Club Info & Events
Details of the May Meeting
had a great turnout for our May meeting which was also the First Annual
SHPC Swap & Sell event. As an added bonus we also had 3 prospective
new members show up, one of which brought with him a nice collection of
new and lightly used pipes to include in the swap and sell. Ken Collins
was able to fill a table with his items which included a nice selection
of pipes, aged tobacco and a few accessories. Dock, as always, brought
his share of items to sell as well. I'm not sure how many swaps or sales
were made but I was fortunate enough to swap one of my pipes with Jim
Knowlton (one of the new guys) for a very nice unsmoked diamond
Now even though our first swap & sell went fairly well I think that with
a little better planning and a bit more notice, future swap and sells
will become an event that's "not to be missed." I would also like to extend
a warm welcome to our three prospective new members Joe, Jim and Merrick.
We're glad you were able to join us and look forward to seeing you at
the June meeting.
MacBaren Tobacco Sampling
box of MacBaren
goodies was open and its contents distributed at our May meeting. Samples
of Solent Mixture and "The Cube" were also made available to everyone
as well as "CUBE" keychains, pipe tampers, pipe cleaners and others items
that were included in the box as a token of thanks for agreeing to review
these new blends. A half dozen members agreed to fill out review forms
for these new MacBaren mixtures which I will send to MacBaren when I have
collected them all. For those of you who have not yet turned your review
forms in please make sure you bring them to the June meeting or contact
me for other arrangements. On behalf of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club
I'd like to thank Gene Thompson for allowing us the opportunity to review
the new MacBaren blends and for the gifts that were included in the box.
We hope you will include us in your next round of reviews.
The Dancing Man-agram
have decided to discontinue creating new Dancing Man-agram puzzles do
to lack of interest. We did have a few loyal followers but not enough
to warrant the time it took creating each puzzle (you'd be surprised
how long it took). I may be willing to keep them going if I get enough
of a response to this notice but I make no promises.
I hope the few errors I made in the puzzles were not the reason people
lost interest (I know that can be frustrating). Many of you came
up with the answers very quickly which is something I couldn't do (I
can make 'em but it'd take me forever to solve 'em). You can find
the answer to last month's puzzle below. No one turned in an answer.
The SHPC Gazette - Request for Articles
During the summer months its always harder to come up with items to fill
out the SHPC Gazette. As well, I also find that I have far less time available
for putting it all together. So I'm asking for your help. If you have
an interesting pipe related story, an event you attended that you'd like
to tell us about, a pipe or tobacco that you've smoked and would like
to review, or anything you feel the pipe community would find interesting
please feel free to send it to me for inclusion it in our Newsletter.
This request is open to all readers of the Gazette not just members and
you will get full credit for anything you submit. To help get the literary
juices flowing, maybe we should start with a topic. Tell us how
you got started smoking a pipe and how its progressed to where you are
today. You never know, there may just be a little Conan Doyle
Happy Birthday Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May 22nd was the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator
of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous pipe smokers who never lived.
Happy belated birthday Mr. Doyle.
Some of you may be aware that I've been nearly absent in
the world of pipes and tobaccos as of late. I haven't bought a single pipe
or tin of tobacco since the NY show and haven't visited much with my online
buddies on ASP(alt.smokers.pipes). I thought that a bit of a slow down was
in order after nearly four whirlwind years of non stop buying and almost
complete immersion in this noble hobby (I can't believe how much %*&$ #
money I've spent! It sure adds up quick!). Once in a while it's nice to
get a fresh perspective by stepping away and renewing other pleasures in
life. Over the past four years I've made so many life long friends in this
unique community of warm hearted and dedicated enthusiasts. Pipe people
are unlike any group that I've ever come across and I'm damn proud to be
one of you!
As for me I've been working on an antique
Rolls Royce that my father recently purchased and hope to have it in a couple
of regional vintage automobile shows this Summer. I've also taken a bit
of a step back in time to my youth and have re discovered the music of the
Grateful Dead purchasing nearly 150 cd's in the last couple of months. Regardless
of where new interests may take me however, I'll never be far from the hobby
that's my true love in life... Dock J. Perry
& Tobacco News & Info
Pequot Pipesmoking Paradise
This past Friday I took my wife to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket,
CT. Gambling is not on my top ten list for ways to spend money (actually
it doesn't even come in on my top 100 list) but my wife likes
to play the slots and she's usually pretty lucky, so at least once
a year we'll spend a day there. The only real draw for me at Foxwoods
(other than an unexpected jackpot of course) is the fact
that you can smoke just about everywhere. And not just cigarettes
either, you can enjoy your pipe and cigar with exactly the same
I always make sure to bring a couple of pipes with me when I go
so that when all my money has been eaten up by the one armed bandits
I can sit back and enjoy my pipe without being hassled while my
wife continues to win.
I didn't realize how great it really was until I went into the rest
room to make a liquid deposit and noticed that ever urinal came
equipped with its own ashtray. I shook my head in amazement and
said to myself, "These Native Americans really appreciate what
smoking's all about!"
You may end up losing your shirt but at least you can enjoy yourself
Smoking Ban Scorecard
Most states (74%), have not passed total bans on indoor smoking,
anti smoking crusaders have been unable to demonstrate an improvement
in public health or the promised reduction in health care costs,
as a result of any statewide ban on smoking. The states that have
refused to pass or even consider passing total indoor bans on smoking
are: New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, New
Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina
Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma,
Idaho, Nevada, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama,
Wyoming Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
Worth A Look
Come support one of our fellow brethren Eric Kahn as he reenters the
thespian world with his role in Cole Porter's famous play Kiss Me
Kate. If you live in Massachusetts (or don't mind driving here)
be sure to take in this classic musical performed by the Norton Singers.
Kiss Me Kate will be showing for 2 weekends in June. Check out this
link for more details and to buy tickets online.
Jack's Smokeshop - Laconia, NH
Summer is definitely upon us and many of you will be setting off to
a new or favorite vacation spot. If you're like me you always like
to check out the local tobacco shop in area you visiting (and they
are getting harder and harder to find these days). Well if you
happen to be vacationing in the White Mountains of NH this summer,
be sure to check out Happy Jack's in Laconia. A few of our members
took a trip up there a couple of years ago and had a great time.
'em out for yourself.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's tobacco raffle we have
a new blend from Sam Gawith and an old favorite from Gawith &
NEW! Samuel Gawith St James Flake
A fine blend of Virginias and Perique (as the name refers) sure
to become some of our customers favorite smoke!
G&W Bob's Chocolate Flake
Latakia, burley tobaccos w/ hints of chocolate, cocoa, and Vanilla.