We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the September Club Meeting


Another quick lap around the sun and we're at our December Holiday meeting once again. The culmination of our club year where we celebrate the season with our good friends and show our appreciation for those who helped support the club throughout the year. We'll have pizza from Stone Lovin' Pizza again this year, a tobacco giveaway and a raffle (see raffle prizes below). Soft drinks will also be provided but feel free to being an alcoholic beverage for yourself or to share (but not if you plan to play with firearms). We look forward to seeing your jolly faces next month.

SHPC Annual Meeting - January 2017
Don't forget. We will be holding elections at the January Annual Meeting. All officers positions are available. Do you think you have what it takes to make a difference? Nominate yourself or another deserving member. Make SHPC Great Again!

2017 dues will be due no later than the February meeting. Dues will be pro-rated quarterly for new members only who join later in the year. Current and new members joining Jan-Mar will pay $40, Apr - June $30, July-Sept $20 and Oct-Dec $10. No money will be collected from new members on their first visit. Dues may be adjusted by the body at the general meeting each January.

Pipe Carving Contest
Ok, who of you are ready to be judged for the pipe carving contest. From what I hear not many of you. Possibly we gave you just enough time to forget about it but don't worry, there are a few of you out there that put the time and effort into making your block of briar into a smoking work of art. Who will ge the honor of being the SHPC New Pipe Carver of the Year. Don't forget to bring your pipes to the December meeting.

SHPC 2016 Club Pipe Update
We've been scrambling for a back up option for the 2016 club pipe. We may have something picked out but we'll let you know after the December meeting. Obviously, it will not be ready by the end of December but that's ok. Stay tuned.

Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9
Ch 10 | Ch 11

Chapter 11

....“What is going on here? How do these people know who I am? Do they know why I am here?”

“Eulund replied: “There has obviously been a leak. It could be from the states, any contacts you made along the way or from Freiburg. There’s no way of knowing without a huge investigation. The important thing is, the East German Secret Service knows, and you are in danger. This is the very reason you have been assigned a backup even after those involved finally decided your cover was secure and you did not need one; which I understand was a strong request of yours.”

 Read Chapter 11   

Holiday Raffle
We have a few nice offerings for this year's holiday raffle. Raffle tickets will be on sale at $10 each or three for $25 (max purchase is 3). Not bad for what you might win. Here's what we have, are you feeling lucky? (click for a better view)

Tobacco Review ....................... By Ernie Whitenack

Comoy’s of London - Cask No.5
Bullet Rye Select - Made in Denmark

“An elegant blend of bright orange Virginias with rich, cool-smoking Burley, flavored with Tennessee Bourbon for a smooth satisfying taste and room pleasing smoke.”

Cask No.5 is a very fine-cut blend with rather short pieces. In the tin, the Bourbon scent is barely perceptible, but is there and blending nicely with the tobacco.
Upon lighting, I quickly learned this tobacco must be packed moderately soft or it just doesn’t seem to stay lit and is difficult to draw. I dumped the first filling and started over.

The first few draws seemed harsh but the bourbon flavor came through stronger than I had anticipated. Later, the harshness faded and the Bourbon flavor diminished, but not completely.

After a half-dozen smokes, Cask No.5 is a good smoke; mild with nice flavor.
I personally think it would be better with a bit more Bourbon and rough-cut or cubed tobacco. However, I would certainly buy Cask No.5 when on sale as I think this is one to be cellared.

Pipe Personalities

Santa Claus (Sinterklass)
From Wikipedia...
Pre-modern representations of the gift-giver from Church history and folklore, notably St Nicholas (known in Dutch as Sinterklaas), merged with the English character Father Christmas to create the character known to Americans and the rest of the English-speaking world as "Santa Claus" (a phonetic derivation of "Sinterklaas").

In the English and later British colonies of North America, and later in the United States, British and Dutch versions of the gift-giver merged further. For example, in Washington Irving's History of New York (1809), Sinterklaas was Americanized into "Santa Claus" (a name first used in the American press in 1773)[25] but lost his bishop's apparel, and was at first pictured as a thick-bellied Dutch sailor with a pipe in a green winter coat. Irving's book was a lampoon of the Dutch culture of New York, and much of this portrait is his joking invention.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure of Western culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved ("good" or "nice") children on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man sometimes with spectacles wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white fur-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children.

Video of the Month
The Evolution of Santa Claus - History Channel

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 6:30 PM Central Time on YouTube.

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Give-a-way!!
For all of you good little pipe smokers who have contributed to the raffle this year.

You sent me your list and I've checked it twice. You're in luck! Almost all of your first choices are available. Just come to the next meeting and when you sit on Neil's lap he'll give you a nice tin of delicious tobacco.

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".

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan you'll know that The Blue Carbuncle is the only Sherlock Holmes Adventure that centers around the Christmas season. Listen here for free.

[Check it out].

Have A Great Holiday Season!

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