Club Info & Events
SHPC Meeting News
We've been fairly busy since our last meeting. Six of us got together
to visit Dock Perry in Agawam and had a great time checking out the pipe
and antique shops in the area. Dock has an awesome set up at his place
and I took a lot of pics so check out the narrative below.
We also had a good crew attend the first NY Pipe Show of 2005. Some things
were a bit different but we had a great time nonetheless. They will also
have a fourth show this year scheduled for December. Check out Docks
write up below.
Pipe Show at the April Meeting
Ernie Quintiliani of Watch City will sponsor Steve Johnson, distributor
for Comoy and Don Carlos pipes will be visiting the Sherlock Holmes Pipe
Club on Tuesday April, 5th. Steve promises to bring a good variety of
pipes including a few of his own. Ernie also said he will bring some cigars
so there'll be something for everyone.
If you haven't been to a meeting in a while, this might be an excellent
opportunity to check out our new location and rekindle an old flame.
Non members reading this newsletter can contact
me if your interested in coming. I hope we'll see a nice turnout.
Smokers Haven Tobacco Sampling
had a chance to talk to Premal Cheda from Smokers
Haven in Ohio and you won't find a nicer guy. He donated 6 large tins
of tobacco and a package of Krumble Kake for the club to sample. His only
request is that we all give it a proper taste test. I think we owe him
at least that for his generosity . It just so happens that all of the
Smokers Haven's house blends are reviewed in the Spring issue of P&T so
check it out before the April 5th meeting. We'll start off with 2 blends
and bring 2 more to the next couple of meetings. On request of Andy Camire
we will have Exotique and one other blend to sample. I'll bring 2 more
cans to the next couple of meeting until we've tried them all. Here are
the blends he gave to us: Exotique, Our Best Blend, Select Mixture, In-B-Tween
Mixture, Cognac and Krumble Kake.
Club Dues Increase
I should have mentioned this in the last newsletter but it slipped my
mind. A motion was made and passed at the January meeting to raise the
club dues from $3 to $5.
Dock's and Antiques and Pipes... Oh my!
The New York Pipe Show - March 12, 2005
met Tim at our usual meeting place near the Mass Pike and soon we were
on our way West towards Agawam and Dock Perry's place. The weather and
the roads were clear and we arrived at our destination in an easy ninety
We turned the car into Dock's driveway to see what his directions had
described as "a big brown Swiss Chalet", and that's exactly
what it was. Just like something you'd expect to see up in the ski communities
of Maine or New Hampshire. With a huge wrap around porch that afforded
a great view of the Connecticut River across the street, I could picture
myself sitting out there on a warm summer night with my pipe and a pint
of ale, enjoying the fresh river breeze. [Full
By Dock Perry
first of four New York pipe shows this year was held on March 11th &
12th in Newark NJ. Steve Gutz and I drove down and were there by about five,
Friday afternoon. The hotel was noticeably quiet. Usually by this time vendors
are quickly wheeling their wares in as customers start to gather in chairs
and couches in the lobby. We wandered around for quite a while until we
ran into Andy Camire and Jay Beard heading up to their room. We heard from
them that Bonaquisti, Feurbach and Eells were holding court on the first
floor so we headed down to see them. [Full
The 2005 Meeting of the Mindless
It's bit of a short notice but the 2005 Meeting of the Mindless (MOTM)
has been scheduled for Saturday April 2nd. If you've never had the fortune
of attending this event then your missing an excellent time. If you have
been before we hope you will make it again. This will be the last MOTM
at Paul Bonaquisti's current location since he'll be moving this year.
This event is open to club members only and special invitation.
& Tobacco News
We were all very saddened to learn of the passing of Colleen Learned,
pipemaker Sam Learned's wife. Those of you who have been to a pipe
show that Sam attended will remember her because one thing that
sticks out at a pipe show is an attractive woman. I remember talking
with Colleen at the NY Show last year and realizing how much of
an integral part of their business she was and it was easy to see
that they had a connection that went much deeper then marriage and
business. At this year's NY Show Sam's loss was evident and my heart
went out to him. I was a little surprised to see him at the show
so soon after his wife's death but Sam told me that Colleen made
him promise to keep doing what he loved and that's what he was doing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sam.
Smokers have rights, learn to compromise. By Rory Walkinshaw
The war on tobacco is not a fight to save the health of children
or the public, but a fight against our liberties as Americans. This
issue affects you whether you are a smoker or not.
Citizens for Smokers Rights. More smoking
news for Massachusetts and around the world.
United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter
Worth A Look
I felt it fitting to include the Smokers Haven website in this
issue of the newsletter. Many of us have been here before but they
do have a nice selection of pipes and tobaccos. Their accessories
page is currently being updated.
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This site has been featured but I thought I'd add it again since
it's the source of this month's tobacco raffle.
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.
[Take a look]
Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month's raffle tobacco is from the
out of Shawnee Mission, KS. These two blends are from their Decoy
Virginia Mixture. A Virginia cake created for the smoker who enjoys
the taste and distinctive flavor of Louisiana Perique. Aged and
matured with the finest of choice Virginia.
mixture rich in taste, yet sweet to the palate. Flake cut with quality
matured Virginias, Turkish and Orientals.
click to enlarge
Too Cool! A Beer for Adventurous Pipe
I recently stopped by Lukes Liquors (a veritable beer superstore)
in Rockland, MA looking for something new and exciting to drink.
As I walked by the coolers at the back of the store I thought I
heard a familiar tapping sound on the glass of the cooler door.
I turned around and looked up, and to my surprise I saw the ruddy
face of a man with a few days growth of beard, wearing a wool hat
and smoking a pipe. I clenched my eyes shut, shook my head, then
looked again. What I had seen was not an actual man but the picture
of a man on the carton of the perfect beer. Endurance Pale Ale,
a beer for the adventurous, beer loving, pipe smoker. This beer
has my name written all over it! All right, all right, maybe
I didn't spend years in the Antarctic freezing my butt off, but
I do like to venture out every now and then to check out a new pipe
shop. I think that qualifies me as adventurous. I'm already a pipe
smoker and anyone who knows me knows I love my beer. It's perfect!
But what really brings a smile to my face is that
in all the madness around smoking bans and anti tobacco campaigns,
a brand new beer comes out with a rugged looking guy smoking his
pipe as bold as day, right on the label. It's screaming out to the
world..."Real men smoke pipes". I think this could be
the start of something big. The following excerpt from the
website, is a bit of history behind the beer and the man on the
bottle. Enjoy... I know I will.
"Perhaps the most compelling survival story of our time
took place almost 100 years ago. This is a story of heroics, strength,
fortitude and endurance. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Second
Officer Tom Crean and their 26 man crew launched a voyage from
England to become the first polar explorers to traverse Antarctica.
And so started the journey known as the Endurance expedition.
Endurance Brewing Company was founded with two clear goals in
mind: to bring awareness of this incredibly heroic group of men
and to provide beer enthusiasts with award-winning brews that
help stir the adventurous nature of the spirit within. For well
over 3 years, Endurance Brewing Company has been creating a branding
strategy and beer recipe that we think would earn the respect
of every man of the Endurance Crew.
Our flagship ale, Endurance® Pale Ale, is dedicated to Second
Officer Tom Crean, who was regarded by many historians "as close
to indestructible as any man that's ever lived". This smooth and
crisp golden pale ale is rich in hops with a hint of citrus. Look
for other Endurance Brewing Company beers shortly, but in the
meantime, pour a tall, refreshing glass of Endurance Pale Ale,
raise it high in honour of Tom Crean and the Endurance crew and
enjoy one of the finest beers around. "
more about Tom Crean
looking for a news item to help fill out this newsletter. So if you have
pipe, tobacco or smoking related news, or would like to share your knowledge
on a particular
pipes and tobacco related subject, please send it along and maybe I'll
use it. (Preferably by e-mail).