Info & Events
Hope all is well with all of you and you are enjoying the seasonal
weather. Hope you all had a great Holiday weekend as well.
A few of us did manage to get to the Old Fire House to visit with
our friends from the Fall River Chapter. As usual we were well received,
and they appear to have a great core of guys and they should do
very well in the months to come as it was communicated to us that
there is a lot of interest in the club. I don’t want to say
to much as Nelson has explained to me that he is writing a small
piece for this addition of the gazette. I would like to note that
John has revived an old Wilke blend called “71st Street. This
tobacco is for the aromatic lover. It’s cavendish with nougat
flavor and is one of the few aromatics that taste like it smells.
This stuff is a real flavor bomb and the taste stays with you right
to the end of the bowl. If you like Sutliff’s Molte Dolce,
you will love 71st Street. Where Molte tends to be chemical like
and gooey, 71st Street delivers great flavor and premium tobacco.
I’ll bring some Tuesday night for anyone who would like to
The Facebook group is up to 344 members. I put a post out last week
that when we reach 500 I will raffle off a pipe. If you post pipe
and tobacco related posts in other groups, please try to remember
to cross post to ours. Like I have said in the past, we are now
reaching a global audience from our tiny little corner in New England.
Much like the Sicilians ruled the world from that tiny little island…well…sort
off. Seriously as you can gather from the stories posted there,
there is a genuine interest in what we do and the club in general,
so let’s keep them entertained, involved and informed.
Tuesday night we will hold our elections for the officers who will
aid in the running of the club for the ensuing year. Nominations
have been made but, it’s never to late to throw your hat into
the ring..(hint hint) Since this is our annual the club will be
buying dinner for everyone. Might be pizza, might be Chinese, might
be “Vegemite Sandwiches”. You will have to be there
to find out.
We may consider changing the date for the July meeting as it falls
on July 3rd. The night before the Holiday. I know many families
plan on vacations for family stuff over the entire weekend. We will
have a vote and do what’s best to suite the club and the members.
MIA REPORT!! Where is James Komola? Tucker? Rob? Joe Traverse? Derrick?
Cara? Mike Ponte, Dennis? Hello…..??????
Since its our annual I am not going to make anyone wear a hat or
different color shoes to participate in the Presidents Special Raffle.
Just show up and you will get an extra ticket for something special.
Don’t worry I will come up with some quirky idea for next
All My Best,
The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe
A long overdue unveiling of the SHPC 2018 Club Pipe by Scottie
. Once again Tim's hard work has yielded outstanding
results. A beautiful egg shape with Scottie's signature pencil shank,
sandblasted with a rich dark brown stain and cumberland stem. Can't
wait to fire up the first bowl.
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
“You can count on me Mr. Ryan. I’ll put my
most responsible men on it. And by-the-way, I saw that
runner or errand boy, whatever you call him, Mic Mitchell in a
hotel in Cambridge, Mass., the Cambridge Arms, having dinner with
another guy. Was wondering if you have him on full time now.”
“You sure it was him, Sal? I’ve been trying
to find that bum. Do you know who he was with?”
“Never saw him before. He has graying hair and
well dressed. They were sitting so can’t tell you how tall
“Thanks Sal. There will be a bonus in the job for
you. It’s a good piece of information – very timely.”
As soon as Concetta left the office Ryan called in his two thugs
and told them, “Mitchell is in Cambridge at the Cambridge
Arms. Get up there and find out what I want to know. If he gets
stubborn, get rid of him. He is no use to me now.
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By Ernie Whitenack
WILKE No. 524 - 8 oz
traditional British mixture consists of matured pan-fired Virginia,
non-aromatic Black Cavendish, Latakia, and Turkish Yenidje. A
rich full bodied blend.
First off, thanks to John Brandt (Old Firehouse Smoke Shop and
SHPC Fall River) for his generous contribution to our monthly
tobacco raffle. And, thanks to Jorge Fernandez for graciously
sharing a couple of ounces of his winnings.
If you have ever smoked Balkan Sssieni or Stokkeybe’s Proper
English, it is a start in the discussion of Wilke 524. Wilke takes
the traditional English blend one step more. Don’t ask me
how, but 524 is smoother and takes the typical citrusy-sweetness
to new heights. The only way I can describe it is, orange, lemon,
and lime in a delightful sweet-sour medley. And then there is
the smoky element of Latakia that hangs around in the background
with the Turkish adding its own touch of spice. I haven’t
figured out where the Black Cavendish comes in unless it is the
element holding the whole thing together and making it so friendly
with the tongue.
If you are a fan of English tobacco, I think you’ll like
it. Please, this tobacco deserves to be smoked slow and easy.
Relax and enjoy it.
A Visit to Fall River
A few of us from the Boston group got together
in May to invade the newly formed Fall River chapter's monthly
meeting. Before the meeting we had dinner at the Tipsy Seagull,
a seasonal floating restaurant that I've been wanting to try out.
It was a little chilly on the water that night but looks like
it could be a fun place to have lunch and a few cocktails when
summer finally gets here in earnest.
The Old Firehouse Smoke Shop is a short drive from the restaurant
and without a doubt one of the best places to be able to hold
a club meeting. Bruce, Derek, Dan, Marc and Joe were in attendance
from Fall River and Kevin, Nelson, Tom, Joe and Al from Boston.
It didn't take us long to get down to the order of business which
is pipes and tobaccos and there was plenty to go around for sampling.
Courtesy of Dan, I tried some of the new H&H Burley Flake
and found it to be an easy blend to smoke but could probably stand
to have a tad more flavor. However, more sampling is planned and
will be required before making the final judgement. Kevin also
sampled some 71st St.from Wilke and said it had a pleasant nougat
flavor that lasted throughout the bowl. I'm not much of an aromatic
smoker but I was slightly intrigued and may give it a try.
It was a great night as is all of the time spent in the company
of our fellow brothers of briar. We look forward to getting out
there again and hope to see the Fall River guys down our way one
of these days.
If any of you reading this are not a member of either club and
have been thinking about checking us out, there's no time like
the present. Once you get these meetings into your routine, it's
hard to get them out. Boston meets at 7PM on the first Tuesday
of the month at the Massapoag Sportman's Club in Sharon, MA. Fall
River meets at 6:30 PM on the 3rd Thrusday of the month at the
Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, MA. Come check us out.
Find out more
about the Fall River Chapter
Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8,
1978) was an American author, painter and illustrator. His
works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for
their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous
for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created
for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five
decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the
Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We
All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series.
He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy
Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers
for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations.
These works include popular images that reflect the Scout
Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent
and A Guiding Hand, among many others.
Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than
4,000 original works in his lifetime. Most of his works
are either in public collections, or have been destroyed
in fire or other misfortunes. Rockwell also was commissioned
to illustrate more than 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and
Huckleberry Finn as well as painting the portraits for Presidents
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as those
of foreign figures, including Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal
Rockwell's work was dismissed by serious art critics in
his lifetime. Many of his works appear overly sweet in the
opinion of modern critics, especially the Saturday Evening
Post covers, which tend toward idealistic or sentimentalized
portrayals of American life. In his later years, however,
Rockwell began receiving more attention as a painter when
he chose more serious subjects such as the series on racism
for Look magazine. One example of this more serious work
is The Problem We All Live With, which dealt with the issue
of school racial integration. The painting depicts a young
black girl, Ruby Bridges, flanked by white federal marshals,
walking to school past a wall defaced by racist graffiti.
This painting was displayed in the White House when Bridges
met with President Obama in 2011.
In 1943, during World War II, Rockwell painted the Four
Freedoms series, which was completed in seven months
and resulted in his losing fifteen pounds. The series was
inspired by a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, wherein he
described four principles for universal rights: Freedom
from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom
from Fear. The paintings were published in 1943 by The Saturday
A custodianship of his original paintings and drawings was
established with Rockwell's help near his home in Stockbridge,
Massachusetts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum still is open
today year round. The museum's collection includes more
than 700 original Rockwell paintings, drawings, and studies.
The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman
Rockwell Museum is a national research institute dedicated
to American illustration art.
Rockwell died on November 8, 1978, of emphysema at age 84
in his Stockbridge, Massachusetts home. First Lady Rosalynn
Carter attended his funeral.
more on Wikipedia]
More on Norman Rockwell
No McClelland? No problem! This month's
raffle tins are some of the toughest to find anywhere (and
for our aromatic smokers, our alternate selections will be
from Nording's Hunter line, also produced by McClelland!):
Arcadia (221b Series)
part of McClelland's 221-B series, is a re-creation of the
legendary Craven's Mixture. It is a perfect blend of Virginias
and Orientals, and is rumored to have been Dr. Watson's
Blue is rich with the finest Mountain Latakia. It is a classic
full Balkan pipe tobacco mixture, smooth and deeply fragrant.
The inspiration for this elegant blend was a 21-year-old
tin of the legendary #759.
This month, we will also have a tasting of the Golden Triangle
perique blends. Let's see if we can tell the difference
between one variety of perique and another!
& Tobacco Around the Web
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio
episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live
on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that
aired since the last Gazette. iTunes
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )
Holmes Around the Web
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable
co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you
ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that
Shows come out twice a month. iTunes
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute,
weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something
related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called
James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits?
Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to
these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast
about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes
Trifles artwork created by Tom