5, 2010 - 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5PM or Chinatown at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton
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10 New Year's Resolutions for the Pipe Smoker
Patronize your local tobacconist.
Try more tobacco.
Buy a new pipe (or two).
Introduce a friend to the pipe.
Invite someone to a meeting.
Write your congressman about smoking rights
Smoke your pipe in public more.
Always keep a positive appearance while smoking
your pipe in public.
Eat healthy and get some exercise.
Contribute to this newsletter :-)
Details of the December Meeting Another
great turn out at C.B. Perkins before the meeting.
The club presented the owner with a bottle of Johnny Walker Red
to show him our gratitude for his hospitality all year. We also
had a record turnout for dinner at Bertucci's.
For our December meeting with did a Yankee swap
instead of a tobacco raffle. We had 20 tins of tobacco wrapped
in holiday paper. Based on your number pulled from a hat, each
person selected a tin and opened it with the choice to keep the
tin he had or swap it with someone else who may be holding something
more appetizing. It turned out to be a pretty uneventful swap
and I believe only one tin was exchanged for another. If we do
this again we'll have see about making this a bit more challenging.
But the important thing was that everyone seemed pretty happy
with their selection.
There was a lot of talk about the Kaywoodie holiday party
which hosts the Northeast Regional Slow Smoking Contest. SHPC
was well represented this year but unfortunately did not take
home the trophy this year. There were more attendees this year
than in prior years and if it gets any bigger than this Bill will
need to add on another wing. Read more about the event below.
On a less positive note, club president Eric Kahn
was unable to make it to Kaywoodie's this year due to some medical
issues that caused a short hospitalization. Eric's doing better
now and back to work and reported to me that his pipe has been
an integral part of his convalescence. Eric, our thoughts and
prayers are with you.
2010 Club Dues is Due
It's that time again folks. Club dues for 2010 ($30) must be paid
in full by the March meeting. Those of you who do not want to pay
up front can continue to pay $5 for each meeting you attend. If
you'd like to review the dues structure in more detail click
Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes the Movie Last
month we had a special addition to the SHPC Gazette, a chance
to get free tickets to a sneak preview of Sherlock Holmes the
movie. Two members, Neil and Joel were fortunate enough to get
the tickets, saw the movie and gave it two thumbs up.
Neil says..." At first I wasn't sure Downey, Jr. could
pull it off and make me think of him as Holmes. After all, my
main mental references are Rathbone & Brett. But I have to
hand it to him, and Joel and my friend Charlie (also a Holmes
fanatic) agreed. I felt Holmes' presence - a different interpretation
- but Holmes. I felt his deductive mind. And perhaps more importantly,
I felt his mania. He doesn't really fit the physical description
that Conan Doyle projects but it's to the credit of this brilliant
actor that I bypassed that in my mind and sensed Holmes, perhaps
updated for 21st century viewers, but Holmes nonetheless.
I loved their rooms as I feel the combination of order and chaos
reflects Holmes' mind set. Remember, Holmes is disturbed. He's
out of control when he doesn't have a case to occupy his troubled
mind. The rooms were very atmospheric as was the entire movie.
Watson and Mrs. Hudson could hardly keep up with the disarray.
And best of all (for me) I LOVED how they portrayed Moriarty,
who we'll most definitely be seeing in the next movie. Moriarty's
shadowy presence in this film is truly menacing.
You have to remember that the film makers have to dance a fine
line in a movie like this. First, they need to please the diehard
Holmsians and second, attract a good audience of people who have
never seen or read a Sherlock Holmes movie/story. I feel that
fine line was met in this film. A sleepily cerebral Rathbone or a brilliant, looney Brett
would definitely please me and many other Holmes fans but they
would put today's audiences to sleep."
I was unable to go to the sneak preview but I did see the movie
on the 26th. I found it very entertaining, the special effects
were very well done and Rachael McAdams was great to look at and
is "the women" of the movie. But I consider myself more
of a Holmes traditionalist and found myself longing for that
Holmes. I think Downey Jr. is a great actor and I think both he
and Jude Law played an exceptional role in the film, but he hasn't
won me over as the new Holmes just yet. But that won't stop me
from seeing the next film which will undoubtedly be made because
after all, I am a diehard Sherlock Holmes fan and if I can't get
the 19th century version, I'll have to take what I can get in
the 21st. All this aside, I highly recommend every Holmes fan
see this movie with an open mind and leave the syringe with the
7% solution of cocaine at home in the desk drawer (you won't need
Gladis plays the pipe smoking copywriter, "Paul Kinsey"
on AMC TV’s Mad Men. Not only does his character Paul
smoke a pipe, but Mr. Gladis smokes a pipe in real life.
Editor & Publisher, Kevin Godbee sat down with Michael
Gladis in the private smoking lounge at Davidoff of Geneva
in midtown Manhattan on November 14, 2009. They talked about
pipe smoking, his role on Mad Men, and his acting career in
general. Michael is charming, friendly, and witty while he
enjoys smoking his pipe and giving us the inside scoop on
Mad Men and telling us how he is similar to Paul Kinsey. See
Part I of our video interview with Michael Gladis here and
see if you can get the trivia question right at the end.
Chief Catoonah Tobacconist The
contest tobacco from this year's Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking
Contest was Middlebury Mixture made by Dick Silverman from Chief
Catoonah Tobacconist. Middlebury is a careful balance of Matured
Cake Virginia, Tennessee Burley and a fine blend of Turkish
ribbon mixed together with a small amount of Cyprian Latakia.
The result is a mild and satisfying smoke for those who enjoy
a light English mixture.
I can't say I loved the blend while in the midst of the contest
and while breaking in a new pipe but after my pipe went out
(and it didn't take long), I had an opportunity to become better
acquainted with the blend and at a more relaxed pace. It became
increasingly pleasant the more I smoked it and I really enjoyed
the Turkish notes. When it was my turn to select my consolation
prize I was happy to find a few ounces of the contest tobacco
still available and I snatched it up (I'm smoking some now).
The following day I checked out the Chief Catoonah website to
see what else they had to offer and found a very nice selection
of new things to try. I highly recommend you do the same. [Take
Month's Tobacco Raffle
There were three tins left over from last month's Yankee Swap.
We will raffle those off this month. They are still wrapped
and will remain a surprise.
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past
Ernie Whitenack, a new member who we introduced a couple of months
ago, has offered to write a series of articles about the "better
days" of pipe smoking as remembered by him. We hope you
enjoy these stories and look forward to them in future editions
of the SHPC Gazette.
"Leave that stinky old pipe on the porch!"
These words rising loudly from my mother heralded
the arrival of my grandfather Edwards, my namesake and whom I called
Grandpa Baloney. Why such a name? After sitting on his lap relating
the events of my young life since having last seen Grandpa, he would
always look at me for several moments and say, "Awe! You're
full of baloney".
He would let me sit in the Model-T truck he had just
driven in from his small farm on the fringe of Springfield Ill.
I can still smell the pungent odor of burnt wooden matches and tobacco
that saturated the truck's sparse upholstery. Naturally his work
clothes carried the same odor which caused my mother to start boiling
aromatic spices on the black cook stove. [Read
2009 Kaywoodie Holiday Party & Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking
Is it ok to yell FIRE in a crowded pipe making
factory? You're damn right it is and it's a good thing we didn't
have to! The turn out at this year's event surpassed any other so
far as did the fun and excitement of this eagerly awaited yearly
event. Our host Bill Feuerbach did another outstanding job of pulling
it all together including making the 45 pipes needed for the contest.
We had members from more than five New England area clubs and organizations.
We also had pipe makers Paul Bonacquisti, Rolando Negoita, Joe Skoda,
Tim Hynick and Bob Kiess in attendance, all selling their wares.
I wish I had more time and energy to go into every detail but it's
New Year's Eve and there's some celebrating to be done. So here
is a montage, hopefully with a little humor, to sum up this most
excellent of pipe related events. Thanks to everyone who contributed
to making this event a success and to those who contributed tobacco
and other necessities for our troops. If you want to read about
past events you can find them here: 2008