June 2013

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
*** Dinner location TBD at Perkins ***

Club Info & Events

Details from the May Meeting
If last month felt like it had been a long time between meetings, I can't believe I'm sitting here doing the newsletter again already. But thanks to the contributions of my good friend and SHPC treasurer, Rick Frederics content has been a little easier to come by the past couple of months which is always appreciated. Thanks Rick. And anyone else who has a good pipe related story to tell or feels they would like to wax poetic feel free submit something for the SHPC Gazette. If you go on a field trip to a pipe shop or cigar lounge or run into an interesting character on the street, snap a couple of photos with your smart phone, jot down a couple of paragraphs and send them to shpcboston@yahoo.com. If you're worried about punctuation and grammar let me know and I'll do my best to smooth it out.

Two of my favorite things happened at the last meeting. We had a new member join us and had an old member return for a long overdue visit. Andy the Buzzman responded to my shout out from last month and it was good to see him again even if he gives me crap about skipping a newsletter every now and then.

Rob is our newest member, he is relatively new to pipe smoking but you wouldn't know it by talking to him. It appears he's jumped in with both feet. Rob works for Homeland Security and we all enjoyed some very interesting conversation about the recent activities in Boston over dinner. We look forward to seeing them both return in June.

Who Is Your Favorite Pipe Smoker? .by Richard Frederics

Have you ever thought about who might be your favorite pipe smoker? I got to thinking about it a few days ago. Of course, first, we must define for ourselves what is meant by the term favorite. Webster defines favorite as “one that is treated or regarded with special favor or liking.” Webster also states that favor could mean “markedly popular.” OK – this will work.

Now the next step is to think of all the pipe smokers I have seen or known. A few minutes into my list I decide that this may not be such a good idea because my list could get to be unmanageable. And then, as I began to think about it, I knew I did not need to make a list at all.

In reality, I knew right away who was my favorite pipe smoker; It could only be one person; my Dad. But to be honest, I only saw him with a pipe in our photo album. By the time I was born my Dad took to smoking cigarettes. But I always remember those pictures and it is my Dad who got me into pipe smoking in the first place. He was determined not to have me get into cigarette smoking which he felt was an awful habit (surprising – since he still smokes cigarettes to this day).

Just prior to me leaving for college we took a trip to Boston – to David P. Ehrlich, the pipe shop on Tremont Street at Government Center. That is where I was introduced to pipe smoking. He bought me my first pipe, the necessary tools, some aromatic tobacco (probably why I like aromatics the best to this day) and showed me how to smoke a pipe.

That was 46 years ago. There were a few times we did have a pipe together – but he never could get back into pipe smoking. I, on the other hand, never ever had a cigarette – not one – and to this day smoke a pipe.

Every time I visit my Dad in Georgia, we sit and talk; me smoking my pipe and he – well smoking. Yes, my Dad would be considered to be my favorite pipe smoker – if for no other reason than because he put me into this wonderful hobby. Thanks, Dad.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since our last meeting.

Other Important Links for smokers:

2013 Pipe Club Census
With new pipe clubs forming every year the United Pipe Clubs of America recently polled 40 pipe clubs to see how they operate and who they are affiliated with. The results are interesting and show that almost half of all clubs polled have started within the past 3 years.              [Read the complete report]

2013 National Pipe Smoking Championship Results
The 2013 National Pipe Smoking Championship was held on May 5 at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana show. The results of that contest can be found here. [Results page]

Tobacco Raffle
I hope you guys don't mind but I couldn't pass up a fee tin of tobacco. PipesandCigars.com had a buy 2 get one free deal on Dunhill Blends and since we usually buy 2 it was a no brainer. Here you go.....

Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls (50 gm tin)
Deluxe Navy Rolls is made in Denmark using hand-stripped Virginia tobaccos from Brazil and Africa, married with Perique from Louisiana. This recipe produces an aromatic smoke with natural tobacco flavors and lovely sweet notes.

Dunhill Mixture 965 - (50 gm tin)
Our most popular bulk Latakia mixture. Latakia, Macedonian, and Cavendish. For the connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco. Choicest small Latakia impart a rich nutty flavor and coolness. Macedonia Bright is added for sweetness. The Brown Cavendish completes the blend that all confirmed pipe smokers. love.

Dunhill Standard Mixture- (50 gm tin)

A medium blend of Virginia and Turkish tobacco's. Fine, rich flavor.

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