Club Info & Events
Live Free or Die!
I guess that's our new club motto and quite fitting considering the circumstances
we're in. Our own state's smoking ban has forced us out of our restaurants,
bars, night clubs and workplaces (oh yeah, they'll let us work but
will they let us smoke.... forgetaboutit!). So now we are forced to
take refuge in our neighboring smoker-friendly state of New Hampshire,
at least temporarily. As mentioned in last month's newsletter, Steve Gutz
has arranged to have our October meeting on Thursday, October 14th at
the Blackwater Grille in Seabrook, NH from 6-10 PM. Since we currently
don't have a permanent home, it's better to meet somewhere than nowhere.
We haven't stopped looking for a new permanent place to meet and I do
believe we will find something acceptable, but for right now we need to
keep the momentum going. I know NH is a long way to go for many of you,
myself included but it's just over the border in NH (about 1 hr from Boston).
I think it's important to make an effort to come up and check it out and
to show some support and club spirit. After all.... it is only one day
a month, right?
Our meeting this month will be on a Thursday, maybe you can take
Friday off and make it a long weekend (who can't use another one of those?).
Or maybe you can carpool with someone to help the time pass (I can meet
someone in the Boston area, email
me if your interested).
I had hoped to entice some of you by telling you that Steve Johnson, distributor
of Don Carlos and Comoy pipes would be attending the meeting but he came
up with a scheduling conflict and will have to postpone until November.
Joe Noradaki, the owner of the Gold Leaf will be coming by a little later
on along with a few of his regular patrons. Even Jay "don't hit me
in the head with the Gavel" Beard is supposed to show up (remember
him?). He intends to perform a demonstration of his new auction calling
technique called "Yodeleering", which should prove to be very
entertaining if I know Jay. You definitely won't want to miss it. If that
ain't enough to get you up there then I don't know what is?
Some of you we haven't seen at a meeting in awhile, Editor, where've ya
been? Pusher Man, Bulldog, EverReady, you guys have been a bit scarce
as well. C'mon guys help me out here... I can only stand looking at Steve,
Dock and Allan for so long. Don't forget our new motto... Live Free or
Die. Hope to see you all up there.
Another Great Post-Ban Meeting
September meeting turned out to be yet another outstanding event. Hosted
by our one and only female member Cyndi Aimo at her Cape Code home in
the quaint village of Teaticket. As planned we all met at the Tinder
Box Internationale at the Mashpee Commons at 1:30 for a smoke and
a quick meeting while Cyndi got everything ready at her place. Nate Davis,
Tinder Box manager and club member was awaiting our arrival and doing
everything he could to make us feel at home. The Tinder Box has a very
nice smoking lounge to relax in and watch the game. So if you're ever
in the area be sure to stop by and say hello to Nate.
Well it barely seemed like I had gotten my pipe lit and settled in before
it was time pack up and caravan down the
road a piece to our final destination. When we arrived we found that Cyndi,
a most excellent host, had catered the event with a barbecue feast of
ribs, brisket, hush puppies, salad and more. Everything was delicious
and washed down very nicely with a cold beer. We didn't have quite as
many members show up as we had last month but it was nice to see Decoy
and the good Reverend Gerry were able to make it. Tim, Rick and Steve
brought their wives which is always a welcome change and a few of Cyndi's
family and friends were there as well. I'd personally like to thank these
and all the wives of our club members for supporting us in our pursuit
to keep pipe smoking and our club alive and thriving.
With our appetites now suppressed we all settled down for an afternoon
smoke while catching up on each others' news of the past month. While
dodging the daggers of bright sunlight that flickered through the trees
I squished my toes through the sand that filled Cyndi's back yard and
couldn't help but think what an absolutely gorgeous day it was to meet
with the good comrades of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston (Harvard,
Cape Cod, New Hampshire....). See you in New Hampshire next month!
CORPS Pipe Show - 20th Anniversary Richmond, VA.
Who's going to the Richmond Show? I'll be there. Let me know so we can
meet up. Email Me
Holiday Gathering of the Hudson Valley Pipe Club at Kaywoodie
Last month I received and email from Andy Camire regarding this years
holiday get together at the Kaywoodie factory. I was unable to make it
last year but from the stories and pictures it was an event not to be
missed. Here is the info about the event:
December 11, 2004
Time: To be announced.
Location: S.M Frank Co, Peekskill, NY (same as last year)
Bill Feuerbach will once again be making pipes for us (for
the pipe smoking contest)
Cost: $25 registration
in advance, includes pipe and dinner. Registration
at the door will be $40.
need to have as good a head count as possible in advance,
so Bill doesn't make a lot of extra pipes.)
We're hoping to have 35 people in attendance this
year (23 last year).
Email me as
soon as possible if you plan to go so I can get a head count
for Andy. When we finalize where payment should be sent I will pass that
info along to you. If you want to see how it went last year, click
& Tobacco News
Another Spec of Gold in the Pan
I received a letter this week from our good friend Sid Shear with
a couple of articles about places to smoke in Mass. One article
was about the Old Oxford Cigar Bar in Fairhaven that was mentioned
here last month but there was also another place on Rt. 53 in Hanover,
MA behind Joe's American Bar and Grille called El Capitan. It's
not very big, 12 (comfortable) seats and caters to cigar smokers
(let's face it, cigars are definitely helping to keep smoking around).
Hopefully ideas like this will continue to catch on and for a broader
variety of smoker.
Thanks for keeping you eye out Sid.
Canada's Got the Right Idea
Designated smoking rooms (DSRs) have become the most effective
and common solution for the hospitality industry in Canada.
Smoking News for Massachusetts and Around the World.
United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter
Worth A Look
Many of you have already been here but recently I was checking out
the site and realized that this is one of the best sites for accessories.
They have a huge assortment of just about anything you could want
to help you enjoy your pipe. The one thing that caught my eye is
their 50 ft. pipe cleaner coil which is great for my MacQueen, Lord
of the Rings style Wizard pipe which doesn't separate and is too
long for even the Churchwarden cleaners.
if they have anything for you
Like the sites says... "If you don't see it here, it most
likely doesn't exist." Check
Month's Tobacco Raffle
The tobacco for this month's
raffle has been graciously donated by Nate Davis from the Tinder Box
Internationale - Mashpee, MA.
McLelland's Deep Hollow
lightly fragrant blend of rich, red, and black stoved Virginias
Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture
rich flavored blend of light and dark Virginia Tobaccos with a touch
of Louisiana Perique for added zest.
And possibly a popular blend from across the pond.
Pipe Smoker Sightings
While attending the Salem
Pirate Faire at Winter Island Park in Salem, MA this past month, I
ran into a couple of pipe smoking scalawags.
(click for a better view)