We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Club Info & Events

The December meeting starts at 6 PM

President's Message

Season's Greetings,
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 great stuff.
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 view.

   Peterson Orange Army prince, sterling silver mount
   GBD Prestige bulldog, unsmoked, circa 1970s
   Kaywoodie Shellcraft billiard, date stamped "17"
   Missouri Meerschaum gift pack, two pipes, lighter & tobacco
   Fourth Generation leather tobacco pouch
   Peterson stainless flask

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 2

“Have 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.

Read Chapter 2  

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!

Pipe Personalities

Dr. Seuss (excerpted from Wikipedia) - go there

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 more]   

More on Dr. Seuss: |  Dr.Suess Art

Video of the Month
Here is a clip of when the Grinch discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

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
McClelland Wilderness
Brebbia Balkan:
Robert McConnell Original Oriental
Stanwell Melange
Dunhill Nightcap
Cult Conspiracy
Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake:
McClelland Dominican Glory
Cornell & Diehl Adagio
Daughters & Ryan London Dock
Peretti Thanksgiving Day
Cornell & Diehl Bridge Mixture
Barling Tradition Full
Dunhill Flake

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 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

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

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A 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 never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

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  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond
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