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**** Next Meeting is Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM ****
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hi All,
Hope this message finds everyone well and looking forward to an early spring. I have already been thinking about the long “Honey-do” list that I know will be making its way to my desk any minute now. In the meantime, I will pack, light, tamp, light again and sip slowly on some of my favorite blends until the War Department hands me my marching orders. Fortunately, most of the usual jobs really don’t take much effort to complete and all can possibly be performed with a briar clenched between my teeth.
Good news from our friend John from the Fall River Chapter. Seems he was at the New York Show and was telling a lot of vendors there that there might be a good possibility of a New England Show in the near future. The response was overwhelming, and he told me there are at least 10 or more vendors interested in renting a table at our show if we do one. From what he also explained, aside from the SHPC Boston show held at the Tremont House Hotel in November of '93 there has never been a really serious show here and the vendors he spoke with are anxious to “tap-in” to a new market. I think it’s time we set our sails to the wind and let’s get this show off the ground. First and foremost, we need to decide on a firm date and secure the venue. Let’s make that our topic for the May meeting.
Don’t forget that this month is our annual meeting where we will be electing officers for the up coming year. There will be no business as this is a casual night for some food, drink, smoke and good conversation. There will be a raffle and if I am not mistaking It’s going to be a special Dunhill tobacco raffle. As most are aware Dunhill tobaccos are no longer being produced, so what’s out there is what’s out there. There may be even a special Outgoing Presidents Raffle of a Dunhill Pipe. Who knows, guess you will have to be there to find out.
The Treasurer started taking deposits for this year’s club pipe. If you have a few sheckles hanging around bring them in and let Matt bank if for you to lessen the load of this special 30 Year SHPC Calabash Gourd Pipe that we should have in our hands sometime in mid-Fall.
I want to thank everyone for their support and efforts over the last year. It has been an honor to serve as the club President. I wish the incoming President the best of luck.
Other than that….I got nothing…Please try and make the meeting for the Elections and bring a favorite hard or soft beverage. Dinner will be provided by the club.


Riverville Murder
- A short story by Ernie Whitenack

Chapter 2

Previously ....
The object, as he freed it from the glue-like mud, appears to be a sea bag with barely discernable letters, USN, stenciled near the top, a six-foot rope securely tying the opening closed. Hendersen, pulling on the rope, puffed and strained to drag the bag over the mud to the walkway. Once there, and greased with mud, it was relatively easy to move the bag along the wooden walkway. He estimates it weighs a hundred pounds or better. Once off the walkway, he made a quick inspection of the contents by feeling through the canvas and detected what appears to be a leg with a foot attached. A cold shiver came over him as he moved the sea bag to the tall grass bordering the flats, scrapes some mud from his boots and trots back to the road and the nearest police call box.

Sunday dawned bright and clear and the Adams clan decided to walk the five blocks to Saint Michael’s church, arriving just as the Hendersen’s rounded the corner and approached them. For many years, the two families habitually shared the same third-row pew, and after mass take breakfast together. As is the case, the staff at the “Humble Mushroom” restaurant prepares for the occasion by joining two tables and setting them in preparation for the two families’ weekly visit. They ate and joyfully chatted among themselves while an occasional friend or relative stopped by to say hello. All in all, it was a happy, carefree time for the two families.             Read Chapter 2  

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2

Memories from the Vault
Remembering some of pipe smoking's better days

Our First Visit to Kaywoodie - by Andy Camire

December 13, 2003
The day started off leaving Hubbardston, MA the Central Massachusetts location of "Man's World" and residence of Jay (Gavel) Beard. The two of us took our leisurely drive to Vernon, CT where we always stop at the great Rein's NY Deli for breakfast, and then onward to Peekskill NY the home of S.M. Frank Co. maker of Kaywoodie, YelloBole, and Medico pipes. We arrived around 1:30 pm. and Bill Fuerbach, VP of S.M. Frank Co. greeted us with a smile and a smoke. It was my first visit to the factory, and must admit it was a super experience to view the displays in the office area that go back to the late 1800's and the KB&B days. Bill had a superb collection in showcases on the floor; walls covered with some old prototype Kaywoodie pipes, along with many other brands that the company manufactured in years past. It was a history lesson on the brands we all enjoy today and Bill also had a terrific display of recently made HandMade high grade Kaywoodies for viewing or purchasing. Along with Bill Fuerbach, noted funny man and pipe crafter extraordinaire was Paul Bonaquisti. You know that the day is going to be spectacular when you match those two guys together in one room. LOOK OUT!!!! Altogether I believe there were about 20 people in attendance. After enjoying some fine hors d'eouvres. We all lit our pipes, filled the room with fragrant aromas of latakia perique, burley, Turkish, Virginia, and many others.delectable fragrances of fine leaf. [Read more]

SHPC 30th Anniversary Club Pipe

Attention! Attention!

We have made our selection for the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club's 30th Anniversary Club Pipe. Although the gourd calabash was popularized by William Gillette's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and was never smoked by the great detective in his stories, we all agreed that it would be a fitting choice for our 30th Anniversary pipe since the calabash pipe is always associated with our club's namesake.
We also selected a dark colored gourd because it's classy, distinguished and makes a statement and we like that.
A few details are still being worked out as to where the nomenclature will be inscribed, it will say "SHPC 1989 - 2019" and will come in a box rather than the clam shell case pictured. We hope to have an example of the finished pipe sometime after the Chicago Show.

TOBACCO REVIEWS ......... by Ernie Whitenack

Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot

Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot is a highly unusual type of blend to find in a pouch. This is a Latakia-based blend, enhanced by quality Virginia leaf, and the exotic influence of Turkish Smyrna, with just a touch of Burley for excellent burning characteristics. A light top note of Kentucky Bourbon makes for a nice addition to the aroma, but is undetectable in the flavor. For a superb value in an English-style blend, light up a bowl of American Patriot.
Well, sorry to say, I didn’t find this blend even close to the provided description. After the first try, I decided it should dry out a bit, so left the pouch sit open for a couple of days. When I went back to it, it hadn’t improved even though it dried out slightly. There were times when the Virginia and Smyrna were noticeable, but generally it was just very harsh and hot. I was hoping for something reminiscent of the “American English” blends I remember form the 1970s but was sorely disappointed. Perhaps it is the proportions of individual tobaccos, or the quality of same.


With production discontinued on Dunhill blends, what better time to have have a Dunhill Extravaganza! For those who cannot stand latakia, we'll have excellent aromatic alternatives.

Dunhill My Mixture 965 (50g):
My Mixture 965 is full bodied tobacco featuring latakia for flavor and coolness, Macedonia bright for sweetness, and brown cavendish to complete the blend. This 2013 vintage tin was generously donated by Nate.

Dunhill Durbar (50g):
Durbar is medium strength and contains a high proportion of Oriental leaf, along with Virginia and latakia. It is broad cut, with rich body and slow rate of burn. This tin was donated by Tom.

Dunhill Mixture Baby's Bottom 1938 (50g):
Baby's Bottom 1938 is an extremely smooth blend of Cyprian latakia and sweet golden & red Virginias. A wonderful blend for Virginia lovers who are looking for a little extra flavor.

Dunhill Standard Mixture (50G):
Standard Mixture is composed of latakia and Oriental tobaccos blended with flue-cured grades from east Carolina and Georgia, all lightly toasted in the drying drum.


Have you all seen this while driving around? Not sure I'd want to play basketball with a clay clenched between my teeth but it looks like Lucky isn't have much troube.

Sparky Anderson
(February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010)

With the first signs of spring in the air and baseball season right around the corner it seemed appropriate to highlight baseball legend Sparky Anderson as our pipe personality for this edition of the Gazette. Many ball players are well know for chewing gum, eating sunflower seeds while spitting out the shells or doing their chipmunk impression with cheeks filled with chewing tobacco. But Sparky was was among the very few that was better known for satisfying his oral fixation by smoking his pipe. He never seemed more at ease than the hours before a game, when he would sit in his office, smoke his pipe and offer opinions on dozens of subjects.
George Lee "Sparky" Anderson was an American Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager. He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. He was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major Leagues.
Anderson began his playing career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the class-C California League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop. In 1954, he was moved up to the class-A Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League and was moved to second base, where he played the rest of his career. In 1955, Anderson was moved another step up the minor league ladder, playing for the Double-A Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League. A radio announcer gave him the nickname "Sparky" in 1955 for his feisty play. The next season, after the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, he returned to Montreal.
After five minor league seasons without appearing in a Dodger uniform at the MLB level, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 23, 1958. The Phillies gave Anderson their starting second base job, and he spent what would be his one full season in the major leagues in 1959. However, he batted only .218 in 152 games, with no home runs and 34 runs batted in, and returned to the minor leagues for the remainder of his playing career. His 527 at-bats is still the record for the most by a player who only played in one Major League season.
He played the next four seasons with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League. After watching several practices, Leafs owner Jack Kent Cooke observed Anderson's leadership qualities and ability to teach younger players from all backgrounds. Cooke immediately encouraged him to pursue a career in managing, offering Anderson the post for the Leafs.
Anderson was named the Reds manager on October 8, 1969. Since he was a relative unknown in the sports world, headlines on the day after his hiring read "Sparky Who?" Nonetheless, Anderson led the Reds to 102 wins and the National League pennant in 1970. Over the course of these two seasons, Anderson's Reds compiled an astounding 14–3 record in postseason play against the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees, winning their last eight in a row in the postseason after triumphing against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, and then winning seven straight games in the 1976 postseason. They remain the only team to sweep the entire post-season since the inception of the league championship series in 1969. During this time Anderson became known as "Captain Hook" for his his habit of taking out a starting pitcher at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen.
When the aging Reds finished second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson was fired on November 27, 1978. In June of 1979 he became the new manager of the young Detroit Tigers. Upon seeing the team's young talent, he boldly proclaimed to the press that his team would be a pennant winner within 5 years.
In 1984, Detroit opened the season 9–0, was 35–5 after 40 games (a major league record), and breezed to a 104–58 record (a franchise record for wins). On September 23, Anderson became the first manager to win 100 games in a season with two different teams. They swept the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and then beat the San Diego Padres in five games in the World Series for Anderson's third world title. The 1984 Tigers became the first team since the 1927 New York Yankees to lead a league wire-to-wire, from opening day to the end of the World Series.
Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995 and was was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000. Although he managed 17 seasons in Detroit and just 9 seasons in Cincinnati, his Hall of Fame plaque has him wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Anderson had been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks home because of his deteriorating dementia condition. Anderson died at the age 76 on Thursday, November 4, 2010. In 2011 the Detroit Tigers honored Anderson by retiring his number 11 from future use and placing his name and number on the outfield wall with the other past honorees and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for," said Pete Rose. "He understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky Anderson. He gave his whole life to the game."
Jim Hawkins from the Oakland Press wrote, "Sparky Anderson was one of a kind. Painfully-shy as a young boy, he became a bubbling cauldron of enthusiasm and confidence. Wherever he went, whoever he met, Sparky knew he was expected to put on a show. He was always on stage. And he never let his audience down."
Mitch Albom from the Detroit Free Press wrote and article stating that all baseball managers need a little "Sparky". One of his suggestions to managers was to "GET A PIPE: Few things are more disgusting than baseball players with mouths full of tobacco. One is managers with mouths full of tobacco. Tom. Spit it out. Whitey. Drop those cigarettes. Notice how Sparky Anderson smokes a pipe during his post-game remarks? Yes. A pipe. This makes him look professional, cultured and scholarly.”
In his book The Score of a Lifetime - 25 Years of talking Chicago Sports, Terry Boers recalled an encounter with Sparky Anderson. He recalls, "So what was Sparky doing when I went into his office? Sitting buck naked with his feet up on the desk smoking a pipe. "What do you need? Sparky said, fully understanding that he had me right where he wanted me." ..."Little did I know that he wouldn't be the first baseball manager that I met who liked to be naked."

Thanks Sparky for being a credit to our hobby.

Video of the Month
Since there is not much video on Sean Lemass we have a video for St. Patrick's Day.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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