December 2004

Wednesday, December 8th at 6:00 PM
Peretti's of Boston - Dinner at Remington's

Club Info & Events

"The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf. And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself."
On behalf of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston, I wish you all the joys of the season and hope the coming year is filled with health, happiness and prosperity (oh, and lots of briar too.)

The December Meeting 2004 - Wednesday 12/8/2004
Due to the results of the most recent e-mail poll, our next meeting will be held on Wednesday.... yes I said Wednesday, December 8th at Peretti's. If you are unable to find parking on the street, I'm pretty sure it only costs $10 to park in the underground garage at the Boston Common after 5 PM. The plan is to meet at Peretti's for an hour or so, then whoever's hungry can head over to Remington's (or wherever you choose) for dinner. This is a great opportunity to connect with club members you haven't seen in a while, and if the poll results hold true we should have a pretty good turnout. We hope to see you there.

Notes from the November Meeting
Thanks to all of you who attended last month's meeting in Seabrook. I think I speak for all in attendance when saying that I appreciate the extra effort you've made to keep the club's pulse at a steady beat. We even managed to pick up 2 new members, Phil and Peter. We welcome you.

We have a couple of options for places to meet in Massachusetts that we are currently pursuing to ensure they are viable options. I'll let people know if and when anything comes of it. We also have been toying with a few ideas for making our stay in NH a little more enjoyable and I look forward to seeing how that materializes. Stay tuned and keep your eyes and ears open and your fingers crossed.

Bill "Ashton" Taylor at Peretti's of Boston
A few of us managed to make it to Peretti's on the 27th of last month for Bill Taylor of Ashton Pipe's annual visit. I arrived to find Don Powers, Paul Dunn, Rick Frederic's and Steve Smith enjoying their pipes and talking. You'll never guess what they were talking about? It seems there's been a smoking ban enacted in Massachusetts and it's got all the smokers up in arms. Seriously, although there are only about 4 places you can smoke in Boston, you would hardly believe it while watching the steady flow of traffic that came in and out of the store all day.
Mr. Taylor brought with him 20-30 of his pipes not including the the dozen or so that were made with the Peretti name and the 8 or 10 super magnums. All of his pipes are light as a feather and I was happy to take one home for myself.
And in case you haven't checked out their site in a while, Peretti's now sells estate pipes online. Take a look.

Here are a few pics I took at the shop.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Gathering at S.M. Frank
The Kaywoodie holiday event is just around the corner. If you haven't already made your payment, it's still not too late for you to come, you'll just have to pay $40 at the door. We hope to see you there.
Email me
if you have questions or have decided to come.


Pipes & Tobacco News

Pipe Smoking and the Macintosh
Like pipe smokers, Mac users have always been almost near-religious followers of a minority cult they believed to be a superior alternative to the trend dictated by the power of marketing. The parallel does not end there.
                                      Read the article

Put that in your Pipe
                               By Rick Newcombe   
"As an act of rebellion against political correctness, pipe smoking is hard to beat."
                                      Read the article

Cambridge Citizens for Smokers Rights. More smoking news for Massachusetts and around the world.

The United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter

Websites Worth A Look

CigarMasters - Boston
Being able to count the number of places to smoke freely in Boston, it's good to at least know where they are. And if you like to put down the pipe and pick up a cigar every now and then, this is just the place.
                                Check out their site

Cigars in Boston
Here is an article from Cigar Aficionado Magazine about other cigar bars in Boston. A good place to enjoy a smoke and a beverage with our cigar smoking cousins.
                                   Read the article

This Month's Tobacco Raffle
We will have a raffle this month at Peretti's. The winner of the raffle can pick the tobacco of his choice from Peretti's stock (within the usual limit of course.)


"Contented I sit with my pint and my pipe,
Puffing sorrow and care far away,
And surely the brow of grief nothing can wipe,

Like smoking and moist'ning our clay:...
For tho' at my simile many may joke,
Man is but a pipe--and his life but a smoke."
Old Ballad, Content and a Pipe



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