Well, how do you like that? Just as I was wondering whether there
was something to write about in Kahn's Korner for this month, here
comes the best news I could have hoped for. The 2009 Northeast Regional
Pipe Smoking Contest announcement. Talk about timing.
Hey it's always a good time for a slow smoking contest, but it's
special when the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston and the Hudson
Valley Pipe Club can get together at the world famous Kaywoodie
Pipe factory in upstate New York. And those two are not the only
ones present. No, folks from Pennsylvania, and Connecticut and lots
of other spots show up too. We brag, we talk politics (Ok, I talk
politics, and the others try to ignore me.), compare tobaccos, sell
and buy pipes and eat and drink and carouse (politely) with each
other. It's a wonderful time to be had.
Bill Feuerbach, the general manager of Kaywoodie, is always a gracious
host and will give newbies to the event a wonderful tour of the
factory, while explaining all the ins and outs of large and small
volume production of pipes. Food is all part and parcel of the event,
and we all partake with enthusiasm as it's always delicious.
Then there are the wonderful old friends that we get to see, if
only once a year. Not many of us get up to the Peekskill area. Not
to mention all the other places the smokers call home. So to be
able to meet and greet them as old friends, is special. That to
me is the best part.
Then of course is the slow smoking contest..The Pocono Intermountain
Pipe Enclave (PIPE) of Pennsylvania and SHPC seem to swap out that
trophy fairly often, but the last two years it's been the PIPE guys
taking home the prize trophy. Hopefully this will be our year. I
know I'll do my best.
To members of SHPC who are new, and have not yet attended the event:
Plan on it! This is a great time for everyone. We usually have two
or three car loads and would be happy to create a fourth and fifth.
The entourage meets about 1130 at the Route 84 Dinner in Peekskill
has lunch and then goes back one exit to Kaywoodie. I'm sure Nelson
has a link to the flyer in the newsletter, or will be happy to mail
it out to anyone who needs one. I can't emphasize enough how fine
a time it is. I sincerely hope you'll all consider attending.
the video from last year's contest.