Happy Holidays
from SHPC Boston
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Dinner at 6 PM - Location TBD

Club Info & Events

Details of the November Meeting
There's not too much to report from the November meeting. It was pretty much business as usual at both CB Perkins and at the meeting. Unfortunately though, We have been experiencing a slight decline in the number of members who have been able to make it to a meeting. It was nice having 18-20 people show up to liven things up a bit. We miss you guys and we'd like to see you more often..

The 2011 Club Pipe
2011 is almost over and we still don't have this year's club pipe. Well fear not, I hear it from a reliable source that there is an excellent chance that they will be here in time for the December meeting. We have received word from the folks at Mastro Beraldi that the pipes are done and waiting to ship once the payment goes through, which should have happened by the time you read this. I'd like to thank Mike again for volunteering to help procure this year's pipe and seeing the process through to the end. Shown here are few shots of our pipes being made and the master who made them.
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What's Up with Derek?
For those of you who were not aware, Derek has been laid up for over a month recuperating from some needed surgery. I just got off the phone with him and he's walking with a cane again but still not 100%. He attempted to return to work but found out it was still a bit too soon so he's resting again while he directs people to rebuild the engine in his Model A. We probably won't see him at the December meeting but he is still hoping to make it to Kaywoodie. Derek, we all send our well wishes and hope to see you back soon.

So What's Going on in December?
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.

Pipe Raffle
Last year we started a tradition that we hope will continue for many years to come. With the proceeds from our SHPC Tobacco Blends, available at pipesandcigars.com, we can supplement the cost of a few pipes to raffle off. This year, tickets will be $10 each and you can buy a maximum of 3.

Here are the pipes we will raffle off.

Johs                                   Neerup
Rattray 1                          Rattray 2

Tobacco Raffle
We will also continue our recent tradition of the Tobacco Free Raffle. No, this doesn't mean there is no tobacco to raffle off, it means the raffle is free. Just a way to say thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle all year. Details on the right.

We look forward to seeing all of you this month.
Do You Want to be Part of SHPC?
Although membership continues to grow slowly, we're always looking for more people to share this great hobby with. I know there are still many of you still out there who have seen this site but have not yet made the leap to contact us or you have contacted us but haven't yet made it to a meeting.
Are you one of these people? Are you over the age of 18? Do you smoke a pipe alone often? 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. I 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.
If you'd like to join us make it your 2012 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 there 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 (but we'd like you to be a regular). 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. We look forward to seeing you in 2012

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Broken Pipe - Jay Jones of Hermit Tobacco

I was saddened to hear about the unexpected passing of an icon in the pipe community. Jay Jones of Hermit tobacco passed away earlier this month. Jay and his wife Louise were a huge presence at all of the pipes shows and respected by all who dealt with them. Back in the heyday of the New York show when the Friday night showings were almost as good as the pipe show itself, I remember walking into Jay and Louise's room for the first time, the bed covered with pipes, beverages in the cooler and Jay and Louise kicking back and enjoying the excitement.
We were hoping to to see them both at this year's Kaywoodie Holiday Party but instead our thoughts and prayers will be with Louise and their families this holiday season.

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

OomPaul.com Podcast
Olie has posted a few new podcasts since our last newsletter for your listening pleasure. Episode 31: Mike from Briar Blues. Episode 32: Scott Bendett from PipesandCigars.com. Episode 33: Pipe Spotting

The New PipesandCigars.com Holiday Catalog
Did you receive yours in the mail yet? If not, don't worry, you can still view it online. They did a great job with this first edition. Whether you're a pipe or cigar smoker, I'm sure you'll find plenty of items on your holiday list.
And don't forget to check out P & C's new "Fusion Lab" where they give you all the ingredients to create the perfect blend! and make it available to all of the world.                                                   [Check it out]

The Holiday Tobacco Raffle
A tradition we've started is to reward those of you who have participated in the tobacco raffle each moth by purchasing raffle tickets. With the additional money we've made we're buying a bunch of tins to raffle off this month but this time it's free.
Here's is a list of tobaccos:

Balkan Sasieni
Butera Tin - Golden Cake
Captain Earle’s - Honor Blend
Cornell & Diehl - Good Morning
Don Giovanni - Sigaro
Former's Straight Grain Flake
Dunhill Tin - London Mixture
Hearth & Home Marquee - Sierra Nevada
Hearth & Home - Grandma's Kitchen
McClelland Syrian - Full Balkan
SHPC - Great Hiatus
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Cake
Sillem's - London Tobacco
Solani 763 - White & Black
Vauen - Truillerie
Vauen Horst Lichter's - Espresso tabak
Svendborg - English Light
CAO - Treasures of Ireland Galway
Esoterica - Dorchester
Gawith & Hogarth - Rum Flake

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".

Sign up for a free PRX account and listen to The Blue Carbuncle. The Sherlock Holmes Adventure that takes place during Christmas time.

[Check it out].

Have A Great Holiday Season!

The Crooked X - Prelude to War
A Short Story of Hate, Mystery and Intrigue
                                  By Ernest N. Whitenack

The story takes place in 1934 during the depression and leading up to World War II. Boston Lawyer, Scott Wadsworth, follows a lead on his missing friend which could lead him into a tangled web of foreign intrigue, murder and counter-espionage.

Read previous chapters: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3

Chapter 4: The Story Revealed
Scott left his office at for home 3:10. He paused occasionally to check reflections in store windows for anyone following him while he detoured to Peretti's for a tin of Royal blend. After buying the tobacco, he crossed the Common, stopping at a bench to fill his pipe. It was an easy matter surveying the walkway through the Common from the clear view the bench provided. Satisfied he was not being followed he quickly made his way home.

In his bedroom Scott again took the mahogany box from the closet shelf, unlocked it and removed the Webley Mark IV and the suede bag that held the suppressor. After checking the weapons functions he expertly disassembled it and applied cleaning and oiling maintenance. The short suppressor screwed in faultlessly. He replaced the box on the shelf and proceeded down stairs to his desk. He removed a box of ammunition for the Webley from a false bottomed file drawer.  

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