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Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
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Hey Gang, I’d
like to thank all of you for the continuing support in electing
me as your president for another term. I would also like to congratulate
all of the other officers of the club in either a new position or
continuing in an existing role. We certainly have a great group
of officers and members. Let’s all do our best to keep the
momentum going strong. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter and Peaceful
I’d like to dedicate most of our next business
portion of our meeting to setting a firm date for our Pipe Show.
There has been a lot of buzz around the industry about us bringing
a real show to the New England area. We have a bunch of preliminary
vendors as well as a good group of attendees showing a lot of interest.
Let’s pull together and get this off the ground this year
and into the future. We are going to need volunteers to fill positions
and it won’t take a lot of time away from your regular life
so please be ready to answer the call. This can’t be a successful
endeavor without “YOU”!
Tom mentioned last month that he would like to
hold a “Get Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night”
at the May meeting. Basically, what this is, is that everyone brings
in left over bags, pouches, tins and so forth of tobacco no longer
smoked. It can be full packages or opened packages. The only catch
is this is a totally free event. No money shall be exchanged. So,
did deep into your cellars and lighten the load by giving a fellow
club member a treasure which you think is trash. What ever is left
over at the end of the night we can donate to The Humidor Smoke
Shop to send overseas to our fighting men and women on active duty.
May brings us Go Fetch! Food Drive for
Homeless Animals Month. So, all of you who either smoke
a bulldog style pipe or bring a can of pet food to be donated to
a local shelter will get an extra raffle ticket for a chance at
winning something pipe related from my personal collection.
Hope everyone has a great week and see you Tuesday.
Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night As our esteemed President mentioned above,
the May meeting is Get Rid of Your Crappy Tobacco Night.
Do you have a tin or 10 hanging around your house, drying out, never
to be smoked again. Well if it's not too far gone (or even if it
is) then bring it in next week and trade it for something you like
or just plain give it away. No sense keeping it. Bring whatever
you have, nothing is going home with your. Click
here to read more
CASTELLO TRUNK SHOW AT
For me, getting to Peretti's is always a battle
which is a shame because once I get there I'm always happy I went.
Last Saturday was no exception. Tim and I made plans to attended
the Castello trunk show at Peretti's which Nate had shared with
all of us on our Facebook
page. I'm didn't want to pay Boston's parking prices so I drove
as close to Boston as I could then took the train into Park Street
and walked across the Common to Park Square hoping the rain would
stay away. I don't the take train or get into Boston very often
so it's usually a refresher course on what it's like to live life
in the big city and by the looks of it, things are moving pretty
fast. They were having a Japanese Festival in town and the Common
was packed with a wide variety of different characters and cultures.
It's springtime in Boston and the almost 150 year old Peretti's
was framed with budding trees making it look even more quaint than
it usually does. I stepped inside and back in time. The trunk show
was taking place out back and there was one customer about to make
a cigar purchase. I was greeted by Bob who is a fairly new edition
to the Peretti's staff and just happens to be the person who introduced
me to the pipe back in the 70s and whom I haven't seen in almost
40 years. I was a little disappointed to hear he'd transitioned
primarily to cigars but I'm told he has a couple pipes in the shop
so I guess there's still some hope for him yet.
Out back the pipes were all laid our for our perusal and Tim and
a few others were already pouring over them while our own Nate Davis
and Peretti staffer kept watch to ensure none of these prized jewels
ended up in someone's pocket (just kidding). There were some really
beautiful specimens to behold and I have never owned a Castello.
I guess you could say I'm a tad frugal and since Marco Parascenzo
from Novelli Pipes had not yet arrived with the pricing sheet, all
of these beauties were still viable options.
While waiting for Marco to arrive I took inventory of all the shop
had to offer and found they had quite a few blends that have been
a little hard to come by as of late. I grabbed a few and stashed
them away. I could give you details but it might be better if you
take a Saturday to get into Boston and see for yourself (no there
was no McClelland).
When Marco arrived it was time to get serious. As you can imagine
the prices were not cheap but what you would expect a premier Italian
pipe. There were about a half dozen of Peretti's regular pipe customers
in attendance and they seemed eager to buy and I never heard Peretti's
owner Steve Willet yell at anyone to "Buy a Pipe!" so
I'm guessing things were going well. He was all smiles.
I finally decided on a sea rock in the tomato shape which I was
told they only make every couple of years. I smoked it that night
and found it to be an exceptional smoke.
Tim and I grabbed some lunch then back to the shop to hang out for
a while. Tim couldn't leave before checking out their estate collection
for any keepers of the Peterson variety and was happy to find a
full bent Sherlock Holmes for the right price that he plans to bring
back to it's original beauty.
So another successful trek into the city and it's iconic pipe shop
is in the books and I left there with the intention to not let it
be so long between visits. A big thanks to Steve Willett, Nate and
Bob for their hospitality and generosity during our visit.
- A short story by Ernie Whitenack
Previously .... "Chief,
this is Dr. Scott. Glad I caught you still there. I have some
news. The technicians discovered a cleaver hidden pocket in our
Chandler's Point corps wallet. From an ID folded in this pocked
we have determined the body to be of an ATF agent. The ID does
not contain a name, however. I thought you would want to know
this information immediately. A report will follow tomorrow." "Thanks Doc, that is certainly important. Can you lift any
fingerprints or is he too far gone?" "We have applied a mild desiccate to his fingers to hasten
drying. If the swelling isn't too great, we might have a good
chance. I'll let you know if we're successful, and then I'll run
them through the usual agencies. We might have an answer before
the end of day tomorrow." "Let's hope for the best, Doc. Good-by."
In the morning Kelly set out for work as usually.
The walk is about four blocks and, other than in very bad weather,
she enjoys it, often leaving home early and walks slowly. She
followed routine this morning and took a deep breath as she turned
onto the sidewalk, completely unaware of Frank Sullivan across
the street and twenty feet behind her. Or, of the two off-duty
cops, one on each side of the street, and noting Sullivan as the
only other person close to her. Kelly decided to stop into a doughnut
shop before entering her building and one officer followed. Read
Gawith Bothy Flake was made for the Kearvaig Pipe Club. It's
a flake made of ripe, matured Virginias which are combined with
a modicum of smoky Latakia and then pressed and sliced into
easy to prepare flakes. The Virginias used have more depth than
most flue-cured tobaccos, and retain a mellow sweetness that's
perfectly compatible with the small amount of Cyprian Latakia.
To tie the flavors all together, and to add a bit to the aroma,
they infuse the tobacco with a splash of peaty Scotch whisky.
The result is gently sweet, with nice depth and a pleasant,
Wow! What can I say? They sure did this one
right. I don’t know if the Kearvaig Pipe Club thought
this one up, or Samuel Gawith devised it on an assignment from
the club. This I do know, it is a delightful blend perfectly
put together and processed -- to my taste anyway.
The Virginia is forever in the for-front, but not rudely. One
is aware of a sweet and citrusy flavor that often allows the
smoky Latakia to pass through. The peaty Scotch, however, doesn’t
seem to present itself. Perhaps I just couldn’t differentiate
it from the Latakia or it simply becomes a part of the whole.
What ever it is, this tobacco is smooth and gentle with a wonderful
natural flavor I have never experienced before.
Bothy Flake burned readily, cool, and long. Being a flake, how
it is rubbed-out, shopped, or folded might change how readily
and cool it will burn for you. I rub flake tobacco, if thin
flakes, in the palm of one hand with the heel of the other (as
taught by my father).
It’s Great, and Bothy Flake will be a desert tobacco for
me, smoking it after dinner or on special occasions.
Pssst, I have a hunch I’ll be looking for times to call
RAFFLE Rattray's tobaccos are some of the most
popular in the world. Some of them are also tough to come by.
This month, we have two of the hardest to find. We will also
have aromatic alternatives, including one new selection.
Rattray's Red Rapparee (50g):
A charming, perfectly balanced dark mixture of Virginia tobaccos,
Orientals, Black Cavendish and a luxurious quantity of Latakia.
Rattray's Black Mallory (50g):
blend is a combination of Virginias, Orientals, Latakia and
Black Cavendish. The Black Mallory has more Latakia than Red
Rapparee, making it a bit more hearty with a deeper, smokier
Benton (April 15, 1889 –
January 19, 1975)
Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along
with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront
of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures
in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life
in the United States. His work is strongly associated with
the Midwestern United States, where he was born and called
home for most of his life. He also studied in Paris, lived
in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores
of works there, summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard
off the New England coast, and also painted scenes of the
American South and West.
Benton was born in
Neosho, Missouri, into an influential family of politicians.His
mother was Elizabeth Wise Benton and his father, Colonel
Maecenas Benton, was a lawyer and four times elected as
U.S. congressman. Known as the "little giant of the
Ozarks", Maecenas named his son after his own great-uncle,Thomas
Hart Benton, one of the first two United States Senators
elected from Missouri.
With his mother's
encouragement, in 1907 Benton enrolled at The School of
The Art Institute of Chicago. Two years later, he moved
to Paris in 1909 to continue his art education at the Académie
Julian. After studying in Europe, Benton moved to New York
City in 1912 and resumed painting. During World War I, he
served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia.
His war-related work had an enduring effect on his style.
He was directed to make drawings and illustrations of shipyard
work and life, and this requirement for realistic documentation
strongly affected his later style. Later in the war, classified
as a "camoufleur," Benton drew the camouflaged
ships that entered Norfolk harbor. His work was required
for several reasons: to ensure that U.S. ship painters were
correctly applying the camouflage schemes, to aid in identifying
U.S. ships that might later be lost, and to have records
of the ship camouflage of other Allied navies. Benton later
said that his work for the Navy "was the most important
thing, so far, I had ever done for myself as an artist.
On his return to
New York in the early 1920s, Benton declared himself an
"enemy of modernism"; he began the naturalistic
and representational work today known as Regionalism. Benton
was active in leftist politics. He expanded the scale of
his Regionalist works, culminating in his America Today
murals at the New School for Social Research in 1930-31.
Benton broke through
to the mainstream in 1932. A relative unknown, he won a
commission to paint the murals of Indiana life planned by
the state in the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition in
Chicago. The Indiana Murals stirred controversy; Benton
painted everyday people, and included a portrayal of events
in the state's history which some people did not want publicized.
Critics attacked his work for showing Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
members in full regalia. These mural panels are now displayed
at Indiana University in Bloomington, with the majority
hung in the "Hall of Murals" at the Auditorium.
Four additional panels are displayed in the former University
Theatre (now the Indiana Cinema) connected to the Auditorium.
Two panels, including the one with images of the KKK, are
located in a lecture classroom at Woodburn Hall.
In 1932, Benton also
painted The Arts of Life in America, a set of large murals
for an early site of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Major panels include Arts of the City, Arts of the West,
Arts of the South and Indian Arts. In 1953 five of the panels
were purchased by the New Britain Museum of American Art
in Connecticut, and have since been displayed there.
In 1935, after he
had "alienated both the left-leaning community of artists
with his disregard for politics and the larger New York-Paris
art world with what was considered his folksy style",
Benton left the artistic debates of New York for his native
During World War
II, Benton created a series titled The Year of Peril, which
portrayed the threat to American ideals by fascism and Nazism.
The prints were widely distributed. Following the war, Regionalism
fell from favor, eclipsed by the rise of Abstract Expressionism.
Benton remained active for another 30 years, but his work
included less contemporary social commentary and portrayed
He continued to paint
murals, including Lincoln (1953), for Lincoln University
in Jefferson City, Missouri; Trading At Westport Landing
(1956), for The River Club in Kansas City; Father Hennepin
at Niagara Falls (1961) for the Power Authority of the State
of New York; Joplin at the Turn of the Century (1972) in
Joplin; and Independence and the Opening of the West, for
the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence.
Benton was a daily
presence at the Truman Library for about six months. He
arrived early every morning. He was a small man, not much
over five feet tall, and though he was 70 years old, he
could still climb up on the scaffolding every day. He liked
a pipe and cigars and probably always smelled of them. He
looked rumpled, and his plaid shirts sometimes looked slept
in. He carried with him to the library every day a container
of his wife’s homemade soup, which he warmed up and
ate at noontime in the staff lunch room. He was friendly
with library staff as he took his soup and would chat about
anything that came up. Everyone liked him.
His commission for
the Truman Library mural led to his developing a friendship
with the former U.S. President that lasted for the rest
of their lives. read
the Month Meet the Past: Thomas Hart Benton
- July 14, 2009.
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