Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
** Bertucci's ** - Cobb's Corner 6:00 PM

Club Info & Events

Details of the November Meeting
The usual crowd was in attendence for the November meeting along with and old friend and a new face. It's been a year since we've seen Decoy (Rich L.) and we hope it won't be that long between visits the next time. So how about a few others... like Editor, Mr. Dunn, Suit, Teddy, Uncle Fester, you know who you are.... Why not stop by and share a bowl with some old (and new) friends and let us know what you've been up to. We don't expect you to become regulars again (but we'd be happy if you did). C'mon... whaddaya say?
As I mentioned, we also had a new arrival and a member of the new generation of pipe smokers. Derek brough his friend Joe along this month and we hope to be seeing more of him in the future as well.

Dinner in December. We didn't make specific plans last month for where to have our December pre-meeting dinner but if I'm not mistaken, the general concensus is that people like Bertucci's much better than our other choices. So unless I hear otherwise, dinner will be at Bertucci's for the December meeting. Why not join us this time an enjoy a holiday dinner together?

SHPC 2008 Club Pipes - Are On Order!!!
We were unable to meet the 12 pipe minimum for our LePeliter Pipe order and members were not willing to let the club pay for the remaining pipes. I contacted LePeltier to see if they would accept a smaller order. They agreed but it meant that the extra cost would have to be absorbed by those who were buying pipes.
Seven of our regular members ordered a pipe, the club agreed to buy one additional pipe to use as a raffle item at this year's Kaywoodie Holiday Party (more on that later) and our old friend Don Powers couldn't let his collection of club pipes be incomplete. So we had 9 in total. I also received a bonus order from Ernie in Utah which brought our total to 10 and helped to decrease the cost of each pipe to $82.50 (Thanks Ernie & Don!!). The pipes should be completed before the end of the year but they plan to send one before the Kaywoodie event. All members who ordered a pipe must bring the full payment to the December meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting you will need to send a check or money order asap. Contact me for details.
Upcoming Events

Kaywoodie Holiday Party &
Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest
One of the first signs of Christmas for me is receiving my invitation to the NE Regional Pipe Smoking Contest which hosted by the Hudson Valley Pipe Club at the home of Kaywoodie Pipes, S. M. Frank & Co. This event also doubles as a holiday party and it's always a great time. The Pipe Smoking Contest is sponsored by the United Pipe Club of America and everyone leaves with a prize or tow. But only one person takes home the coveted slow smoking trophy. In addition to the Hudson Valley gang, this event is event is usally attended by contingents from the Pocono Intermountain Pipe Enclave, the NY Pipe Club and of course SHPC. Our own Rick Frederics gave up his title last year to two time champ Dave Bull of the the Pocono Club. This year we hope to have a nice group of members attending with the hopes of bringing the golden pipe back to Boston (ok, so it's not gold... but it sounds good!).
You must be a member to attend so if you want to go you need to come to our December meeting and sign up. Send us and email if you're interested.
The Christmas Pipe by Jean Shepherd
It has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it again.
Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in "The Christmas Story".
        Have A Great Holiday Season!

Member Contributions ...... By Horace Harker

Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow
I recently made my first trip across the pond to the land of leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. Where the fields and valleys are so green they can be easily distinguished from space and are decorated with downy balls of fluorescently painted sheep. Where even the smallest glimpse of the mighty Cliffs of Moher will take your breath away then resuscitate you with shower of cool sea spray. Where majestic castles slowly uncover from behind a heavy mist stirring up thoughts of fierce battles, brave warriors and beautiful Irish maidens. And let’s not forget a few of the more

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Public Health Commission Board Postpones
Vote on Tobacco Limits

BOSTON --The Boston Public Health Commission board will postpone until December a decision on
proposed regulations to limit the sale of tobacco products and reduce workplace exposure to secondhand smoke.

The board had been scheduled to give final consideration to the rule changes Thursday, Nov. 13, but decided to take more time to review transcripts from two public hearings held in October and written
comments submitted during a 60-day public comment period that ended Nov. 3.

The vote is now scheduled for the board’s next regular meeting, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
11, at the Public Health Commission’s offices, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, on the second floor, in
the Hayes conference room.
                                          [read the full press release]

Other News & Information for Smokers:

Websites Worth A Look - Newsletter
I received a copy of this newsletter through the club's email account. I was surprised to see when I checked it out that our club was hightlighted in the Pipe Club Corner. This is a nice little newsletter that showcases a different pipe and a different club each week and their website also has some feature articles on a number of pipe makers. Why not take a look or better yet, sign up for the newsletter. [check it out]

The Oom Paul Podcast
- Lee von Erck

Check out the latest Oom Paul Podcast with American pipe carver Lee von Erck. If you haven't listened to one Olie's podcasts yet you're definitely missing out, he's a great interviewer and gets some great information out of his guests. I promise you won't be disappointed. These podcasts are released on an irregular basis so be sure to check back often or sign up for the newsletter to find out who's brain he'll be picking next. [more]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
As a holiday gesture this year the club has agreed to purchase a number of tins of tobacco and raffle them off to members at no charge at the December meeting.
Here's what we got:

Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding (2oz tin)
English/Balkan Pressed Tobacco Rich blend of Latakia, Orientals, Virginias, Perique and a little something extra.

Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River (2oz tin)
Rich Virginias Pressed Tobacco Spiced with Oriental leaf Latakia, and Perique.

Spilman Mixture Pipe Tobacco (7oz Can)
Spilman Mixture is a classically complex English blend of Virginia, Latakia, Turkish and cubed Burley that hasn't been available for 70 years! [details]

Gawith & Hogarth Tin - American Delight
"A blend of mature, sweet Va,Burleys and Cavendish tobaccos. A top note of Vanilla, caramel and fresh fruits."

Hearth & Home Sunjammer (2oz. tin)
A smooth and sweet blend of Bright and Red Virginias, Macedonian and other Oreintals, smoky Latakia and a touch of unflavored toasted black cavendish.

Peterson Tin - Irish Flake (50g tin)
A full-bodied blend made of equal proportions air-cured, flue cured, and dark fired.

McClelland Anniversary 2005 (100g tin)
A Virginia Mixture Celebrating 25 Years of Quality Tobacco Manufacturing 1977-2002

important things that Ireland offers… it is the home of Peterson Pipes, Guinness Ale and more pubs than you could ever possibly imagine. This country is an absolute paradise and if you didn’t have a drop of Irish in you when you landed there, I guarantee you’ll have at least a pint or two when you leave.
Unfortunately, this trip did not include a trip to Dublin so visiting the Peterson factory and Guinness brewery were not an option. As our plane reached the terminal at Shannon airport the cabin became alive with passengers eager to get moving after the long flight. One of the first things I noticed upon standing up was a man about ten seats ahead of us pulling his bag from the overhead compartment; a pipe was clenched tightly in his teeth. A smile came across my face. I couldn’t wait to get out there and see what tantalizing tobacciana Ireland had in store for me.
We got on the bus and headed for Killarney and after a short nap we hit the town. First things first, we stopped at the nearest pub for an Irish Coffee followed by a pint of Guinness, then took a stroll around the town in search of a tobacco shop. We looked and looked only to realize…. there weren’t any. Could this be right? When I think of Ireland I think of pubs filled with smoke and old Irish men smoking their pipes by the roadside. You all saw "The Quite Man"... right? I know they banned smoking in the pubs but they didn't ban smoking.
We popped into a gift shop and while looking around something caught my eye. Up behind the counter hung a small cardboard rack of Peterson Pipes. “Is this all you have for pipes,” I asked the woman. “Yes it is,” she replied. “Are there any tobacco shops in town?” I asked. “No, she said, but you can try the news agents.” So off we went to find the closest news agent, which was a fairly easy task. But every one we found had no pipes for sale and a very limited supply of pipe tobacco, and nothing very exciting at that.. I finally did find one news agent that had a pretty good selection of Peterson pipe tobacco but that was about the extent of it…. pretty disappointing. I had heard something about beer gardens, small areas outside of a pub with heaters, a place where people could sit and enjoy a smoke. But I found none of these either. We spent two days in Killarney then headed for Galway. Maybe I’d have better luck there, I thought.... but alas, it was no different. The most prominent reference I found to pipe smoking was the image you see above which I found on the men’s room door at Taffe’s Pub (highly recommended by the way). Cigars were not much different, I found only a handful of brands (and nothing too exciting) in any of the stores. It appeared that cigarettes were plentiful though... and hand rolled at that
Fortunately for me, every two or three storefronts bore the name of yet another pub and after a short while I didn’t seem to care too much about the sad state of tobacco in Ireland. I did have a conversation with a bartender at one of the pubs who confirmed my dismay and said that the only tobacco shop he knew of was in Cork, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be making it there this trip. So it looks like my quest will go unfulfilled and plans for a return trip to Dublin and Cork are already in the works.
So we found our rainbow in the Emerald Isle but the pot at it's end was filled only with a few gallons of hearty Guinness brew. Not what I was looking for necessarily, but a very suitable subsititute nonetheless. And although the existance of pipe and tobacco in Ireland seems to have now sadly become just a part of this country's rich history, the trip as a whole was pretty damned awesome. I highly recommend that every human being visit this beautiful land at least once in their lifetime. I look forward to my return and hope to bring back more encouraging news for the pipe smoker upon my return. Slainte!

Kahn's Korner

Just a few thoughts this holiday weekend and for the coming month.

The only acceptable whiskey this holiday is Wild Turkey 101, for obvious reasons. You could add it to eggnog if you must.

Enjoy a pipe with it. No brainer there. But which tobacco? It should be a Turkish blend. So the tobacco comes from Turkey. Duh!!!

If you like the drumstick, you may smoke, what else?. Drum tobacco.

As Christmas nears, you may break open the 1986 Christmas Cheer from McClelland. It should now be smokable without biting you back. But just in case, leave it open for two days.

As you open your Christmas presents, and gaze upon the wonderful new pipe the loving person in your life bought you, remember to say thank you and be grateful. Remember, I don't get one for Chistmas. I don't get anything for Chistmas. So if you don't like it, I'll take it.

Lastly, as you view your credit card bills for the holiday season, call your congressman and ask for a bailout. (You didn't think I would let a Korner pass without a political comment, did you?)

Happy Thanksgiving
Merry Chistmas
Happy Channukah
Happy New Year

Hey Eric... don't forget Merry Christmikah

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