December 2003

December 10th, 2003 - 6:00PM

Club Info & Events

Holiday Party
All the arrangements have been made for this years Holiday Party. The amount per person is $31.67. We have a relatively low turnout this year with only 18 members/guests able to come. Dick Morse and Steve Gutz are tentative but may be able to make it. Don't hesitate to let me know if the 10th becomes available for anyone, we may still be able to add you on.

Gift Grab
Just a reminder about the gift grab. If you wish to participate don't forget to bring your gift.

Tobacco Raffle

There will be no tobacco raffle this month due to the Holiday Party.
The SHPC hats are in and they look pretty nice. The cost per hat is $14. Don't forget, if you want a name or a pipe embroidered on your hat Dock Perry has a friend that does a nice job for a fair price. If you'd like a hat but won't be making a meeting soon, let me know and I can mail you one.

Bill Taylor of Ashton Pipes Visits Peretti's
On Saturday, November 29th a few members spent the afternoon at Peretti's in Boston with Bill Taylor of Ashton Pipes. William Ashton-Taylor as he is known to some made his first pipe from an acorn when he was seven. After World War II he worked for Dunhill and was with them for over 25 years before setting out on his own. His first pipes were sold in America and were a big hit and by 1984 the Ashton Pipe Company was born. Bill loves making pipes and you can tell by the quality in his work. From his patented oil curing process to his Ashtonite stems, every Ashton pipe is a highly sought after work of art. Bill brought with him two dozen pipes of various styles and finishes with another dozen or so made especially for Peretti's. In addition he also had a few Magnums available for those with a fat wallet and a hearty appetite for tobacco. Business was steady all afternoon at Peretti's which was refreshing to see after all the recent talk about state wide smoking bans. At least we know we'll always have a place to go and enjoy a smoke with friends.
Here are a few more pics from the day. (Click images to enlarge)


I'm always looking for interesting items for this Newsletter. If you have anything you'd like to add, please send it along.


Pro and Anti Smoking News

It doesn't look good for MA. Smokers!
The Senate voted in favor or the state wide smoking ban now it's just a matter of working out the terms that both the House and the Senate can live with. To top it all off Governor Romney said that he will sign the bill when it gets to his desk (like he had a choice). If it makes you feel any better, Romney said that he will also sign the bill to allow liquor stores to open on Sunday

There's still hope for you schizos.
"SMOKING may protect young people from developing schizophrenia, according to a study published in an international psychiatry journal."
"What happens when you smoke cigarettes is you actually drive up your dopamine level, and we think that's the reason why so many people with schizophrenia smoke excessively," he said. "We think it's a form of self-medication." read more..

Websites Worth A Look
A great looking site with a Sherlockian flare. Lots of pipes, tobacco and accessories.

The Professor's Pipe Tobacco Reviews
A nice selections of tobacco reviews and information.
Pipe Stories for the Holidays

The Man Who Met
Santa Clause

By: James V. Burchill 1995

"Grandpa, Grandpa, tell us a story!" Cried Mellisa.

"Yes Grandpa, please," said Robert.

"Tell us a Christmas story," yelled Laura.

Delbert, snarled something that no one understood, which was just as well.

Grandpa gathered his little darlings around him, lit his pipe, and said, "Well, I do have a Christmas story; it's about the man who met Santa Claus. Let's call him Harvey, okay kids get comfortable."
read the whole story....

Kaywoodie Factory Trip
It would be greatly appreciated if anyone going to the Kaywoodie Factory this month could take a few pictures for the Newsletter. Thanks!