February 2007

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 - 7:00 PM or
** Meet at X & 0's in Stoughton at 6:00 PM **

Club Info & Events

Details of the January Meeting

We had a surprising turn out at our new restaurant location Nocera's. Their menu wasn't bad but we got a late start and felt rushed. Plus, they would do separate checks for us which ends up delaying the process that much more when it comes time to pay the check.
Before heading over to Nocera's I had some time so I stopped by X and O's to see if/when it would be open. To my surprise they had opened that day so I decided to take a look around. Their lounge area was perfect in all aspects but one. A cozy fireplace and big comfortable leather chairs that were screaming out to me to fill up my pipe and make myself at home. Therein lies the problem that keeps this and every other lounge, bar and restaurant in Massachusetts from attaining the status of "the perfect place." I'm sure you now get the picture. After daydreaming in the lounge I decided to check out the menu. Five waitresses were standing behind the main counter eagerly waiting to provides someone with some service but I just had to settle for a menu instead. A bit pricier than Nocera's and menu items more of a Greek and Italian style. But being just a few lots away from Papa Gino's it's definitely worth a try before we rule it out. How about this month? Pizza and Pita sandwiches average around $8.99.

Our meeting was excellent and well attended. We were all happy to see that Tony was able to pick up Sid so that he could attend the meeting. And it was also good to see him smoking again. Dock brought in his newly acquired smoking jacket which I happily modeled for everyone. Not quite the right fit for me but then again, I can make anything look good.

2007 Club Pipe
We also took orders for the 2007 Club Pipe which are being carved by Joe Skoda, one of our Hudson Valley compadres. Looks like about nine orders so far so if you want one you need to let someone know soon. Hopefully we can get a sample of one soon and if that happens I'll post a picture here.

The History Channel's Modern Marvels - Tobacco
I received an email from our newest member Tom informing me that Cornell and Deil would send our club a copy of this Modern Marvels episode that feature their tobacco blending facility. I emailed Craig Tarler at C&D and told him we'd love to have a copy and it arrived today with another surprise. Craig also sent along 5 tins of tobacco for us to sample. They sent the following:

From C&D:
Guilford Courthouse:
Red & Bright VA's with a pinch or Orientals
Safe Harbor Flake: A classic Burley based flake.
Snug Harbor: A rich English blend with a touch of Vanilla
Sunset Harbor Flake: A flavorful Balkan style blend.
And from G.L. Pease:
Westminister: Their newest traditional English Blend

Which brings us to the next meeting topic Tobacco Tasting
Dock Perry suggested that we make an effort to sample more blends each month and explains his plan in more detail in Dock's Corner below.
Member Contributions

Memories to Share................By Richard Frederics
I recently came back from visiting my Dad in Georgia. It was my Dad who first got me started in pipe smoking. I was going to be a freshman in college and my Dad did not want me to start smoking cigarettes. Besides, he smoked a pipe himself back then (now some 40 years ago). So, you might be wondering where I am going with this. Well, I brought with me a book on pipe smoking – but this one was written in German and while I could not translate it, my Dad could. He can speak fluent German.
What a great time we had together as he translated various parts of the book. And though he hasn’t smoked a pipe in years, he was really getting into this book. I can still hear him saying, “Here’s something I bet you didn’t know, “or “Listen to this.” “Wow,” he said. “I didn’t now that according to the author, some of the oldest and finest Italian briar comes from the Province of Macerata where my sister had a summer home.” And then there was the picture of Basil Rathbone’s pipe – just like the one my Dad has seen when he comes to visit.
My Dad has the book and he said we will go through more of the book on my next visit. I can’t wait. And who knows. Maybe by my next visit he will pick up one of his old pipes and start smoking again. That would be nice.

New Hampshire: Of Brews and Briar
In the past couple of years my wife and I have taken some time off between the holidays to take a mini vacation. Last year we spent a couple of days in Freeport Maine, this year it was a log cabin in Lebanon, NH. Whenever we take a trip I always do a little Internet research to find out if there are any pubs, breweries or pipe shops in the area we’ll be visiting. If you read about last years visit to Maine you know that the state of Maine, although a very beautiful and with many positive attributes, was not the most smoker friendly of states. New Hampshire on the other hand is a different story. I guess a key element in being a smoker friendly state is that you are actually allowed to smoke pretty much wherever you want, which New Hampshire (thankfully) still allows. I'm sorry to have to tell you that I've become so conditioned living in Massachusetts that I totally forgot about the fact the NH wasn’t smoke free until I stepped inside..... [Read More]

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

A Tribute to Gerald Ford
On December 27, 2007 the 38th President and the last President to smoke a pipe in the White House died at age 93. Hmm 93, not too shabby for a smoker who smoked an average of 8 bowls a day... and in the Oval Office no less. I guess the Surgeon General was right!.
Although our current President blows plenty of smoke, Gerald Ford blew the kind of smoke we can relate to and appreciate. Almost everywhere I've seen his pipe smoking mentioned in print is was always surrounded with words like kind, easy going and American. George Bush Sr. was even quoted as saying "To know Jerry was to know a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, an avuncular figure quick to smile, frequently with his pipe in his mouth." The Valley Independent of Pittsburgh wrote in an article after Ford's death, "Ford's demeanor was no affectation: In the early days of his presidency, Ford, still living in the home he had as a congressman, would retrieve his morning newspaper in his pajamas. Later, he'd often walk to the presidential limousine in a right proper presidential suit - smoking a pipe and wearing a baseball cap."
In 1974 he was voted as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. He was a great man who loved his country as much as anyone can and he did it from behind his favorite briar. America and the world will miss him. Let's all smoke a bowl of Field and Stream in his honor. We look forward to seeing you in the afterlife and we'll know where to find you.
More links with photos of Gerald Ford enjoying his pipe:
  Pipe Up Congress, to Truly Remember Ford
  President Cherished His Ties to Utah
  Image Envision
  Of Pipes and Presidents

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

While perusing the web for Gerald Ford information I came across this blog that has a really nice write up on Ford with a few nice photos of the President enjoying his pipe. There is also a page for the pipe smoker of the week which is worth a look as well.
Here's how the author describes the content that can be found on his blog:
The right to keep and bear arms, occasional attempts at satire, frequent recourse to sarcasm, and anything else I can think of. Oh yeah, and pipe smoking. Sometimes H.P. Lovecraft. And obscure Monty Python references when applicable.
Sounds like a fun guy. Have a look.

Check out Rolando’s Negoita's new genetically engineered species of pipe.

Il Duca Pipe - Handmade Pipes from Italy
I received an email from these folks so I thought I'd pass it along. Not a huge selection but worth a look nonetheless. Take a look.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

Dunhill Three Year Matured Virginia
A special aging process gives this tobacco a cool, soft flavor, much appreciated by Virginia smokers world wide.

Dunhill Royal Yacht
Truly a luxurious tobacco. The world's best Virginias are carefully conditioned to insure sweetness. Then they are added to rich, heavier and cooler Virginias. A unique flavor is added to the final blend to enhance the subtle and piquant aroma.

More Artwork by Larry Gosser

Dock's Corner
At our January meeting I brought up the idea of a sort of "blends of the month club" and it seemed to be very well received. I've since simplified it a bit to just ONE tobacco blend per month. Each month a different member will bring along a few ounces of a tobacco of their choosing to be sampled by interested club members. Ken Collins will choose February's, I'll choose March's and Nelson will be taking care of April's. The whole idea of this experiment will be to broaden our fellow member's knowledge of tobacco and give folks a chance to try a tobacco that they may otherwise not buy themselves. We will keep an on going log of each month's tobacco choices and the only rule will be not to repeat a blend from the list. I for one think that this will add another bit of fun to our meetings each month. I'd also strongly encourage any interested members to write up a short review of the blend of the month for the following month's newsletter.... Best, Dock Perry

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