Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Club Info & Events
The December meeting starts at 6 PM
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m just getting
over a food coma and, will hopefully be hungry again in time for
our Holiday Gathering. I hear the veggie pizza is to die for…LOL.
But, seriously we have quite a night planned and smoking is allowed
in the building. Tom has done a great job at playing Santa’s
helper throughout the past year and has really come up with some
I am going to keep it short and sweet this month as there is no
real pressing business to discuss. I do want everyone to know that
we are close to 220 members on our Facebook page and we have people
from all over the world interested in Sherlock Holmes, piping and
what we are all about. Please as ambassador’s post as often
as you can. Let everyone know that we are a thriving bunch. I have
a few things on the fire for the New Year but, most importantly
I reached out to Johnny Rez and hopefully he will be stopping by
on Tuesday night. I reached out to him as a request from Eric…Ya
know that guy that looks like Santa…he wanted to get some
ideas about a pipe and tobacco roll up combo pouch. Since Johnny
works with leather we thought it would be a great idea to explore
the possibility of having something commissioned, complete with
the SHPC logo/brand. We could offer these online to our Facebook
friends as well as the pins we discussed.
No matter where you faith lies this time of the year we all seem
to get somewhat caught up in the commercialization and the hustle
and bustle of the season. Tricia and I have adopted a family this
season that is on the verge of being homeless. It’s a single
mother of 24 and her 7 year old daughter. Right now they share space
in a very bad drug infested atmosphere in New Bedford and, while
mom works a very good job she just can’t seem to make ends
meet and makes too much to be eligible for any assistance. I am
going to be bringing some tobacco related items to the meeting on
Tuesday with no price. Just a bunch of items and an honor box, you
can drop a dollar or two or fifty in the box and take an item. The
money will go towards getting this family a good apartment in a
stable school system. Check
out this website if you would like to know more.
God Bless, Kevin
Santa's favorite elf Tom, (you know, the short one) has been hard
at work all year picking out some great gifts for this year's holiday
raffle. Raffle tickets will be on sale at $10 each or three for $25
(max purchase is 3). So do you feel lucky? Click image for a better
Peterson Orange Army prince, sterling silver
GBD Prestige bulldog, unsmoked, circa 1970s
Kaywoodie Shellcraft billiard, date stamped "17"
Missouri Meerschaum gift pack, two pipes, lighter
Fourth Generation leather tobacco pouch
Peterson stainless flask
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
you seen this Scott?” he asked as he tossed a newspaper
on his desk. Scott picked the paper up and immediately spotted
the article about the pipe theft and murder. “I’ve
read this, but why is it important enough to bring you here?”
he said as he handed the paper back to the chief.
The chief told him, “I’ve had a call from Interpol.
For many years, they have been on the trail of a Gerald Smyth
a known thief of jewelry, valuable art and historical artifact.
They believe he is responsible for the theft of the pipe from
India in 1940, and now the theft of the pipe again, and murder
of Baron Alfred Kunz in Augsburg Austria. It’s Interpol’s
opinion that Kunz is the person who hired Smyth to do the India
Job. All recent investigative efforts indicate Smyth will land
in Boston today to perhaps deliver the pipe stolen from Baron
Alfred Kunz. Or, if he didn’t steal it for someone, put
it up for auction.”
“So, what does this have to do with me?” Scott asked.
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.
Theodor Seuss Geisel -
March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was a German-American
author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher,
and artist, best known for authoring more than 60 children's
books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes several
of the most popular children's books of all time, selling
over 600 million copies and being translated into more than
20 languages by the time of his death.
Geisel adopted the name "Dr. Seuss"
as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and a graduate
student at the University of Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927
to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for
Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications.
Geisel was born and raised in Springfield,
Massachusetts, the son of Henrietta and Theodor Robert Geisel.
All four of his grandparents were German immigrants. His
father managed the family brewery and was later appointed
to supervise Springfield's public park system by Mayor John
A. Denison after the brewery closed because of Prohibition
After the war, Geisel and his wife moved
to La Jolla, CA. where he focused on children's books once
again, writing classics like If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton
Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat
in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957),
and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). He published over 60 books
during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations,
including 11 television specials, four feature films, a
Broadway musical, and four television series.
He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in
1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And
to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel's birthday,
March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National
Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created
by the National Education Association. [Read
the Month Here is a clip of when the Grinch discovers
the true meaning of Christmas.
TOBACCO GIVE-A-WAY! Santa's
favorite elf Tom (Santa nicknamed him Naughty) has also been
hard at work putting together a nice selection of tobacco
for this year's holiday give away. Just our way of saying
thank you for contributing to the raffle each month. Here's
what's in store. Click
here for a list with descriptions.
G.L. Pease Gaslight
Daughters & Ryan English Hoopla
McClelland Celebrated Sovereign
McClelland Yenidje Highlander
Captain Earle’s Ten Russians
Mac Baren Symphony
Hearth & Home Marquee BlackHouse
Mac Baren Golden Extra
G.L. Pease Stonehenge Flake
Ratray’s Red Rapparee
G.L. Pease Quiet Nights
Robert Lewis Winfield Mixture
Former Pipes 50th Anniversary
Robert McConnell Original Oriental
Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake:
McClelland Dominican Glory
Cornell & Diehl Adagio
Daughters & Ryan London Dock
Peretti Thanksgiving Day
Cornell & Diehl Bridge Mixture
Barling Tradition Full
Pipes & Tobacco
Around the Web
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio
episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live
on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable
co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you
ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that
Sherlock Holmes: Trifles From
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute,
weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something
related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called
James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits?
Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to
these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast
about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes