Club Info & Events
Details of the September Meeting
SHPC 2013 Club Pipe... possibly
always nice to start each new month off on a positive note because
when this happens the whole rest of the month usually seems to
follow suite. So you can understand why the SHPC club meetings
are strategically scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month.
For those of you who may be reading this newsletter for the first
time, I wouldn't be surprised if you spend most of your pipe smoking
hours alone. We do tend to be a lonely lot it seems but it's of
no fault of our own. We've been ostracized from society and those
who put us there know not the rewards of pipe smoking; if they
did they would not ban it. Back in the day, men got together all
the time to spend a few hours talking with friends and smoking
their pipes. I'm happy to say, although much less frequent and
convenient, that tradition is still alive today. As a matter of
fact I recently came across a few gentlemen sitting outside of
a convenience store in Bristol, RI and one of them was smoking
a pipe. The scene had a Norman Rockwell feel to it and made my
day. This tradition is also alive and well right here in Massachusetts
with the good comrades of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe club. Our meetings
are a great way melt away the stress of a long day and to set
an easy tone to the beginning of a new month. If you live in Eastern
Massachusetts and are interested in enjoying your pipe while talking
to others instead of yourself or the tv, send us an email and
we'll get you connected. It doesn't matter whether you smoke a
cob, a clay or a Dunhill or whether you're an old timer or just
starting out. If you're interested in sharing in this time honored
tradition (and are of legal age), let us know. You won't be disappointed.
Contact us now.
big talk at the September meeting was about the 2013 club pipe.
I know we just handed out the last of the 2012 club pipes to their
happy owners but it's a good idea to get started early on next year's
pipes, because you never know how long the process will actually
take. The club agreed to pursue having the 2013 club pipe produced
by Neerup. Tim Hynick and Dock Perry agreed to team up to make it
all happen and in a month's time have already come along way in
getting the process moving. Tim and Dock have picked out a great
shape that was well received by the club members and have been given
the go ahead to move forward. Peder Jeppesen, Neerup's master carver
does some beautiful work and always adds some extra bling to the
shank. I have also never heard a bad word about the smoking quality
of any Neerup pipe. We're hoping to get the pipe pictured above
in smooth finish with a some nice accents to finish it off. Tim
has exchanged a number of emails with the maker to determine if
this pipe can be made in quantity and within our desired price range.
Peder said he will do what he can to make it all work but we do
not yet have all the details. We'll keep you posted.
Annual BBQ by
Joel Reich and Eric Kahn
I had the pleasure of attending the annual SHPC's
BBQ for the first time this year. I have had to miss the 2 previous
years due to prior obligations. I was more than impressed with the
spread of wonderful food and amazing BBQ ribs which were well seasoned
and smoked with oak. I think the winner by far was Ernie's Chili.
I am confident in saying that he should have it blessed by a Rabbi
and brought to all club meetings. The BBQ was a great opportunity
to catch up with the guys and meet some of their significant others.
The weather held out great and this was the perfect day to sit down
with a few friends for some Pipes and Cigars that Eric so kindly
provided from his collection. The previous weekend I had been at
a small general store in New Hampshire where I purchased a 1.5 ounce
pouch of Prince Albert. At the strong recommendation of Neil I had
to try it. I brought it with me to the BBQ and was amazed on how
good it really was. I have since smoke it almost everyday, purchased
another 14 ounce can and have found my new daily smoker. Thanks
Neil for the recommendation.
At the end of the day, the Patriots had one (Don't
tell Tim as he was recording it on his DVR and didn't want to hear
the score), I was full, talked out and ready for a nap. Thanks Erik
for organizing and providing a great location for the event. Can
we do it again next year? - Joel Reich
Thank you Joel for taking the time to write such
nice words about the BBQ. I just want to say thanks to those that
attended. We always have a good time there. I do wish more had come,
I had enough food for about 30. Happily we were joined by a couple
of the Cigar Guys a.k.a. Brothers of the Leaf from C.B. Perkins.
They enjoyed themselves, too. I understand Neil had one complaint....no
hamburgers. But he had the grace not to complain.
I'm always terrified when the time comes around.
I worry about the weather, and this time it was no different. But
mom Nature came through and the weather was fine. Ceil was really
happy that the weather held. Pipes being smoked in the house she
has no problem with, ... Cigars...Well, let's just say, Ceil was
really happy that the weather held.
& Tobacco News & Info
New Weekly Pipe Radio Show - Will it Last?
We've seen 'em come and we've seen 'em go. Does this one have
what it takes to stay around for a while?
If you subscribe to PipesMagazine.com then
you have most likely already heard about the new Pipes Magazine
Radio Show. Scheduled to air on a weekly basis, I fear this
may be a little too ambitious for a pipe show but the show
is hosted by Brian Levine, a man who has done just about everything
there is to do in the pipe business except for possibly making
Episode 1 aired on Thursday, September 20th at 8 p.m. eastern
time and was available for download for the following day's
commute. I listened to the show on my way home from work and
thought they did a pretty good job but will wait to see how
things progress and last before giving my final opinion.
This type of media is my favorite way of staying connected
to the pipe community. I can't do the forums, there's too
much going on to keep up plus your anchored to the computer.
The cigar guys seem to be much better and more enthusiastic
about their hobby and there are a number of cigar shows that
have been running for years. The Dog
Watch Cigar Radio show has been going for over 7 years
and I've listening to them for the past 3 or so. They do a
weekly 1.5 - 2 hr show and might have only missed one week
in all that time. Now that's dedication. I got into a couple
of the other pipe podcasts like Oom Paul and Old Tobey in
past years but there was no real consistency and they didn't
last very long. It was a disappointment.
But I feel pretty positive about about this new show mainly
because they have a real pipe man as it's host and the show
is supported by Kevin Godbee of PipesMagazine.com which has
really proven itself to be a serious contender in today's
Pipe and Tobacco media.
So I will urge all of you to go online and listen to episode
1 and find out what this man Brian Levine is all about. He'll
also talk about pipe shows and pipe clubs while throwing in
a little humor and music. It's only forty five minutes show
and you can listen directly from your smart phone, in
iTunes, in the car, on the train, while your exercising
and yes... even while you're anchored to your computer, if
that's what you like to do. They need our support and listenership.
Let's give it to them. [Listen
McClelland Stave-Aged 35 Virginia
is a new blend from McClelland. An American classic, Bourbon
(with a twist)! Instead of aging the tobacco in the barrels,
they decided to age the barrel in the tobacco. Inside every
tin is a piece of charred Kentucky Bourbon white oak barrel
imparting a subtle, long-aged whiskey aroma and flavor giving
the tobacco a soft, mellow character.
NYPC Jack Shanty's - Cigar Leaf Blend
Bestowed to our club by its founder, Sailorman
Jack, his personal recipe is a rich and stout blend featuring
sweet lemon and red Virginias with generous portions of
fine Latakia and Perique for added spice and depth. Finished
with shredded cigar leaf, it delivers unique flavor that
will appeal to seasoned smokers. "Attention, Attention!"
Savor a "New York State-of-Mind" with Jack's Shanty.
enough, a few days later I was at a cigar smoke in someone's backyard.
He put together a nice firepit and five of us sat there smoking
cigars. As one of their cigars came near its end, Gary pulled out
his corncob and put the remainder of the cigar in the pipe to finish
it. Hmmm... Where have I seen that before? At any rate, for the
next hour we discussed the differences and benefits of pipe smoking.
Karl, Ron and Gary may one day be joining our ranks... How's that?
Again, thanks to all who came to the BBQ, to all
who added their food and their companionship. About the same time,
next year. Hopefully NOT when the Pats are playing. - Eric Kahn