Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon,
Next Meeting is Tuesday, July 10, 2018
at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Info & Events
will be July 10th
due to the 4th of July Holiday.
Since we won’t meet until after the 4th, let me start by wishing
everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday. Remember to enjoy your favorite
libation in moderation. I often wonder what our forefathers might
think of the tobacco restrictions that have been put upon us over
the last decade or so. I especially think about topics like this
currently when most people are thinking about how much beer to buy
for the BBQ. We are supposed to be commemorating Independence Day.
Honoring those who came before us over 240 years ago to try and
make a better life for themselves and their families. The Declaration
of Independence stands for some core and basic principles. Some
of them include the role of government in society, and about the
relationship between the people and their government. The Declaration
was not intended to form a government yet, it provided the ideas
of how a government should operate so that the leaders of this great
nation could avoid the abuse of power. The declaration also insures
our natural rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
(It should be sub noted that the clause for open pipe smoking was
omitted in the final draft by a nonsmoking tree hugging hemp farmer
from Vermont) It’s bizarre to me on so many levels that this
land of ours produced a crop that fueled the economy of the colonies,
profits derived from it helped build our cites and armies. Not to
mention this weed provides some of us a means to make a living and
most others as a means of relaxation and enjoyment. It’s obvious
that “our government for the people” wants to overly
control the very thing that helped make this country what it is
today. It’s just about time the people of this nation should
learn that without tobacco there would be no United States of America.
We should sign a petition the have the olive branch in the bald
eagle’s talons be changed to a stalk of sweet Virginia.
Congratulations to all the newly elected officers of the club. I
am looking forward to working with you and having another very successful
year. And, to the body of the club, please come forward with your
ideas and comments to make the club stronger. If you do not regularly
attend, please feel free to call me or e mail me anytime. Special
thanks to Matt Plaud for taking the bull by the horns and getting
us set up with a bank account and other necessary items we needed
to be financially responsible.
Finally, the Presidents Special Raffle. This month in honor of the
good ole’ USA all members who smoke an American made pipe
during the meeting will receive an extra raffle ticket at no charge
for a chance to win something special made in China….LOL
See you then.
The 2018 SHPC Club Pipe Update Good News! The SHPC 2018 Club Pipes by Scottie
Piersel are nearing completion. We hope to have the pipes
for the August meeting.
COMING SOON!!! - SHPC lapel pins.
Let everyone know you're a member or support of one of the best
and longest running pipe clubs on the East coast. We've been keeping
the smoking lamp lit since 1989. Keep a close eye on this newsletter
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................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
Previously... Concetta was ushered into his office in less than a half
hour. “Sal, I need a couple of reliable hard men who really
know their way around. Mine got nabbed by the Feds going after
Mic in Boston. There is more work to do in Boston now. Can you
do that for me?”
“Sure, Mr. Ryan. How soon do you need them?”
“Right now, if that’s possible,” Ryan replied.
“However, I’ll settle for as soon as you can arrange
it, Sal. And, I want them ready for some serious action.” Late that afternoon two men, recruited by Concetta entered
Ryan’s office. At first Ryan couldn’t figure out who
they were. They could be a couple of college boys; tall and thin,
Brooks Brothers look and a swagger that told him they are not
to be fooled with. Read
Balkan Blue by McClelland “Take a Journey Back to Yesteryear” “Based on a 21 year old tin of the legendary #759” Luckily won a raffle prize at the June meeting. Now I realize
this review is quite useless unless you want this tobacco so badly
you will take the time to search for it and pay an outlandishly
This tobacco is not for the faint of heart. The Mountain Blue
Latakia, the star of the show, is a pure delight for those partial
to Latakia. It has a fine aroma and deliciously different flavor
while maintaining all the smokiness and earthiness that a premium
Latakia should exhibit. Although the Latakia is always there,
it does not overshadow the contribution of the other, unspecified,
components that so greatly compliment the Mountain Blue Latakia.
I have smoked this companies “Dark English” and “Coyote
Classic”, both heavy in Latakia, on and off for some time;
as well as other Balkan and English blends. Balkan Blue is in
a class of its own. Within the short span I have smoked Balkan
Blue, I would consider it sitting regally at the top of the mountain
of Balkan blends out there.
I suppose you can call this writing another tear for the demise
if the McClelland Tobacco Company and Balkan Blue Pipe Tobacco.
That is, until someone decides to resurrect some of the McClelland
blends – if at all possible.
Sam(excerpted from Wikipdedia) The
precise origin of the Uncle Sam character is unclear, but
a popular legend is that the name "Uncle Sam"
was derived from Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy,
New York who supplied rations for American soldiers during
the War of 1812. There was a requirement at the time for
contractors to stamp their name and where the rations came
from onto the food they were sending. Wilson's packages
were labeled "E.A – US." When someone asked
what that stood for, a co-worker jokingly said, "Elbert
Anderson [the contractor] and Uncle Sam," referring
to Wilson, though the "US" actually stood for
United States. Doubts have been raised as to the authenticity
of this story, as the claim did not appear in print until
1842. Additionally, the earliest known mention definitely
referring to the metaphorical Uncle Sam is from 1810, predating
Wilson's contract with the government. As early as 1835,
Brother Jonathan made a reference to Uncle Sam, implying
that they symbolized different things: Brother Jonathan
was the country itself, while Uncle Sam was the government
and its power.
By the 1850s, the names Brother Jonathan and Uncle Sam were
being used nearly interchangeably, to the point that images
of what had previously been called "Brother Jonathan"
were being called "Uncle Sam". Similarly, the
appearance of both personifications varied wildly. For example,
one depiction of Uncle Sam in 1860 showed him looking like
Benjamin Franklin, while a contemporaneous depiction of
Brother Jonathan looks more like the modern version of Uncle
Sam, though without a goatee.
Uncle Sam did not get a standard appearance, even with the
effective abandonment of Brother Jonathan near the end of
the American Civil War, until the well-known "recruitment"
image of Uncle Sam was first created by James Montgomery
Flagg during World War I. The image was inspired by a British
recruitment poster showing Lord Kitchener in a similar pose.
It is this image more than any other that has influenced
the modern appearance of Uncle Sam: an elderly white man
with white hair and a goatee, wearing a white top hat with
white stars on a blue band, a blue tail coat, and red-and-white-striped
Flagg's depiction of Uncle Sam was shown publicly for the
first time, according to some, on the cover of the magazine
Leslie's Weekly on July 6, 1916, with the caption "What
Are You Doing for Preparedness?" More than four million
copies of this image were printed between 1917 and 1918.
Flagg's image was also used extensively during World War
II, during which the U.S. was codenamed "Samland"
by the German intelligence agency Abwehr. The term was central
in the song "The Yankee Doodle Boy", which was
featured in 1942 in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy.
There are two memorials to Uncle Sam, both of which commemorate
the life of Samuel Wilson: the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue
in Arlington, Massachusetts, his birthplace; and a memorial
near his long-term residence in Riverfront Park, Troy, New
York. Wilson's boyhood home can still be visited in Mason,
New Hampshire. Samuel Wilson died on July 31, 1854, aged
87, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York.
In 1989, "Uncle Sam Day" became official. A Congressional
joint resolution designated September 13, 1989 as "Uncle
Sam Day", the birthday of Samuel Wilson. In 2015, the
family history company My Heritage researched Uncle Sam's
family tree and claims to have tracked down his living relatives.
We also have it on good authority that Uncle Sam was also
known to enjoy a pipe from time to time.
more on Wikipedia]
TOBACCO RAFFLE! This month brings us two very interesting
tins from the folks at Cornell & Diehl (and, as usual,
we'll have a couple of non-Latakia aromatic alternates):
Two Friends English Chocolate
Chocolate is a bit out of the ordinary. It begins with the
finest Virginias and just enough Latakia to provide the
taste that so many crave. It is then pressed and later tumbled
to a broken flake. Finally, a touch of chocolate is added,
resulting in a blend that is both satisfying to smoke and
has a pleasant aroma.
Star of the East Flake
This is a full-bodied English of one half Cyprian Latakia
with a generous portion of Izmir and sweetened stoved red
Virginia, which is then pressed into flakes. A reviewer
in Pipes and Tobacco referred to this blend as a "Penzance
Killer". We'll see...
I'm in the process of re-hydrating a good
amount of Two Friends Deacon's Downfall from 2006 (that
was part of a large supply of donated tobacco). I expect
that it will be ready in time for our July meeting.
& 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
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