Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5PM or Chinatown at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton

Club Info & Events

10 New Year's Resolutions for the Pipe Smoker

  1. Patronize your local tobacconist.
  2. Try more tobacco.
  3. Buy a new pipe (or two).
  4. Introduce a friend to the pipe.
  5. Invite someone to a meeting.
  6. Write your congressman about smoking rights as needed.
  7. Smoke your pipe in public more.
  8. Always keep a positive appearance while smoking your pipe in public.
  9. Eat healthy and get some exercise.
  10. Contribute to this newsletter :-)

Details of the December Meeting
Another great turn out at C.B. Perkins before the meeting. The club presented the owner with a bottle of Johnny Walker Red to show him our gratitude for his hospitality all year. We also had a record turnout for dinner at Bertucci's.
For our December meeting with did a Yankee swap instead of a tobacco raffle. We had 20 tins of tobacco wrapped in holiday paper. Based on your number pulled from a hat, each person selected a tin and opened it with the choice to keep the tin he had or swap it with someone else who may be holding something more appetizing. It turned out to be a pretty uneventful swap and I believe only one tin was exchanged for another. If we do this again we'll have see about making this a bit more challenging. But the important thing was that everyone seemed pretty happy with their selection.
There was a lot of talk about the Kaywoodie holiday party which hosts the Northeast Regional Slow Smoking Contest. SHPC was well represented this year but unfortunately did not take home the trophy this year. There were more attendees this year than in prior years and if it gets any bigger than this Bill will need to add on another wing. Read more about the event below.
On a less positive note, club president Eric Kahn was unable to make it to Kaywoodie's this year due to some medical issues that caused a short hospitalization. Eric's doing better now and back to work and reported to me that his pipe has been an integral part of his convalescence. Eric, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

2010 Club Dues is Due
It's that time again folks. Club dues for 2010 ($30) must be paid in full by the March meeting. Those of you who do not want to pay up front can continue to pay $5 for each meeting you attend. If you'd like to review the dues structure in more detail click here.

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes the Movie
Last month we had a special addition to the SHPC Gazette, a chance to get free tickets to a sneak preview of Sherlock Holmes the movie. Two members, Neil and Joel were fortunate enough to get the tickets, saw the movie and gave it two thumbs up.

Neil says..." At first I wasn't sure Downey, Jr. could pull it off and make me think of him as Holmes. After all, my main mental references are Rathbone & Brett. But I have to hand it to him, and Joel and my friend Charlie (also a Holmes fanatic) agreed. I felt Holmes' presence - a different interpretation - but Holmes. I felt his deductive mind. And perhaps more importantly, I felt his mania. He doesn't really fit the physical description that Conan Doyle projects but it's to the credit of this brilliant actor that I bypassed that in my mind and sensed Holmes, perhaps updated for 21st century viewers, but Holmes nonetheless.
I loved their rooms as I feel the combination of order and chaos reflects Holmes' mind set. Remember, Holmes is disturbed. He's out of control when he doesn't have a case to occupy his troubled mind. The rooms were very atmospheric as was the entire movie. Watson and Mrs. Hudson could hardly keep up with the disarray.
And best of all (for me) I LOVED how they portrayed Moriarty, who we'll most definitely be seeing in the next movie. Moriarty's shadowy presence in this film is truly menacing.
You have to remember that the film makers have to dance a fine line in a movie like this. First, they need to please the diehard Holmsians and second, attract a good audience of people who have never seen or read a Sherlock Holmes movie/story. I feel that fine line was met in this film.
A sleepily cerebral Rathbone or a brilliant, looney Brett would definitely please me and many other Holmes fans but they would put today's audiences to sleep."

I was unable to go to the sneak preview but I did see the movie on the 26th. I found it very entertaining, the special effects were very well done and Rachael McAdams was great to look at and is "the women" of the movie. But I consider myself more of a Holmes traditionalist and found myself longing for that Holmes. I think Downey Jr. is a great actor and I think both he and Jude Law played an exceptional role in the film, but he hasn't won me over as the new Holmes just yet. But that won't stop me from seeing the next film which will undoubtedly be made because after all, I am a diehard Sherlock Holmes fan and if I can't get the 19th century version, I'll have to take what I can get in the 21st. All this aside, I highly recommend every Holmes fan see this movie with an open mind and leave the syringe with the 7% solution of cocaine at home in the desk drawer (you won't need it).

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

An Interview with Mike Gladis from Mad Men

Michael Gladis plays the pipe smoking copywriter, "Paul Kinsey" on AMC TV’s Mad Men. Not only does his character Paul smoke a pipe, but Mr. Gladis smokes a pipe in real life. Editor & Publisher, Kevin Godbee sat down with Michael Gladis in the private smoking lounge at Davidoff of Geneva in midtown Manhattan on November 14, 2009. They talked about pipe smoking, his role on Mad Men, and his acting career in general. Michael is charming, friendly, and witty while he enjoys smoking his pipe and giving us the inside scoop on Mad Men and telling us how he is similar to Paul Kinsey. See Part I of our video interview with Michael Gladis here and see if you can get the trivia question right at the end.

If you are not already a member of I would highly recommend it.
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Websites Worth a Look

Chief Catoonah Tobacconist

The contest tobacco from this year's Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest was Middlebury Mixture made by Dick Silverman from Chief Catoonah Tobacconist. Middlebury is a careful balance of Matured Cake Virginia, Tennessee Burley and a fine blend of Turkish ribbon mixed together with a small amount of Cyprian Latakia. The result is a mild and satisfying smoke for those who enjoy a light English mixture.
I can't say I loved the blend while in the midst of the contest and while breaking in a new pipe but after my pipe went out (and it didn't take long), I had an opportunity to become better acquainted with the blend and at a more relaxed pace. It became increasingly pleasant the more I smoked it and I really enjoyed the Turkish notes. When it was my turn to select my consolation prize I was happy to find a few ounces of the contest tobacco still available and I snatched it up (I'm smoking some now). The following day I checked out the Chief Catoonah website to see what else they had to offer and found a very nice selection of new things to try. I highly recommend you do the same.
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This Month's Tobacco Raffle
There were three tins left over from last month's Yankee Swap. We will raffle those off this month. They are still wrapped and will remain a surprise.

Better Days
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past

                                                    By Ernie Whitenack
Ernie Whitenack, a new member who we introduced a couple of months ago, has offered to write a series of articles about the "better days" of pipe smoking as remembered by him. We hope you enjoy these stories and look forward to them in future editions of the SHPC Gazette.

Grandpa Baloney

"Leave that stinky old pipe on the porch!"

These words rising loudly from my mother heralded the arrival of my grandfather Edwards, my namesake and whom I called Grandpa Baloney. Why such a name? After sitting on his lap relating the events of my young life since having last seen Grandpa, he would always look at me for several moments and say, "Awe! You're full of baloney".

He would let me sit in the Model-T truck he had just driven in from his small farm on the fringe of Springfield Ill. I can still smell the pungent odor of burnt wooden matches and tobacco that saturated the truck's sparse upholstery. Naturally his work clothes carried the same odor which caused my mother to start boiling aromatic spices on the black cook stove.            [Read more...]

The 2009 Kaywoodie Holiday Party & Northeast Regional Pipe Smoking Contest

Is it ok to yell FIRE in a crowded pipe making factory? You're damn right it is and it's a good thing we didn't have to! The turn out at this year's event surpassed any other so far as did the fun and excitement of this eagerly awaited yearly event. Our host Bill Feuerbach did another outstanding job of pulling it all together including making the 45 pipes needed for the contest. We had members from more than five New England area clubs and organizations. We also had pipe makers Paul Bonacquisti, Rolando Negoita, Joe Skoda, Tim Hynick and Bob Kiess in attendance, all selling their wares. I wish I had more time and energy to go into every detail but it's New Year's Eve and there's some celebrating to be done. So here is a montage, hopefully with a little humor, to sum up this most excellent of pipe related events. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event a success and to those who contributed tobacco and other necessities for our troops. If you want to read about past events you can find them here: 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , 2004, 2003

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