake, Stoved Black Virginia, wide-cut Bright Virginia and other premium tobaccos.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Tuesday Mornings at around 9 AM. Or find older shows on YouTube.


Want to become a member of SHPC?
Sherlock Holmes was one of the most recognized pipe smokers in history and because of that our club's main focus is to celebrate the relationship this great detective's had with his pipe. It was his counselor and was a key contributor to his ability to solve cases. So if you are a pipe smoker (of legal age) and would like to join us in this celebration, we'd love to have you. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan too, all the better. We always welcome new members and we don't care what kind of pipe you smoke or what tobacco blends you like. Whatever your preference is, you will be welcome.

What happens at a club meeting? At a typical club meeting you will enjoy the company of some great people, you'll make new friends or strengthen your relationship with old ones. You can engage in some interesting conversation or just sit back quietly, smoke your pipe and listen. You will have the opportunity to learn more about pipes or share what you already know with others. There's lots of show and tell going on and there will be plenty of tobacco around to sample along with a tobacco raffle each month. We have also been known to enjoy a fine spirit or ale from time to time.

We don't currently collect dues but we do contribute $10/ea to help support the location that hosts our meetings. We also ask every member to purchase at least one raffle ticket ($1) or you can purchase 5 for $3.

If you can make it early, a group of us meet up at C.B. Perkins Tobacco Shop at Cobb Corner, Canton from 5 pm - 6 pm for a pre-meeting smoke followed by dinner at a local eatery (usually something quick and inexpensive). The regular meeting starts at 7 PM on Central St. in Stoughton.

So if you just happened upon this Gazette or have been reading it for a while and have been wanting to find out what we're all about.... why not make it your New Year's resolution to check us out. For more information please email us.


Websites Worth A Look

A Gentleman's Guide to Living Well
I found this link while perusing the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website. It's got lots of good information for men in a cool flip book app. Just roll your mouse button to flip the pages (or click the next arrow).                                                          Check it out.

New Selections from Dr. Bob Pipes
Check out some of Dr. Bob's new rusticated pipes including a Christmas pipe with a red and white stem.
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Other Important Links for smokers:

There may be comrades in this world,
As stanch and true as steel.
There are: and by their friendships firm
Is life made only real.
But, after all, of all these hearts
That close with mine entwine,
None lie so near, nor seem so dear
As this old pipe of mine.

From My Pipe & I by Eldon J Buckley


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