June 2006

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 - 7:00 PM
Meet early at Applebees in Stoughton 6:00 PM

Club Info & Events

Details of the May Meeting
We had a great turnout for our May meeting which was also the First Annual SHPC Swap & Sell event. As an added bonus we also had 3 prospective new members show up, one of which brought with him a nice collection of new and lightly used pipes to include in the swap and sell. Ken Collins was able to fill a table with his items which included a nice selection of pipes, aged tobacco and a few accessories. Dock, as always, brought his share of items to sell as well. I'm not sure how many swaps or sales were made but I was fortunate enough to swap one of my pipes with Jim Knowlton (one of the new guys) for a very nice unsmoked diamond shanked Stanwell.
Now even though our first swap & sell went fairly well I think that with a little better planning and a bit more notice, future swap and sells will become an event that's "not to be missed." I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our three prospective new members Joe, Jim and Merrick. We're glad you were able to join us and look forward to seeing you at the June meeting.

MacBaren Tobacco Sampling
The box of MacBaren goodies was open and its contents distributed at our May meeting. Samples of Solent Mixture and "The Cube" were also made available to everyone as well as "CUBE" keychains, pipe tampers, pipe cleaners and others items that were included in the box as a token of thanks for agreeing to review these new blends. A half dozen members agreed to fill out review forms for these new MacBaren mixtures which I will send to MacBaren when I have collected them all. For those of you who have not yet turned your review forms in please make sure you bring them to the June meeting or contact me for other arrangements. On behalf of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club I'd like to thank Gene Thompson for allowing us the opportunity to review the new MacBaren blends and for the gifts that were included in the box. We hope you will include us in your next round of reviews.

The Dancing Man-agram
I have decided to discontinue creating new Dancing Man-agram puzzles do to lack of interest. We did have a few loyal followers but not enough to warrant the time it took creating each puzzle (you'd be surprised how long it took). I may be willing to keep them going if I get enough of a response to this notice but I make no promises. I hope the few errors I made in the puzzles were not the reason people lost interest (I know that can be frustrating). Many of you came up with the answers very quickly which is something I couldn't do (I can make 'em but it'd take me forever to solve 'em). You can find the answer to last month's puzzle below. No one turned in an answer.

The SHPC Gazette - Request for Articles
During the summer months its always harder to come up with items to fill out the SHPC Gazette. As well, I also find that I have far less time available for putting it all together. So I'm asking for your help. If you have an interesting pipe related story, an event you attended that you'd like to tell us about, a pipe or tobacco that you've smoked and would like to review, or anything you feel the pipe community would find interesting please feel free to send it to me for inclusion it in our Newsletter. This request is open to all readers of the Gazette not just members and you will get full credit for anything you submit. To help get the literary juices flowing, maybe we should start with a topic. Tell us how you got started smoking a pipe and how its progressed to where you are today. You never know, there may just be a little Conan Doyle in you???

Happy Birthday Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May 22nd was the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous pipe smokers who never lived. Happy belated birthday Mr. Doyle.

Dock's Corner
Some of you may be aware that I've been nearly absent in the world of pipes and tobaccos as of late. I haven't bought a single pipe or tin of tobacco since the NY show and haven't visited much with my online buddies on ASP(alt.smokers.pipes). I thought that a bit of a slow down was in order after nearly four whirlwind years of non stop buying and almost complete immersion in this noble hobby (I can't believe how much %*&$ # money I've spent! It sure adds up quick!). Once in a while it's nice to get a fresh perspective by stepping away and renewing other pleasures in life. Over the past four years I've made so many life long friends in this unique community of warm hearted and dedicated enthusiasts. Pipe people are unlike any group that I've ever come across and I'm damn proud to be one of you!

As for me I've been working on an antique Rolls Royce that my father recently purchased and hope to have it in a couple of regional vintage automobile shows this Summer. I've also taken a bit of a step back in time to my youth and have re discovered the music of the Grateful Dead purchasing nearly 150 cd's in the last couple of months. Regardless of where new interests may take me however, I'll never be far from the hobby that's my true love in life... Dock J. Perry



Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Pequot Pipesmoking Paradise
                                          By Nelson Pidgeon
This past Friday I took my wife to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Gambling is not on my top ten list for ways to spend money (actually it doesn't even come in on my top 100 list) but my wife likes to play the slots and she's usually pretty lucky, so at least once a year we'll spend a day there. The only real draw for me at Foxwoods (other than an unexpected jackpot of course) is the fact that you can smoke just about everywhere. And not just cigarettes either, you can enjoy your pipe and cigar with exactly the same freedom.
I always make sure to bring a couple of pipes with me when I go so that when all my money has been eaten up by the one armed bandits I can sit back and enjoy my pipe without being hassled while my wife continues to win.
I didn't realize how great it really was until I went into the rest room to make a liquid deposit and noticed that ever urinal came equipped with its own ashtray. I shook my head in amazement and said to myself, "These Native Americans really appreciate what smoking's all about!"
You may end up losing your shirt but at least you can enjoy yourself doing it.

Smoking Ban Scorecard
Most states (74%), have not passed total bans on indoor smoking, anti smoking crusaders have been unable to demonstrate an improvement in public health or the promised reduction in health care costs, as a result of any statewide ban on smoking. The states that have refused to pass or even consider passing total indoor bans on smoking are: New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Idaho, Nevada, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, Wyoming Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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Websites Worth A Look

Kiss Me Kate

Come support one of our fellow brethren Eric Kahn as he reenters the thespian world with his role in Cole Porter's famous play Kiss Me Kate. If you live in Massachusetts (or don't mind driving here) be sure to take in this classic musical performed by the Norton Singers. Kiss Me Kate will be showing for 2 weekends in June. Check out this link for more details and to buy tickets online.

Happy Jack's Smokeshop - Laconia, NH
Summer is definitely upon us and many of you will be setting off to a new or favorite vacation spot. If you're like me you always like to check out the local tobacco shop in area you visiting (and they are getting harder and harder to find these days). Well if you happen to be vacationing in the White Mountains of NH this summer, be sure to check out Happy Jack's in Laconia. A few of our members took a trip up there a couple of years ago and had a great time.
                          Check 'em out for yourself.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's tobacco raffle we have a new blend from Sam Gawith and an old favorite from Gawith & Hogarth..

NEW! Samuel Gawith St James Flake
A fine blend of Virginias and Perique (as the name refers) sure to become some of our customers favorite smoke!

G&W Bob's Chocolate Flake
Virginias, Latakia, burley tobaccos w/ hints of chocolate, cocoa, and Vanilla.

Who Likes the Dancing Man-agram
Who likes the Dancing Man-agram
I look forward to it every month.
I try to solve it but its too hard.
I'm not that interested in it.
I visit the site just for the puzzle.
It's too easy.
This is the first time I've heard of it.

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Last month's answer was:
Thank You for Smoking. At theaters near you

Occasionally I'm looking for a news item to help fill out this newsletter. So if you have some interesting
pipe, tobacco or smoking related news, or would like to share your knowledge on a particular
pipes and tobacco related subject, please send it along and maybe I'll use it. (Preferably by e-mail).

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