Info & Events
Details of the September Meeting
Last month's meeting was attended by the usual suspects and as always
it was good to see them all. It would be nice to have a few of our
silent majority stop by even for a visit. Barley... what happened
to you? I thought you'd be joining us again?? Decoy and Editor,
what have you guys been up to? Stop on by and say hello. And what
about Cyndi? If you happen to be reading this newsletter from wherever
you are in the world, shoot us an email and let us know what you've
been doing (if you can that is).
Some good news... Steve Gutz tells us that he's been standing
up and has started the long process back to walking again. We hope
he continues to improve and is literally back on his feet soon .
Some not so good news... Tom Martin has taken a bit of
a hiatus from daily pipe smoking for a variety of personal reasons
and will become an infrequent visitor of our meetings. However,
he did say he misses the group and will continue to contribute items
for the newsletter from time to time. We miss you too Tom.
** Another Restaurant Change
We've decided to mix things up a bit and rotate restaurants from
month to month. This month we'll be at a new place but it's still
in the same mall as Bertucci's and Halfway Cafe. It's a Chinese
place this time called Chinatown. We'll be meeting there
at 6 PM for those of you who would like to join us. Get directions
SHPC 2008 Club Pipes
Some bad news.... unfortunately there
will be no club pipe this year. It seems there has been quite
a bit going on at Kaywoodie and lots of orders yet to be filled.
Because of this there may not be time to have them completed this
year so we have cancelled our order. The good news is... the initial
steps for next years pipes are already in the works and we hope
to hear more about that in the months to come.
Contributions ...... by Dock Perry
the Magic - Hyannis, MA.
As most of you know I've taken off quite a bit of time this summer
for some much needed R&R. A good deal of my time has been spent
in Hyannis. One of my favorite discoveries while there was "Puff
The Magic" a cigar bar and smoking lounge located on Main
St. in Hyannis. The place is set up like an old fashioned gentleman's
club with leather wing chairs and sofas, heavy mahogany furniture
and dark green wall paper. They have two large TVs and a gorgeous
piano in the center of the room. They stock a full bar and a nice
selection of cigars as well as a few higher grade Nording pipes
and Orlik pipe tobaccos. Of course their biggest selling feature
is that you can actually smoke there! They were able to get around
the smoking laws due to the fact that they've been opened several
years before they took hold and that a high percentage of their
business comes from tobacco revenues alone. During the heat of Summer
on the Cape "Puffs" is an oasis of tranquility with cold
air conditioning, soft piano music and a VERY dimly lit interior.
It's the closest thing to a smoker's nirvana that one could ever
hope to find in these days of anti smoking hysteria. Puff The Magic
is open everyday from noon to one a.m. I've never seen it overly
crowded and there was always plenty of available seating on my many
trips there. If you find yourself in Hyannis make sure to stop in
it out. You'll wish that you had a Puffs in your own neighborhood
Passing on the Pleasures of the Pipe
get a lot of enjoyment from smoking a pipe, everything from breaking
in a brand spanking new one to the rituals of packing, smoking and
even cleaning them (yes I said cleaning them). Then there’s
that never ending sampling of all those fine tobaccos in the hopes
that one day we’ll find that proverbial pot o’ gold
at the end of the rainbow. What, you thought the Leprechauns were
searching for gold…Golden Virginia maybe? And let’s
not forget the relaxation smoking your pipe provides and the camaraderie
that comes when smoking with others. But one of the things I enjoy
most is having the opportunity to pass these pleasures on to another
willing individual. I recently had an opportunity like this while
kayaking in Casco Bay, Maine with four other friends. This was Ken's
first trip with us and in an earlier conversation with him he told
me he'd be interested in trying the pipe. So on this trip I brought
along a corn cob for him and a couple of my favorite tobaccos. After
a long day of paddling and a hot meal I always look forward to settling
down at the water's edge with a pipe or two, a couple of cold beers
and a few good friends. I set Ken up with his corn cob and packed
it with Freybourg & Treyer’s Special Brown Flake. He took
to it right away, liked the taste and had a good 30 minute smoke
for himself. The following day I had him try some of Mastro’s
Venezia which he also seemed to enjoy quite well. But the thing
I liked best was on the third day we got back to the beach right
at supper time and everyone was hungry after paddling for almost
twenty miles. It was Ken's turn to cook and cook he did, he not
only fired up his stove to heat up a delicious Chicken Co Co Van
outback style but he also fired up his cob as well and smoked it
while he cooked. I think we may definitely have a keeper here.
& Tobacco News & Info
Boston's Cracking Down Again
As if the smoking laws in Boston aren't strict enough
there are now new proposed restrictions for the Clean Air
Works Workplace Smoking Restrictions and a new proposed regulation
that if passed could hurt more Boston businesses and take
away even more of our rights as American citizens.
A summary of the proposed
CAW restrictions are:
- additions to areas where smoking is prohibited
including workplace patios, decks and loading docks.
- no more cigar bars. All currently operating
cigar bars will have to close in 5 years.
A summary of the regulation to Restrict
the Sale of Tobacco in the City of Boston. If passed this
regulation will prohibit the sale of tobacco products in:
- health care institutions like pharmacies, and retail
stores operating within a health care institute
- educational institutions, schools, universities or any
retail store operating in one of these institution.
- blunt wrappers will not sold anywhere in Boston.
Surprisingly enough they are still allowing us to smoke in
our homes and believe it or not... even in a tobacco shop.
But who knows how long that will last? Now all we have to
do is find a tobacco shop that actually has a place to sit. [more
info and regs]
Worth A Look
Although it is only a fraction of what you will
find in our Chambersburg store, we hope you enjoy your time
on our site. We will be featuring new pipes each week on our
Pipe for Sale page. [check
Pipes - East Fairfield, VT
For over four centuries, clay pipes have been cherished throughout
Europe for their faithful interpretation of tobacco flavors.
Even the best briar pipe can subtly affect the taste of your
favorite smoking mixtures. But not clay. For this very reason,
professional tasters insist on using clay pipes to sample
tobacco blends. [more]
Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month we have a couple of blends from a German company
that's new to me, Sillem's
Sillem's Copenhagen Tobacco (50g)
burley and Virginias make this a rich blend with a hint of
spice. Mild to medium in strength.
Sillem's London Tobacco (50g)
A blend of Latakia, cavendish, perique, burley and some kentucky
leaf make this a rich and full flavored blend
When love grows cool, thy fire still warms me;
When friends are fled, thy presence charms me.
If thou art full, though purse be bare,
I smoke and cast away all care!
-German Smoking Song
Far be it from me to be a political person. As anyone knows me I have
no real interest in politics. Yes, my tongue is firmly planted in
my cheek, and bleeding profusely at the moment. But given the current
state of our economy and the elections I can't keep my mouth shut,
nor my pen still.
Our economic system is 'in crisis' as we
have all been told. It's their fault. Yes, both the Dems and Republicans.
I just talked to a tobacconist that will shortly go out of business
if the situation doesn't change. There are restaurants and other
small businesses going under. Now the government wants us to trust
them to fix the problem. They caused the problem, but they want
us to trust them. What's the old saying? "Fool me once, shame
on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
It reminds me of the story of a man who bought a mule for $100.
When he went to collect the mule, the mule had sadly died. The man
from whom he bought the mule offered him his money back. But instead,
the buyer said: "Deliver the mule to me next week."
The seller asked him what he was going to do with a dead mule.
The buyer said, "I'm going to make a profit."
The puzzled seller looked at him and shrugged. After all, there
are dozens of fools in the world, so here is another. In accordance
with the buyers wishes he delivered the mule the following week.
As the two of them pulled the dead mule off the truck, the seller
couldn't control himself, and asked: "OK, did you make a profit
off the dead mule? And how did you do it?"
They buyer said, "Sure did. I made $800. See I had a lottery
for a mule. I sold all the tickets and picked the winner."
The seller asked, "What did he say when he found out the
mule was dead? Wasn't he mad?"
The buyer simply said, "Well, at first, but then I gave him
his two bucks back, and some gas money. He seemed satisfied."
Still a little confused, the seller asked, "Why do you want
With a straight face, the buyer said, "Got to give the man
Why the story. It's a lot like the congress. They have been dealing
us dead mules and filling their pockets with our money.
So how does this all relate to our favorite pastime? The anti-tobacco
lobby has been financing elections (through their lobbyists) for
years. They have been pushing lawmakers into making laws that have
turned us into the vermin, nay, pariah of this generation. You can't
smoke in restaurants (even those with good ventilation systems),
can't smoke in public buildings, can't smoke in the bleachers at
ball games and you can be forced to stop if you're employer so wishes,
Our lawmakers take the money on the pretense that second hand smoke
is dangerous, but no real proof exists.
It's not just anti-smoking laws, but look to so many other instances
of government getting into our business. You can name them as well
as I, but here are a couple more: Forced use of seatbelts, forced
use of helmets (motorcycles), gun control for legal citizens, the
forced coverage of health insurance. I'm not saying all the laws
are bad, but should they be laws? These are open to debate, but
the people are not being heard. Lobbies are.
Alexis de Tocqueville said it best, "In a Democracy, the
people get the government they deserve" Many of the laws we
complain about, including anti-smoking laws, get in because we are
not making our voices heard, as the demos, we have abrogated our
responsibility. So if you want to know whose to blame? Look in the
mirror. If you don't make your voice known to your leaders, they
will lead you by the wallet as others who give them money tell them
to lead you.