June 2010

Next
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 7:00 PM or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5PM or Papa Gino's at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton
Meeting

Club Info & Events

Details of the May Meeting
The traffic was terrible last month causing Neil and I to arrive uncharacteristically late to Perkins leaving us little time for our usual pre meeting smoke. We did some quick catching up with the group before heading over to dinner. As mentioned numerous times in the past, our alternating locations for dinner has not always been met with favor from all of the members. Today there was a mutiny lead by the rebellious one himself, Dock Perry, to break from our tradition and have dinner at Papa Ginos this time. No one really objected at this point and we all decided to join the mutiny. I apologize to anyone who may have tried to connect with us at Chinatown. All in all everyone seemed happy with dinner, there was plenty of seating for our group and we didn't have to worry about asking for separate checks. Not to mention we had a couple extra dollars in our pocket to boot. So we'll try Papa Gino's for awhile until people get bored with that.

With money coming in from the sale of our two SHPC blends we're finding that our treasury is growing nicely which in turn is got members talking about what we should do with the extra money that would benefit the club. Many ideas were put on the table and a committee has been set up to put together a few ideas for the club to vote on. One suggestion that was made was the suspension of club dues in 2011. The idea considered and debated with an agreement to revisit it again closer to the end of the year.

SHPC 2010 Club Pipe
Production is just about under way for the SHPC 2010 Club Pipe by Kaywoodie and we hope to have them for the July meeting. Currently we have 10 orders in and there is room for 2 more if any member or non member is interested. I will take the first two orders I receive by email by June 5th. The 2010 club pipe will be similar to the one shown here.
I am awaiting final details on payment, etc. from Bill Feuerbach and will forward that information along to those of you who have ordered one.
Estate Pipes for Sale - at the June Meeting
After working on this for some time, I'm thrilled to finally announce that I'll be presenting a large lot of quality estate pipes courtesy of our friends at Pipesandcigars.com at this month's meeting. If we can't lure vendors to the meetings than this surely is the next best thing! If all goes well, this may become something that we can do a couple of times a year. I will be bringing pipes by Ardor, Dunhill, Ser Jacopo, Bjarne, Tim West, Mike Kabik, Nording, Castello and many others. There are many bargains here and I have no doubt that some of you will find something that's to your liking.

IMPORTANT:
PLEASE BRING A CHECK MADE OUT DIRECTLY TO: "THE HABANA PREMIUM SMOKE SHOP" IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON BUYING ANYTHING. I CAN'T ACCEPT CASH AS I WILL BE MAILING THE CHECKS DIRECTLY TO THE SHOP!
Better Days
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past

                                                           By Ernie Whitenack


SHPC Member Ernie Whitenack 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.

Smoking the War Away
According to the Civilian Defense Corps the glow of a cigarette and pipe could be seen clearly at bomber elevations and far to sea. And so it was, during mock air raids of WWII that "put out that cigarette," commanded by a neighborhood air raid warden, could be heard often.

The factory whistles would blow the coded warning, usually at night, and it was each person's responsibility to darken homes, stop and turn off auto lights (already with the top half of lenses painted black) and find a shelter.

Unless a home had efficient black-out curtains one was forbidden to smoke inside as well as out. The exercises often lasted a couple of hours and ended by the "all clear" whistles or sirens from the factories. The first thing seen was the flame from matches and lighters. Then, cars could be heard starting, street lights would come on (also painted black except for an inch or two at the bulb bottom) and homes were again bright active places.                                                       [Read More...]

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

There seems to be a fair amount happing with regard to tobacco this month so here are a few links to that information. Thanks Mike for your contributions to the newsletter this month.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
So it looks like the FDA has decided to regulate cigars the same way they do cigarettes when they had originally said they were not. Who wants to bet cigars means pipe tobacco too? Find out more before you write your Congressmen.

Wonder where your tobacco taxes are going?
Massachusetts has one of the highest cigarette taxes in the country - $2.51 on every pack. Last year that meant $562 million in state revenue. The big tobacco settlement brought in another $315 million. However, out of the nearly $900 million the state took in from cigarette taxes and settlement funds, lawmakers dedicated only $4.5 million to anti-smoking programs this year. [more]

How It's Made - Smoking Pipes
Here is a short video on pipe making from the Science Channel.[watch]


Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Pipes Magazine.com
We've mentioned PipesMagazine.com in the past and if you haven't become a member yet... then what are you waiting for. Here are some recent articles you may find interesting.

Passion for Pipes
Here is a great slide show of the Chicago Pipe Show for the Passion for Pipes website.

Oom Paul.com
We'll it's been a very long time between podcasts but at long last Olie has put out another one. This time an interview with Jodie Davis from early 2009. [listen]


This Month's Tobacco Raffle
Here are two blend made specifically for Pipe Clubs.

McClelland Club Blend - Boston 1776
The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club
Boston 1776 pipe tobacco was created to celebrate the exceptional pipe tobacco available from the United States of America. Boston 1776 celebrates nearly 240 years of standing up for freedom from unfair rule, with the goal of fair and equal treatment of all citizens to be guaranteed by law!

Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding (2oz tin)
English/Balkan Pressed Tobacco Rich blend of Latakia, Orientals, Virginias, Perique and a little something extra.

Quote for the Month

“The purpose of life is to live it; to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
                                                Eleanor Roosevelt


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