Info & Events
Details of the August Meeting
of you who attended don't need me to say that last month's meeting
was terrific! With vacations and all, it's just not always easy
for folks to show up in the dead of summer but somehow most of our
regulars did. It was particularly nice to see our club's elder statesman
"Steve "Mass Consumer" Gutz after missing July's
meeting with some medical problems as well as "club funnyman"
Sid Shear who graciously brought quite a few of his pipes and related
ephemera to donate to club members. For those of you who were unaware,
Sid actually quit smoking a few months back. His famous words to
me have always been: "I'd never pay more than a buck for a
pipe" but this just couldn't be true as his box of old briars
contained no less than three Dunhills!
Also in attendance was our "key note speaker" for the
night Russ Oulette who drove almost three hours down to join us
from the Habana Premium Smoke Shoppe in Albany, NY where he is the
head tobacco blender. Russ' "Home & Hearth" series
of tobaccos have won critical acclaim from fellow pipe smokers coast
to coast. Russ gave an informal but infomative thirty minute long
speech about tobacco and tobacco blending which everyone seemed
to really enjoy. Being the generous gentleman that he is, Russ also
donated more tins than I can remember for us to sample and raffle
off as well. Russ is a great guy and a dear friend to the club.
Hopefully we can talk him into visiting us annually!
2007 SHPC Club Pipe
Save the Date: September 15th, 2007
The 2007 club pipe will be deliverd by it's maker at the
September meeting. Joe Skoda will make the treck from New York to
Mass. to personally hand out the 2007 club pipe that he has crafted
for us. If you ordered a pipe be sure to attend the meeting to collect
it. Your payment of $150 will also be due at the September
Annual Pipe Party & Cookout
As many of you are aware, due to Steve Gutz's continued convalescence
he will be unable to hold his annual pipe party and cookout. However,
Eric Kahn has graciously agreed to take it on this year. The date
is planned for Saturday September 15th around 2PM. Details
will be discussed at the Sept meeting.
Unfortunately, due to space limitations this invitation is only open
to active members this year. We apoligize for this.
Piper in Paradise
recently received this emal from our old friend and compatriot Dick
Morse. Dick is living in Florida these days and doing very well
but why not let him tell you himself.....
"A long overdue hello to all from Dick Morse down in the
Floridian version of Heaven. I've been out of things for quite some
time now, what with culture shock, selling my house up north and
building a new one down here(and all the associated traumas which
many of you are familiar but I only thought I knew which way was
up!), trying to procure employment in a field where they make it
very difficult to practice without meeting very stringent licence
requirements (and the pressure of getting a job to pay for all the
demands of both states until we finally made the move etc.) But
it was all worth it, I love my job (and I never thought I would
ever say that), I work at the VA hospital in Tampa, and love working
with the veterans as sad as it sometimes is to see what the soldiers
who come back are up against (this particular VA is the busiest
in the nation). My quality of life went up dramatically, I love
where I live, it's a beautiful golf course community (I don't play
golf of course- maybe I will learn if I feel I can afford another
bottomless money pit besides pipes etc.). I have a teriffic home
that's peaceful and I look up at a sky that seems much larger than
I can adequately describe (I know that doesn't make sense but I
don't know how else to put it).
I can bend your ears some more at another time but before I go I
want to say how much I miss you all. My leaving was in many regards
very easy. My job was tedious and the jerks seemed endless and I
needed a change very badly. What I found very difficult for me was
leaving a group of guys that were not only my best friends but became
the best things about my life and who I genuinely looked forward
to seeing more than anything. Every one of you brought your own
uniqueness that made my relationship with each of you very special
to me not just in what it was but what it could be. We may not have
always talked because of time or table proximity but I always felt
that at some point we would and that we would all always be there.
I guess not. Which made me very sad about the way things worked
out with changes in meeting nights and locations which made it impossible
to see you. I hope you are all well and would welcome any contact
if you wish it. I won't mention every one by name for fear of leaving
someone out inadvertently and would love to hear from everyone (email
address and / or phone #s).
It was great to see Bob, Charlie and Andy in Chicago and I hope
to see more of you at shows when you can-you won't believe how much
fun they are."
We miss you too Dick but glad to hear your are doing well. If you
want to contact Dick you can email him at:
rich221b (at) tampabay (dot)
rr (dot) com
& Tobacco News & Info
Cigar & Tobacco Tax
- This is Serious Business - Your Action IS Required!!!
I mentioned the cigar and tobacco tax in the last newsletter
but I want to remind folks that this is serious business that
should not be overlooked. We need to make ourselves be heard
by contacting our congressmen and senators. This tax
does not only effect cigar smokers.
It'll only take about fifteen minutes of your time. Click
on the link below, enter your zip code and it will list the
people you need to send letters to. It will give you a number
of different paragraphs you can use in your letter, all you
have to do is select which ones you want and they will compose
the letter for you, to each of the people listed under your
zip code.. You can choose to send the letter by email or you
can print them out and send them by regular mail. Email is
much easier to ignore so I suggest taking the extra time to
print the letters and send them to your congressmen and senetors.
Please don't ignore this. Enough is enough!
We need to take a stand before its too late.
DO IT NOW - CLICK HERE !!!!!
Worth A Look
Singular Adventures of Mr Sherlock Holmes
New Sherlock Holmes Adventures written in the classic
manner and receiving high praise from Holmes experts.
Are you bored at work? Can't find any new pipe related sites
on the web to browse. Why not check out this MySpace website.
It has a pipe smoking theme (among other things).
Month's Tobacco Raffle
GL Pease Embarcadero
The 2007 blend is made with a special selection of red, ripe,
mellow flue cured Virginia from the Middle Belt crop of 2001.
Smooth with rich undertones and natural sweetness and zest,
this excellant Virginia should age beautifully.
Red Virginia tobaccos are deftly combined with just the right
amount of choice Izmir leaf, then pressed and aged in cakes
before being sliced into flakes. The result is a richly flavored
and harmonious natural tobacco blend, as comfortable as an old
pair of jeans, but with a delightful complexity to engage those
who choose to explore its depths.
While doing a search online for
Mass tobacco retailers I came across a pretty informative (but
somewhat outdated) site that had comments on some of the different
shops. I found one comment about Mike's News & Tobacco
in Brookline that I found quite funny. Unfortunately,
it'll only be funny to those who have had the opportunity to
appreciate Mike's shop in person. Here it is:
"Amazing little store with over 432 Premium brands
in stock. This "two an a half man" operation does
most of its cigar business by mail. If your waist is over
36" forget about getting into the shop. "
An invite from pipe maker Andrew Marks
Tom Martin recently made a trip up to Cornwall, VT to visit with
pipe maker Andrew Marks. During his visit Mr. Marks extended an
invitation to the members of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club to come
up for a tour of his shop/studio and for a pipe making demonstration.
If folks are interested in making this journey North at some point
let's talk about it at a future meeting