We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Stoughton, MA.
The Tuesday, December 1st Meeting Starts at 6:00 PM
** We Will Not Meet at Perkins This Month **

Club Info & Events

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The December meeting is at the Massapaug Sportsman's Club in Sharon and starts at 6:00 PM.

It's that time of year again. Our December meeting where we celebrate the season with our good friends and show our appreciation for those who helped support the club throughout the year. The meeting, as has been the tradition, will be at the Massapaug Sportsman's Club in Sharon which is always a nice change of pace and provides a more rustic atmosphere that seems to blend well with the holiday festivities. .We'll have pizza from Stone Lovin' Pizza, a tobacco giveaway and a raffle (see raffle prizes below). There is a pool table and dart board and some of us may even play with firearms. Soft drinks will also be provided but feel free to being an alcoholic beverage for yourself or to share (but not if you're playing with firearms). We've already got the head count for food so we look forward to seeing you all there.

Raffle Prizes
Since we have the $200 prize for the SHPC Club Card this year we had to cut back on the raffle prizes a little. But I think what we have will be to most people's liking. Raffle tickets will be $10 each and you can buy a maximum of 3. Here's what he have for this year's raffle prizes.

Triple Distilled Devil Anse Pipe
by Moonshine Pipes

Classic Rustic Brown Brandy
by Nording

Cobbit Elf
by Missouri Meerschaum
Pipe Lighter - Black Matte
by Zippo

!!!!! The 2015 SHPC Club Card Winner !!!!!
You probably remember hearing the name Kevin mentioned a few times in previous editions of the Gazette along with the state of Rhode Island. Well there is a good reason for that. The reason is Tom Nyzio who use to be our resident Rhode Islander. If it wasn't for Tom we never would have met Kevin, also from Rhode Island and if it wasn't for Kevin we never would have met Mike P., Joe, Carl, Yaakov, Rick, Dennis, Eric, Felix, and Mike C. All, also from Rhode Island.

By rights the 2015 SHPC Club Card prize of $200 should go to Tom since if it wasn't for him our census would be considerably lower. But if you watch this short video below, it might give you an idea why Kevin Catanzaro has become our first SHPC Club Card winner. Don't let the name fool you, this is Kevin.

Seriously though, members are what keep a club like ours thriving and we truly appreciate Tom introducing us to Kevin. But Kevin was like the gift that kept on giving. There weren't many meetings where Kevin didn't bring in at least on new guy and often times more. Although we only saw some of them once or twice, hopefully in 2016 more of them will become regulars at our monthly meetings. Thanks Kevin for helping to make the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club stronger and congratulations on becoming our first SHPC Club Card winner!!!!. Who will it be next year??

Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From 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.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3

Chapter 3
... “Are you Mr. Clancy” the bartender asked with a tap to Ian’s shoulder? Clancy popped to the present with a start and spun the bar stool toward the question. The telephone was in his face where the bartender held it at arms length. He took it, thanked him, set his pipe in the ashtray and spun the stool to the window again.
“Tickets are waiting for you at the airport; Lufthansa flight 218 at 9:30.”
“What the hell is this? You told me to be here at noon. It's now four-thirty.”
As usual there was no response to a question.
“Leave now. Go to the U.S. Customs office and ask for Al Hansen. You will receive your orders, papers and money. Give him your keys, all I.D. and credit cards. All will be returned to your home along with your car. You are now Gordon Frank, Political Journalist.”
Click, dial tone again.     (Read Chapter 3)

Christmas Pipe

Christmas pipe as french horns sing,
Lovely tobacco as silver bells ring.
All at home with no place to go,
Just as I like it, quiet and slow.
Claude Emile Gaston Duchamp

Piper Profile - The Snowman

(from Wikipedia...)
In Europe and North America, snowmen are built with three spheres depicting the head, torso, and lower body. The usual practice is to then decorate and optionally dress the snowman. Sticks can be used for arms, and a face is traditionally made with stones or coal for eyes and a carrot for a nose. Some like to dress their snowmen in clothing such as a scarf or hat, while others prefer not to risk leaving supplies out doors where they could easily be stolen or become stuck under melting ice.
There are variations to these standard forms; for instance, the popular song "Frosty the Snowman" describes a snowman being decorated with a "corncob pipe", button nose, coal eyes and an old silk hat (usually depicted as a top hat). These other types range from snow columns to elaborate snow sculptures similar to ice sculptures.
Documentation of the first snowman is unclear. However, Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman documented snowmen from medieval times, by researching artistic depictions in European museums, art galleries, and libraries. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a work titled Book of Hours from 1380, found in Koninklijke Bibliotheek, in The Hague. (read more...)

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 Monday Evenings at around 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

Video of the Month
Here's why pipe smokers are no nonsense kind of guys who always get the girl.

Tobacco Give-a-way!
Included in this years's tobacco give-a-way are the following blends. View list of descriptions.

Dunhill Early Morning, Hearth & Home Marquee Blackhouse, Lane Limited 125th, Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired, McClelland Frog Morton's Cellar, Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky, Peterson Irish Flake, Spectre, Mac Baren HH Pure Virginia, m, GL Pease Embarcadero, McClelland Christmas Cheer 2015, McClelland Holiday Spirit 2015 , Butera Sweet Cavendish, Sutliff Private Stock Molto Dolce, Seattle Pipe Club Deception Pass, Solani Aged Burley Flake No. 656, Escudo Navy De Luxe

Other Important Links for Smokers:

The Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd

It 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 again.
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 Christmas Story".


If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan you'll know that The Blue Carbuncle is the only Sherlock Holmes Adventure that centers around the Christmas season. Listen here for free.

[Check it out].

Have A Great Holiday Season!

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