Independence Day My Ass!
Gentleman (and lady), it is with great sadness, anger and frustration
that I make this announcement. Last week Don Powers received a call from
the Holiday Inn informing him that due to the new workplace smoking law
which will go into effect on July 5th, 2004, we will no longer be able
to smoke at our meetings (if we choose to continue having them there).
First of all, I would like apologize to everyone for giving them false
hopes that our club meetings were safe. I asked 2 different people that
we deal with at the Holiday Inn and they both reassured me that the new
law would not effect us. Obviously they did not realize how unfair the
law would actually be.
The day after talking to Don I spent a good amount of time reading the
law for a loop hole but it looks like they have this one wrapped up pretty
tight. Here are a few things I got from the language
of the law.
If we were a fraternal organization running under the "lodge
system" (KofC, Elks,etc) we'd be ahead of the game but would still
need a legal place to hold meetings.
I don't believe we can even hold meetings at a VFW, Elks, etc. unless
our club falls under the same exemption category as those clubs do.
Tobacco shops and tobacco bars seem to be the most logical solution
at this particular point.
I propose that we still have our July meeting at the Holiday Inn (smoke
free unfortunately) to discuss this issue and any options members may
have. I'm also open to continuing our monthly meetings there until a solution,
or lack of one has been determined.
It may also be a good idea to bring your pipes and a lawn chair to sit
outside of the Holiday Inn to (peacefully) smoke a pipe in unity
and to show others that we will not be put down by this discriminatory
The saddest part of it all, the part that really makes it difficult to
take, is that our group was hurting no one. We always behaved ourselves
(except for Sid), and both the restaurant and our waiter (Carl)
made good money. We cannot let this law be our demise!
Don, Rick and I have already been looking around and we may have a couple
possibilities to talk about and we need your input. I know we can find
a way around this but we all need to work together.
So I urge all of you who care about this club to come to the July
meeting and participate in a solution and to help decide what we should
do in the mean time. Besides... I already bought the tobacco for the raffle
and I don't think you want me to smoke it all.
Club Info & Events
The SHPC Pipe Smoker of the Year Award
In light of the recent news effecting our club's ability to continue meeting
as a pipe club should, I think the election process for the Pipe Smoker
of the Year should be postponned until further notice. However another
vote was taken at the last meeting and the guidelines for the award process
drawn up. The following is what took place at the last meeting:
The voting process for the Pipe Smoker of the Year Award was discussed
further at the June meeting. Another vote was taken based on the results
of a poll that was given to regularly attending members prior to the meeting.
The result of this new vote was to have the first SHPC Pipe Smoker of
the Year chosen by secret ballot with the votes also tallied in secret
by 2 members. If one member receives more votes than any other member,
that member will become the SHPC Pipe Smoker of the Year. In the event
of a tie, there will be a run off vote the following month. Should another
tie occur, the club President or designee will draw one name as the winner.
The winner will receiver his/her award at the Club's 15th Anniversary
meeting in September. Read the complete guidelines
A Visit from Watch City Cigar
month's meeting provided yet another outstanding event with a nice turnout.
These are the perks of coming to our monthly meetings and it's events
like these that keep the meetings fresh and help strengthen the pipe smoking
community as a whole. Ernie Quinitiliani from Watch City Cigar came well
stocked with a nice variety of pipes including Radice, Tsuge, Caminetto,
Nording and Mastro De Paja just to name a few. In addition to these great
pipes, Ernie also brought with him some of McLellands latest Frog Morton
blend for sampling and purchase. It's called "Over the Pond" and seemed
to be very popular at our table. Our own Kenny Kasperian also opened up
couple of G&H blends, Ennerdale and Scotch Flake, both of which I found
to be very likable. Ernie was a very interesting guest and kept our table
entertained at dinner with his quick wit and no nonsense demeanor and
shared with us some of his experiences while working in the field of pipes,
cigars, and tobacco. He was also one of our most generous guests bearing
gifts including a variety of his Watch City Tobacco blends and raffling
off a very nice wooden pipe stand, a tin of tobacco and one of the Nording
Silver Series Canadian pipes. To add a little icing to the cake Larry
Hines from the House of Windsor tobacco donated a display of their retro
blends including Barking Dog, Model, Country Doctor and Revelation. I
had the opportunity to sample a couple of these blends and was pleasantly
surprised with the result and look forward to sampling a couple more.
So whether you go to Watch City or Watch City comes to you the result
is the same.... an excellent value with exceptional service. Be sure to
stop by the next time you're in the Framingham area or visit them on the
web at http://www.watchcitycigar.com
Custom Made Pipes by Michael Parks by
Dock J. Perry
Parks is a young pipe maker from Ontario Canada. He burst on the scene
a few years ago with his avant garde briar sculptures. He uses the finest
materials in his work such as aged Grecian briar and the highest quality
acrylics for his stems. Being an avid outdoors man, Michael infuses his
love of nature in every one of his pipes. His classic "Trouter" line of
briars includes hand tied fishing flies set in acrylic and shank extensions
of deer antler or bone. His website www.parkpipes.com
has a range of briars available for immediate sale, however Michael strongly
encourages custom work. If you can dream it he can craft it for you. He'll
even send you a sketch upon request of what your finished pipe will look
like. Park's pipes run from around $150.00 to $900.00 or more. His custom
orders generally take a few months to complete. I've had Michael make
two for me so far. The first was a very modern oom
paul shape with paneled sides and an incredible shimmering gold stem.
The second was a larger take on his now famous "trouter"
pipe. It's a huge piece of wood which he carved with a dremel drill.
It sports hand tied flies in the tenon extension and an incredible blue
Michael Parks is a gentleman in the highest order. It's an absolute pleasure
corresponding with him. His passion for the craft of pipe carving sets
him apart from those who "merely make pipes to pay the bills". Michael's
currently working on custom tampers to match the pipe's he's made for
me. I'm sure they'll match the high quality which his name has come to
Pipes & Tobacco News
Romney signs smoking ban
Saturday, June 19, 2004
By DAN RING
BOSTON - Gov. W. Mitt Romney yesterday signed a sweeping
new law that bans smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor
workplaces in the state as of July 5. Cheered by legislators who
sponsored the law, anti-smoking advocates and children who wore
blue T-shirts saying "Massachusetts is making smoking history,"
Romney signed the bill in a short ceremony at a park outside the
Preaching to the Choir
One response to the signing of bill that was posted on the Alt.Smokers.Pipes
newsgroup (APS) by Ernie Quintiliani
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST MAY CONTAIN
MATERIAL THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME.
IF YOU ARE OFFENDED EASILY, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU NOT READ THIS
POST. THANK YOU.
"There. Now wasn't that simple? Apparently not to certain
people. On July 5th, ironically the very day after Independence
Day, The state of Massachusetts will follow the path of other states
and ban smoking in public buildings. All of this nonsense cold have
been avoided by a simple government mandated warning (or not) placed
on the doors of restaurants, bars, etc... who chose to let their
patrons smoke. "This establishment allows it's patrons to smoke
in designated areas. If you feel you may be uncomfortable in a smoking
environment, you may request seating in one of our non smoking areas."
. Simple. Polite. Restaurant owners could choose. Smokers or Non
Smokers could choose. People could be happy. I guess not....."
Read the entire post
Smoking News for Massachusetts and Around the World.
Worth A Look
A nice website with a duck decoy theme. The Bufflehead Shop has
a decent selection of products including but not limited to their
own line of tinned tobacco and some beautiful oak pipe cabinets.
This site is geared to both the cigar and pipe smoker alike and
has a nice variety of cigars, pipes and accessories. I found an
interesting article in their "Tips" section on how to
smoke flake tobacco.
a look for yourself
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
CAO's Gordon Pym
blend contains Golden Yellow Virginia, Maryland, and a little Dark
Fired Virginia that gives this blend a profound flavor. Precious
Oriental tobaccos give Gordon Pym a soft, tangy flavor that is complimented
by Syrian Latakia. The square cut supports the even and slow burn
of this blend, especially in larger pipes
Royale Vintage Matured Ribbon
Butera. A unique combination of three different Virginias in
different treatments, this shows in a single blend the full spectrum
of Virginia flavor. Bright lemon with zip, exquisite red, darkly
sweet stoved black, aged separately then blended, aged and pressed
by William Serad
Let People Know You're a Pipe
Help our cause by letting people know you are a pipe smoker and proud
of it. Promote our club, encourage pipe smoking and denounce the anti-tobacco
movement by displaying one of these bumper stickers on your car or wherever
you think it will do the most good. I have a few more I'm working on but
rather than hold off until they're all done I think it's best to get them
out there now. Stickers are $5.00 each and all proceeds will be used
to support the club's best interests. Hat's are $14 and there are about
Click images to enlarge
I hope to have the ability to purchase these bumper stickers
online in the near future but until then if you would like to purchase
some please email me at shpcbostonNOSPAM@yahoo.com.
out the NOSPAM)