Details of the November Meeting
pre-smoke gathering of pipe and cigar at CB Perkins is quickly
becoming as enjoyable as the the club meeting itself. We had a
full house this past month with more people than I've seen there
so far. It was election day and much of the conversation was around
politics; and as you can imagine there were plenty of strong opinions
flying about the room. But nothing a long easy draw from pipe
or cigar, followed by a relaxing exhale of gray smoke could keep
from getting out of hand.
We had some fun with hats last month as you can see one of our
cigar brethren sporting and Alec Bradley straw hat which went
very well with his multi colored striped shirt and Ohio State
Buckeye necklace (both of which attracted a fair amount of attention).
So after an hour filled with fun we headed over to 5 Guys to fill
our bellies with fat, carbs and plenty of sodium. Which has seemed
to go over fairly well actually.
At the meeting we discussed whether or not we will collect dues
in 2011 and will take a vote on it at the December meeting. We
also talked about using some of the club money in ways that will
most benefit our members. The idea of renting a bus or van to
get everyone down to the Kaywoodie Holiday Party has been investigated
and determined not to be the most cost worthy venture. So we agreed
to spend some of the money on items that will be raffled off next
So What's In Store for December
Do You Want to be Part of SHPC?
We always look forward to getting together the first Tuesday of
each month but there is a bit more anticipation when December
rolls around, particularly our visit to the holiday party and
Northeast Regional Smoking Contest at S. M Frank
and Co., home of Kaywoodie pipes. Although a very long day, this
event is not to be missed and a great way to end our pipe smoking
year. In addition to those festivities, last year we started a
new tradition for the December meeting by adding a Yankee
Tobacco Swap with all tobacco being purchased with club
money. This is a way to show our appreciation to members and thank
them for their participation in the tobacco raffle each month.
This year we upped the anti a little by giving our active members
(you know who you are) a chance to win a new pipe with the purchase
of one $10 raffle ticket. I can't wait to see who the winners
But wait, there's more! I received an email from
Mark Schloemer from Kansas who makes tampers under the name of
Granito Pipe Tampers and is looking to get word
of his creations out to the pipe smoking public. He currently
does not want to keep a website, so to do this he has sent us
two tampers to raffle off to two lucky members at the December
meeting in the hopes that they will pass the word around and get
othesr interested. In exchange for this generous offer I have
asked that Mark send me a short bio of himself for the newsletter
to give him a little more exposure.. Please take a few minutes
to read his bio below. Thanks for the tampers Mark, the winners
will be posted in the January Gazette.
can't say that we had any new members show up at our last meeting
but we really can't complain can we? We have had a great boost to
membership this year, more than we've seen in quite some time and
many who have become very active members. This is a very encouraging
sign for our hobby (I hope) when you think of how strong the anti-smoking
legislation has been. And it's not just at SHPC that I'm seeing
this, others are seeing an increase in interest in our favorite
pastime as well. See article in the News & Info section.
Are you one of these people?
Are you over the age
of 18? Do you smoke a pipe alone all the time? Would you like to
share your passion for the pipe with others like you? Do you ever
see someone smoking a pipe and wonder what it's all about? Have
you tried smoking a pipe but had trouble keeping it lit, had your
tongue burned or just weren't sure what you were doing? We
can help with all of that.
At SHPC you can sit back and
relax with like minded individuals and share the passion (but not
the addiction) of the pipe. We can help you pack, light and smoke
your pipe correctly and introduce you to new tobaccos and new pipe
makers that can change your whole outlook on pipe smoking.
He who hesitates is lost so don't procrastinate.
knew about SHPC but waited 2 years to connect with them and wasted
2 good years of pipe smoking freedom before all hell broke loose
with the anti-smoking movement. We used to be able to meet in a
conference room for free
where we could order food and drinks
to enjoy with our pipes. It was great and we all still miss it today.
But we haven't given up... we are still going strong and we are
still are able to make merry.... and as they old saying goes...
"The more the merrier."
If you'd like to join us
make it your 2011 new
year's resolution. You don't need to make a commitment, just stop
by and check things out. The easiest way to connect with us is to
meet up with us at C.B. Perkins at Cobb's Corner in Canton
between 5 PM and 6 PM
. Ask anyone in the smoke
ring and you'll be directed to an SHPC member if you haven't already
found one. We eat dinner from 6 PM - 7 PM then off to the meeting
which usually ends around 9:30 PM. You can participate in whichever
of these activities you like and can come as often or as little
as you like. If you are new to pipe smoking or an old timer, we
don't think you'll be disappointed. If you can't make it to CB Perkins
but want more information please feel free to send
us an email