The SHPC Pipesmoker of the Year Award
More discussion arose at the last meeting about the method for electing
the the first SHPC Pipesmoker of the Year. The discussion ended with the
consensus of the members present naming the President, Secretary and Treasurer
as the election committee however there was some confusion and disagreement
between the committee members as to weather or not the committee would
be electing the awardee or choosing 3 nominees for a further vote. This
issue will be hopefully be finalized at the June meeting.
Watch City Cigar at the June Meeting
mentioned last month, Ernie Quintiliani from Watch City Cigar in Framingham,
MA will be presenting his wares at the June meeting. In a recent conversation,
Ernie informed me that he will be bringing with him his remaining Upshalls
and a selection of Tsuges that will be priced to sell. He'll also have
some Nordings at half price and number of Ser Jacopos to name a few.
For tobacco, the House of Windsor donated some of their retro blends that
he'll pass along to us and will have some McLelland blends as well including
a couple of their new blends. This should prove to be a great event with
some excellent deals but you can't get the deals if you aren't there.
I hope to see many of you there.
The Estate Pipe Feeding Frenzy
you can see by the picture, Geoff Stern made it to the meeting but barely
made it out alive. He hadn't been in our little ocean a whole 3 minutes
before the sharks picked up the scent of the chum he was doling out. As
the first few pieces hit the table there was that awful sound of thrashing
chairs as they surrounded him with lightening speed and the table disappeared
from view. When they cleared all that was left were the tattered remains
of a well used carcass and Geoff was covered in green.
Extreme Pipe Makeovers - Now that's reality!
Although very well used and not very well cared for, there were quite
a few finds in Mr. Sterns box of plenty. It has been suggested that those
of you who purchased any of these lost souls and have brought them back
to life, should bring them to the July meeting so that we can all see
the amazing transformation.
Ted Blank's Surgery
As many of you know Ted Blank had surgery to repair a heart valve this
past month. I spoke with his wife after the operation who said that everything
went well and the doctors were happy. In a recent e-mail from Ted he said
he is a bit uncomfortable and is not looking forward to the lengthy recovery
process. We will most likely not see his big Meerschaum smile at the June
meeting, so if you get a chance drop him a line and say hello. You should
be able to find his e-mail address listed in the Newsletter e-mail you
just received (hooper).
New York Pipe Shop Hop
The trip to the New York pipe shops is still in the planning stages. The
idea is to choose a date where we could get the most participation but
it will most likely take place in late June or early July. If you are
interested in going but won't be attending the June meeting please let
me know by e-mail and any Saturday you wouldn't be able to go.
The Habana Premium Cigar Shop & Bjarne Nielsen
a recent tobacco order from PipesandCigars.com I had the opportunity to
speak with the owner, Scotty Bendett. Scotty informed me that he would
be hosting a pipe show with Bjarne Nielsen, prominent Danish pipe carver
and one of the largest distributors of pipes in the US. The event would
take place at the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in Albany, NY, which is
the physical location of PipesandCigars.com. Scotty extended an invitation
to me and all interested to come up for the day and join them.
Read the rest and check out the pics
Pipes & Tobacco News
FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products?
bipartisan pairs--Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
in the Senate, Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in
the House--introduced a
new bill to give the FDA authority over tobacco products. FDA
may win right to regulate tobacco. Agency could reduce nicotine
levels in products, but not ban cigarettes under proposed legislation."
"It would also ban fruit and spice flavors; require premarket
approval for new tobacco products; mandate bigger, scarier warning
labels; allow comparative risk statements only with FDA approval;
and give the FDA the authority to demand reductions in nicotine
and other tobacco components."
Conan Doyle Archive Goes on Display
May. 15, 2004
By AUDREY WOODS - Assoc. Press Writer
LONDON (AP) - Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts got a rare glimpse
into the private world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as thousands of
personal papers _ from his passport to his jotted-down story ideas
went on display Friday. At the same time, the archive has become
entwined in a mystery worthy of Conan Doyle's celebrated fictional
detective: the bizarre death of a leading Holmes scholar.
Worth A Look
A few of the tobacco shops we're likely to visit in NYC:
De La Concha
Our shop offers tax-free pipes, tobacco, and accessories at some
of the best prices on the Internet. See the beautiful new Dunhill
of the Briar
A Yahoo group just for women pipe smokers.
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
Selected red mottled leaf from Carolina, small Oriental leaves from
Macedonia, and bright nut-flavored broad leaf from Virginia all
combine to form this blend that brings back flavors long since forgotten
in today's mass-produced substitutes.
Highly Recommended by William Serad
Matured Dark Virginia
Deep flavored, heat cured, naturally fermented and matured black
Highly Recommended by William Serad
Compliments of Dr. Bob