Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 PM
*** This is Our Yearly Holiday Dinner Meeting
Massapoag Sportsman's Club - Sharon, MA.

Club Info & Events

Details from the November Meeting
We had an unusually small group at CB Perkins (including the cigar guys) last month which resulted in us having dinner at a small Mexican place that would never hold our usual crowd. It was Taco Tuesday and the line was almost out the door. The tacos were delicious and it was a nice change of pace from our usual eats. Thanks to Eric for the suggestion.
We were eleven strong at the November meeting with the possibility of two new members joining us but unfortunately both were no shows. The main topics of discussion at the general meeting were to clarify questions regarding our tobacco contract with and about the 2014 club pipe. Our original choice for next year's club pipe got a respectable response but not overwhelming so we decided to go a little more mainstream to hopefully appeal to a larger group. More on that below.

2014 Club Pipe
As mentioned above, we've revisited our selection for the 2014 club pipe which will be made by Brebbia. We have selected one pipe in two finishes and those who plan to purchase one will be the deciding factor on which finish is selected. I can tell you so far that the blast is in the lead. If you haven't submitted your response to the email please do it as soon as possible.


December Meeting at the Sportsman's Club
We are carrying on the tradition of last year by having our December meeting at Sportsman's Club with pizza and soda supplied by the club. Members may bring a guest but must let us know by December 1st how many of you are coming so that we make sure we have enough food. Alas, I may not make it due to a work obligation but may get there late. Either way, I will be there in spirit.

Pipe Raffle and Tobacco Give Away
We have 6 raffle prizes this year and 4 of them are pipes. Raffle tickets are $10 each and you can purchase a maximum of 3.
We also will continue the tobacco give away to members who have supported the monthly tobacco raffle. Click here for a list of the blends and descriptions.

Tobacco Review..... by Horace Harker

Our newest member Rob who although a relatively new pipe smoker, has become somewhat of a tobacco hoarder. I guess there are a few of us out there but he's getting a quick jump on it for the new kid on the block. He works for the government so maybe he knows something we don't. (Remember what President Kennedy did just hours before authorizing the US trade embargo with Cuba.) At the last meeting Rob brought with him some of his newly acquired Jackknife plug by G.L. Pease. JKP is a brownie like brick with multiple shades of browns and tans and had an odor akin to that of beef jerky. It sat in a small white saucer next to a modern utility style jackknife. Since it smells like jerky and you needed a knife to cut this stuff I wasn't completely sure if I should smoke it or eat it. I opted to smoke. I sheared of a thin layer and rubbed it out. It didn't taste like jerky but it had nice flavor, was easy to smoke and a had a pretty good nicotine kick, something I have not experienced in subsequent bowls. I'm known to have a finicky palette so I won't even begin to describe the details and nuances of my smoking experience with this blend. I'll just say it's a good smoke with good flavor and a nice finish. It's a bit of chore to prepare it but is all part of the experience. I highly recommend giving this blend a try.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since our last meeting.

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look
Joe Case is a well know pipe maker on YouTube. He let's the world watch as he makes pipes and often times will sell a newly finished pipe to a viewer. Here is a short 5 part video series he put together last year that I think you'll enjoy even if you've already seen it. You can also listen to an interview with Joe Case on the Podcast by clicking here.

Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

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!


Smoke Wreaths
Richard Carleton Hacker
I love to watch pipe smoke wreaths
Disperse into the sky,
Like angels with warm mem'ries
Of Christmases gone by.


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